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Colorado Springs

Known for Gardens, Hiking and Mountains

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

How do you get to Colorado Springs?

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.

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Things to do in Colorado Springs

Get a taste for the Colorado landscape as you explore this huge city park on your own or during a guided bus or Segway tour.

Enjoy a free tour of the military campus where young men and women are trained to be officers in the United States Air Force.

The second-most visited mountain in the world is an easy day trip from Colorado’s capital. 

Visit the native and exotic animals and see why Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a popular stop in Colorado Springs. Amble around this family-friendly area's picturesque gardens, or seek out the hiking trails.

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

Thrill to the awesome scenery, hiking trails and wildlife spotting opportunities in the rugged foothills of a mountain.

Visit the English castle-like home and extensive grounds that once belonged to the founder of Colorado Springs and his family.

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

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See all of America’s mountain!!! Offered in the morning to make the most of our time and take advantage of the best views and weather, this unique tour starts with an incredible journey to the summit of Pikes Peak.

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Our most popular Jeep tour, this historic sight-seeing adventure is a great way to enjoy the Pikes Peak region!!! Our entertaining and informative cowboy guides take you through time along the foothills of Pikes Peak, highlighting scenery and some of Colorado Springs’ most famous historical sights.

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Soar high above the foothills of historic Manitou Springs at the foot of Pikes Peak!!! You will indulge in excitement and spectacular vistas while ziplining over our stunning alpine canyon!!! Perched atop Gregory Gulch, our beautiful natural-terrain course features five ziplines, varying in length from 225 feet to 650 feet.

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Alpenglow is a breath-taking sight from our hot air balloons as we fly serenely in the wake of the Rocky Mountain Front Range at sunrise. From the Spanish Peaks to Longs Peak, this is where the deer and the antelope play.

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A great way to experience one of nature's greatest treasures: Garden of the Gods!!! This tour includes sights such as South and North Gateway Rocks, Kissing Camels, Three Graces, Sleeping Giant, Park Overlook, and Praying Hands.

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Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

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