U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado > Colorado Springs
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 07-31-2008, 03:33 PM
 
2,437 posts, read 7,107,697 times
Reputation: 1506

Advertisements

I may be the only one tiring of Vehicular Adjustments being the hottest thread around here lately (sorry, no offense to its participants), but I thought I should try starting something new that we can ALL chime in on.

If you were coming to the Front Range (not just CS) and you only had ONE DAY and ONE SIGHT to see, what would it be? I'm not talking about seeing Pikes Peak from the car window on the freeway, but, if you had one day to get out of the car and explore, where would it be?

If we get enough sincere responses, maybe we can compose a 'bucket list' for visitors. Worth a try, right?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 07-31-2008, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
26,346 posts, read 80,751,010 times
Reputation: 17411
I would like to drive up Pikes Peak or Mount Evans. I did the former, not Evans but unfortunately it was a cloudy/foggy day. I don't think there are too many places where a person can drive up to the top of a 14000 foot mountain. Got to be one of the most unique things to do on the Front Range.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-31-2008, 08:03 PM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
2,864 posts, read 7,096,377 times
Reputation: 1543
maybe for colorado. You can do that in lots of other states too.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-01-2008, 09:44 AM
 
2,437 posts, read 7,107,697 times
Reputation: 1506
Okay, I don't want to derail things - since we need more than one idea for our list.

But what other states will let you drive up to 14k? I'd actually like to know.

The highest I ever drove was 13779 at Mauna Kea observsatory in Hawaii. The pass in Rocky Mtn Park is only around 10k. Whitney Portal road (In CA) stops at 8600. Not many other states in the US even have 14ers, much less roads up to the top. Alaska might offer the opportunity to drive higher, but I'm just guessing there. I think Chuck is right, driving to 14k just might be unique to the front range in the whole US.

Perhaps this is the topic for another thread?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-01-2008, 05:32 PM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
2,864 posts, read 7,096,377 times
Reputation: 1543
I think you can go up mt Ranier in washington state. I may be mistaken though.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-01-2008, 06:02 PM
 
Location: CO
2,533 posts, read 5,817,246 times
Reputation: 3295
Quote:
Originally Posted by ryanek9freak View Post
I think you can go up mt Ranier in washington state. I may be mistaken though.
From Mt. Ranier National Park site

Quote:
At an elevation of 6,400 feet, Sunrise is the highest point that can be reached by vehicle at Mount Rainier National Park.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-01-2008, 06:28 PM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
2,864 posts, read 7,096,377 times
Reputation: 1543
wow it's only that high? For some reason I thought it was like a 15,000 ft mountain or something.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-01-2008, 06:59 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
15,527 posts, read 29,233,815 times
Reputation: 21263
Quote:
Originally Posted by treedonkey View Post
I may be the only one tiring of Vehicular Adjustments being the hottest thread around here lately (sorry, no offense to its participants), but I thought I should try starting something new that we can ALL chime in on.

If you were coming to the Front Range (not just CS) and you only had ONE DAY and ONE SIGHT to see, what would it be? I'm not talking about seeing Pikes Peak from the car window on the freeway, but, if you had one day to get out of the car and explore, where would it be?

If we get enough sincere responses, maybe we can compose a 'bucket list' for visitors. Worth a try, right?
I'd just hang out at one of the bars at the Broadmoor. But then I am not much of an outdoor person.

20yrsinBranson
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-01-2008, 07:48 PM
 
Location: CO
2,533 posts, read 5,817,246 times
Reputation: 3295
Quote:
Originally Posted by ryanek9freak View Post
wow it's only that high? For some reason I thought it was like a 15,000 ft mountain or something.
Mt. Rainier is 14,410 feet.

There aren't roads going to the top, like there are for Mt. Evans (highest paved road in North America) and Pike's Peak. We're the only place with drive-up (or train up as well, for Pike's Peak) fourteeners. Trail Ridge Rd. in Rocky Mountain National Park at 12,183 feet is the highest continuous road in North America.

Colorado highlights.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-02-2008, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Canon City, Colorado
1,331 posts, read 4,414,224 times
Reputation: 675
I think this is a very interesting thread.
I would have to pick the awesome Ouray. Yankee Boy Basin and falls above the town. All of the hiking, biking, jeep trails are to me, the most beautiful.
There are so many things to do there and, the Million Dollar Highway is a nice drive too!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado > Colorado Springs
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top