Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, and rafting summed up our Colorado Springs portion of the trip, but now it is time to move on; to Keystone/Breckenridge.
Contrary to the “continuous” advice GPS (“Make a U-Turn in 400 ft”) to take the interstates, I decided to drive SR24 and SR9 to Breckenridge. About an hour into this drive, we arrived at Wilkerson Pass in the Pike National Forest. From this point you can look out and see the entire South Park high plain, before driving through it.
South Park is a high intermontane grassland basin, approximately 10,000 ft (3,000 m) in elevation, in the Rocky Mountains of centralColorado. It encompasses approximately 1,000 square miles (2,590 km² or 640,000 acres) around the headwaters of the South Platte River in Park County approximately 60 mi (100 km) southwest of Denver. It is the southernmost of three such large mountain valleys in Colorado, along with North Park and Middle Park.
We also drove through Fairplay, Colorado on the way, which had a very interesting restoration of an 1880’s town. We didn’t have time to stop and walk around, but we might stop back in later in the week.
At about noon, we arrived in Frisco/Dillon area and hit up Jimmy John’s for lunch before checking into our Keystone Condo. While the kids vegged out, Jennifer and I stocked up on supplies at the grocery store.
We made dinner at the condo (Meatball Subs) and explored River Run Village before heading off to bed early. Tomorrow kicks off our Summit County adventures with hiking and horseback riding.