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25 best things to do in historic Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs lies northwest of Colorado Springs at the base of Pikes Peak. Plan to spend at least a long weekend there. Here’s two reasons: The town offers the relaxed vibe of a mountain resort town with easy proximity to a metropolitan area’s services. Escape summer’s heat at 6,000 feet and enjoy Manitou’s milder winter […]

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The ultimate guide to the Colorado National Monument

Enjoy the relative solitude of Colorado National Monument’s otherworldly formations. “The Monument,” as locals call it, is the Colorado Plateau’s eastern gateway. The plateau’s Red Rock Country is full of colorful rocks. They include domes, fins, hoodoos, reefs, natural bridges, and slot canyons. The National Park Service has nine national parks in the Colorado Plateau. Except

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21 best stops along Colorado’s Gold Belt Tour Scenic Byway

The Rockies are calling. There’s gold in those mountains, and you can find it—not just the yellow metal, but gold aspens in the fall and daily casino winnings. Sign up for a high-altitude adventure in Colorado’s former mining country. Parts of the historic drives are white-knuckle experiences through North America’s greatest gold camp. The famous

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Remembering Colorado’s Sand Creek Massacre

Three weeks after Colonel John Chivington and his troopers slaughtered non-combatants at the Sand Creek Massacre, they triumphantly entered Denver. They waved Cheyenne and Arapaho scalps and other body parts on December 22, 1864. The Rocky Mountain News gushed, “Among the brilliant feats of arms in Indian warfare, the recent campaign of our Colorado volunteers will

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Visit Colorado’s Amache National Historic Site now

Camp Amache National Historic Site reminds visitors of the courage of Japanese Americans unjustly confined during World War II. After Pearl Harbor pushed the United States into World War, the War Relocation Authority forcibly removed the Japanese Americans from their West Coast homes. The wind-swept former camp is now a pale shadow of its 1942-1945 self. A

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Kansas geography: 5 flags, 4 corners, and 3 centers

Kansas geography: 5 flags, 4 corners, and 3 centers What do Haiti, Florida, and Texas, and a piece of cardboard have to do with Kansas geography? Everything. Before Old Glory reigned over all of Kansas, four other flags waved above the state: Spain, France, Mexico, and Texas. Even after the United States gathered the entire

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One-year blogging anniversary

Roxie on the Road celebrates one-year blogging anniversary Today, July 14, 2020, is Roxie on the Road’s one-year blog anniversary. Where has the time gone? Wherever it’s gone, we have come a long way, baby. Here is a look back at 10 memorable moments in our first year: Highlights at our one-year blogging anniversary For

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Top 10 reasons to enjoy Florissant Fossil Beds

Escape to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Here are 10 great reasons to visit Colorado’s sequoia trees. Sequoias don’t grow in Colorado now. But they once did. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument preserves a forest of petrified sequoia stumps. For the rest of the story, we have to enter geologic time. Volcanic tantrum preserves Florissant

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The War Horse tells Burlington carousel history

Life on a roller coaster I’m the Kit Carson County Carousel’s War Horse from Burlington, Colo. We, the carousel’s animals, have endured rejection many times, prolonged suffocation, and theft. But, we have also enjoyed acceptance, restoration, and celebration. Ironically, our company, Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC), still makes roller coasters. But, sadly, they no longer make

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