Things to Do Around the Area

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Things to Do Around the Area

Sightseeing

Most popular site to visit in Colorado Springs. Great site for pictures year round, with hiking trails and great views. Great to drive through, visit and with great hiking trails. The park’s famous red rocks are conglomerates of red, pink, and white sandstones and limestone. You can travel back in time to learn more about the history of these rock formations by watching an entertaining 15-minute film during your visit to the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Be sure to try a bison burger at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post, nestled in the southwest corner of the Garden of the Gods Park near the Balanced Rock entrance. This Trading Post Colorado's largest and most extensive gift facility and gallery. Prices and variety of gift items / souvenirs are excellent. For additional information, visit www.gardenofgods.com
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Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center
1805 N 30th St
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Most popular site to visit in Colorado Springs. Great site for pictures year round, with hiking trails and great views. Great to drive through, visit and with great hiking trails. The park’s famous red rocks are conglomerates of red, pink, and white sandstones and limestone. You can travel back in time to learn more about the history of these rock formations by watching an entertaining 15-minute film during your visit to the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Be sure to try a bison burger at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post, nestled in the southwest corner of the Garden of the Gods Park near the Balanced Rock entrance. This Trading Post Colorado's largest and most extensive gift facility and gallery. Prices and variety of gift items / souvenirs are excellent. For additional information, visit www.gardenofgods.com
Pikes Peak is America's Mountain (where the song "America the Beautiful" was penned). This 14er can be seen from anywhere in Colorado Springs and is popularly known as America's mountain Experience the mountain up close by driving Pikes Peak Highway to the 14,115-ft. summit of Pikes Peak. This scenic highway, is a spectacular toll road that winds its way up the mountain to the peak. Or take the Cog Railway all the way up to the peak from Manitou Springs and catch a glimpse of pristine reservoirs nestled among the peaks of the Front Range, with gorgeous views and perhaps even see some big horned sheep on the slopes. There are several hiking options for exploring Pikes Peak for the truly brave. Barr Trail is the most popular way to reach the summit of the mountain (if you don't wipe out from altitude sickness), as well as Devil's Playground via The Crags. For additional information, visit www.pikespeakcolorado.com.
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Pikes Peak
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Pikes Peak is America's Mountain (where the song "America the Beautiful" was penned). This 14er can be seen from anywhere in Colorado Springs and is popularly known as America's mountain Experience the mountain up close by driving Pikes Peak Highway to the 14,115-ft. summit of Pikes Peak. This scenic highway, is a spectacular toll road that winds its way up the mountain to the peak. Or take the Cog Railway all the way up to the peak from Manitou Springs and catch a glimpse of pristine reservoirs nestled among the peaks of the Front Range, with gorgeous views and perhaps even see some big horned sheep on the slopes. There are several hiking options for exploring Pikes Peak for the truly brave. Barr Trail is the most popular way to reach the summit of the mountain (if you don't wipe out from altitude sickness), as well as Devil's Playground via The Crags. For additional information, visit www.pikespeakcolorado.com.
Explore the beauty and history of the U.S. Air Force Academy. For additional info, visit www.usafa.edu/facilities/visitor-center/
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United States Air Force Academy
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Explore the beauty and history of the U.S. Air Force Academy. For additional info, visit www.usafa.edu/facilities/visitor-center/
A 90-minute drive to get to the Royal Gorge. Great tourist site that offers white water rafting, bungee jumping, train rides etc. at the site of one of the world's highest suspension bridges. For more info, visit : royalgorgebridge.com
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Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
4218 Co Rd 3A
