In September/October of 2020, I decided I was ready to escape from the monotonous "work from home" life. One Sunday night in August I explored the amount of miles, campsites, and number of parks I could visit in one months time; I was tired of the "walking from my bed to the kitchen table routine" and forgetting about the world around me. I confronted my boyfriend, reached out to the friends I had in multiple states and hence, my month long solo road trip out west was born.
I follow the group "Girls Who Travel" on Facebook and let me tell you, it is a very inspiring page! There are woman out there who solo travel, are not afraid to take nude pictures, and share their experiences around the world. The more I saw pictures of the Western States of the the US, I felt more appealed to visit. Not only did I have friends who lived out there, I had been to multiple places that would make sense to visit again alone. I feel blessed to have friends in Colorado, Utah, California, Arizona, and more! Without them, my trip would have been more difficult, including expenses. But overall, I did end up spending about 8 days alone and felt free, excited, and happy about that decision.
This post will give an insiders look at the hikes I thought were worthwhile and the campsites that made sense for a solo traveler. Overall, my trip was more than I ever wanted it to be and I loved every solo minute of it. I hope you enjoy these campsites and trails as much as I did.
The Manitou Climb
I won't deny - I (un-purposely) did the half climb and ended up hiking the Barr Trail for the first half instead. It was a pleasant, steady climb that eventually connects to the Manitou Climb. By the time you connect to the climb you have about 1,000 stairs to climb to the top. Non-planningly I ended up hiking on the Barr Trail to about stair 2,000 and stepped the rest of the way up. To say the least, I was not disappointed in my mistake.
Garden of the Gods
The following day I was inspired to explore the Garden of the Gods. The minute you drive by this landscape you are exposed to an awe of creation - it will take you by surprise. This is an easy hike but will lead you to incredible views and expose you to an unimaginable world. If you are near Colorado Springs, this stop is definitely worth the time.
This amazing little town takes my breath away each time I visit. Not only does the Colorado River flow through the middle of the town, but there is individual artwork displayed among the entire town. If you have an extra 40 minutes to spare out of your Colorado road trip, I highly suggest to check out out this cute town filled with hot springs and hiking trails.
After Carbondale, I visited the beautiful state of Utah. I will not claim on being an expert on either Colorado or Utah, but I will 100% suggest to visit either of the states. Rivers flow freely, hot springs are sporadic, bike and hike trails exist literally everywhere, and people are friendly. If you have the opportunity, explore and visit these towns before visiting the wonderful parks of Utah.
Colorado was just the first step in my adventure. After I explored Colorado for a few days alone, I had all the courage I needed for Utah and was more than excited to continue my journey onto the next state.
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