Photo of Summit Lake from mountevans.com
Photo of Summit Lake from mountevans.com

Photo of Summit Lake from mountevans.com

Want to explore one of Colorado’s well known 14′ers without having to hike all the way to the top? Then Mt. Evans is the perfect place to do so!! This mountain, in fact, has the highest paved road in North America. Just as a warning, the roadway does not have many guard rails so it does seem a little scary at times, but we promise the full drive is absolutely worth it!  Make sure when you’re headed to the top to have a camera ready because this mountain comes jam packed with spectacular views and abundant wildlife, such as bighorn sheep and mountain goats. We’d have to say the best part about the drive is Summit lake, located just before the look out at the top. This lake is crystal clear and is fed by a seasonal glacier. There is a small little trail up to the lake side and around it as well, so make sure to check it out (even is you have to bundle up at the high altitude). MyHandleBar supports exploring all the Rockies have to offer, miles above sea level!

Now, we aren’t guaranteeing that this road in to the sky will always be open- due to snow between Labor Day and Memorial Day, the road is closed. Here is a link to the information on road access.

Here is how to get to Mt. Evans from Denver (East):
• 32.4 miles West on US Interstate 70 to Idaho Springs and take the “Mt. Evans” exit (#240)
• 15 miles South on State 103 from Idaho Springs to Mount Evans Entrance
• 15 miles from Mount Evans Entrance to Summit at 14,264 feet

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Image From Breckenridge.com
Image From Breckenridge.com

Image From Breckenridge.com

Colorado is known for its amazing snow capped Rocky Mountains (and we all absolutely love the view!). But now that all that powder has melted, we are left to discover what else we can do besides ski, snow shoe and snowboard along the runs. A few resorts offer the perfect way to utilize the dry mountain sides:

Alpine Slides!!!!!

Just imagine bobsledding, but in a cement shoot, down a mountain, in a plastic sled. Don’t worry- there’s a break. :)

Winter Park Resort boasts of having the longest alpine slide in Colorado- 3,000 feet long! After enjoying a 6 minute ride to the top, that’s one heck of a way to ride down the mountain.

Breckenridge Resort also offers a 3 different alpine slides to choose from, all roughly 2,600 feet long. Here you can speed down the mountain on a variety of dips and banked turns. One other thing they offer besides the slides is the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster. That’s right, folks! With this ride, you are fixed to the track (unlike the slides), but you can also control your speed through the turns and twists. Its elevated tracks rush you down 2,500 feet of mountainside either alone or with a partner.

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These few options are just scratching at the surface of what you can enjoy at resorts during the off season. There’s also great mountain biking, lift riding, and much more!

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Photo from Google Images

Photo from Google Images

MyHandleBar would like to announce that we are no longer going to be doing tours in Colorado Springs. Sorry, guys- It was truly a great run. For now, we are going to be rockin’ the Boulder and Ft. Collins area. We’ve had tons of fun with our tours in the Springs and would like to throw out a HUGE thank you to all of our sponsors. We could not have had such a blast without a little help(and booze and brews) from our friends! Please still stop by these great locations for some local fun!

Jose Muldoons- great margaritas.

Jack Quinn’s- an amazing Irish pub.

Phantom Canyon- fantastic in-house brews.

Tony’s -exciting atmosphere and great beers on tap.

Thank you so much, Colorado Springs! ‘Til next time!

Photo from Google Images
Photo from Google Images

Photo from Google Images

Looking for a guaranteed blast this 4th of July? Here’s the low down for your area of the Front Range:

Colorado Springs

On the 3rd:
*Sky Sox Game @ 7:05pm (vs. Oklahoma City) with a fireworks show to follow after dark (roughly 9:30)
*Fort Carson is hosting the Star Spangles Salute, which includes music, family activities, food, giveaways and fireworks show from 4-9:30 p.m.
*Meridian Ranch has an Independence Day Celebration  with music by Velvet Rut, inflatable jumpers, golf games, face painting, vendors, train rides, 5-11 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
On July 4
*Memorial Park  has their annual Fabulous Fourth with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic with music, bounce house, bungee trampoline, giant slide, obstacle course and mechanical bull. The concessions open at 5:30 p.m., the  philharmonic plays at 7:30 p.m., and then fireworks at dusk.
More info: http://gazette.com/list-fourth-of-july-events-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1522060#K2yPW2iAaPXLDR44.

Fort Collins
The only fireworks display is at 9:35 p.m. in City Park on the 4th
But one other great event to check out the morning of July 4 is the  FireKracker 5K from City Park to Sheldon Lake at 7:30 a.m.,
More info: http://www.fcgov.com/july4th/?key=4thofjuly

Boulder
-check out Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast! The gates open at 8pm and the fireworks start just after dark (approx 9:40)

- Also, there is the Boulder Reservoir “Star Spangled Splash” begins with a 5K at 8 a.m., followed by a Sand Volleyball Tourney from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with beer gardens, food trucks and a disc jockey (DJ). Live music by Rob Drabkin and Big Otis Surf Club 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Family activities include paddleboards, sailing, canoe and kayak fun, hydro-bikes and more. Reservoir closes at 6 p.m. No fireworks.
More info: https://bouldercolorado.gov/parksrec/star-spangled-splash

 

MyHandleBar is all about this day going out with BANG! Just please be safe in the process :)

 

Photos from Google images
Photos from Google images

Photos from Google images

Here’s an idea for a great weekend trip- Ouray! Never heard of it? Don’t be ashamed; not all Coloradans have, but that’s because it’s not exactly central Colorado. This place may be a bit of a drive to get to, but it would be well worth your while!

Nestled in the San Juan Mountains about an hour from Telluride is this great little mining town that has turned itself in to a great tourist attraction. It’s biggest pull? The AMAZING hot springs pool located right as you pull in to town! This is a sulfur free pool which acts as a great way to relax after a day spent riding down mountains or hiking up them.There are hotter pools for the ones who just want to soak, a larger lap pool, and even a slide for kids. While basking in the heat, you can’t help be in awe at the beautiful views!

Another great place to check out while you’re in town is Box Canyon Falls. A short hike reveals a beautiful, deep and narrow canyon full of a rushing water that truly is a wonder. These falls are definitely worth a quick trip to see.

Don’t miss out on seeing this amazing Colorado treasure- Ouray!

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