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A 90-minute drive to get to the Royal Gorge. Great tourist site that offers white water rafting, bungee jumping, train rides etc. at the site of one of the world's highest suspension bridges. For more info, visit : royalgorgebridge.com
Built single-handedly by one eccentric guy (and nope, he did not get a building permit). About 2 and a half hour drive, and could possibly be combined with a trip to the Royal Gorge. For more info, visit : www.bishopcastle.org
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Bishop Castle
12705 CO-165
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Built single-handedly by one eccentric guy (and nope, he did not get a building permit). About 2 and a half hour drive, and could possibly be combined with a trip to the Royal Gorge. For more info, visit : www.bishopcastle.org
Just 45 minutes east from here, this is a 3.4 miles of trails that feature beautiful wildflowers and is good for all skill levels. It covers 750 acres, containing grassland and geological formations of hoodoos, colored clay and sandstone-capped spires. The site is protected by law because of the fragile environment, as well as the geological and archaeological significance of the artifacts, rocks, animals and plants. Each year the park is visited by birdwatchers, hikers, geological enthusiasts and anyone looking for an other-worldly escape. For more info, visit : communityservices.elpasoco.com/parks-and-recreation/paint-mines-interpretive-park/
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Paint Mines Interpretive Park
29950 Paint Mine Road
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Just 45 minutes east from here, this is a 3.4 miles of trails that feature beautiful wildflowers and is good for all skill levels. It covers 750 acres, containing grassland and geological formations of hoodoos, colored clay and sandstone-capped spires. The site is protected by law because of the fragile environment, as well as the geological and archaeological significance of the artifacts, rocks, animals and plants. Each year the park is visited by birdwatchers, hikers, geological enthusiasts and anyone looking for an other-worldly escape. For more info, visit : communityservices.elpasoco.com/parks-and-recreation/paint-mines-interpretive-park/
Be sure to include Manitou Cliff Dwellings during your visit to the Pikes Peak region. The magic and mystery of the Native American culture is sure to delight you. For more info, go to cliffdwellingsmuseum.com
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Manitou Cliff Dwellings
10 Cliff Road
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Be sure to include Manitou Cliff Dwellings during your visit to the Pikes Peak region. The magic and mystery of the Native American culture is sure to delight you. For more info, go to cliffdwellingsmuseum.com
No visit to the Pikes Peak region is complete without a trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - America's mountain zoo! Experience unforgettable adventures with breathtaking mountain scenery and more than 900 animals from around the world. For more info, go to : www.cmzoo.org
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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd
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No visit to the Pikes Peak region is complete without a trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - America's mountain zoo! Experience unforgettable adventures with breathtaking mountain scenery and more than 900 animals from around the world. For more info, go to : www.cmzoo.org
Located next door to Garden of the Gods, Glen Eyrie Castle is the former home of Colorado Springs founder General William Palmer. Attend a Tour, enjoy an Afternoon Tea in the Castle, and visit the Bookstore and Cafe. For more info, go to: gleneyrie.org
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Glen Eyrie Castle
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Located next door to Garden of the Gods, Glen Eyrie Castle is the former home of Colorado Springs founder General William Palmer. Attend a Tour, enjoy an Afternoon Tea in the Castle, and visit the Bookstore and Cafe. For more info, go to: gleneyrie.org
Enjoy a great drive through Cheyenne Canyon and some hiking trails. Great place to enjoy with the family. For more info, visit : www.cheyennecanon.org/visitor-centers/
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Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center
3440 N Cheyenne Canyon Rd
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Enjoy a great drive through Cheyenne Canyon and some hiking trails. Great place to enjoy with the family. For more info, visit : www.cheyennecanon.org/visitor-centers/
