We did a loop down from Denver to Colorado Springs via i-25 where we went to Garden of the Gods. From there before the balancing rock we took a right on to Rampart Range Road.
There are several signs warning how bad the road is, but it was a pretty good road!
The switchbacks overlooked the Garden of the Gods rock formation and had several great views of Red Rocks near the trail. This is such a fantastic road, highly recommended! We played a bit on the turn around and the 2011 RR SC handled it beautifully.
From there we went to Manitou Springs and it was a quick drive away. Manitou Springs has a vibrant downtown area dominated by a sprawling indoor outdoor arcade. Or perhaps more aptly Arcade Collection. There are tons of rides for the little ones, and retro gaming for the adults.
The arcade has takes up a pavillion and more than 5 store fronts. Patsy’s offers beach boardwalk fare including funnel cakes.
There is an interesting pay what you want coffee shop, bars, and a toy shop in the immediate area.
After cripple creek we headed north through back roads in national forest until we met up with 285 around conifer. We had a quick drive back and the miles flew by once on the highway.
I tried out the fog lights + high beams ccf mod I wrote about in the Gap-Diagnostics IIDTool Bluetooth piece, and I can say it throws a lot more consistent light from far away to close in, a very welcome improvement in night visibility.
Unfortunately we may have had to block some good traffic to survive a DDOS attack which is unfortunately on-going. Please pardon any throttling or blocks right now as we persevere through this attack. We have removed alpha functionality at this point to preserve up-time.
Thanks and Happy Easter!
So when my High School friend Mike came out to visit his family we had to make a trip up to Boulder. We hit this incredible breakfast place, the buff, that has $1 drinks. After that we went down Pearl Street, hit up the shops, took in the sights then headed out up Boulder Canyon.
We stopped to snap a few shots and continued up boulder canyon.
Turning off on an off shoot we off roaded until we couldn’t in the snow. I didn’t take any pictures of where we stopped, I should have though, it got a bit rough and tight.
Then drove home and noticed the weather change from blizzard to sunny as we descended.
My Buddy Mike came to town so we made a run up to Tommy Knocker in Idaho Springs Colorado, after that we explored some of the back ways to Black Hawk. We ended up taking a road that was not maintained in winter. On the 2011 Range Rover SC we have street tires. I switched it over to snow mode but we couldn’t continue to climb through the snow during an especially high peak. I think perhaps if we put turned off DSC it may have helped, but for now, I am a bit disappointed in DSC, because I felt it limited my power up the hill when I needed it most.
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This is a trip I’ve wanted to do for a while. I wanted to see the ghost town Nevadaville and with a dozen or so casinos nearby it is an excellent day trip about an hour away from Denver.
We took route six up to Blackhawk and checked in at the vegas style Ameristar. Blackhawk and Central City are two old mine staging towns that once had narrow gauge railroad run to them, in fact the Lodge Casino is the old Blackhawk station.
Today Blackhawk is a mini-vegas and Central City has many smaller casinos that fit in more with the seemingly all original city. It feels like you are in the west. Though there is new building going on and Central City is now getting an interesting taste of new and old.
If you need to go further on the frontier, like I do, I took the Range Rover up Nevadaville Road to the ghost town of Nevadaville, where only Masionic Meetings still occur at one of the first lodges in Colorado.
I will try to upload more pictures later of Nevadaville.
The road from Central City up to Nevadaville is fairly steep and somewhat loose. The Range Rover terrain response snow and gravel setting is excellent for descending or ascending this hill in snow. However our weather was good so I left it in special programs off and hit the throttle a few times. There is a large mine that is closed, and a sign about a minning disaster.
About a thousand feet further lie Nevadaville, but don’t blink or you might miss it. Keep on this road and make a right on to Bald Mountain Road and you will loop back to Central City. Passing an old western graveyard.