Mar 21, 2012 8:09 PM by Matt Stafford
With vacation just around the corner for many; high gas prices continue to eat away at those spring break budgets.
So, what do you do if you want to do something fun, but don't want to break the bank? News 5 has put together a list of options in southern Colorado that we think you can get to on only one tank of gas, round-trip. We set the limit at 300 miles to give us a basic number; that means 150 miles or less each way. We made our starting point Colorado Springs.
Before hitting the road, it's worth mentioning some local options. In Colorado Springs; the Olympic Training Center, the Air Force Academy, and Garden of the Gods are big draws. Also, Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs are nearby for shopping and dining. There's also the popular trip up Pikes Peak.
You have options to the north as well; you can make it to Denver and back on a tank of gas, and if you hit I-70 heading west you could also reach ski resorts and towns in Summit County. There you'll find resorts like Keystone and Breckenridge.
Heading west from the Springs; Teller County gives you some different options. You could take a family trip to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Park. Also, you have the chance to test your luck in the casinos of the old mining town, Cripple Creek.
To the southwest, skiers are still hitting the slopes at Monarch; that's about 120 miles away.
Following the Arkansas River into the valley -- through Salida and Canon City -- there are plenty of outdoor options; like the world-famous Royal Gorge.
When you get to Pueblo there's plenty to do there; browsing along the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk is popular on nice days.
Following the river east; La Junta brings you the option of a history lesson at Bent's Old Fort. That's about 115 miles from Colorado Springs.
Straight south on I-25; a change of pace that's just about 130 miles away is downtown Trinidad.
For those who have lived in Colorado for a while; you know there's more than that in the area, but for everybody else it's at least a good starting point to get out and do something for spring break.