One of only two Olympic Training Centers in the US, see where Olympic Dreams begin! Make plans to take a guided tour and visit the U.S. Olympic Shop - your one-stop shopping venue for Olympic-related apparel and gifts! For more info, visit www.teamusa.org/csotc
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U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center
1 Olympic Plaza
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One of only two Olympic Training Centers in the US, see where Olympic Dreams begin! Make plans to take a guided tour and visit the U.S. Olympic Shop - your one-stop shopping venue for Olympic-related apparel and gifts! For more info, visit www.teamusa.org/csotc
Broadmoor Seven Falls is 224 steps up a series of waterfalls. Take the steps to hiking trails and streams that feed the 181-foot drop of falling water at the falls. Seven Falls; the only Colorado waterfall on the National Geographic's list of international wonders. For more info, visit: www.broadmoor.com/broadmoor-adventures/seven-falls/
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The Broadmoor Seven Falls
Lake Avenue
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Broadmoor Seven Falls is 224 steps up a series of waterfalls. Take the steps to hiking trails and streams that feed the 181-foot drop of falling water at the falls. Seven Falls; the only Colorado waterfall on the National Geographic's list of international wonders. For more info, visit: www.broadmoor.com/broadmoor-adventures/seven-falls/
"The Trail's End" visitor center holds boundless resources, educational exhibits, souvenirs and refreshments. Relax by the stone fireplace and the wall of windows. With an amazing 2701 acres, you can explore nature's diversity with prairie-to-peak ecosystems on over 20 miles of hiking and biking trails. For more info, visit: cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/CheyenneMountain
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Cheyenne Mountain State Park
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
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"The Trail's End" visitor center holds boundless resources, educational exhibits, souvenirs and refreshments. Relax by the stone fireplace and the wall of windows. With an amazing 2701 acres, you can explore nature's diversity with prairie-to-peak ecosystems on over 20 miles of hiking and biking trails. For more info, visit: cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/CheyenneMountain
Whether you dig steep inclines or peaceful, contemplative walks, Red Rock Canyon offers hiking for all. The steeper trails begin deeper in the park and can be reached by navigating some of the less difficult areas. However, once you reach them, you’ll be connected to even more trails of high difficulty that can take you to places beyond Red Rock Canyon. Venture to Manitou Springs via Intemann Trail, wander into Bear Creek Park using the Palmer Redrock Trail or delve into the twists and turns of Section 16 via the appropriately named Section 16 Trail. Not everyone is cut out for long, intense hikes — and that is totally okay! At Red Rock Canyon, there are several gentle hikes close to the parking lot that weave amongst the rock features and take you past the quarry. Despite its proximity to the parking area and the highway, a brief walk into the park will make all that chaos fall away and you’ll soon be immersed in nature. Runners also love these systems for the well-packed terrain and gentle grades. More info at : www.pikes-peak.com/red-rock-open-space/
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Red Rock Canyon Open Space
3550 West High Street
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Whether you dig steep inclines or peaceful, contemplative walks, Red Rock Canyon offers hiking for all. The steeper trails begin deeper in the park and can be reached by navigating some of the less difficult areas. However, once you reach them, you’ll be connected to even more trails of high difficulty that can take you to places beyond Red Rock Canyon. Venture to Manitou Springs via Intemann Trail, wander into Bear Creek Park using the Palmer Redrock Trail or delve into the twists and turns of Section 16 via the appropriately named Section 16 Trail. Not everyone is cut out for long, intense hikes — and that is totally okay! At Red Rock Canyon, there are several gentle hikes close to the parking lot that weave amongst the rock features and take you past the quarry. Despite its proximity to the parking area and the highway, a brief walk into the park will make all that chaos fall away and you’ll soon be immersed in nature. Runners also love these systems for the well-packed terrain and gentle grades. More info at : www.pikes-peak.com/red-rock-open-space/

