We left Texas on a rainy Saturday, bound for the high mountains West of Colorado Springs, in the small mining town known as Cripple Creek. We didn’t do the whole trip in one day though, and we found a KOA in Amarillo, TX, to spend the night at.
On the next day, we adventured up for the first time on our trip to over 10,000 feet in elevation. The truck and camper made it without a hiccup. The family, however, was feeling the altitude. But the campground was beautiful and had a few nice hiking trails and a playground on site.
After a few days of acclimatization, we set out to see the town’s (few) attractions, including an old mining history train tour.
Next on the list was our first NPS destination of the trip, the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. This is a beautiful little place with some very impressive natural history features. Tina and I took some photos and the boys completed the Junior Ranger program books as we explored the park.