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Things to do in Colorado Springs, CO

Updated on February 25, 2014

USAF Academy Pictures

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US Air Force AcademyB-52 BomberUSAF Academy ChapelUSAF Academy ChapelInside of Chapel
US Air Force Academy
US Air Force Academy
B-52 Bomber
B-52 Bomber
USAF Academy Chapel
USAF Academy Chapel
USAF Academy Chapel
USAF Academy Chapel
Inside of Chapel
Inside of Chapel

Colorado Springs has a population of over 416,000 people and it at 6,035 feet above sea level. Colorado Springs is 65 miles south of Denver and is located at the base of the mountains. Colorado Springs has a lot of different things to see and do during your visit there. We loved our trip to Colorado Springs. A few of my favorites are the Air Force Academy, Focus on the Family, Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, Flying W Ranch, and Cave of the Winds.

Air Force Academy

Visiting the Air Force Academy is free and a worth while stop. From Interstate 25 (north from downtown Colorado Springs) and take exit 156B. Follow the signs and park at the Barry Goldwater Visitor Center. The visitor’s center has a nice gift shop, snack bar, and various exhibits, which includes a 14-minute video highlighting the academy experience in the movie theater. A short hike down a paved nature trail is the Cadet Chapel, which is worth taking pictures of it. The architecture is very unique. See the picture to the right. The inside is full of color stained glass. Outside of the chapel is the honor court where there are statues and aircraft memorials. Also, available to visit is the Falcon Athletic Center, which is viewable from the entrance road. You can expect to spend an hour or two here. On the way out, stop and take a picture of the “B-52”. For more information on visiting the Air Force Academy click on the link, here.


Focus on the Family Pictures

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Focus on the Family3 Story slide for the kidsWhitt from Adventures in Oddessy
Focus on the Family
Focus on the Family
3 Story slide for the kids
3 Story slide for the kids
Whitt from Adventures in Oddessy
Whitt from Adventures in Oddessy

Focus on the Family

The Focus on the Family campus is located off of Interstate 25 at exit 151 (Briargate Pkwy). Focus on the Family was founded by James Dobson as a Christian ministry to helping families thrive. They provide resources as well as a daily radio broadcast. The welcome center is a great place to visit for the whole family. It has a bookstore, G. Harvey art Gallery, Solid Grounds Coffee Bar for adults. For the kids, they have a three-story slide, kid’s play area, and Whit’s End Soda Shoppe. You can easily spend a few hours here. For more information on visiting Focus, follow the link to their website, here.

Garden of the Gods Pictures

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Look really close in the middle of the picture and you can see someone climbing the narrow pointed rock
Look really close in the middle of the picture and you can see someone climbing the narrow pointed rock
Look really close in the middle of the picture and you can see someone climbing the narrow pointed rock

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods has free admission and contains large, giant red rocks sticking up out of the green foliage below. I would advise you to stop at the visitor center and have a look around. It offers a nice place to take photos of the park in the distance. You can drive through the park and/or get out and hike through different sections of it. You can plan to spend a twenty minutes driving through or a whole day getting out and hiking the trails through the garden. It is a very unique place to visit. If you are lucky you will see some groups rock climbing as we did.

Pikes Peak Pictures

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Summit of Pikes PeakView of Pikes Peak from Focus on the FamilyWindy PointCog Railway Garden of the Gods from the top of Pikes Peak with full zoom on the cameraView from the summit of Pikes PeakView from the summit of Pike's Peak
Summit of Pikes Peak
Summit of Pikes Peak
View of Pikes Peak from Focus on the Family
View of Pikes Peak from Focus on the Family
Windy Point
Windy Point
Cog Railway
Cog Railway
Garden of the Gods from the top of Pikes Peak with full zoom on the camera
Garden of the Gods from the top of Pikes Peak with full zoom on the camera
View from the summit of Pikes Peak
View from the summit of Pikes Peak
View from the summit of Pike's Peak
View from the summit of Pike's Peak

Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak or “America’s Mountain” is the place to go in Colorado Springs. America the Beautiful was written about Pike’s Peak. It towers over Colorado Springs at 14,100 feet. What makes it unique among Colorado's 14 teeners is that there is no other mountain peaks obstructing your view of it. Going to the top is a must. On a clear day, you can see into Kansas and New Mexico. You can either drive the twisty turns all the way to the top or you can ride the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway to the top. The train ride offers spectacular views as you climb more than 8,000 feet. Beware when you get to the top that the elevation will have an effect on you. Do not try to move to quickly the air up there is quite thin. You are limited to 30-40 minutes on top before the Cog starts back down the mountain. If you plan on taking the train, make reservations a day or two in advance.

Flying W Ranch & Cave of the Winds

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Flying W Ranch EntranceCave of the WindsDeep inside Cave of the WindsMan down!!!  - Just kidding
Flying W Ranch Entrance
Flying W Ranch Entrance
Cave of the Winds
Cave of the Winds
Deep inside Cave of the Winds
Deep inside Cave of the Winds
Man down!!!  - Just kidding
Man down!!! - Just kidding

Flying W Ranch

If you are looking for a cowboy dinner along with a show, this is the place to go. Make reservations in advance because this is a very popular place. The Flying W Ranch is an actual working ranch. They offer a chuck wagon dinner and cowboys singing (Flying W Wranglers). Check out their website for more details, Flying W.

Cave of the Winds

Cave of the Winds is a cool place to visit. They offer several different tour options some with flash lights and some with hand held lanterns. The biggest thing to remember is not to touch anything when you are in the cave, which will be emphasized over and over again.

In summary, Colorado Springs has a lot to offer. These are but a few of the things that you can do. Let me know if you have any comments or questions.

Colorado Springs Overview

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      Updated hub and added a video.

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