Cave of the Winds

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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.

Top Hotels Close to Cave of the Winds

Manitou Springs Downtown Escape
Manitou Springs Downtown Escape
3.5 out of 5
11 Narrows Road, Manitou Springs, CO
The price is $81 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Situated in Manitou Springs, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Arcade Amusements, Cave of the Winds, and Manitou Incline. Garden of the Gods and Red ...
3.1/5 (7 reviews)
Prepare to be annoyed!!!
"The property was livable but old. Major problem with our stay was the bombardment of texts and emails stating the Draconian check out time penalties over and over and over again. Not worth enduring the bombardment. Stay somewhere else!"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2021

Manitou Springs Downtown Escape
Cliff House at Pikes Peak
Cliff House at Pikes Peak
4 out of 5
306 Canon Ave, Manitou Springs, CO
The price is $119 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in Manitou Springs Historic District, this historic hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Arcade Amusements, Cave of the Winds, and Manitou Incline. Garden ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (967 reviews)
"The historic vibe was astonishing it felt homey and very comfortable"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2022

Cliff House at Pikes Peak
Of Manitou Springs 2min to Restaurants, Shops!
Of Manitou Springs 2min to Restaurants, Shops!
3.5 out of 5
11 Narrows Road, Unit# A, Manitou Springs, CO
The price is $122 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Situated in the mountains, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Arcade Amusements, Cave of the Winds, and Manitou Incline. Garden of the Gods and Red ...
3.5/5 Good! (2 reviews)
"We loved how close it was to everything ! The place was very clean ,and the manager qas very easy to contact and communicate with we look forward to staying there again"

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

Of Manitou Springs 2min to Restaurants, Shops!
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Best Lodging Options Near Cave of the Winds

Manitou Springs Downtown Escape
Manitou Springs Downtown Escape
3.5 out of 5
11 Narrows Road, Manitou Springs, CO
The price is $81 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Manitou Springs Downtown Escape
Cliff House at Pikes Peak
Cliff House at Pikes Peak
4 out of 5
306 Canon Ave, Manitou Springs, CO
The price is $119 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
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Of Manitou Springs 2min to Restaurants, Shops!
Of Manitou Springs 2min to Restaurants, Shops!
3.5 out of 5
11 Narrows Road, Unit# A, Manitou Springs, CO
The price is $122 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Of Manitou Springs 2min to Restaurants, Shops!
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3BR Manitou Springs2min to Restaurants W/hot Tub!
3.5 out of 5
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3BR Manitou Springs☆2min to Restaurants w/Hot Tub!
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Remodeled Creekside Suite in Downtown Manitou Springs Lic#9244
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Hummingbird Cottage - downtown Manitou Springs
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Hummingbird Cottage - downtown Manitou Springs
Honeysuckle Cottage - downtown Manitou Springs
Honeysuckle Cottage - downtown Manitou Springs
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Honeysuckle Cottage - downtown Manitou Springs
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