Monday, November 07, 2005

Wet Mountains road trip

While I was looking for what has been promised to be the state's newest ski area, I discovered a great road trip that's my favorite kind - a loop (way more interesting than out-and-back). From Colorado Springs, take Colorado 115 to Penrose, then right on U.S. Highway 50 west toward Canon City. Turn left onto Colorado Highway 67 and drive through Florence; at Wetmore, take Colorado 95 to McKenzie Junction. Turn left on Colorado 165 and head south, turn left on Colorado 78 (unpaved but OK for a passenger car) through Beulah all the way to Pueblo, where you can pick up I-25 and head back home.
This is a great tour of the Wet Mountains, with roads that twist and turn, dozens of trailheads just off the road and an obligatory stop at the bizarre Bishop's Castle. Note: In the winter, that little leg from 165 to Beulah isn't plowed, so save this trip for a sunny, snow-free day. - Deb

(Above, a trail at Pueblo Mountain Park in the Wet Mountains)

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