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6 Fascinating South Dakota Stops You Need to See

Posted on: July 19th, 2017 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

south dakota road tripSouth Dakota Road Trip Ideas

Summer is the perfect time for a road trip, and in the West there’s plenty to see and do in some of the most surprising places. If you’re looking for a non-tourist trap to head to with the family this summer, consider a South Dakota road trip. We know, it doesn’t seem exactly like the kind of place your kids would be clamoring to go, but there are quite a few hidden gems in and around the state that will make the trip more than worth it.

Don’t know where to start? We’ve got 6 must-see places to add to your itinerary that will make your South Dakota road trip one of your most memorable trips yet.

1. Badlands Wall

An absolutely stunning geological phenomena, the Badlands Wall is a site to behold on any South Dakota road trip. Nestled in Badlands National Park, these rock formations are gorgeous and mind-boggling. A great photo opportunity although we all know pictures can never quite do the experience justice.

2. Porter Sculpture Park

Strange sculptures, interesting art, and just enough creep-factor to give you the heebie jeebies if you find yourself here past sundown, this roadside attraction features a host of slightly macabre iron creations that will both intrigue and slightly frighten you.

3. Devil’s Gulch

The legendary site of Jesse James’ supposed death-defying leap to evade capture, Devil’s Gulch is a must-see for those interested in indulging in the finer points of Wild, Wild West’s history. This is the perfect place to spend an afternoon pretending you’re an infamous bandit who can never be caught.

4. Crazy Horse Memorial

The largest mountain carving in the world, the Crazy Horse Memorial could fit Mount Rushmore (also in South Dakota) inside itself many times over. Though Mount Rushmore is perhaps the more popular mountain carving destination, Crazy Horse Memorial is a must-see and will leave you marveling.

5. Thunderhead Underground Falls

Who doesn’t love a good underground waterfall? The Thunderhead Underground Falls in Rapid City, South Dakota is a gorgeous piece of nature. The waterfall is located 600 feet inside a mountain and used to make the lives of gold miners extremely difficult. Now, it’s a natural wonder to inspire awe and remind you how cool Mother Nature can be.

6. Depression Era Dinosaur Park

In Rapid City, South Dakota you’ll find one of the country’s first ever dinosaur parks. Built in the Depression era, the still-standing park is an interesting and somewhat hilarious look into what paleontology looked like long ago.

From stunning outdoor stops to unexpected art and more, there’s plenty to see on a South Dakota road trip. As you gear up for your next road trip, remember to include vehicle prep on your checklist. Making sure your car is in tip-top shape before you head out on the open road is an important part of ensuring you have a hassle-free vacation focused on the fun and family time rather than worrying about a vehicle malfunction.

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If you’re planning to hit the road soon but you have some dings or dents, give us a call at 303-344-2212 or visit us online. We would be happy to make you car look like new before hitting the road so you’re free and clear to pack on those miles and, along with them, some unforgettable memories.

Denver Auto Body Shop Tips: NFL Tailgate Traveling

Posted on: December 15th, 2014 by Jim Lamers No Comments

78813682Football season is coming to a close in the United States, with only two to three games left in the season. Many of our Denver auto body mechanics at Accurate Auto Body are just as sad to see the season on its way out. But in Denver, the season won’t end before January this year. Like eleven other talented teams in the NFL, the Denver Broncos are playoff bound after clinching the AFC West. The playoffs are an exciting and excruciating time in which your team either makes it to the Super Bowl to win it all, or goes home packing for the next season. If there was ever a time to support your favorite NFL team, it’s when the playoffs begin. Whether it’s a home game or not, you will want to be there to show your support, and no day at the stadium is complete without a memorable tailgate. Here are some of our tips to having a successful NFL tailgate, whether your team is at home or away this playoff season:

1- Coolers are essential. It’s likely that tailgating would have died out without the advent of coolers. Coolers allow you to bring all of your favorite refreshments to enjoy while reminiscing about your team’s greatest comeback with your friends and family. You simply cannot have that kind of experience with a lukewarm refreshment. You need an ice-cold bottle of your favorite beers. In fact, why not show some local pride and pack up refreshments that are exclusively home grown. It will be a fun way to show your team spirit, outside of wearing the appropriate colors that is. Remember not to drink and drive however, make sure someone stays responsible in the event an emergency appears and someone has to drive.

