Yearly Archives: 2020

Road Trip Leg 8: Breckenridge

Road Trip Leg 8: Breckenridge

To let you in on a little secret, this is the best drive of the road trip. From Aspen head over independence pass on highway 82 - this two lane wonder sits at 12,095 feet elevation. Maybe pack a lunch so you can picnic overlooking the alpine lakes at the top. This is a sketchy road, so pay attention. If your a cyclist, this might be a bucket list item to knock off. There’s new views around every corner and it is down right beautiful. You’ll come down in the college mountain rage near our previous legs of the trip, but this time you’re going to go north on 24 through Leadville and drive “the back road” through Leadville to Copper mountain and take I70 to Breckenridge .    Leadville is home if Melenzana...if care about the swag to look the part, then stop here and gear up. Don’t be mad if what you want is out of stock, everything is hand made often that day and sells out fast. A great stop as you drive thigh Leadville.    Continu ... read more

Road Trip Leg 7: Aspen

Road Trip Leg 7: Aspen

Take highway 82 through Glenwood going south and you’re off to Aspen, Colorado, 8,000 feet.  Aspen is home to 4 outstanding Ski Resorts and the famous X games. In the summer, you can check out the views with a ride up Snowmass, mountain biking and more.  Walk through history with the John Denver Sanctuary park and garden before or after stopping downtown for lunch.  A foodies guide to eating Aspen can be found here. Or if you’re looking for a more off the beaten path local experience, stopping at Woody Creek might be a great place to enjoy an afternoon on the porch.  While in town, if you haven’t seen the ... read more

Road Trip Leg 6: Glenwood Springs

Road Trip Leg 6: Glenwood Springs

The next leg of our trip will take us out of Moab (the back way if you’d like to stop at Fischer Towers) and up to i70. On i70 continue east towards Colorado. Passing the Colorado border, you’ll continue through to Glenwood Springs, Colorado sitting at 5,761 feet.  On this three hour drive stop for lunch in Fruita. If you’re looking for a secret Italian hot spot you’ll hit the Hot Tomato in Fruita, Colorado, 4,514 feet. The pizza’s great, but the Stromboli’s where it’s at...just so you know. If you’re a wine junky, the Palisade wineries will be a great stop to stock up for your collection. If you pass a fruit stand for peaches, stop and grab a few...you’ve heard of Palisade peaches, now eating on in Palisade really juices those babies up!    Finally you’ll end up in Glenwood Springs. Voted one of the hottest spots to cool down, this town is joyous. Don’t miss ... read more

Road Trip Leg 5: Moab

Road Trip Leg 5: Moab

This next journey takes us from one adult playground to another. From the Colorado weather, and higher elevation of 8,000 feet in Telluride we’ll travel north-west back down to 4,026 feet elevation in Moab, Utah.    Here, you can spend anywhere from a day to a week or more adventuring in the hot desert and enjoying all the red sand has to offer.  This is definitely a place you’ll want to jeep if you enjoyed the Colorado mountain pass from #leg4 of the #roadtripaccrossamerica: Imogene Pass. Moab is a famous jeep hub that has trails from mild to spicy and everything in between.  Famous trails you’ve probably seen on TV include Hells Revenge, Moab Rim Trail, Fins and Things and more. Some of those trails on the list also make great hikes including Fischer Tower, and Gemini Bridge trails mapped out on the 3 day adventure guide ... read more

Road Trip Leg 4: Telluride

Road Trip Leg 4: Telluride

You’ve got options as you continue to Leg 4 of your #roadtripaccrossamerica from Ouray to Telluride. You have the safe way, and the over-a-pass adventure.  The Safe Way  A 1.5 hour drive north of 550, west on 62 and south on 145 will take you about an hour to get to the incomparable Telluride, Colorado 8,750 feet. A short driving day will leave you with plenty of time for all the great things you’ll want to do while in town.  Over-A-Pass-Adventure Taking Imogene pass is a shorter distance, more scenic option to arrive in Telluride. This is a late summertime 4-wheel adventure, if you’re up for it. The views will have you marveling at what Colorado has to offer. This is the second highest pass in Colorado, and a 17 mile route to our next stop. However, if ... read more

