Colorado Springs Colorado
Gondolas gliding over Royal Gorge at sunset
Garden of the Gods Park’s red rocks await hikers
Shopping local boutiques lining the quaint streets of Manitou Springs
A guided bike ride down Pikes Peak Highway
Ziplining over the tree tops and canyons
A view of downtown at dusk
The striking exterior of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum
The Royal Gorge Route Railroad passing through the scenic granite cliffs
Pikes Peak, the most visited mountain in the USA
Photographing some of the pieces at Art111 Gallery & Art Supply downtown
Home of Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods
Exploring the Pikes Peak Region
Pikes Peak, known as America’s Mountain, is the second most-visited mountain in the world – after Mount Fuji in Japan. Also unique to the area, two historic trains – Royal Gorge Route Railroad and Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad – offer scenic rides of the region. Nearby, take a tour offered daily at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. The U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame is set to open in 2020. Other favorite attractions include the U.S. Air Force Academy; Royal Gorge Bridge, the highest suspension bridge in North America; Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the country’s only zoo in a mountain setting; and the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center, a sanctuary for wolves, coyotes and foxes.
Recreational Opportunities from Tame to Extreme
Just minutes from the city, foothills and mountains offer recreational opportunities, including beginner and advanced hiking and cycling trails. Don’t miss the towering red sandstone rock formations in Garden of the Gods Park, a National Natural Landmark, which you can tour by Jeep, Segway, trolley or horseback. Go whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River and hike through Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument to see fossils and petrified redwood tree stumps. Take in the beauty of The Broadmoor Seven Falls, and ride a zip line above the pine forest. Descend 300 meters underground to explore historic gold mines – Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine and Mollie Kathleen Mine are great choices – or take a lantern tour in Cave of the Winds. Relax with a slow-paced stroll to the various mineral springs of Manitou Springs, then take a challenging hike on the Manitou Incline trail above the town.
Local Culture and Accommodations
Stay in the city to visit museums highlighting fine art, World War II aviation, money, ghost towns and outlaws of the West. View a collection of 8,000 bugs at the May Natural History Museum, follow a dynamic guide at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, and see tools of the trade at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame & Museum of the American Cowboy. Take time to walk quaint city streets, where there is fabulous shopping, dining and craft beverages in downtown Colorado Springs and the historic districts of Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City.
With The Broadmoor, Cheyenne Mountain Resort and The Mining Exchange Hotel as well as many other hotels, motels and quaint bed & breakfast inns, you’re sure to find the perfect place to stay. Families will enjoy the indoor water park at the Great Wolf Lodge resort, adventurers will love the dude ranches and outdoor enthusiasts will feel right at home in nearby cabins or at a campground or RV park.
With a deck 291 meters above the Arkansas River, the Royal Gorge Bridge is North America’s highest suspension bridge.
A trip up Pikes Peak – known as America’s Mountain – inspired a visiting professor to Colorado College, Katharine Lee Bates, to write the “America the Beautiful” lyrics.
The No. 1 man-made attraction in Colorado Springs is the U.S. Air Force Academy.