2- Invest in a portable grill. The quintessential tailgating vehicle has always been a pickup truck with an attached grill, but that doesn’t mean you have to own a truck to get your tailgate on. Any car will do, and you can pickup a portable grill at any retail store these days. Between a cooler full of cold ones and a plate of your favorite grilled foods, you may not even want the game itself to start so you can enjoy tailgating the night away.

3- Bring some lawn chairs. While it may seem like a fun idea to sit on the edge of your car’s trunk, it may not be the most comfortable of scenarios. Why not bring some lawn chairs along so you can sit and enjoy your experience with friends and family in a comfortable experience. After all, you don’t want to be in a situation where the plastic stadium chairs will be a reprieve from your car’s edge. Tailgating is about having fun and getting excited about the big game with friends and family. There are no limits to comfort.

4- Remember to dress warm. Tailgating always seems like a summer activity, but it’s still done all the way through the playoffs, which happen to be in January. Depending on where you are, January can be a bitterly cold month, and you don’t want to be caught outside in nothing but a football jersey and thin jeans. You will be outside for quite awhile and it is likely to be cold. But if the home team is going to have to play in that weather, you should show your support and tailgate in it too. The cold won’t really matter when your team is down by a field goal and making that final two minute drive to save their season anyway.

5- Know where you are going. Many of these NFL stadiums were constructed in the heart of their cities, but some of them are actually quite a ways outside of it. You can’t expect to get to the city and see the stadium from afar. You should do preliminary research on the stadium’s location, along with parking fees and traffic concerns that may come your way. A smart tailgater will be a happy tailgater. And a happy tailgater will be able to sit through whatever circumstances arise on game day, like a true fan would.

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NFL tailgating has been a storied tradition in this country, and the home team always appreciates seeing support where ever it may be. Road-tripping to see your favorite NFL team play during the playoffs can be an incredibly endearing experience, and you will want to make sure you have all the essentials for the trip. But there’s no use preparing for a trip if you won’t be able to even get there. That’s why you should make sure you get your vehicle checked at Accurate Auto Body before you set out on your NFL pilgrimage. We will make sure your car is in tip-top shape to make the cross-country drive. Nobody wants to tailgate in the middle of nowhere because their car broke down. For more information, give us a call at (303) 344-2212 or visit our website here.

What do you bring when you go to tailgate?

Denver Auto Body Shop Gift Ideas for More Fun on Long Holiday Road Trips

Posted on: December 3rd, 2014 by Jim Lamers No Comments

81747936The holiday season is near and that means is significant time off. While many of us will be staying home for the holidays, just as many of us are likely to pack up and drive off to visit family afar. Even some of our own Denver auto body shop employees will be heading out of state this holiday season. Unfortunately, these drives across the US can drag on, especially for children. As such, we’ve compiled a great list of gift ideas to help make those long drives more bearable for you or your young ones.

Digital Camera – The United States is a beautiful country with even more beauty than can only be seen as you drive across it. Since you will only be able to see some of these places every holiday season, it would be nice to be able to preserve some of that with impressive photos. Not only will it give you reason to make some stops on the way, but it will also allow you to stay interested in the scenery as you drive. Why not get ambitious with it and try to take professional photos of America’s many wonders? It’s a great gift that will help make the journey part of the experience of your holiday season.

Portable DVD/Blu-ray Player – Unfortunately, sometimes long stretches of a drive aren’t very aesthetically pleasing. As such, it’s a good idea to turn to a movie to help pass the time. Today’s line of portable DVD and Blu-ray players can hold a charge for enough time to play several movies. It’ll keep the children distracted and they’ll feel like the trip flew by. They can run anywhere between $40 and $200 depending on your desired screen size and quality.

