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Things to do in Colorado Springs

Updated on June 6, 2011

Top attractions in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs was once a booming mining town, now leads the nation as one of the top places for technology companies to settle. Picturesque Pikes Peak, at 14,110 feet, is the city's backdrop and beckons your attention. The towering Rocky Mountains run north and south of the city, with high plains to the east giving it a vast, open feeling. Here are some of the "Things to do in Colorado Springs" that will keep you and your family entertained while you visit the great city.

Garden of The Gods
Garden of The Gods

1. Garden of The Gods

This remarkable 1,360-acre park is so full of weird and surreal red sandstone rock formations that it looks like Mother Nature teamed with Salvador Dali in forming it. Numerous well-maintained nature trails, some of which are paved, fan through the park and offer great photo opportunities. Educational markers are numerous and enhance your understanding of the who, what, where and why of these one-of-a-kind formations. Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, located across the street from the north entrance, offers hands-on exhibits, tours, a cafe and more. Admission is free making it a even better place to be the top thing to do in Colorado Springs.

2. Pikes Peak

It is the most visited mountain in North America. Pikes Peak forms a stunning backdrop for Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods. It is at an altitude of 14,110 feet above sea level. Pikes Peak is the 31st highest peak out of 54 Colorado peaks.

3. The Royal Gorge

The Royal Gorge Route Railroad combines Colorado history, spectacular scenery, and unique dining options on a spectacular 24-mile, two-hour round trip journey through the breathtaking Royal Gorge. With a choice of six classes of service, the train offers an unforgettable Colorado experience in every price range

Giraffe Herd in Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Giraffe Herd in Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

4. US Air Force Academy

US Air Force Academy campus is filled with scenic pine and a Rocky Mountain backdrop. It is the home to America's future Air Force officers. check out Falcon stadium where the Air Force Falcons Football team plays, and keep an eye above where the skies are colored with cadets practicing parachuting and flying Thunderbird jets.

5. Palmer Park

Palmer Park is a mountain biking oasis. This slice of singletrack heaven is surrounded by the entire mass of humanity that is Colorado Springs. If you were going to train an elite force of mountain bikers, you could do the entire program here. Easy rolling trails, rim-wrecking drop-offs, steep climbs over step-like rocks, balance-beam boulders

6. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

You can experience the unforgettable adventures combining breathtaking mountain scenery with more than 750 animals from around the world in Cheyenne Mountain Zoo making it another one of top things to do in Colorado Springs. It includes the opportunity to hand-feed our magnificent giraffe herd . Get in touch with your wild side at our new African Rift Valley exhibit, an experience you won't find anywhere else. It's a wildly interactive, giraffe feeding, monkey loving, meerkat watching, wild kingdom of fun!

7. Miramont Castle

This 1895 castle looks like the work of a restless architect with decision problems. It boasts nine distinct architectural styles, including English Tudor and Byzantine. Built as a home for a wealthy priest, it features 46 rooms, including an eight-sided chapel, and the famed Drawing Room that features a gold ceiling and a massive 200-ton sandstone fireplace.

Colorado Springs Attractions


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      9 years ago from On New Footing

      I went there on my first honeymoon. The most beautiful place I have ever been. The video brought back some bittersweet memories for me. I actually passed out at the top of Pike's Peak, but I wasn't even drinking. Thank you.


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