Colorado Springs | Day Five & Six

Garden of the Gods

Our last stop on our spring break trip was Colorado Springs. We drove in during the morning, but the weather was really rough and I wish we would have left the night before. It started out as a rain and snow mixture, which just made visibility awful, but then it just turned to snow and the roads started to cover. If you can imagine an anxious mother who is teaching her kid to drive, that was me constantly telling Andrew to slow down or be careful. :P

We didn’t do much the first day because it was so cold and wet outside, so we just hung out and watched TV in the hotel room. I had packed a ton of chips and snacks for while we were in the car, but we hadn’t really touched them yet, so we chowed down on those. It was wonderful just being able to lazy around.

Because we didn’t do anything the first day, we wanted to pack everything in to the second day. We started with Garden of the Gods, a national landmark known for its odd red rock formations. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, perfect for walking around. We stopped at the visitor center first for a map.

View between two rocks

The trails were paved and there were signs everywhere discouraging visitors from straying from the paths to preserve the park and reduce injuries. I was a bit disappointed by that because I really enjoy going off the trail and exploring on my own – and after visiting Rocky Mountain National Park where exploring is encouraged, it was a bit of a letdown.

That being said, all of the rocks were really pretty, and there was one spot where you were allowed to climb up on one of the rocks, so that was fun! We got in a good amount of exercise, too!

Me in the garden

The biggest attraction at Garden of the Gods is Balanced Rock, but I honestly was not that impressed. I don’t know if it was the angle or I was just expecting something way crazier, but it just looked like a rock sitting on a rock. XD

Balanced Rock
Balanced Rock

We had a little bit of time to kill before lunch, so we went to Red Rock Canyon Open Space, which had a ton of trails for hiking. It almost seemed like a continuation of Garden of the Gods because the rocks were that same pretty red color, but it was a different location and you were allowed to go off the trails which was great.

For lunch, we went to a local Italian Bistro called Paravicini’s. It was the cutest little corner restaurant and everything was so good. Andrew and I both ordered a chicken parmesan, and for dessert we ordered an ice cream parfait that had caramel and nuts and some kind of butterscotch liqueur and it was like I died and went to heaven. Unfortunately, we devoured it before I could take a picture. XD

Andrew had a phone interview at 1:00 for a hospital he applied to work at, so we went back to the hotel so he could prepare for that. (Side note: he was just offered the job last Friday!! I am super proud of him! :D )

View from about halfway up Pike's Peak
View from about halfway up Pike’s Peak

Pike’s Peak was next on our list, the highest summit of the North Range of the Rocky Mountains. Unfortunately since it was still considered winter there, we couldn’t drive all the way to the summit. We were still able to do 13 of the 19 miles, and got to see some pretty cool views! Honestly though, after the views in Rocky Mountain National Park, I wasn’t super impressed.

The farthest we could go up.
The farthest we could go up.

Overall, Colorado Springs was fun and I’m glad we visited, but I honestly wasn’t that impressed. I think if we were to visit Colorado again, and if I were to give advice to others, I’d recommend staying longer in Rocky Mountain National Park and just skip Colorado Springs.

7 thoughts on “Colorado Springs | Day Five & Six”

  1. I don’t blame you for telling Andrew to slow down and such! I’d be nervous and start being a backseat driver, too, hahaha! But you guys made it, so yay!

    I can understand why they’d want to preserve the park, still I understand the want to explore off trail. Not me, though LOL I’d be afraid of getting lost or falling into a ditch or something XD The Balanced Rock is kind of cool, but it’s not something I’d want to travel all the way to Colorado to see ^^;;

    Rocky Mountain National Park does look better. I’ll definitely keep that in mind if I ever go to Colorado! Thanks for pointing that titbit out!

  2. WOW these photos are beautiful! I don’t know why I’m so impressed haha maybe it’s because I’m so used to the city and the closest I’ve seen to this was my road trip to the Grand Canyon 2 years ago. :P I think the Balanced Rock is pretty cool if you think about how nature shaped that! I’d love to go back to the Rockies + West Coast sometime again, there’s so much more nature on that side. Also congrats to Andrew on the job! :)

    PS. I tagged you in my most recent post #OneLinerTestimony and would love for you to give it a read!

  3. Aspen is a a neat city to visit but its probably too expensive for just y’all since y’all are college grads. But if you’re in Colorado again, I would recommend Aspen or Vail.

    congrats to Andrew for getting a job! Do you have a job yet?

  4. Massive congrats to Andrew on the new job! Nick got one as well – looks like the gods are on our side haha. ?

    I am usually interested and enthralled by natural rock formations, but I have to admit that some of them look better in photos than in person – people obviously went to great lengths to get the perfect picture. :P

  5. Sounds like you had a great time! I really like looking at rock formations, but I agree that some of them aren’t that impressive when you finally see them in person. Lol!

    Rocky Mountain National Park sounds great, I will definitely keep that in mind if ever I get to visit (hopefully soon!)

    Oh, and congratulations to Andrew for the job offer! <3

  6. Woah, it looks likes you guys had a fantastic time in Colorado! I would be just like you as anytime my boyfriend drives I always go crazy at him telling him to slow down or to be more careful. It must be a girl thing, haha.

    I know we are planning a trip to Colorado at one point, but we have not really decided anything yet. I will for sure pass on your feedback and make sure when we plan the trip to keep it in mind. We have gone hiking in Hocking Hills, but nothing like major hiking like you guys did! The views had to be have been amazing!

    Congrats on the job offer as well! Yay!

  7. Those red rock formations are pretty! I love their color, and they look so nice against the clear blue sky. That’s too bad you had to stay on a trail, but I understand wanting to preserve the park. It’s unfortunate that many visitors aren’t good about that.

    That’s a beautiful view from Pike’s Peak! Also congrats to Andrew for getting the job!

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