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Cave of the Winds

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.


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Cliff House at Pikes Peak $204
Cliff House at Pikes Peak

Cliff House at Pikes Peak

306 Canon Ave, Manitou Springs, CO
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the airport, this historic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arcade Amusements and Cave of the Winds. Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Villa Motel at Manitou Springs $109
    Villa Motel at Manitou Springs

    Villa Motel at Manitou Springs

    481 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Manitou Springs, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Garden of the Gods, and Cave of the Winds. Red Rock Canyon and United States Olympic Complex are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      The Historic Allison House on Manitou Ave
      The Historic Allison House on Manitou Ave

      The Historic Allison House on Manitou Ave

      Manitou Springs, CO
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Manitou Springs, this historic vacation home is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Arcade Amusements and within 3 mi (5 km) of Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds. Red Rock Canyon is 3 mi (4.7 km) away.

        Of Manitou Springs 2min to Restaurants, Shops! $191
        Of Manitou Springs 2min to Restaurants, Shops!

        Of Manitou Springs 2min to Restaurants, Shops!

        11 Narrows Road, Unit# A, Manitou Springs, CO
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Manitou Springs, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arcade Amusements and Cave of the Winds. Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Manitou Springs Downtown Escape $142
          Manitou Springs Downtown Escape

          Manitou Springs Downtown Escape

          11 Narrows Road, Manitou Springs, CO
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Manitou Springs, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arcade Amusements and Cave of the Winds. Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Remodeled Creekside Suite in Downtown Manitou Springs Lic#9244
            Remodeled Creekside Suite in Downtown Manitou Springs Lic#9244

            Remodeled Creekside Suite in Downtown Manitou Springs Lic#9244

            Manitou Springs, CO
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Manitou Springs, this historic cabin is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Arcade Amusements and within 3 mi (5 km) of Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds. Red Rock Canyon is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

              Great Remodeled Downtown Manitou Springs Home Lic#9244
              Great Remodeled Downtown Manitou Springs Home Lic#9244

              Great Remodeled Downtown Manitou Springs Home Lic#9244

              Manitou Springs, CO
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Manitou Springs, this historic vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Arcade Amusements and within 3 mi (5 km) of Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds. Red Rock Canyon is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

                Little Blue House On The Creek
                Little Blue House On The Creek

                Little Blue House On The Creek

                Manitou Springs, CO
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Manitou Springs, this historic cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arcade Amusements and Cave of the Winds. Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon are also within 3 mi (5 km).