Portable Games – Whenever you go to your local retail store, there’s always a section of the gaming aisles for those portable games. This is why that little section of the aisles exist. Portable games are made to help pass the time on long drives. From chess and Uno to more creative iterations of Monopoly and Settlers of Catan, there’s a travel-sized version of every popular game you’ve come to love. Some of these games can play drastically differently from their original counter parts, which can make learning the new format all the more enjoyable. The best part is, some of these games don’t require much concentration, allowing even the driver to participate, so long as he maintains eye contact on the road.

Hand-held Video Game Consoles – Sometimes, for this generation of children, card and board games just don’t cut it. If that’s the case with your children, then you might want to also consider buying them one of the many handheld video game consoles on the market. The two most popular consoles are the Nintendo 3DS, which can play video games in 3D, and Sony’s PlayStation Vita, which acts as a multimedia player as well as a video game player. But even beyond those consoles, you can find video games designed for tablets and mobile phones that can run video games just as well as the Nintendo and Sony’s products.

Music Library Gift Cards – For older audiences, some of the best gifts you can get for a road trip may come in the form of a gift card. While a gift card may not be the most sentimental of gifts for some, music library gift cards can be a great way for someone to stock up on their latest musical interests for the long drive. After all, these drives become significantly more enjoyable and bearable when appealing music is involved.

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There are many great road-trip gift ideas out there. These five try to cover many popular gifts, but you can certainly think of some others. However, these gifts won’t really matter unless you have a car that can get you to your cross-state destination. That’s why it’s important to make sure your car is in the best shape it can be before embarking on any road trip. At Accurate Auto Body, a Denver auto body shop, we guarantee that we will do our best to get your car ready for the holidays. Nobody wants to experience their car breaking down in the middle of their trip just days before that gift giving holiday. To learn more about our services, visit our website here or give us a call at 303-344-2212.

So, what are your “must haves” for long, holiday road trips?

Denver Auto Body Tips: Colorado’s Best Ski Resorts for 2014

Posted on: November 6th, 2014 by Jim Lamers No Comments

Parts of Colorado have already begun to see some snow, which can only mean it is officially the start of ski season. Many people we work with at Accurate Auto Body, a Denver auto body shop, can think of no better activity than skiing in the winter time. As such, we felt that this was a great time to list our five favorite ski resorts in Colorado and how to get to each one from the Denver area.

1- Telluride, Colorado – Voted as one of Forbes’ happiest places to live this year, Telluride, Colorado has a lot going for it. The sleepy little mountain town lies in the southwest quadrant of the state, which isn’t the easiest place to get to from Denver. The trek is roughly a 6 hour drive via US-285, or closer to 8 hours if you are forced to go around through Walsenburg due to winter conditions. However, the trip is certainly worth it, as the town sits very low in a steep box valley, making for majestic views as you ski across the vista. When you get tired of skiing, there are many small-town, family owned restaurants to enjoy across the ski village. A weekend trip to Telluride makes for a great getaway trip.

2- Vail, Colorado – Vail is one of the many ski resorts conveniently found in the I-70 corridor, situated between Glenwood Springs and Breckenridge. The town itself is particularly affluent, but that doesn’t make it any less appealing to visit. Vail’s peaks are noteworthy for their grandeur. Vail’s ski trails are some of the highest in the United States, stretching towards an unreal 5,289 acres of land purely for skiing. Just keep in mind that Vail’s position on I-70 coupled with its attractive ski trails make it a very popular destination in the winter. You may have to be more mindful of other skiers here than any other resort.

3- Silverton Mountain – Not all ski resorts are necessarily near towns, and getting away from civilization when skiing can really make for a unique experience skiing. Enter Silverton, located between Durango and Montrose in the southwest quadrant of the state. Getting to Silverton is no different than getting to Telluride more or less, with the added benefit of feeling like you are in the middle of nowhere while skiing. Beyond the resort itself, there is virtually nothing else in Silverton. Keep in mind that Silverton isn’t really considered a destination resort, as the vast majority of its trails are incredibly grueling even for expert skiers. If you are seeking a thrill, Silverton is the place to go.

