Pikes Peak West - South Central Colorado
Pikes Peak West is between Ute Pass and Wilkerson Pass along Highway 24 and offers an abundance of outdoor recreation; from Reservoirs to rivers, mountains to open valleys, and is full of wildlife. Eleven Mile Reservoir and Lake George are great for anglers; their Gold Medal waters are home to large cutthroat, rainbow and brown trout as well as northern pike. Bird watchers can look for flocks of white pelicans, blue herons, avocets, sandhill cranes, ibis and Canadian geese near the more shallow stretches of water.
Near the top of Ute Pass at 9,165-feet sits Divide originally named Hayden's Divide after Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden. It is the dividing point for winter snow run-off into the South Platte and Arkansas Rivers. Divide is the gateway to many of Colorado's outstanding State and National Parks — visitors are in awe of its' wild beauty and pristine vistas.
At the intersection of Highway 24 and County Road 1 is Florissant est in 1870. Vacationers just looking for some time away from it all should check out Mueller State Park, near Divide. The park's 5,000 acres offer spectacular views of Pikes Peak and miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Pike National Forest has hundreds of acres of wilderness trails for horseback riding, driving ATVs or dirt bikes, hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, sledding, snowmobiling. View wildlife of elk, deer, mountain goats, and eagles.
Take a trip back in time; Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is home to thousands of insect and plant fossils, petrified redwood stumps and more, dating back to prehistoric times. Check in at the visitor's center for educational films and exhibits and then wander down the monument's two self-guided trails to see and learn more. Keep your eyes out for the many different kinds of animals living at the monument!
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Secluded 1912 log cabin on a 43 acre ranch surrounded by mountains, completely remodeled. Visit Pikes Peak & Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Good fishing at 11 Mile & Spinney reservoirs.
Near 11 mile Recreation Area in Florissant. 3-bedrooms sleeps 6, perfect for families with an affordable flat nightly rate. 6 open horse corrals (water & electric) with easy trailer parking & trails 10 minutes away.
Near Divide, the park is a dream come true for western history enthusiasts: 119 campsites, 3 cabins with full kitchens. 55 miles of trails -- a 5,000-acre playground for hiker, mountain biker, wildlife watcher.
Homesteaded in the early 1900's, M Lazy C Ranch is an actual working cattle ranch, nestled in a high mountain valley near Pikes Peak. Family reunions, weddings, and family activities -- a perfect retreat.
An hour west of Colorado Springs: conferences, family vacations or reunions. Secluded on 6,000 acres of alpine woodland in the shadow of Pike's Peak: hike, bird watch & relax! 50 comfortable studio rooms.
Experience the vacation-of-a-lifetime living the West at Tarryall River Ranch! 6 night all-inclusive summer or 3 night shoulder season packages, B&B, and day rides. In the Pikes Peak Region near Lake George.
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National Parks and Monuments:
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Goldbelt Tour Scenic Byway