After taking some photographs at the National Monument we take Teller County Road 1 into Cripple Creek, increasing up to 9,500 feet in elevation. Cripple Creek is a former mining town, now a tourist destination, and one of a handful of cities in Colorado where gambling is allowed. Unfortunately today it is a ghost-town. The casino’s, restaurants, hotels and stores are all closed due to the covid-19 Stay-at-Home orders.
As we drive back toward Colorado Springs the mountains are beautiful, but an icy rain develops. The temperature outside the car registers at 34F (1C). I can see why people who live in this area have generators and put in a months worth of food before winter! As we make our way down toward Manitou Springs and into Colorado Springs (elevation 6,000 feet/ 1,830 meters) the sun reappears and the temperature returns to an acceptable 75F (24C).