4- Wolf Creek – Wolf Creek earns the distinction for having the most snow of any Colorado resort on a yearly basis. Also located in the southwest quadrant of the state, Wolf Creek can be found Northeast of Pagosa Springs. From Denver, the trip won’t take more than five to six hours, and the resort is simply gorgeous. Many might even consider the resort to be legendary if it was a little bigger. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in some of the best powder in Colorado. If you are a skier and you have not made it to Wolf Creek yet, this is the winter to start.

5- Steamboat Ski Resort – We didn’t forget about the northwestern quadrant of the state, Steamboat Springs features one of the most beautiful resorts in the state, if not the country. The resort has a good reputation for being ideal for families, with a good mix of easy to difficult slopes. Simply put, there’s a ski trail for any family regardless of how adventurous they may be. The town can be found northwest of Silverthorne, and it generally only takes about two and a half hours to get there from Denver. Besides the skiing, the town itself is simply adorable, and is very close to the famous Strawberry Hot Springs that is open 24-hours a day.

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Many Coloradans are defined by skiing, and for those people, it is very important that we get out fix every winter. This list will help you select some of the best places to ski in Colorado. Just make sure that your car is ready for a winter weekend getaway to the mountains. Not every car will always be equipped to travel in the mountains, especially in the winter. That’s why it’s important that you stop by Accurate Auto Body before your big skip trip. We’ll make sure your car is ready for a journey into the high country. For more information, call us at 303-344-2212, or visit our website here.

What are your favorite resorts?

Aurora Auto Body Shop Road Trips: A Rocky Mountain Safari

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by Jim Lamers No Comments

505502127Road trips are a great opportunity to get out into the vast open lands of the United States and explore places few people have gone before. It’s a chance to get away from the stress of urban life and really breathe in the fresh air and meld with nature. Colorado, in all its beauty, is abundant with natural wildlife that people take for granted here. Aurora and nearby Denver are so close to a whole heap of wildlife, and the opportunities to go observe them from the backseat are there. Accurate Auto Body, an Aurora auto body shop, knows all the best places to visit in Colorado before the snow begins to fall.

1- Mount Evans – As the highest road in the United States, the road to Mount Evans can feel like a mountainous safari. You drive up miles of incline surrounded by largely untouched land. In that land you climb several types of ecosystems that give you the chance to see all kinds of wild-life, from common squirrels to rare mountain goats, there’s all sorts of wild life to find as you climb Mount Evans. But hurry up, the road closes just before the winter season begins.

2- Garden of the Gods – Located just west of Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods itself is enough reason to visit the area. The park is a beautiful assortment of red rock bluffs that erupt from the ground for miles. The road throughout is so carefully made as to allow you to take in as much of the beauty as possible. What’s best about this trip is that it meanders through some heavily diverse forest. For the bird lovers, Garden of the Gods might possibly be the best place in Colorado to find birds. From red-tailed hawks to the lark bunting, you will find enough birds to satisfy your avian appetite.

3- Buffalo Herd Nature Reserve – Located just off of I-70 before Evergreen, the Buffalo Herd Nature Reserve was created with the express purpose of preserving the majestic Colorado bison. The area is outfitted with a network of dirt roads, which can be difficult to drive on for some cars. With that said, if you have a car that can make the trek, you will likely find yourself upon a buffalo herd that will make you want to paint the picture to memorialize. If you want to get out of the car and hike for a little, the area is great for that as well.

4- Rocky Mountain Arsenal – The Rocky Mountain Arsenal has a troubled history, as it once housed the nuclear waste processing facility known as Rocky Flats. The area has since been cleaned up and turned into a vast wild-life reserve great for nature watching. The Colorado government has worked effortlessly to reintroduce several types of wild-life into the reserve. The park currently boasts 330 different species of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles that are native to both prairie and alpine climates. With 17,000 acres of land to explore just outside of the Denver city limits, you won’t even have to wake up early to plan a trip to the area.

