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Summer time in the Colorado Rockies Its HOT!
It is rare here in the mountains to see the high temperatures that we have seen this summer. Back in the day you could count on an afternoon shower daily. Not this year rain is just plain not in the forecast. We have had a few showers here and there but hardly enough to write home about.
Sunscreen, fans and a whole lot of water is on tap here these days.
Surviving the heat 101
1. Hydration is the number one key to surviving the heat. Combine the high altitude with high temperatures and dehydration is the recipe for disaster and a trip to the local emergency room. If you are feeling thirsty that's a sure sign dehydration is already setting in. Drinking plenty of water or sport drinks is highly recommended.
2. Sunscreen and plenty of it. We are closer to the sun here in Colorado. Again, the combination of the higher altitude along with the dry hot weather calls for at least SPF 50 and reapplication every two hours.
3. Be able to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and true heat emergencies (heat cramps, heat rash, heat exhaustion, heat stroke). Call emergency services (911) in the event of a heat emergency and try to cool the victim until help arrives.
4. Finally, remember that pets also suffer when the temperature rises. Cooling animals (dogs, rabbits, cats) by giving them a "cool" bath or shower will help keep their body temperature down. A cool towel on a tile floor to lay on, a cool towel or washcloth laying over the skin next to a fan will also help cool the animal. Make sure they have plenty of cool water to drink as well. Signs of a heat stroke in a pet are:
rapid panting, wide eyes, lots of drooling, hot skin, twitching muscles, vomiting and a dazed look.
Call your vet if you think your pet has a heat stroke!
Summer is a great time to vacation with family and friends. Enjoying the outdoors and all that the mountains have to offer just be mindful of the risks associated with the hot summer sun!
Ajex Mine Tour
Description:The Ajax Mine sits high above Victor on historic Battle Mountain. The Battle Mountain Trail across the lower part of Victor’s backdrop beneath the Ajax has been a popular hike since 2000 when it was installed.
Last year the trail was been extended to a new overlook at the Ajax Mine. Newmont Mining Corporation invested in the construction required to provide visitors with a safe access to the mine site and overlook above Victor. The overlook has now been closed to ensure safety at the mine site during the expansion of the mining operation. This temporary closure will be for about one year and means that no access will be allowed other than during a special tour Saturday, May 19.
The tour will include an historical overview of the mine history by Victorite Gary Horton, who worked at the Ajax during its final years in production. This tour is subject to safety considerations and may include alternate stops at the Independence and Portland mines.
The tour is $15 per person and is limited to the first 60 tickets sold. Tickets may be purchased at VictorColorado.com by credit card or by cash the door the day of the event. The tour will start at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum at 12:30 p.m. when shuttles will take tour-goers to the Ajax Mine site and overlook. After the history presentation, a shuttle will take everyone back to the museum in Victor.
Cosponsors of this event are The Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG) which will receive all proceeds from the event for historic preservation projects, Newmont Mining Corporation, and Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation.
Event Time:12:30 AM - 03:00 PM Mountain
Location:Meet at Victor Lowell Thomas Museum
298 Victor Ave.
Victor, CO 80860
What Is The Tiny House Movement?
We here at Red Door Vacation Rentals have just one "Tiny House" and or 'Cottage.' We really wanted to give guests or potential buyers an opportunity to see what tiny living is all about. It sounds intriguing but is it something really feasible? Can I really live in 500 sq ft or less? Before you dig into your wallet to purchase that "Tiny House" come stay in ours and see what it is all about. There are several cities that are "Tiny Home" friendly and Woodland Park, CO just happens to be one. We have our very own designated
"Tiny Home" community, Peak View Park.
Enjoy the most spectacular view of America's Mountain, Pikes Peak. Enjoy the courtyard and listen to the chirping of the birds, take in the mountain air and visualize living the dream.
Combine our natural Rocky Mountain beauty, our perfect location at the base of Pikes Peak, our comfortable weather, clean mountain air, unlimited outdoor activities, interesting, fun, and educational attractions, unique shopping opportunities, famous restaurants & saloons, our historic heritage centers & museums, Cripple Creek gaming, famous Colorado horse ranches, local theater, our art galleries, along with our friendly residents and you to will agree there truly is "something for everyone" in Teller County, Colorado!
Springtime in the Rockies.
When traveling to the Colorado Rockies in the Spring and early months of summer you will likely experience all four seasons in one day! The weather can start out sunny and clear, then the wind starts blowing after that you may wonder if the current snow storm is going to leave you stranded for days!! Hold on 5 minutes later the sun is back out the skies are clear the birds are chirping and life is oh so good.
