Family Adventure

Day 5

Family Adventure, Here we come!

With today’s busy schedules and the distraction of the shiny screens, it can be really hard to get the whole family together and connected. Time with your kids seems to be flying by, and they’ll be moving out before you know it. Now’s your chance to bond and build memories you’ll all carry with you the rest of your lives. We’re here to help you find those once in a lifetime experiences, and if a few of them aren’t cellphone friendly, well all the better! Welcome to your perfect family adventure.

Cinnamon rolls as big as your head

Housed in a little red Victorian near Old Colorado City, Mountain Shadows is a popular westside eatery. With classic local greasy spoon food and friendly waitresses, you’ll feel right at home in no time. Don’t worry if there’s a bit of a wait, they do an awesome job of getting people in and out so there’s plenty of time for more adventures.

Summit Pikes Peak

Start your day on top of the world

We saved the best for last. No vacation to Colorado is complete without a trip to the top of Pikes Peak! By now, you should have acclimated well to the altitude at base, but be sure to drink plenty of water and take some warm layers for the summit.

There are several ways to get to the summit of Pikes Peak. We’ll explain the benefits of each so you can find the perfect experience for your family’s adventure.

Local’s Tip: Be sure to pick up some summit house donuts at 14,415ft.
Time allowance: 3-4 hours

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Drive the Pikes Peak Highway

Conquer the Peak at your own pace

Take the Pikes Peak Highway toll road to the summit. The highway gives you access to many options to stop and take photos, several reservoirs for fishing, and lots of hiking trails. If anyone in the family is sensitive to the altitude, you can take your time and let them adjust as you go.

Local’s Tip: Be sure you have at least half a tank of gas and the driver is comfortable with mountain driving.
Time allowance: 3-4 hours

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Challenge Unlimited - Pikes Peak by bike

Wind in your hair level: EPIC

Want to take your family adventure to the next level? Book a trip down the mountain with Challenge Unlimited. Take your pick of a ride up in their van or on the Cog Railway. Once you’re at the summit, meet up with your experienced and friendly guides. They’ll get you suited up with safety gear and warm layers for the first leg of the trip. As you make your way down the highway, stop with the van for a water break, shed a layer, take in the view, snap a photo and BREATH! It’ll be unlike anything you’ve ever done and will paint your dreams for years to come.

Local’s Tip: Rent one of their GoPros to catch every epic second.
Time allowance: 5-6 hours

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Lunch that hits the spot

If you took the biking option down the mountain, lunch at Wines of Colorado is included in your adventure. If you chose to drive, they are right at the base of the highway before you get back on Highway 24. We recommend you enjoy lunch creekside on the patio.

Garden of the Gods Trading Post

Something for everyone!

As this family adventure comes to a close, be sure you pickup some souvenirs for you and the kids. The Garden of the Gods Trading Post has been helping with those memories for over 100 years now. Located at the Southwest corner of the Garden of the Gods, with over 25,000 square feet, and nearly 90,000 different items to choose from, you can literally make the whole family happy. How often does that happen?
From toys, mugs, hoodies and t-shirts, to handmade jewelry and local artwork, the Trading Post has it all. Stop by the Balanced Rock Cafe for a snack or enjoy a Starbucks coffee from the Kissing Camels Coffee Corner.
Local’s Tip: Send the kids to the backyard for some gemstone mining while you take a much deserved minute to yourself.
Time allowance: 1-2 hours

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Sayonara sunshine

Boy, this has been one heck of a good time in the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy dinner at Pizzeria Rustica in Old Colorado City. Everyone can get a personal size pizza. Arguments need not apply.

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