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Old Colorado CityColorado Springs

Shops, restaurants, galleries and historic buildings attract crowds to this former gold rush town near the center of modern-day Colorado Springs.

Browse shops, specialty boutiques and learn about the history of Colorado Springs when you visit its oldest district, Old Colorado City. The historic area was founded in 1859, the first settlement in the Pikes Peak region.

A good place to start your exploration is at Old Colorado City History Center Museum. Study artifacts and photographs that tell the story of the early years of Colorado City, the former name of this historic district.

As you make your way along the streets, look for some of the old buildings. Go to Bancroft Park for the Garvin Cabin which was constructed in the year Colorado City was founded. See an example of Victorian architecture in the building that used to be Jacob Schmidt's Saloon and Beer Hall. Visit the 1891 Templeton Building that was once the location of a gentleman’s club. Stop by the Old Colorado City Library. It operates out of a 1904 Carnegie Library, built with money donated by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

See the neighborhood in miniature at the Michael Garman Museum and Gallery. There are scale models of 18 buildings and hundreds of handmade sculptures that honor American heroes. Watch and listen to holograms of residents telling stories of life in the city.

Many visitors come to the old city for its shops. The streets are lined with independent stores and boutiques selling unique gifts, souvenirs, jewelry and antiques. Buy fresh local produce at the farmer’s market, held on Saturday mornings between June and October. If you want to take home an original piece of art, there are lots of art galleries to explore.

Embark on an art walk, which takes place on the first Friday of every month from April to December. The self-guided tour features several streets of galleries and artist studios.

If you are here on the Memorial Day weekend, join in with the annual celebrations of the city's founding.

Old Colorado City is approximately 2 miles (3 kilometers) to the west of the center of Colorado Springs. Drivers will find free parking in some of the side streets.


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Top Hotels in Old Colorado City

Garden of the Gods Motel
Garden of the Gods Motel
2 out of 5
2922 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $72 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 4

Located in Old Colorado City, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Simpich Showcase Theatre, Garden of the Gods, and Red Rock Canyon. Pikes Peak Center and Colorado ...

3.9/5Very Good! (285 reviews)

"great location but property is a little worn out. nothing wrong just old and dated"…"

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2020

Garden of the Gods Motel
Spurs n Lace Bed & Breakfast Inn
Spurs n Lace Bed & Breakfast Inn
3 out of 5
2829 West Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO
The price is $99 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Old Colorado City, this historic bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bancroft Park and Garden of the Gods. Red Rock Canyon and Pikes Peak Center ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (250 reviews)

"Its Victorian decor and all the history. Our foom was very comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

Spurs n Lace Bed & Breakfast Inn
Old Town GuestHouse B&B
Old Town GuestHouse B&B
3 out of 5
115 S. 26th Street, Colorado Springs, CO
The price is $199 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Located in Old Colorado City, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Simpich Showcase Theatre, Garden of the Gods, and Red Rock Canyon. Colorado College ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (124 reviews)
Close to RedRock Canyon trails

"Short and easy 4 blocks ride to the 31St MTB trailhead. Kim let us store our bikes in the garage for some peace of mind overnight."…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2020

Old Town GuestHouse B&B
Pet-friendly, Cozy Home With hot tub in Historic Old Colorado City, CO
Pet-friendly, Cozy Home With hot tub in Historic Old Colorado City, CO
Colorado Springs, CO

Located in Old Colorado City, this historic vacation home is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Ghost Town Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Garden of the Gods and Colorado ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (114 reviews)
As expected!

"We enjoyed our stay! Plenty of extras in the kitchen. Hot tub was very enjoyable."…"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

Pet-friendly, Cozy Home With hot tub in Historic Old Colorado City, CO
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Colorado Springs, CO
The price is $88 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 4

Located in Old Colorado City, this historic vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Simpich Showcase Theatre, Garden of the Gods, and Red Rock Canyon. Pikes Peak ...

5/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Perfect for the 2 of us!

"The trolley is a perfect little getaway with all the comforts of home! We will be back!!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

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2BR Old Colorado City Retreat With Mtn View
2BR Old Colorado City Retreat With Mtn View
3.5 out of 5
2206 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO

Located in Old Colorado City, this vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Simpich Showcase Theatre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon. ...

2BR Old Colorado City Retreat With Mtn View
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Other neighborhoods in Colorado Springs

Rock ledge living history museum located next to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.

Pleasant Valley

When in Pleasant Valley, you can plan a visit to Red Rock Canyon and Garden of the Gods, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Pleasant Valley
Downtown Colorado Springs featuring signage and a statue or sculpture

Downtown Colorado Springs

4.5/5Wonderful!(239 area reviews)

Travelers come to Downtown Colorado Springs for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Pikes Peak Center and Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum while you're in town.

Downtown Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs which includes a park, outdoor art and a fountain

Central Colorado Springs

3.5/5Good!(308 area reviews)

While visiting Central Colorado Springs, you might make a stop by sights like Pikes Peak Center and Memorial Park.

Central Colorado Springs
Helen Hunt Falls is a great place to spend a day walking the trails or just hanging out by the water.

Cheyenne Canyon

While visiting Cheyenne Canyon, you might make a stop by sights like Chloey's and Bella's Dog Beach and Starsmore Discovery Center.

Cheyenne Canyon
United States Olympic Complex which includes a statue or sculpture and outdoor art

East Colorado Springs

4/5Very Good!(55 area reviews)

While visiting East Colorado Springs, you might make a stop by sights like Palmer Park and Patty Jewett Golf Course.

East Colorado Springs
El Pomar Carriage Museum featuring interior views

Broadmoor

5/5Exceptional!(28 area reviews)

While visiting Broadmoor, you might make a stop by sights like Broadmoor Golf Club and World Figure Skating Museum.

Broadmoor

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