So what should you pack? A warm jacket or even a coat. Your hiking boots and your flip flops!
Your most comfortable pair of jeans and also your favorite shorts.
Please check out AccuWeather.com for the most up to date forecast for your stay.
The month of May is shaping up to be absolutely beautiful in Colorado. The long range forecast looks like the beginning of the month calls for low 60's during the day with cool evenings in the 30's. Later in the month towards the Memorial Day weekend will reach the 70's. Afternoon showers are likely in the month of May. Plenty of sunshine in the mornings and early afternoons. Perfect for early morning hikes and biking.
Winter is coming! Be safe out there, travelers. Take a look at our winter driving safety tips before the snow settles.
Traveling With Kids - December 6, 2017 Surviving the Flight with Kids
Let’s say it together: kids are hard! They’re messy, they won’t sit still, and their shoes are always missing. Taking infants and toddlers on a plane may seem daunting, but good preparation can make the trip much easier. Don't let the fear of a mid-flight breakdown or hauling a car seat on a plane keep you from taking the trip of a lifetime. Take a look at our tips and tricks for traveling with little ones, including: booking your flight, what to pack, car seat regulations, carry on items allowed for baby, tips for getting through security, as well as rules of the road for Colorado once you arrive.
Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region, with its endless beautiful blue skies, is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Numerous trails of varying terrain make Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region a hiker’s paradise. Plan on spending two to four hours on this 4.4-mile round-trip hike on the Catamount Trail. It is rated with moderate difficulty and is recommended for hikers and dogs alike. The months from May to October are the best to enjoy this particular hike. The fairly rocky path includes numerous switchbacks. Begin in the quaint mountain town of Green Mountain Falls, just west of Colorado Springs, and end at South Catamount Reservoir located on the north side of Pikes Peak. View the valley below with two overlooks just a few hundred feet off the main trail. Take in the splendor of the Garden of Eden, a beautiful open field containing a myriad of dazzling wildflowers during the spring and summer months. Once you arrive at South Catamount Reservoir, you’ll find plenty of picnic tables and restrooms.
Enjoy spectacular views of Pikes Peak and the wondrous outdoors of the region on the Catamount Trail in Colorado. Breathe in the fresh mountain air while taking in the majestic sights that only Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region can offer.
The Historic Ute Inn
The "Ute" has been a Woodland Park hot spot since the mid-forties, and has gained notoriety for its food and drink specials, friendly atmosphere, and live music. The owners of the Ute Elijah and Karen Murphy take so much pride in their establishment. They buy only the best top quality food. This is not your typical bar food. Whether your craving a big juicy steak, Mexican food or just plain ole comfort food the menu has a wide variety. Stop in meet Karen and "Murph" their friendly staff and take in a great meal along with an ice cold beer. The bar features a separate dining area, so perfect for the families with young children. For the 21 and over crowd the bar offers a pool table and live music. Most musicians that perform at the Ute are local's. All the bands do not disappoint.
Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole is a must-see winter destination for travelers with little ones. Your kids can enjoy Christmas-themed fun with a number of rides, cups of cocoa and a visit with Saint Nick himself! Kick off the holiday season with a Ferris wheel, pony carts, or take flight on fighter plane ride for a day full of fun...
Things to do and see in Durango Here are some fun things to do in Durango and the surrounding area that will have the kids eager to come back year after year...
Explore the Pikes Peak Region with Your Dog The Pikes Peak region can be just as fun your furry friend as it is for the 2-legged members of your family! The hiking and outdoor adventures are great for all ability levels and whether you’re looking for a quick walk or a day-trip into the mountains, there are many great trails to choose from. But take note, when it comes to hiking with dogs, there are a few rules to abide by, most of them are common sense for pet owners...
Snowshoeing for Beginners - How to Start For some, winter is synonymous with cocoa, warm fires and good books, but for others, the winter ushers in a crisp, white playground! Many people think of skis or snowboards as the only way to make it on the mountain in the wintertime, but snowshoeing has grown in popularity each year. It’s an easy sport to learn, but offers a wide range of difficulty, making it perfect for any age or ability...
Hiking Right of Way and Trail Etiquette Just like driving, hiking has some rules of the road you should know before heading out for the first time. Whether you’re hiking, biking, bringing pets, bringing a picnic, or horseback riding, there are rules and etiquette to abide by. The rules are simple, but they ensure everyone has a good time...