Colorado has 54 mountains over 14,000 feet! One of them, of course, is right here in our own city of Colorado Springs: Pikes Peak. Pikes Peak stands at 14,110 feet high.
Not far from Colorado Springs is Mount Evans. Mount Evans is 14, 270 feet high. Like Pikes Peak, there is a road to the top of Mount Evans. It is the highest paved road in North America. The road ends at a parking lot close to the summit. The parking happens to sit at the same elevation as Pikes Peak.
The drive up the mountain is gorgeous. Below timberline there are beautiful bristlecone pines. You can see mountain goats and Rocky Mountain big horn sheep. The high altitude scenic drive climbs more than 7,000 feet in just 28 miles.
Remember also to stop in the gift shop for some great Mount Evans souvenirs.
Julianne Alvarez-Wish is a military wife, mother, business owner, professional writer, blogger and legislative advocate. She is the Director of Communications for Our Milk Money, the Colorado State Leader for the National Association for Moms in Business and the owner of Buy By Mom and Buy By Mom Blog. She is the Colorado Springs Stay-at-Home Mom Examiner for Examiner.com. She also blogs at Wishful Thinking. Her passion, purpose and goal is to help parents work from home so they can be home with their children.