Itinerary day 3
3 days of family fun
If only you could take a step back in time, then this awesome little vacay wouldn’t be coming to an end so soon. For day three, we’re literally going to take you back in time with two very different but no less interesting historic places.
Start the day off right
Local culinary secret: everything tastes better smothered in green chili. Bon Ton’s Cafe in Old Colorado City has particularly good green chili, and a great outdoor patio. And remember, green chili makes everything better, except maybe the pancakes.
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Climb through 700 years of history
Originally moved to Manitou Springs in the early 1900’s, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings has served as a hands-on educational museum for well over 100 years. Climb inside the dwellings and imagine life as an ancient Pueblo Indian, try your hand at grinding corn, and soak in the cool feeling of the sandstone. There are no “Do Not Touch” signs here!
Twice a month during the summer the well socialized wolves of Colorado Wolf Adventures stop by for a howling good time! Check their Facebook page for the schedule.
Nearby the Cliff Dwellings, tucked in the heart of Manitou Springs, is an unassuming little place call The Keg. It might not look like much from the outside, but locals know it’s got the best burger in Manitou. If you’re looking for lighter fare, try the berry salad. I get it with grilled salmon 😉
Historic Cripple Creek
Head up the pass!
When locals talk about “The Pass” they’re talking about Ute Pass, or for your purposes, highway 24. The Pass is a beautiful mountain drive, and one of the premier drives to enjoy the aspen leaves in the fall. An hour’s drive will take you neatly to Cripple Creek, Colorado, a town sprouted around some of the richest goldmines of our “Pikes Peak or Bust” days. You and the family can check out mining museums, enjoy a ride on the narrow gauge railroad, or just mosey through the streets of this quaint mountain town. Did we mention it’ll be a hair cooler in the mountain air?
There are a total of 8 museums around Cripple Creek and Victor, some are free, some have a small suggested donation, and all are under $10. Great way to dig deep into the local history without breaking the bank.