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Watching wildlife can be an extremely memorable event, so getting the family out to observe from your car can be a comfortable yet exciting way to immerse yourselves in Colorado’s rich environment. However, many of these reserves don’t necessarily have paved roads, and dirt roads can be tricky to drive on especially if your car has been giving your trouble to date. To make sure your car is in tip top shape to travel on dirt roads, call Accurate Auto Body at 303-344-2122 or visit our website here.

Denver Auto Body Shop Recommends 5 of the Hottest Hot Springs in Colorado

Posted on: August 15th, 2014 by Jim Lamers No Comments

sb10069045e-001With Colorado’s mountainous terrain, sometimes it may seem like you would be hard-pressed not to find hot springs in Colorado. The thing is, not every hot spring is as good as the other, and each one brings their own charm. That’s why this Denver auto body shop intends on listing the five best hot springs in Colorado that you need to check out. The nice thing about hot springs is you can go regardless of the weather, in fact, sometimes going in the dead of the winter can be a refreshing vacation away from the nasty cold weather. Here are out top five hot springs in Colorado:

1- Strawberry Park Hot Springs – Located near Steamboat Springs in what may seem like one of the more isolated parts of Colorado, Strawberry Park Hot Springs is truly a magical experience. Unlike most hot springs, this pool is designed to feel natural, as though you had stumbled upon it yourself in the middle of the mountains. The hot springs run parallel to mountain runoff which is extremely cold after you’ve been dipping in the hot water for an hour. If you’re feeling thrill-seeking though, you can attempt to swim across the river after soaking in the hot water to see how long you can last.

2- Glenwood Springs Hot Springs – Conveniently located off of I-70 in the majestic town of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, the Glenwood Springs Hot Springs feature some of the biggest hot springs in the world. The town itself was built over a vast hot spring reserve, making something like this possible. The pool is part of a bigger resort. The massive pool itself has relatively warm water, while it sits next to a smaller, significantly hotter pool. The resort also has two water slides that can be enjoyed by the children, and a restaurant so that you can enjoy a meal after soaking.

3- Pagosa Springs Hot Springs – Like Glenwood Springs, Pagosa Springs is also built near a particularly large hot spring reserve. If you aren’t familiar with it, the town is in the southwest corner of the state. The Pagosa Springs Hot Springs are also part of a major resort. Unlike Glenwood Springs though, it features several small and unique hot pools, rather than one all-encompassing gargantuan one. This allows you to pick a pool and enjoy some personal time with friends or family. Each pool has its own niche, whether it is a cliff view of the San Juan River, or a hot spring waterfall. The resort itself is also very aesthetically pleasing, outfitted with red-brick tiling and solid-sulfur structures, the springs are a certain a scene to behold.

4- Ouray Hot Springs – Located in the brilliant town of Ouray, Colorado, the Ouray Hot Springs feel a lot like a water park more than anything else. The 3 pools are filled with a combined total of one million gallons of hot spring water, and one of the pools even features lap lanes. Trying to do swimming laps in hot water can give you more stamina, giving you the kind of workout that feels great before, during, and after.

5- Hot Sulphur Springs Resort – Located in the appropriately named town of Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado, this resort prides itself on having the most natural spring waters in Colorado. The waters come directly from the center of the Earth, and there are no additives. With 21 mineral pools, you’ll be bound to find a pool for your family to soak in and enjoy. It’s truly an amazing experience.

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These are just some of the numerous hot springs found throughout Colorado. They are all truly a treat and worth the journey out. Unfortunately, if you live in the Denver Metro Area, then you will always have to venture into the mountains to reach them, and that means you will want to make sure your car is mountain-ready. That is especially true in the winter months when you’ll want your breaks and tires to be in tip-top shape. So before embarking on a trip into hot spring country, stop by Accurate Auto Body, a series of Denver auto body shops. We will get you squared away and ready for your mineral-soaked trip in no time. To learn more, call us at 303-344-2212, or visit our website at here.

