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Colorado Springs For Kids

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Looking for a kid-friendly place for your autumn vacation? Look no further than Colorado Springs! Located about one hour south of Denver, Colorado Springs is actually the state’s second most populated city. There is truly something for everyone in this city, from outdoor activities, sightseeing, shopping, restaurants, and museums. Continue reading for some of the reasons why kids love Colorado Springs. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Why Kids Love Colorado Springs

Perhaps the most popular spot in Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods Park is a Colorado National Natural Landmark. This scenic park spans 1,367 acres and welcomes an estimated six million visitors per year. The area offers a self-guided audio tour and guided nature walks. Your kids will love the Visitor and Nature Center at The Garden of the Gods. The center has exhibits and galleries, a geo trekker theater, water bottle refilling stations, and a complete list and map of the area’s hiking trails. Though some of the guided tours cost money, the visitor center is completely free for everyone.

Another place that kids find magical in Colorado Springs is The North Pole. That’s right, this destination moves the magic of the North Pole and all of its Christmas lore to Colorado. It is a family-friendly amusement park that allows guests to keep the holiday spirit around long after December. There are more than 25 rides, including child-only rides, family rides, and infant-friendly rides. Safety is a top priority here, so parents can rest easy. Each ride has height requirements that determine whether or not a child must ride with an adult. There’s a real Santa and an amazing gift shop on the campus. They even have a local glass blower that makes unique ornaments that you can purchase!

Colorado National Monuments

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Colorado is full of National Parks and Monuments. But what’s the difference between the two? The primary difference between national monuments and other kinds of sites, such as national historic sites, national battlefields, national seashores and national parks, is in the way they are established by the government. Continue reading for some of the most popular national monuments in the state of Colorado. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Popular National Monuments

One of the most iconic national monuments in Colorado is the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. This area contains a huge number of archaeological sites representing Ancestral Puebloan and other Native American cultures. Therefore the area contains a large amount of historic and environmental resources. Visitors should note that there aren’t many paved roads through the Monument. However, there are many walking trails that are easy to traverse and explore.

This next popular national monument is named simply The Colorado Monument. If you are visiting from out of state, the area is just 15 minutes from the Grand Junction airport. What makes this area popular is the plethora of things to see. Here you will witness sheer-walled canyons, monoliths, colorful formations, bighorn sheep, and if you’re lucky soaring eagles. They also offer ranger programs, 45 miles of beautiful hiking trails, and camping at the Saddlehorn Campground. You can even take a scenic bike ride or leisure car drive on the historic 23-mile Rim Rock Drive.

Eagle Valley Trail

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Have you heard of the Eagle Valley Trail? It is a scenic Colorado bike trail many years and many dollars in the making. With only 12 more miles to go for the current segment of the trail, bikers are getting ready to see what all the hype is about. This current stretch of pavement connects Dotsero to Gypsum. Once fully complete, cyclists will be able to pedal 63 miles between the top of Vail Pass to Glenwood Canyon without using the highway. Continue reading for more information. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Plans For The Trail

As if 63 miles isn’t already an incredibly long bike trail, things won’t end there. Linking with other pavement and trails, the new Eagle Valley Trail will allow extreme riders the chance to traverse nearly 140 miles from Breckenridge to Aspen. Again this is completely off the highway—there aren’t many places in the US that gives you this much distance with this much protected lanes. But why build such an expansive trail in the first place? Eco-tourism is one consideration. The other reason is to connect residents across Eagle County, from Vail to Minturn to Edwards west through Eagle Colorado.

The initiative is to create greener, healthier and more inclusive travel while giving communities safe routes that are accessible for all walks of life. Also, the trail connects to bus stops, places of work and other green open spaces. Of course such a major project does not come cheap. It’s expected to take $38.2 million from start to finish. There are several other segments of the trail left to complete. The biggest gap of trail is between the areas of Edwards and Wolcott. The goal of completing the Eagle Valley Trail in its entirety is to finish sometime in 2024.

