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COMPASSIONATE DHARMA CLOUD MONASTERY- I-285 S at Settlers Dr

A quick drive west on I-285 S from the Denver suburbs will take you right to the Compassionate Dharma Cloud Buddhist Monastery.  And a stop at this beautiful facility is even more rewarding than being able to pronounce their name!…

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FRONT STREET: Fairplay

Visiting the whole town of Fairplay is far from a ’20 min’ stop along I-285, but having a picnic along the river and enjoying Front Street certainly is not! As you enter the town of Fairplay, take a right turn…

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COMO ROUNDHOUSE: I-285 S at Boreas Pass Rd

Just minutes off of I-285 S at Boreas Pass Rd, you will find the not-really-there-anymore Como Roundhouse. Once a repair shop for the Denver-South Park-Pacific narrow gauge Railroad, this 6 bay stone Roundhouse served the town of Como Colorado from 1881 to…

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COLLEGIATE PEAKS SCENIC OVERLOOK: Exit: CO 302

Just before Johnson Village on I-285 S, you’ll find the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook.  Its a great ’20 min’ stop with the best view of the Collegiate Peaks in the state.  Take a right onto Rd 304.  There is a…

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ST ELMO: Near Nathrop

The St Elmo Ghost Town is not actually a ’20 min’ stop, but it was so much fun to poke around in, I decided to include it anyway! You’ll need about 1 1/2-2 hrs for this excursion. From I-285 S…

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CHRISTMAS 1806 PICNIC GROUND: Poncha Springs

Just before you arrive in Poncha Springs along I-285 S, you will find the Christmas 1806 Picnic Ground.  It’s a ‘don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-it’ spot, but a significant one nonetheless. It was pouring rain when we arrived at the Christmas 1806 Picnic Ground,…

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ROBERTSON’S FLOUR MILL: Saguache

I-285 travels right through the town of Saguache.  While your there, take a quick ’20 min detour’ to see Robertson’s Flour Mill.  It is the only U.S. water powered grist mill still left standing! (If you have the time, you…

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HIGH VALLEY MENNONITE CHURCH: Center

Just under 1 1/2 miles off of I-285 you will find the High Valley Mennonite Church. I must admit that I was excited to see this stop off of I-285.  I come from a Mennonite background, and most of the…

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UFO WATCHTOWER: Hwy 17 at Hooper

Welcome to “The Bermuda Triangle of the West.” The San Luis Valley boasts more UFO sightings than anywhere else in the country, and the area’s UFO Watchtower records sightings nearing the hundreds.  As a result, it receives anywhere from 2,000- 5,000 visitors…

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COLORADO GATORS REPTILE PARK: Exit 112

Maybe not a ’20 min’ stop off of I-285, but the Colorado Gator and Reptile Park is more than worth the effort if you have an hour or so and an extra $20 per person (discount tickets are sold at…

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MONTE VISTA WILDLIFE REFUGE: Co-15

A quick detour from I-285 S in the town of Monte Vista leads you into the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. As you enter the town of Monte Vista along I-285, stay on the Hiwy and watch as it turns…

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CANO’S CASTLE: Antonito

Although it’s far from being a ‘little-known site’, no trip through Antonito is complete without a stop at Cano’s Castle. Born Dominic (Donald) Espinosa, the Castle’s architect & builder now goes by ‘Cano’ which is the Native American term for…

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OLDEST CHURCH IN CO: Antonito

Built in 1863, Our Lady of Guadalupe is the oldest and first permanent church in Colorado. Heading south on I-285, this site is a quick one to see.  Look to the west at 8th street in Antonito and you can’t…

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ROADSIDE CHAPEL: South 285

Goodbye…goodbye…parting is such sweet sorrow Heading out of Antonito on S-285, it is about time to exit the beautiful and ‘Colorful’ state of Colorado.  Before you cross the border into New Mexico however, there is a roadside chapel worth dropping…

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IDAHO SPRINGS WATER WHEEL: Exit 241

Tayler Water Wheel Many visitors to the state of Colorado who make their way from Denver into the Rocky Mountains find themselves traveling on I-70.  This highway makes its way into the heart of the Rockies.  Here you can learn…

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WILDLIFE VIEWING AREA: Exit 232

Are Colorado’s Bighorn Sheep calling your name? If so, then pull off I-70 W at exit 232 and follow Alvarado Rd W until it becomes Argentine St.  You’ll find yourself at the Wildlife Viewing Area in Georgetown.  Here at the…

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BLACK LAKES PICNIC SITE: Exit 190

Oooo…you’re in for a treat! As you approach Exit 190, You’ll see signs for Shrine Pass Rd.  Exit there. The Black Lakes Picnic Site is the reward you’ll find waiting for you just a few minutes off the highway!  …

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GYPSUM PONDS: Exit 140

Ah… A clear blue mountain pond on a sunny day in Colorado is always a feast for the eyes, but Gypsum Ponds are much more! Gypsum Ponds is a State Wildlife Area, and an enjoyable “20 min” stop.  Here you…

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SOPRIS ALPACA FARM: Exit 105

The Sopris Alpaca Farm, “Where Heaven and Nature Humm” Just off I-70 at exit 105 is where you will find that slice of heaven, at the Sopris Alpaca Farm!  From Exit 105, Follow Hiwy 6 for about 10 min and…

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WESTERN SLOPE VIETNAM MEMORIAL: Exit 19

      Field of Dreams       Dedicated to the men and women who served in the United States of America Armed Forces during the Vietnam War 1959-1975 At Exit 19 in Fruita you will find the Western Slope…

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TRAIL THROUGH TIME: Exit 2

Take a walk on the ancient side… Just before you hit the Utah border, pull off of I-70 at exit 2 into Rabbit Valley.  Follow the exit road until you get to Rabbit Valley Rd, and  turn right.  You will end…

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BEYOND THE PHOTO: Other memory Makers

BEYOND THE PHOTO: Display photos, memories and souvenirs in creative & useful ways! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! I’d love your input! Please share the unique and creative ways you use to preserve your memories (and include photos if you’d like).  This blog…

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A COMPACT CAMERA AT ITS BEST

Oh, the Eternal Question… “Do I really want to lug around a bunch of equipment on my next trip and therefore risk getting G.A.S (“Gadget Acquisition Syndrome”)?                          …

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1). QUICK BREAKFASTS ON THE GO

QUICK BREAKFASTS PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! I’d Love your input!  Please share tested recipes, ideas, hints and hacks that have worked for you (and include photos if you’d like) for quick breakfasts on the go.  These blogs are ongoing and will…

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2). FAST CAMP BREAKFASTS

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! I’d Love your input!  Please share tested recipes, ideas, hints and hacks that have worked for you (and include photos if you’d like) for fast camp breakfasts.  These blogs are ongoing and will be updated regularly, so…

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3). LEISURELY BREAKFASTS AT CAMP

LEISURELY MORNING MEALS PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! I’d Love your input!  Please share tested recipes, ideas, hints and hacks that have worked for you (and include photos if you’d like) for leisurely breakfasts at camp.  These meal blogs are ongoing and…

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4). PICNIC LUNCHES ON THE ROAD

LUNCHES TO GO PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! I’d Love your input!  Please share tested recipes, ideas, hints and hacks for picnics on the road that have worked for you (and include photos if you’d like).  These blogs are ongoing and will…

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5). LUNCHES AT CAMP

LUNCH AT LEISURE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! I’d Love your input!  Please share tested recipes, ideas, hints and hacks for lunches at camp that have worked for you (and include photos if you’d like).  These blogs are ongoing and will be…

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