Neighborhoods

Incorporated in 1859, Old Colorado City, formerly Colorado City, was once a town, but it is now a neighborhood within the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado. In busy Old Colorado City, galleries and quaint gift stores cluster alongside jewelers, candy shops, and tattoo parlors in 19th-century brick buildings along Colorado Avenue. Dining options range from American eateries to Italian trattorias and Greek tavernas. The Old Colorado City History Center Museum has exhibits on early pioneer settlement, and Simpich Showcase features puppet productions and a folk doll museum. Enjoy turn of the century architecture and rich history from Colorado’s gold rush days. More on Old Colorado City at : https://www.pikes-peak.com/attractions/historic-old-colorado-city/
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Old Colorado City
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Incorporated in 1859, Old Colorado City, formerly Colorado City, was once a town, but it is now a neighborhood within the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado. In busy Old Colorado City, galleries and quaint gift stores cluster alongside jewelers, candy shops, and tattoo parlors in 19th-century brick buildings along Colorado Avenue. Dining options range from American eateries to Italian trattorias and Greek tavernas. The Old Colorado City History Center Museum has exhibits on early pioneer settlement, and Simpich Showcase features puppet productions and a folk doll museum. Enjoy turn of the century architecture and rich history from Colorado’s gold rush days. More on Old Colorado City at : https://www.pikes-peak.com/attractions/historic-old-colorado-city/
Downtown is a buzzing hub of indie boutiques, peaceful parks, and global eateries. The area is a designated creative district with sculptures dotting its leafy streets. The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum chronicles local history, while the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is known for American art. A lively nightlife scene encompasses breweries, wine bars, and dance clubs, plus concerts at the Pikes Peak Center. Downtown Colorado Springs has a long and storied history. Founded in 1871 by General William Jackson Palmer, this area is home to a wide range of architecture, from grand Victorian mansions to small Spanish-style bungalows and everything in between. The downtown area offers a wide range of shopping alternatives, from big chain supermarkets to small boutiques and old Mom and Pops shops. Residents of this area enjoy the area because they love the character and convenience of a wide range of shopping, dining, restaurants, entertainment and parks, all just minutes from the foot of Pikes Peak and the National Forest. More about downtown Colorado Springs at : https://downtowncs.com
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Downtown
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Downtown is a buzzing hub of indie boutiques, peaceful parks, and global eateries. The area is a designated creative district with sculptures dotting its leafy streets. The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum chronicles local history, while the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is known for American art. A lively nightlife scene encompasses breweries, wine bars, and dance clubs, plus concerts at the Pikes Peak Center. Downtown Colorado Springs has a long and storied history. Founded in 1871 by General William Jackson Palmer, this area is home to a wide range of architecture, from grand Victorian mansions to small Spanish-style bungalows and everything in between. The downtown area offers a wide range of shopping alternatives, from big chain supermarkets to small boutiques and old Mom and Pops shops. Residents of this area enjoy the area because they love the character and convenience of a wide range of shopping, dining, restaurants, entertainment and parks, all just minutes from the foot of Pikes Peak and the National Forest. More about downtown Colorado Springs at : https://downtowncs.com

City/town information

Manitou Springs is a small Colorado town that has always marched to the beat of its own drum. From its historic architecture and thriving arts district, to its diverse shops and family-friendly arcade, Manitou Springs is a town that can’t wait to welcome you with open arms. Free shuttles run daily to get you all around town and there are several parking areas located steps (or a shuttle ride) from all the action. A town with so much flair can’t help but be a beacon for the arts, and Manitou Springs is no exception. Galleries featuring local art are located throughout the town and there’s always a new show or art class to be found. Once a month, you’ll also be treated to art walks featuring hundreds of works, live music and art-related activities. More on Manitou Springs at : https://manitousprings.org
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Manitou Springs
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Manitou Springs is a small Colorado town that has always marched to the beat of its own drum. From its historic architecture and thriving arts district, to its diverse shops and family-friendly arcade, Manitou Springs is a town that can’t wait to welcome you with open arms. Free shuttles run daily to get you all around town and there are several parking areas located steps (or a shuttle ride) from all the action. A town with so much flair can’t help but be a beacon for the arts, and Manitou Springs is no exception. Galleries featuring local art are located throughout the town and there’s always a new show or art class to be found. Once a month, you’ll also be treated to art walks featuring hundreds of works, live music and art-related activities. More on Manitou Springs at : https://manitousprings.org

Food scene

The Flying W Ranch rides again after being closed for a few years due to wildfires! Beginning as a mountain cattle ranch in 1947, it’s a living symbol of Western heritage. Chow down on a three-course BBQ feast and sing along with the Flying W Wranglers. A great Western experience. For more info, visit: www.flyingw.com
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Flying W Ranch
3330 Chuckwagon Rd
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The Flying W Ranch rides again after being closed for a few years due to wildfires! Beginning as a mountain cattle ranch in 1947, it’s a living symbol of Western heritage. Chow down on a three-course BBQ feast and sing along with the Flying W Wranglers. A great Western experience. For more info, visit: www.flyingw.com

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Cars are the recommended way to get around the city.

There are plenty of parks and open spaces for hiking and biking in and around the area. As Colorado is considered semi-arid, be sure to bring water bottles to keep hydrated, and always have an extra layer of clothing handy in your car as the weather can turn easily.