Road Trip Leg 3: Ouray

Road Trip Leg 3: Ouray

The third stop on our #coloradoroadtrip is Ouray, Colorado. On your way there, you’ll go through Montrose transitioning from highway 50 to 550. As this is a longer leg of the trip you may want to start in the morning and stop in Montrose for lunch. Sitting at an elevation of 5,807 feet there’s outstanding local options for your eatery needs. Long time locals Kim and Bill Volk own the Campfire Robber restaurant operating since 1994. This home made menu has favorites for everyone in your vehicle.  After your midday stop in Montrose, you’ll continue down highway 550 to Ouray, Colorado, 7,792 feet. Known as the land of steam and ice, Ouray has every adventure activity available for you. During the summer activities include 4x4 trails, Biking, Rock Climbing, Canyoning, Fishing, Ghost Town Hunting, Hiking, Hot Springs, Rafting, SUP-ing, Boating, Camping, Horseback riding, or Ballooning. Okay that’s a lot! (...and tha ... read more

Road Trip Leg 2: Salida

Road Trip Leg 2: Salida

From Colorado Springs, head up highway 24 to Woodland Park through Divide to Buena Vista and down 285 to Salida. This drive is one of the best kept secrets of beauty in Colorado. Remember to have a tank of gas and snacks packed, as you’re accending in elevation and off the beaten path of restaurants and gas stations at every stoplight.    On the way, if you’re into the Colorado Craft Beer scenery, check out Paradox Brewing in Divide. Sitting at 9,165 feet, this is a great “off the map” secret to the Craft Beer Industry.    As you continue down 285 past Buena Vista you can turn west off the highway to visit Mount Princeton Hot Springs. At 8,250 feet this is a hot spot to cool down on the side of the Collegiate Peaks, a range of Colorado’s Famous Fourteeners the views are certain to take your breath away. There are 15 14,000 foot peaks in the area, another great opportunity to mark a “fourtee ... read more

Road Trip Leg 1: Colorado Springs

Road Trip Leg 1: Colorado Springs

Headed Southbound on I25, the first stop on our 5280 road trip will take us to an elevation of 6,030 feet in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado.  On the way into town on the west side is the world famous Air Force Academy sitting at 7,258 feet. Open to visitors and guests throughout the day, exit on 156 to drive through the base getting back on I25 on exit 150.  Continue down the highway to get into Colorado Springs Proper. While in town you won’t want to miss the Garden of the Gods.   The rock statutes will have you basking in the glory of the earth's ability to make such incredible rock features. While there park activities include hiking, biking, horseback riding, and rock climbing.     Another popular hike is the Manitou Incline, just 16 minutes from Garden of the Gods you can go straight up Pikes Peak with steps offering a 2000 foot incline up ... read more

Have you checked your tire pressure?

Under-inflated or over-inflated tires wear out quickly and excessively. Additionally, tires with incorrect pressure may lead to lower gas mileage and negatively impact your car’s handling. It’s vital to know how to check tire pressure as it is a significant component to maintain a safe driving experience. The air pressure in tires measures in pounds per square inch or PSI. An essential first step is determining what your vehicle’s recommended tire pressure is. Your vehicle’s recommended tire pressure is on the sticker inside the driver’s door. Tire recommendations can be found in the owner’s manual as well. While the weather is cold, use a tire pressure gauge to check the pressure of your tires. With warm weather rolling into Boulder, it may be best to check the tire pressure in the early morning. If a morning time check is not possible for you, wait at least three hours for the tires to cool down before checking. Tire pressure can increase or decr ... read more

Why Do We Have Emissions Testing?

Why Do We Have Emissions Testing?

What’s the deal with emissions testing? Hint: There are benefits beyond air quality.  Clean Air Colorado is the official emissions testing company for gasoline powered vehicles in the state of Colorado. Diesel emissions testing is conducted by third-party automotive repair facilities.  The most obvious reason for emissions testing is air quality. Long-timers in the Denver metro area remember well the days of the “Brown Cloud.” Ensuring good air quality is important to everyone in the community, especially the young, the elderly, and those with respiratory illnesses.  To pass an emissions test, the emissions equipment on a given vehicle must be working properly, and the engine itself must be running efficiently - not smoking or sending excessive unburned fuel or combustion byproducts out the tailpipe.   The hidden upside of having to keep your car in good enough condition to pass emissions is that it will be more fuel efficient and last lon ... read more

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