What is your favorite hot spring in Colorado?

 

Collision Repair Center Tips for Off-Roading

Posted on: July 5th, 2014 by Jim Lamers No Comments
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Off-roading

As a mountain state, people in Colorado like to see themselves as rugged adventurers ready for the next outdoor thrill. One of the plethora of activities Coloradans enjoy is 4-wheeling, a colloquial term for off-roading. Colorado has many off-the-beaten path routes, so to speak, that you can drive any 4 by 4 vehicle across. But there are a few things that are important to understand before you embark on your quest across unpaved America, and if you don’t consider them, you might be finding yourself at a collision repair center before you know it.

1- Consider the type of car you will take. In reality, not all cars are created equally, and some cars are made exclusively to be driven on asphalt and occasionally unpaved roads. But if you were to take that tiny sedan across the desert, you’d be finding yourself stuck faster than you can say I need a tow truck. You need to be mindful of your car’s capabilities. If it lacks 4-wheel drive, then you can stop right there with your ambitions of taking your car out into the wilderness. 4-wheel drive is a must because it will give your car better traction control on all the uneven surfaces.

2- Make sure your car clears the ground. If your car isn’t a good amount above the ground relative to most cars, it probably won’t survive the trek. The high clearance protects its undercarriage from being damaged by all sorts of hazards that off-roading may present, like hard rocks, and sand. This is also why you generally need a truck to off-road, since their frames are typically relatively high.

3- Purchase off-road tires. Most tires you purchase for your car aren’t going to cut it for an off-roading adventure. The reason for this is most tires are built to support a car on asphalt, making it thickest on the tread and thinnest on the sidewall. The problem with that is when you are off-roading; a whole slew of objects can poke into the tire or compress it in ways it wasn’t designed to be compressed. Off-road tires are specially built to be very thick and sturdy to make off-roading more feasible. Just remember to take those off-roading tires off when you’re not using them; they make it very difficult to drive on normal roads.

4- Know the terrain. This could end up being the most vital component of off-roading. As much fun as exploring can be, being completely ignorant of the terrain can lead to many unforeseen obstacles to your adventure. You can easily go from a rocky area to a muddier one and before you know it; your car has driven head-first into quicksand. For this reason, many off-roading routes have been designated for that express purpose. You know that the off-roading conditions are relatively safe, and that the environment is controlled and monitored. If you really consider yourself an expert though, just make sure you survey the land via a hike or map before setting out in your car.

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Off-roading can really get the blood pumping, but you really want to make sure you know what you’re doing. Fortunately, outside of buying the right car, there are measures you can take and modifications you can make that can make your car off-road ready. If you need to make some of the modifications to your car required for the trip, or just have general questions about how it might affect your car, then consider Accurate Auto Body today, one of the Denver area’s best collision repair centers. Contact us by calling us at 303-344-2212, or visit our website here.

 

Tell us about some of your off-roading experiences.

Auto Body Shop Travel Tips: A New Mexico Road Trip

Posted on: June 27th, 2014 by Jim Lamers No Comments

New MexicoSummer has officially begun not too long ago, and with summer comes the desire for a great vacation. Unfortunately, summer break is only a concept enjoyed by students. People have to work, and that can be difficult to get around. Day trips around the great state of Colorado are always fulfilling, but that can become trite if done on a year-to-year basis. So why not change it up with a weekend trip to our neighbor to the South: New Mexico. All you have to do is stop by your local auto body shop to make sure your car is in tiptop shape, and you will be well on your way to an enjoyable road trip down I-25. There are many wonders to visit in New Mexico that can be done in a weekend or less. A drive from Denver to the border with Mexico is only a ten to eleven hour drive. So with that said, here are some great destinations to drive to in New Mexico this summer:

 

1- Santa Fe – The state’s capital, Santa Fe is an often overlooked capital in the United States that sports several charming characteristics. Buildings across the downtown area are heavily influenced by old Pueblo adobe and colonial Spanish architectures, making it a unique environment among other American cities. Things to see include The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, The Palace of Governors, the Inn at Loretto, and the New Mexico Museum of Art.

