We took an impromptu, brief trip to Colorado on an extended weekend. A few things I learned on this trip: I do suffer from altitude sickness and so does my dog! I also learned that it is very cold in the mornings in August in Colorado. Lastly, there are lots of photo ops everywhere you look.
Neither Mike nor myself had ever been actually hiking in Colorado before, so we set out for an extended weekend trip. We made no reservations. Our destination was Guanella Pass Campground to see if we could get any walk-in sites. Thankfully on the very last campsite we drove by, the person before us was packing up. So we took that one. It was absolutely gorgeous! The view facing the east was incredible.
The back of the campsite went up a hill and there were trees everywhere…not to mention a rapidly-flowing creek on both sides of us. It sounded very wonderful; however, it did make it really cold. We were also blocked from sunshine a good part of the day and night, thus the morning was cold due to it taking a long time for the sun to get high enough to shed some sunlight on our campsite. When we left Missouri, it was in the 90s. The morning in Colorado was in the mid 30s. Brrr… Regardless, it was a beautiful campsite.
Unfortunately we were in a time crunch, and I was not able to properly acclimate myself. Our dog got very sick, and we cut our trip short.
However, we will take more trips to Colorado, but we will have to have more time to properly acclimate to the heights. Going from say 1000 feet to 10,000+ is a big difference!
We did take a hike on the silver dollar lake trail which was near the campground. It was drop-dead gorgeous! The trail was heavily used, but well worth it.