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Aurora Auto Body Shop Road Trips: A Rocky Mountain Safari

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by Accurate Auto Body Denver 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 Accurate Auto Body Repair 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 Accurate Auto Body Repair No Comments
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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.

 

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Auto Body Shop Travel Tips: A New Mexico Road Trip

Posted on: June 27th, 2014 by Accurate Auto Body Repair 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 Accurate Auto Body Repair 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 Accurate Auto Body Repair 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.

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Denver Bumper Repair: Wyoming’s Best Ski Resorts

Posted on: January 30th, 2014 by Accurate Auto Body Repair No Comments

Denver Bumper RepairFew Coloradans ever think of leaving the state to ski or snowboard. But that doesn’t mean that our neighboring states don’t have just as good, if not better, ski resorts. Ready for some new scenery?  Then head up north to check out Wyoming’s world-class ski resorts, some of whom get more snow than anywhere in Colorado. These are the Wyoming ski resorts that our Denver bumper repair professionals recommend:

Snowy Range: Just barely beyond the Colorado-Wyoming border, near Laramie, lies Snowy Range Ski and Recreational Area. With 5 lifts, 27 runs, 250 acres, a summit elevation of 10,000 feet, and 250 inches of snow per year, Snowy Range is perfect for all groups, ages, and abilities. It has a terrain park, tubing, snowshoeing, and ski lessons for anyone.

Snow King: Most of Wyoming’s best skiing lies around the town of Jackson, in the northwest part of the state, and the first of that area’s three great resorts is Snow King Mountain. Founded in 1936 as Wyoming’s first ski area, its slopes directly face Jackson below, giving it the nickname “The Town Hill.” 3 lifts, 2 terrain parks, 400 acres, and 150-inch annual snowfall make it a great and much cheaper alternative to its brothers down the road. Also check out its night skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, ice climbing, and warm-weather activities.

Jackson Hole: 2,500 acres of inbounds skiing, plus 3,000 acres of back-country skiing, plus 9 lifts, a gondola, and a tram, plus two terrain parks, plus 460-inch annual snowfall, equals one of the best ski resorts in North America. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the stuff of legends, and well worth the trip up there. With skiing, snowboarding, and every winter sport imaginable for all levels, plus great hotels, restaurants, bars, spas, and activities for the whole family, Jackson Hole awaits. You can even take direct flights there from Denver!

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At Accurate Auto Body, we want you to get the most out of your vehicle and take it to the prettiest places in the country. Before or after your family road adventure, take your car into our Denver bumper repair specialists for check-ups and repair consulting, so we can get you on the road feeling safe. Call us at (303) 344-2212 or contact us online.

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Auto Body Shop Recommends Unforgettable National Parks

Posted on: December 10th, 2013 by Accurate Auto Body Repair No Comments

Auto Body shopOur auto body shop professionals rarely meet people who dislike living in Colorado. If they’re not from the Mile High City or any of the Front Range’s other great towns, then they probably live in the glorious wilderness itself, where they can soak in Colorado’s looming landscapes every day. And not only does Colorado boast unbelievable natural beauty, but its surrounding Western states do too. Load up the car, and within 10 hours you can reach many of America’s prettiest roadtrip destinations. One of these National Parks will make a great next family vacation. Go south in the winter, north in the summer!

Great Sand Dunes, CO: In a dry, flat valley in the shadow of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Alamosa, Colorado, the tallest sand dunes in North America rise out of nowhere and dominate the parched grasslands. In late spring and early summer, snow runoff turns the base of these scorching dunes into a landlocked beach!

Black Canyon of the Gunnison, CO: Located near Montrose, Colorado, the Black Canyon is an imposing, breathtaking wonder. The Gunnison River has carved this steep, craggy marvel over a two million year period. It can get cold there, so go during the warmer months. 

Mesa Verde, CO: Perhaps the country’s oldest and best preserved archaeological site, the cliff dwellings of the ancient Anasazi people are truly astounding. Tour these mysterious ruins near Durango, Colorado, that ancient Southwestern tribes inhabited as early as 600 AD and then abandoned before the arrival of Columbus.

Grand Canyon, AZ: 277 miles long and one mile deep, the unbelievable, winding caverns of the Grand Canyon will leave you speechless. Hike around its countless paths, ride mules to the bottom, or raft the raging Colorado River that carved the canyon into the red earth around Flagstaff, Arizona. 

Yellowstone, WY: Founded in 1872, America’s first National Park remains one of its most popular and iconic. It contains the majority of the world’s geysers, including the one and only Old Faithful, and houses flora and fauna in a large and remarkably intact temperate ecosystem.

Any one of these stunning parks can give you and your family the road trip of a life time! The drive there will be pretty too. Also, don’t forget about Colorado’s beloved Rocky Mountain National Park or any of Utah’s wonderful national parks that we mentioned in previous posts. Happy road tripping!