Popular Jet Skiing Spots

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Denver has a dryer climate than other cities, but that doesn’t mean that there are no waterways. The city actually has local lakes and there are alpine spots a couple of hours drive from the metro area. This means that here are plenty of terrific places to jet ski relatively close to Denver. With autumn arriving, this may the last time this year to enjoy the water before it gets too cold. Continue reading for some of the most popular jet skiing areas in Colorado. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Jet Skiing Areas in Colorado

One of the most popular jet skiing spots is Chatfield Reservoir. As a part of Chatfield State Park, the reservoir is southwest of Denver and about a thirty minute drive from town. The reservoir is a sight to see from atop a jet ski. It is surrounded by nature, trails, and there’s even a historic cabin called the Slocum Cabin that you can explore. Chatfield has two boat ramps, public restrooms, and multiple picnic areas. Remember, the marina here doesn’t rent jet skis, though they do have other boat rentals. So you’ll have to rent from somewhere outside the park or bring your own jet ski from home.

Another popular spot for jet skiing in Colorado is Boyd Lake. Boyd Lake is only one hour north of Denver. Unlike Chatfield, the marina at Boyd Lake does offer jet ski rentals. The surrounding State Park also features campsites. So if you want to extend your trip over a weekend, bring your tent equipment or RV and enjoy some smores by the fire! The nearby town of Loveland is also a great place to stop by and visit during your trip. For example, the town has a unique sculpture park, the famed Devil’s Backbone nature trail, a great museum and gallery, and the Budweiser Events Center where many hockey games are played.

More Colorado Flea Markets

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Summer in Colorado is all about being outdoors and enjoying nature. When Coloradans are not at the park or hiking to see one of our great national landmarks, they’re perusing an outdoor flea market. Flea markets are great for finding all sorts of treasures like old movies, CD’s, and toy-sets for the kids. Continue reading for details on two of the most popular flea markets. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Thrifty Shopping in Colorado

One of the most popular flea markets in Colorado is the Jefferson Park Farm & Flea Market. This market, which is located near 26th and Federal, is an outdoor urban market. The Jefferson Park Farm and Flea Market is open on select Saturdays throughout the summer, so check out their website to see when they’re open. What makes this flea market special is that it is also a farmer’s market. It offers fresh produce, clothes, toys, collectible items, and special items sold by individual vendors, families, and local businesses. Because of their proximity, this flea market complements the Federal Indoor Flea Market very well.

Another popular flea market is the Paris Street Market at Aspen Grove and Park Meadows. This particular flea market has been around for over twenty years, so they must be doing something right! It is an open-air vintage, antique, and artisan market that sets up shop at Aspen Grove and the Park Meadows Mall parking lot during select Saturdays in the late spring and summer. What makes the Paris Street Market special is their focus on crafters and curators. This means that the items here are handmade and one of a kind. You don’t want to miss this flea market when it is available so make sure to keep a watch for them online.

Drinking in Never-Neverland

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Calling all adults! Are you looking for a place that you can go and hang out and feel young again? The Peter Pan Pop-Up at Tony P’s Bar & Pizzeria is designed to keep you young and make sure you never grow up! The venue will feature dozens of magical cocktails “sprinkled with faith and a little bit of pixie dust.” Continue reading to find out more about this fun, immersive experience before it is gone. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Peter Pan Pop-Up Party

Tony P’s will include a “Neverland bar,” designed to be the ultimate Peter Pan experience. Also, there will be other immersive features made purely for the fans of the timeless classic. Not only will there be treats for you to indulge in, there will also be a Captain Hook and a fairytale ticking crocodile. Hang with your friends or meet new people by competing in themed challenges. There will be prizes to be won, so bring your A-game!

As advertised, this pop up is based on the book Peter Pan by J.M Barrie. Other features based on the book include the Blue Lagoon, the Jolly Roger, and the Lost Boys Hideout. To share the experience with everyone, the venue is allowing people under 21 to witness the pop up during their “family-friendly sessions.” Remember, tickets are non-refundable but can be transferred in case you are unable to attend. Since this is a live performance, if you arrive more than 15 minutes late, you may be denied entry. The pop up is open now and will be until September 4th. Check out their website for more details.