 

2- Carlsbad Caverns National Park – Located in the southern portion of the state, Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a hidden wonder within New Mexico’s desert lands. An intricate network of crevices, stalagmites, and some of the largest caves in North America, exploring these caves is bound to make any spelunker blush. The park is completely open in the summer months, with guided tours into the caverns so you don’t have to worry about becoming forever lost in the 300 known caves within the system.

 

3- The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad – Don’t feel like doing all that driving for the weekend? Why not enjoy a scenic railway view instead then? The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad departs from Antonito, Colorado and arrives at Chama, New Mexico. Antonito is located south of Alamosa, which you can get to with a six hour drive from Denver. From there, just buy a round-trip ticket to Chama, and you can enjoy the picturesque scenes of the San Juan Mountains of Northern New Mexico.

 

4- Bandelier National Monument – Are you tired of Mesa Verde? Why not take a trip to a similar environment in Bandelier National Monument. Located in the northern mountains of the state, the national monument houses several astounding cliff dwellings and adobe houses throughout the area built by the many early inhabitants of the region. Because of the abundant water in the area, the dwellings remained inhabited well after even Mesa Verde was abandoned, all the way until the 16th century.

 

5- White Sands National Monument – Sand so white it is often confused for snow, this geological wonder can be found in the southern portion of the state. The sand dunes cover miles and miles of the New Mexican desert, and sport unique wildlife and fascinating gypsum crystals sprouting from the ground. The area is unlike even Colorado’s very own sand dunes, and that alone should make it worth the trip down there.

 

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New Mexico is a massive state with an abundance of great sights. While they all can be visited by car, you will want to make sure your vehicle is in the best shape it can be in before embarking to the south. While the state is filled with many natural beauties, it is also not very densely populated, and that can make spontaneously stopping in the middle of nowhere very problematic. So stop by Accurate Auto Body, Denver’s premier auto body shop, today, and begin planning a trip to the Land of Enchantment. To learn more, call us at 303-344-2212.

What trips have you taken to New Mexico?

Auto Body Shop Tips: Pit Stops on the Prairie

Posted on: May 7th, 2014 by Jim Lamers No Comments

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Spring is here, and with spring comes new opportunities for great road trips across mainland America. The thing is if you were to drive anywhere east of Accurate Auto Body, a Denver-based auto body shop, you would have to navigate the American expanse that is the prairies. While scenic in its own right, crossing America’s heartland to get to a destination out east can become somewhat repetitive if not mundane. Fortunately, there are some gems across America’s breadbasket that we would like to share with you. Here are five great pit stops on the prairie.

1 – Black Hills – The Black Hills are an isolated mountain range east of the Rocky Mountains that sprout out of western South Dakota and some of eastern Wyoming. Within this pine covered mountain areas,  you can find some impressive monuments, like Mount Rushmore National Monument, Wind Cave National Monument, Jewel Cave National Monument, Harney Peak, Custer State Park, and Crazy Horse National Monument.

2 – The Ozarks – Another highland region sprouting out of the plains, the Ozarks are located across southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. A beautifully wooded area, the Ozarks are often considered the largest highland area between the Rocky Mountains and Appalachians. Points of interest include Big Spring, Buffalo National River, the CCC lookout on White Rock Mountain, Artist’s Point, Mark Twain National Forest, and Saint Francis National Forest.

3 – The Wisconsin Dells – With roughly 3 million visitors a year, the Wisconsin Dells of the Wisconsin River are a sight to behold. Located in south-central Wisconsin, the dells are a geological rock formation along a sandstone gorge on the Wisconsin River. The sandstone was oddly carved after a glacier dam burst unleashing a catastrophic flood in the area that also created deep gorges across the river plain. The area has become a popular summer tourist destination, featuring several water parks throughout the area.