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Talk to your preferred auto body shop before you hit the road! Whether you need serious repairs or just some minor ones before the long road trip, Accurate Auto Body’s customer service will send you on your way feeling safe and secure. Give us a call at (303) 344-2212 or contact us online.

What’s your favorite National Park?

Take an Adrenaline-Filled Trip on US 550: The Million Dollar Highway

Posted on: November 11th, 2013 by Accurate Auto Body Repair No Comments

Colorado auto body shop, Colorado car repair, Colorado collisionColorado is home to some of the most exhilarating roads in the country. With the Rocky Mountains springing out of the ground as high as the eye can see, crossing this rugged range takes an ounce of courage. Be warned, driving across Colorado is nothing like driving across Kansas. When you reach the mountains, you’re lucky if your stretch of road is straight and flat for a mile. But if you have the right vehicle, mindset, and courage, then driving on some of these roads can be some of the most memorable trips you can take in the Centennial state.

One such road is US550. US550 runs from Bernalillo, New Mexico to Montrose, Colorado. For the most part, this lengthy stretch of road is nothing special relative to the other mountain highways in this part of the country. However, between Silverton and Ouray, the road became nicknamed the million dollar highway for its expensive construction and ambitious location. Starting in the Uncompahgre Gorge, the road meanders at a steep incline for twelve miles until you reach the summit of Red Mountain Pass. This 12-mile route is considered hazardous to drive in the summer and impossible to traverse in the winter. This is because of steep cliffs, narrow lanes, and no guard rails whatsoever. However, if you’re feeling a sense of adventure, this trip offers breath-taking views of untouched valleys for miles. At Red Mountain Pass, you’ll be at 11,018 feet with an 8% steep grade. But all that gear-grinding will be worth it when you make it to the summit and take in the scene of what human innovation accomplished. You’ll understand why the nickname is deserved when you reach the top.

Mountain driving is no simple task, however; your car will need to be at mint-condition to make the trip without incident. For this reason, make sure you visit a Colorado auto body shop before making your trip. They will tell you if any part of the vehicle needs to be worked on to ensure you have a safe trip. Also, make sure you know how to use the low gears when mountain driving. They will save your engine a lot of trouble, and allow you to hopefully avoid a trip to a Colorado car repair shop on the way.

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Plan your next big family adventure on the Million Dollar Highway. Take the warnings on this article seriously though. Visit Accurate Auto Body, a Colorado collision center and auto body shop with locations across the Denver metro-area, to make sure your car is in the best shape before you tackle the treacherous highway. You’ll be glad you did.

Go On Down To South Park

Posted on: October 17th, 2013 by Accurate Auto Body Repair No Comments

Hail damage Denver, Colorado car repair, Dent repair DenverInappropriate animated show? Terrible influence on kids? The debate is still out on this Comedy Central classic, but there should be no debate about the gorgeous Colorado valley. If you haven’t visited South Park, it’s more than worth the three-hour drive from Denver, and it’ll give you something to say to every out-of-stater who associates the Centennial State with Cartman and Kenny.

The US-285 route from Denver through Conifer to South Park—and its two biggest but very quaint towns, Fairplay and Alma—paves what used to be a mountain pass to some of the state’s richest gold deposits. Inhabited by the Ute Indians for centuries, South Park was settled by white pioneers during the 1859 Colorado Gold Rush. By 1863, Park County had extracted $1.5 million in gold, and by the 1880s, the area had become a haven not only for prospectors, but for hunters, fishers, ranchers, and lovers of wildlife. Its iconic wildflower meadows still adorn the area today, as well as herds of cattle and bison.

Designated a National Heritage Area by US Congress for its unique landscapes and historical buildings, South Park has attracted tourists for over a century but preserves its undeveloped expanses and its pieces of the untamed wild. Fairplay, apart from being the centermost point of Colorado, is actually its Trout Fishing Capital and one of its best pieces of history. On the outskirts of Fairplay lies South Park City, a restored 1880s mining town and an unforgettable tourist site!

Just a few miles up Highway 9 from Fairplay, you’ll find Alma, a great jumping off point for the area’s hiking, biking, camping, and all outdoor events. After looking around the small and adorable town of Alma, Check out Kite Lake, the ghost town Buckskin Joe, and the unbeatable Bristlecone Pine Scenic Area.

Plan your next trip today! Whether it’s a week or a weekend, you won’t run out of things to do and see in South Park! 

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Let your four wheels help you enjoy your trip to South Park! And if you return with to Denver with hail damage, of needing Denver dent repair, call Accurate. Your Colorado car repair experts, make us your last stop before a road trip, or your first stop after it. Call us at (303) 344-2212 or contact us online.

Ever been to South Park? How was it?