Popular Swimming Spots in Colorado

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It is summer in Colorado, so it is time to get outside and spend some of your free time in the water! Colorado gets a bad wrap for having a dry climate, but there are many wonderful places to go swimming. In fact, we’ve gotten more rain this summer than usual and several popular swimming areas have seen an increase in elevation. Continue reading for some of the most popular swimming spots in Colorado. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Swimming in Colorado

One of the most popular swimming spots in Colorado is Paradise Cove in Guffey. This hidden gem of a swimming spot is located two hours south of Denver and an hour from Colorado Springs. Officially named “Guffey Gorge,” this is a naturally fed pool surrounded by beautiful cliffs. That means that there are opportunities for cliff-jumping with heights anywhere from 20 to 80 feet. The area around the water is beautiful too, with canyons and mesas to explore and photograph. Remember, to get to Paradise Cove you have to hike a one-mile trail, so be prepared for a short hike.

Another popular swimming spot is called the Devil’s Punch Bowl. This swimming area is located in Aspen. It is another natural pool with blue waters that average about 12 feet deep. The Punch Bowl also has nearby cliffs. Swimmers that like like some extra elevation can jump off the 25-foot cliffs into the pool or start on smaller ledges. Not much into swimming? You can explore the rocks or easily watch cliff-jumpers from many spots. There is no camping allowed at the Devil’s Punchbowl, but the Weller Campground is not far away.

Rising Mortgage Rates

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Are you thinking about buying a home in Colorado? If you’ve already spoken to a lender then you know that mortgage rates are rising. Knowing this about mortgage rates, how should this factor into your decision to buy a home? You may decide to go ahead and buy before rates get higher or you might wait for them to go down. Continue reading for a closer look at how things have worked in the past and what could happen in the future.  Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Taking A Closer Look

One way to get some insight into how mortgage rates will trend is to look at how the current mortgage rate compares to historical data. Yes, there’s no doubt about it, mortgage rates are higher than the average 30-year fixed rates that we’ve see in recent years. However, today’s rates are still comparatively low when looking at where rates have been since 1971. If you’re deciding whether to buy now or wait, this is important context to have. Today’s mortgage rate still allows you to lock in a rate comparatively lower than a few decades ago. This may explain why there are still buyers out there in the Colorado real estate market.

Though trends and historical data are usually great indicators of how things will go, nothing is set in stone. Many would-be buyers are asking the question, “what if rates get even higher?” This also explains why there are still many buyers in Colorado. They are ultimately motivated to buy because they know rates have risen steadily this year and they are eager to get ahead of further increases. As mortgage rates climb, so do monthly mortgage payments. The higher the monthly mortgage payment, the less buying power buyers have. If rates continue to rise, it will likely cost you more to buy a home if you wait.

Roadside Attractions in Colorado

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Colorado is over 104 thousand square miles of sight-seeing opportunities, just waiting for you and your camera to visit. We have a whopping 42 state parks and countless other attractions that are great for an old-fashioned road trip. Some of these attractions are even next to the road, so that you can easily access them for pictures on your way through our great state. Continue reading of some of the most unique roadside attractions in Colorado.  Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Unique Stops for Your Colorado Road Trip

One of the most popular western Colorado roadside attractions is Mike the Headless Chicken Statue in Fruita. Located near Circle Park, this iconic statue stands 5 feet tall and is completely made out of metal. You’ve probably heard the phrase “like a chicken with it’s head cut off,” which alludes to the actually phenomenon that chickens are known to twitch and move around after being decapitated. However, there is a document story that a chicken in Fruita was reported to live for 18 months without a head. This amazing story is what the statue is depicting—the story will certainly live on through this piece of art.

Another great roadside attraction is the Teller County Dinosaur Statues in Cripple Creek. If you are travelling with children, this is a great thing to point out to them as you’re driving by in Cripple Creek. These prehistoric statues are actually located on private land along Colorado Highway 67 between Divide and Cripple Creek, and are therefore only available to be seen while passing by in your car. The area features a dozen fiberglass statues including dinosaurs, characters from The Flintstones, and even a bigfoot. Another location in town for Dinosaur sculptures is the Cripple Creek Heritage Center. It showcases the history of the Teller County region, from dinosaurs to gold mines.