4 –Gateway Arch – Located in Saint Louis, the arch has become a glimmering symbol of the gateway city. The arch was constructed in 1965 to commemorate America’s expansion westward. Towering at 630 feet, the gateway arch is America’s tallest man-made monument, and the largest arch in the world. The Arch is made of stainless steel, and through a specially built elevator, can be ascended to the top for an impressive view of St. Louis’ skyline.

5 – Lebanon, Kansas – Just a few miles off of the geographic center of the continental United States, Lebanon, Kansas a humble little town with an impressively small population of 218 people. A plaque was built commemorating the location as the center of the 48 United States in 1918.  Since Alaska and Hawaii joined the union, the geographic heart of all fifty states was determined to be further north, at Belle Fourche, South Dakota.

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These are just five of the many hidden gems across America’s heartland. While driving across the plains may be a struggle for some, with enough research you can find many pleasant destinations along the way eastward. But remember, long drives anywhere require your car to be in mint condition, so make sure you stop by Accurate Auto Body before your trip so we can ensure your vehicle is in mint condition for a road trip.

What destinations along the prairie do you prefer?

Aurora Body Shop Suggestions: Winter Getaway in Phoenix

Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by Jim Lamers No Comments

Aurora Body Shop Road Trip Idea to Phoenix

It’s February in Colorado, often touted as the snowiest month of the year. We are in the dead of winter, and all Coloradoans know that it’s very likely that we could still be in for a few more months of inclement, frigid weather. As such, many of us may want to find ways to escape the cold and head somewhere south. As one of Colorado’s premium shops, Accurate Auto Body, an Aurora Body Shop, knows that sometimes you just have to take a three day weekend to somewhere warmer. But as the most isolated city in the United States, getting to a nice warm city from Denver can be difficult by car. Fortunately, there is one warm-weather city that is just close enough to drive to; and the sites are amazing on the way.

Phoenix, Arizona, often nicknamed the Valley of the Sun, has earned its nickname for being one of the warmest cities in America. Experiencing a subtropical desert climate, Phoenix averages a temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit in February, and it only goes dramatically up from there. The daily mean increases by almost ten degrees every month from March to June. When its mid-April and it can sometimes still be below freezing with blustery snow, a trip to a city where temperatures are reaching the 70’s can be a nice thing. Not to mention, Phoenix experiences a very dry climate, which means the heat feels like how it is. You never have to deal with obscene humidity in Phoenix – just plenty of sunshine, Mexican food, and golf.

There are many ways to get to Phoenix from Denver. The fastest, most direct route is to take I-70 west to Highway 191, then head west on Highway 160, finally heading south on Arizona state highway 89 until you reach Flagstaff. Once you reach Flagstaff, merge on to I-17 south, which will take you all the way to Phoenix. The entire trek takes about twelve and a half hours to complete. Alternatively, if a snowstorm has made crossing the Colorado Rockies laborious, there is a more southern route that takes you into New Mexico. Ride I-25 south all the way to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and merge with I-40 west. Take I-40 until you reach Holbrook, where you will exit on to Arizona Highway 77 southbound. You will then merge on to Arizona Highway 377 shortly afterward. As you begin to enter the Sitgreaves National Forest, you will merge with Arizona Highway 277 until you reach Heber-Overgaard, in which you will merge with Arizona Highway 260. 260 will take you all the way to Payson, where you will merge onto Arizona Highway 87, which will take you the rest of the way to Phoenix. While the route seems more convoluted, it is significantly more scenic and gets you to Phoenix in about the same time.

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When you think about road trips in the winter from Denver, typically they take you to the mountains for a ski trip. But you don’t always have to go to a colder environment. If you just need to get some sun and wear some flip-flops for a few days, then consider this winter getaway to Phoenix. Just make sure that your car is looking its best for the trip. Get dents, scrapes and pings out at Accurate Auto Body before you go. Contact this Aurora body shop today.

Have you ever been to Phoenix in the winter?