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Colorado Springs is home to the majestic Pikes Peak, but there is so much more to this Rockies vacation destination than just mountains.
From whitewater rafting down the Arkansas River to crossing the Royal Gorge Bridge, families, couples, seniors, backpackers and everyone else can find activities that interest them here in the heart of the Rocky Mountains!
And there’s plenty of great Colorado Springs lodging to keep you comfortable and rested between activities.
Here are just a few of the Colorado Springs attractions that we recommend:
“Pikes Peak or Bust” was the 1858 gold rush slogan, drawing the likes of Buffalo Bill Cody. Unfortunately, the Colorado gold rush is over, but it is still a destination rich in beauty and nature. At over 14,000 feet, this snow-capped peak is the popular destination for a multitude of hikers from around the world. The mountain is also host to the yearly Pike’
s Marathon, a challenge for any runner because of the difficult terrain, climate and 7,700 vertical climb.
Garden of the Gods Park
This Colorado Springs park is a Registered National Natural Landmark and home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Rocky Mountains. Their free Visitor and Nature Center is at the foot of Pikes Peak and is one of the most popular attractions in the area. With the famous red rock formations, 300-foot sandstone pinnacles and an average of 300 brilliant blue-sky days a year, this park is a photographer’
Test your nerve whitewater rafting down the Arkansas River while you’
re in central Colorado. Just a short drive outside Colorado Springs, the Arkansas River offers many world-class rafting opportunities for families and adventurers alike, with Class II to Class V rapids.
Royal Gorge Bridge
After you’ve rafted under it, you can’t miss walking across the highest suspension bridge in the world. The Royal Gorge Bridge hangs 1,053 feet in the air and is only about an hour outside of Colorado Springs. Longer than four football fields, this feat of engineering was built in 1929 in just six months. Those who are weary of such an old construction shouldn’t worry; the bridge can hold an excess of 2 million pounds! While you’re there, check out the world’s highest Skycoaster, the worlds steepest incline railway and world’
s longest aerial tram.
Cave of the Winds
Take your pick between easy strolls or an exciting adventure deep within the earth at the Cave of the Winds. Thousands of years in the making, the cave was only discovered about 100 years ago. Take a tour by lantern to feel like the original explorers or try their modern, seasonal five-story high laser and sound show.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
The 750 animals at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo represent 143 different species, 30 of which are endangered. The zoo has many areas to explore, such as the Asian Highlands, Wolf Woods, Primate World and My Big Backyard. The zoo’s African Rift Valley exhibition is particularly famous for its giraffe herd. This is because this high altitude zoo is the world’
s most successful place for breeding giraffes with 185 births since 1954.
Colorado Springs Museums
History buffs will feel right at home in Colorado Springs. The many area museums include: The Ghost Town Museum, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy, The Money Museum, Outlaws & Lawmen Museum, Western Museum of Mining & Industry, Rock Ledge Historic Ranch, Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum, The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, and the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum, a nationally awarded institution that teaches the Pikes Peak Region’
s history to tens of thousands of visitors annually.