Cave of the Winds

Cave of the Winds
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Go on a subterranean adventure to explore caves, caverns and rock formations that are hundreds of millions of years old.

Venture deep into a vast underground cave network, hold on tight for hair-raising rides and enjoy stunning canyon views at the Caves of the Winds. There are adventures and activities for all the family at a natural wonder that was formed 500 million years ago.

Brothers John and George Pickett were amongst the first to discover the cave in 1880 and it opened for public tours the following year. They have been in continuous operation ever since.

Choose from one of the three tours on offer. The Discovery Tour is pitched at families and will take you through nearly a mile (1.6 kilometers) of cave formations. Step into caverns with such names as Majestic Hall and the Temple of Silence and experience total cave darkness.

The Lantern Tour is 90-minute trek through the Caves of the Winds. Learn about the history of the underground complex and listen to ghost stories in caves that are only illuminated by the light of your lanterns. Crawl through tight spaces on the Caving 101 Tour, an introduction to caving.

When you emerge from the cave system, try the thrill rides. Hurtle towards the canyon floor at almost 100 miles (161 kilometers) per hour on the Terror-dactyl dive ride. Go on the Bat-a-Pult, a 1,200-foot (366-meter) zip line ride across Williams Canyon. Very young children can climb and crawl through a subterranean-themed play land.

To enjoy superb views of the mountainous landscape and the 700-foot (213-meter) deep gorge, go to the Williams Canyon Overlook.

The cave complex is open every day except Christmas Day and the tours and rides attract separate fees. Visit the attraction’s website for details of age restrictions and tour reservations.

The Cave of the Winds is situated at the foot of Pikes Peak, about 7 miles (11 kilometers) northwest of Colorado Springs. There is no bus service that travels directly to the caves, but you can get a bus to nearby Manitou Springs and ride in a taxi from there. Alternatively, drive and use the attraction’s free parking lot.

Top Hotels Close to Cave of the Winds

Villa Motel at Manitou Springs
Villa Motel at Manitou Springs
2 out of 5
481 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829
The price is $89 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
$89
per night
Jan 30 - Jan 31
Stay at this hotel in Manitou Springs. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,023 reviews)
Clean and quiet
"Very easy and friendly check-in. quiet and clean room. Close to downtown manitou springs."

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

Villa Motel at Manitou Springs
Cliff House at Pikes Peak
Cliff House at Pikes Peak
4 out of 5
306 Canon Ave, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829
The price is $112 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
$112
per night
Jan 30 - Jan 31
Stay at this 4-star historic hotel in Manitou Springs. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,026 reviews)
"Great staff and a cool historic hotel. We will return"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

Cliff House at Pikes Peak
INNhale Cannabis Friendly B&B - Adults Only
INNhale Cannabis Friendly B&B - Adults Only
4 out of 5
461 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829
The price is $261 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10
$261
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10
Stay at this 4-star B&B in Manitou Springs. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Garden of the Gods and Manitou Springs Heritage ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (106 reviews)
"Everyone was very nice and hospitable. Absolutely will stay again next time we come!"

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2022

INNhale Cannabis Friendly B&B - Adults Only
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Days Inn by Wyndham Manitou Springs
Days Inn by Wyndham Manitou Springs
2.5 out of 5
120 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829
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Cliff House at Pikes Peak
Cliff House at Pikes Peak
4 out of 5
306 Canon Ave, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829
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461 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829
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Villa Motel at Manitou Springs
Villa Motel at Manitou Springs
2 out of 5
481 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829
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Magnuson Grand Pikes Peak
Magnuson Grand Pikes Peak
2.5 out of 5
45 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Manitou Springs, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Manitou Springs, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
114 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829
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Magnuson Hotel Manitou Springs
Magnuson Hotel Manitou Springs
2 out of 5
311 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829
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Manitou Cog Lodge Inc dba Manitou Inn
Manitou Cog Lodge Inc dba Manitou Inn
2.5 out of 5
229 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829
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Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
103 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
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