Situated at the foot of the famous Pike’s Peak, Colorado Springs offers a multitude of diverse vacation activities and tourist attractions. Whether seeking a fun family getaway or a quiet retreat back to nature, the Colorado Springs area has something for everyone. Revel in spectacular mountain scenery, cultural history, and delightful geological formations in Colorado’s city of sunshine. Enjoy horseback riding, skiing, hiking, biking and a variety of other exciting activities in beautiful Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs experiences relatively mild winters and warm, dry summers with a semi-arid climate. The average snowfall in the area is approximately 42.7 inches (108cm), with snow rarely occurring between the months of May and September. Temperatures average approximately 28° F (-2.22° C) in January and 70° F (21.11° C) in July. Normal highs during the summer months average in the mid-80s to low 90s and winter lows average in the teens. Colorado Spring’s winters are generally mild, with snow from occasional winter storms melting relatively quickly. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms are common in the summer months and the high altitudes allow for a bright and warming sun that shines an average of 300 days a year.
The type of accommodations available in Colorado Springs ranges from quaint bed and breakfasts to luxurious hotels or rustic cabin rentals. Whether you want to rough it at one of the campgrounds in the area or experience adventure at one of Colorado Spring’s dude ranches, the area offers a variety of delightful accommodations for every personality.
Hotels and motels—Bask in the luxury of a 4 star hotel or save for adventure at a comfortable and affordable budget motel right in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
Resorts and Spas—Be pampered at one of the luxurious resort areas or lavish spas in the area.
Bed and breakfast inns—Experience a piece of Victorian charm and history at one of the area’s historic bed and breakfast inns.
Campgrounds and RV parks—Get back to nature in one of the many campgrounds and RV parks in the area. Enjoy a cool mountain night gathered around a crackling fire.
Vacation Homes and Cabins—Rent a comfortable and quiet vacation home or lodge for a quiet stay in the Rocky Mountains where you can create a home away from home.
Dude Ranches—Get back to the basics and experience adventure and excitement at a local dude ranch in Colorado Springs.
Visit the summit of Pikes Peak at 14,115 feet (4,302 m). Take the cog railroad from Manitou Springs, drive up the Pikes Peak Highway, or hike along one of the numerous scenic trails to the top of one of Colorado’s most famous mountains. Tourists can also choose to bike up the twisting slopes of the mountain or race to the top in the annual Pikes Peak Marathon. A number of gift shops and restaurants can be found along the trails for the enjoyment and relaxation of tourists. Enjoy breathtaking scenery and exquisite rock formations while experiencing the rich history and culture of this famous mountain. Learn about the Ute Indians who once traveled along the pathways, view highland wildlife and natural flora along the trails, and breathe in the fresh mountain air that surrounds you.
Cave of the Winds
Explore the underworld of Colorado Springs at Cave of the Winds. Three fun-filled tours are offered through this exciting cave. Learn about the formation of the cave with the Discovery Tour, featuring lighted paths and enchanting rock formations, or explore the darkest regions of this mystical underground world with the Lantern Tour. Throughout this magical guided tour you will carry a lit lantern through the darkest areas of the cave as you discover the folklore and rich history of Cave of the Winds. During the Flashlight Eco-Venture Tour, you will walk along ½ miles of cave passageways with a souvenir flashlight while you learn about cave conservation.
Garden of the Gods
Take a leisurely stroll through the Garden of the Gods and observe exquisite 300 foot rock formations, beautiful flowers, and local wildlife, while learning about the historical significance of this geological wonder. Select one of the many guided tours through the gardens or travel at your own pace as you relax in the enchanting beauty and mystery of this natural park. Stop at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center to learn more about this natural paradise and watch an educational video about the interesting rock formations. Visit the Garden of the Gods Trading Post in the southwest corner of the park . This Pueblo Indian style trading post offers tourists a chance to purchase Pueblo pottery, Navajo rugs, Native American jewelry, and much more. Complete your visit with a trip to the Balanced Rock Café for a delicious buffalo burger.
Ghost Town Museum
Experience the old west as it was in Colorado more than 100 years ago. The Ghost Town Museum provides a look back at the historic towns that spread across the old west in the late 19th century. Saunter along the old boardwalk that connected the merchants and various businesses of the town as you explore the blacksmith’s shop, the old time saloon, and the livery stable. Discover timeless treasures and pan for gold at this visit back in history. Stop in at the old time arcade and take part in a number of hands-on activities designed for the young and young at heart.
Delight in this breathtaking work of natural art as seven cascading waterfalls trip down the side of Pikes Peak. A stairway of 224 steps leads to scenic nature trails that will take you to beautiful Midnight Falls and Inspiration Point. Observe mountain wildlife and flora as you travel the mountain pathways to view the spectacular 181 feet of glistening waterfalls that cascade over the cliffs of Pikes Peak. Take the mountain elevator up to the Eagle’s Nest, where you can view these mystical falls at their finest.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Feed the giraffes, ride the ponies, and go ape with the monkeys. No visit to Colorado Springs is complete without a glimpse of the meerkats in the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. More than 750 animals make their home in this fascinating mountain zoo with the largest giraffe herd in the world.
