Experiencing Colorado Springs On A Budget

{After a nasty bicycle wreck, I broke my iPhone and lost all of my Colorado Springs photos. Read on for helpful info, and please excuse my lack of photos. }

After exporting Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, I headed down to Colorado Springs to cap off my trip. Growing up, my family visited Colorado Springs twice but we never did the active/hiking/ exploring type adventures. This trip was solely about crossing off some of those adventures that I didn’t do as a kid. After some research I opted to take a bike tour down Pikes Peak and spend an evening hiking at Garden of the Gods. Check out my full recap and a lodging recommendation below.

Exploring Colorado Springs on a Budget/ Where to Stay, what to do/ Simply JessaLynn

Hiking Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods is arguably one of those “must see” Colorado Springs spots. As a child I remember being in awe of the formations and the longing to hike the trails. I arrived in Colorado Springs late afternoon on a Friday and choose to hit the park for a sunset hike.

I hiked up a hill and found a peaceful spot for journaling and reflecting. Garden of the Gods attracts a large number of visitors every year and is usually quite crowded. However the park is so large, visitors are still able to enjoy their time exploring


Driving Trail Ridge Road Estes Park to Grand Lake

Trail Ridge Road (or US highway 34) is a 48 mile stretch of road running over the Rocky Mountains connecting Grand Lake and Estes Park Colorado. Since its inception in the early 1930’s the road has been enticing those brave enough to drive up the winding path with magnificent views and the chance to explore the tundra enviroment.

Driving Trail Ridge Road- Day Trip from Estes Park to Grand Lake- Simply JessaLynn

I stumbled upon Trail Ridge Road during my solo trip to Colorado earlier this spring. This was the perfect break from hiking on a beautiful sunny day. Over 11 miles of Trail Ridge Road is above the tree line meaning little things like aspen and pine trees don’t block the views.  I started the trail on the Estes Park side and given the favorable road conditions, I ventured the entire length into Grand Lake. After a short lunch I drove the entire road back to Estes Park.


YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Review 2

One of the best parts of traveling is stumbling upon hidden gems that far exceed expectations. For me, the YMCA of the Rockies-Estes Park Center was exactly that, a hidden gem (and gym).  Chalked full of value, amazing views, memories and wonderful people, this YMCA resort should be on every travelers bucket list. Best of all, you do not have to be a YMCA member to book a stay at amazing property.


YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center Review/ Travel Log/ Simply JessaLynn


I Vow To…. During My 30th Year on This Planet

Today is my 29th birthday. At a time where {most} my age are settling down, marrying, advancing their careers and reproducing I am…… well not doing any of those things. In honor of my last 20-something birthday I reflected on some changes I want to make over the next 12 months.

I Vow To……


7 Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park 2

Rocky Mountain National Park is comprised of 415 square miles of beautiful protected mountain environment. Roaring waterfalls, spring fed lakes, amazing mountain views, and a verity of animals offer visitors at this park a unique and memorable experience.  Check out these 7 Hikes you can’t miss in Rocky Mountain National Park.

7 Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park You Can't Miss Simply JessaLynn