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Colorado Springs, CO
Travel Guide

Colorado Springs featuring a bridge, a gorge or canyon and landscape views

This sunny mountain city offers a diverse and dramatic landscape, a wide variety of outdoor activities and a pioneer heritage to explore.

Much of the appeal of Colorado Springs lies in its scenic surroundings, which include the towering Rocky range and the unique red rock formations of the Garden of the Gods park.

A great place to start a visit to Colorado Springs is at Pikes Peak, one of the area’s most popular attractions. The famous mountain is closely linked to the nation’s early history and was a famous symbol of the 1859 gold rush to Colorado.

Hike up the popular Barr Trail to Pikes Peak’s 14,115-foot (4,302-meter) summit. Or, from March through December, catch the Pikes Peak Cog Railway for a leisurely ride to the top. After you descend the mountain, stop into the Garden of the Gods city park. This park sits at the foot of Pikes Peak and is known for its jagged red rock cliffs.

Other outdoor leisure activities include golf and white-water rafting on the nearby Arkansas River. This part of the Rockies is also home to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, a favorite destination for families.

Delve into the frontier heritage of the area at the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum or at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, both located in the city.

Finding your way around Colorado Springs is relatively simple. The city is built on a grid system, and buses and taxis are plentiful. Many visitors choose to drive, as parking and roads are good and many of the top sites, such as the Garden of the Gods, are only accessible by car.

Colorado Springs is generally mild and sunny, as the mountain range protects the city from harsh weather. However, there is still plenty to do if you need to stay indoors. Stop by the United States Air Force Academy, where you can see the striking modernist Cadet Chapel, or enjoy art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

Where to stay in Colorado Springs

Quality Inn and Suites Garden of the Gods
Quality Inn and Suites Garden of the Gods
2.5 out of 5
555 W Garden Of Gods Rd, Colorado Springs, CO
The price is $113 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 7
Situated in Colorado Springs, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs and 2 mi (3.2 km) from University of Colorado-Colorado ...
3.8/5Good! (968 reviews)
"It was an amazingly quiet hotel, despite being off a main thoroughfare. Well-suited to families, with a pool onsite and Chick-fil-A, Arby's, and Village Inn adjacent to the hotel. Terrific pick for families on a budget."

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Quality Inn and Suites Garden of the Gods
The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs
The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs
3.5 out of 5
8110 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO
The price is $159 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Located in Briargate, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Chapel Hills Mall and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Adventure Golf and Batting Cages. US Air Force Academy and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,934 reviews)
"The pool was decent. The room and bed was decent. Property is dated. There was no elevator in the wing we stayed at. The breakfast was very crowded and they ran out of certain items early. Some of the waitstaff at breakfast were unprofessional- cussing under their breath."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs
Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs, A Dolce Resort
Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs, A Dolce Resort
4 out of 5
3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, Colorado Springs, CO
The price is $229 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located in Colorado Springs, this beachfront resort is connected to the convention center, 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Broadmoor World Arena, and within 6 mi (10 km) ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,170 reviews)
"The activities were great! The views were phenomenal! Overall a great experience!!!"

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2021

Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs, A Dolce Resort
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.
Velos Loft - In the Heart of Old Colorado City - Bicycle Paradise
Velos Loft - In the Heart of Old Colorado City - Bicycle Paradise
Colorado Springs, CO
The price is $99 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Located in Old Colorado City, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Bancroft Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak Center. ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Great Trip!
"Convenient location, perfect size with everything you need! Super cute! Only issue I ran into is trying to park my truck due to construction happening on the house across the alley and having to move the trashcans out of my way several times so I could get in the driveway. Loved it otherwise!"

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2020

Velos Loft - In the Heart of Old Colorado City - Bicycle Paradise
New! Secluded Divide Cabin w/ Hot Tub + Gas Grill!
New! Secluded Divide Cabin w/ Hot Tub + Gas Grill!
Divide, CO
This family-friendly Divide cabin is located in a rural location, 3.2 mi (5.1 km) from Mueller State Park, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Vindicator Valley Trail ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Cute secluded spot
"Very cozy spot for weekend getaway."

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

New! Secluded Divide Cabin w/ Hot Tub + Gas Grill!
Beautiful Private Courtyard W/ HOT TUB Fenced and 0 pet Fees Fire pit
Beautiful Private Courtyard W/ HOT TUB Fenced and 0 pet Fees Fire pit
Colorado Springs, CO
This family-friendly vacation home is located in the city center, within 1 mi (2 km) of Ghost Town Museum, Bancroft Park, and Simpich Showcase Theatre. Garden ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (35 reviews)
Our stay
"We have an amazing stay and amazing communication with the owner. I highly recommend this place for a couple looking for a relaxing weekend getaway."

Reviewed on May 29, 2021

Beautiful Private Courtyard W/ HOT TUB Fenced and 0 pet Fees Fire pit
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.

Getting around Colorado Springs

The primary form of public transit in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area is the Mountain Metro Transit, a bus network with routes that cover the city and out to nearby towns like Manitou Springs and Widefield. The best way to get around in Colorado Springs, though, is to rent a car, as many of the most popular tourist attractions are natural sites, like Pikes Peak, which aren’t always reachable by bus. Visit the Mountain Metropolitan Transit website.Browse Colorado Springs rental cars.

Best time to visit

Colorado Springs sees mild temperatures from the spring to the fall. The height of summer is the busiest and most expensive time to visit, so you may prefer to visit in the shoulder seasons of spring or fall when you’ll get more of the place to yourself and temperatures are a little easier to deal with. However, festival spirit is definitely in the air during the summer months.

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