Olympic Training Center
Experience the thrill of Olympic heritage with a visit to the United States Olympic Training Center in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. No sports fanatic or history buff should miss this fascinating Olympic training center, where world class athletes work out at some of the most dynamic sports facilities in the world. Free tours are offered throughout the day.
Academy Riding Stables
Experienced horseback riders and beginners alike can wind along the scenic mountain trails of the Garden of the Gods with a trained cowboy leading the way. Academy Riding Stables offers a variety of old fashioned western travel for the cow folk at heart. Listen to stories about the old west and pioneer history as you travel through Old Colorado City in an old fashioned mountain wagon or kick up your heels with a fun-filled hayride.
Balloon Flights with Adventures Out West
Observe breathtaking views of Colorado from the basket of a hot air balloon. Adventures Out West offers a number of balloon flight plans for the adventuresome tourist. Experience the snowcapped mountain peaks of Colorado as you float effortlessly above them. View 100s of miles of plains, valleys and rivers as you observe Colorado from the best possible angle. Watch coyote, deer, rabbits and pronghorn sheep at play in the foothills of the mountains as they are blissfully unaware of your presence. Adventures Out West also offers a variety of jeep tours, horseback riding excursions, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and hiking expeditions.
What trip to the snow covered mountains is complete without a visit to Santa’s workshop? Stop by this family amusement park for a chance to meet Mr. Clause himself. You might even catch a glimpse of those busy little elves as they hastily work in the toyshop. Take a whirl on the Antique Carousel or ride the miniature train. Visit old-world village shops and feed the llamas. Watch the magic of Christmas unfold at this fun family theme park from May to December.
Explore historic Manitou Springs, where various Native American tribes gathered on neutral ground. The cool drinking springs of the area were treated as a spot of refuge where all could escape for relief from sickness and physical distress without the fear of being attacked or ambushed. The Ute, Cheyenne, Kiowa and Arapaho nations all treated the area as a sacred place. Many of the cooling springs have been restored to be enjoyed by the public. Enjoy a walking tour of the historic Manitou Springs or experience this peaceful and sacred area at your own pace. Leisurely stroll through the thriving art district with more than a dozen art galleries run by the artists themselves. A number of shops, boutiques and antique stores also line the streets of this small but quaint community at the foot of Pikes Peak. Enjoy wine tasting, art festivals, and historic speakers as you travel back in time at historic Manitou Springs.
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Visit the home of the “Ancient Ones” at these authentic Anasazi cliff dwellings that were constructed more than 700 years ago. Freely roam through these amazing architectural structures that are expertly crafted under a sandstone overhang. Don’t forget to stop in at the gift shop and Anasazi museum located in the three story Pueblo building next door. Stroll through the nature trails and discover native herbs, flowers and plants as you experience a rare piece of Native American history in the heart of Colorado.
Travel back to the Victorian era in this magnificent private home that was created for Father Jean Baptist Francolon in 1895. The exquisite styles of architecture featured in this extravagant home range from Byzantine to English Tudor. Miramont Castle now serves as an enchanting museum
aimed at preserving the historical Victorian heritage of the region. The Victorian Garden at the rear of the castle comes alive with color throughout the year.
Mollie Kathleen Goldmine
Tour a 1.000 foot gold mine shaft at Mollie Kathleen Goldmine. Discover the various methods gold miners used to extract gold from the mine in the 1890s. Travel the mine rail on the Tram-Air Locomotive. View gold ore specimens in the underground mineral display and learn about the historical geology of the area. Hear stories about gold discoveries and miners who struck it rich in these very mines.
Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
Take a 45 minute adventure ride through the old gold mining district on the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad. Go back in time to the pioneer days and discover railroading at its height of glory. Enjoy fascinating scenery as you experience the sights, smells and sounds of a bygone era. The old steam engine locomotive travels over reconstructed train trestles and through historic mining camps for four miles of educational enjoyment. Stop at Echo Valley and other interesting spots along the path and explore a dynamic gold town of the old west.
ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy
Discover the history of the rodeo and learn about the life of the cowboy at this rodeo Hall of Fame and museum. Watch educational and entertaining videos detailing the history of the rodeo and take a guided tour through Heritage Hall. The museum features countless exhibits of memorabilia from the more than 160 Hall of Champions inductees.
The Western Museum of Mining & Industry
Discover the rich heritage of the mining industry that once dominated the Colorado hills. The Western Museum of Mining and Industry offers daily tours where visitors can pan for gold, dress like a miner, and experience life in the late part of the 19th century. View a working steam engine and interact with hands-on exhibits in the museum. Learn the process of drilling, blasting and hauling ore with working exhibits, a research library, and guest lecturers.
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