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Old Colorado City

Historic Old Colorado City

Shop, dine and discover Old Colorado City!

2324 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904 // View Map
719.577.4112 // www.shopoldcoloradocity.com
Hours: Old Colorado City is open year round. Visit www.shopoldcoloradocity.com for area and merchant details.

Fast Facts

Start your adventure off at the Old Colorado City Welcome Center located at 2324 West Colorado Avenue on the West Side of Colorado Springs. You can pick up your FREE coupons and area map. The Old Colorado City Historic District runs from 23rd Street to 27th Street on Colorado Avenue. 

  • Welcome Center – restrooms available
  • Historical Society & History Center
  • Three FREE parking lots
  • Old Colorado City Carnegie Library
  • Local restaurants
  • Artisan shops
  • Fine art galleries
  • Boutiques, men’s and women’s fashion
  • Handmade chocolates
  • One-of-kind, handmade and novelty items at many of the local shops
  • Many shops are open late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the summer months.

Hours:

Welcome Center – 11A.M. to 5P.M. Monday – Saturday (hours vary with volunteer staffing)
Individual Store Hours Vary – See Website

Prices:

Free to visit our relaxing and beautiful area to take a stroll and unwind.   

Location:

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Start your adventure off at the Old Colorado City Welcome Center located at 2324 West Colorado Avenue on the West Side of Colorado Springs. Pick up your FREE coupons and area map.

The Old Colorado City Historic District runs from 23rd Street to 27th Street on Colorado Avenue.

FREE parking lots are located on 26th and Pikes Peak Avenue, 25th and Cucharras Street and between 25th and 26th on Cucharras Street. There is plenty of customer and metered parking also available.  Follow these directions or enter 2324 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904 into your GPS or Phone.

Off Highway 24:
– Head North on 21st Street or 26th Street.
– Old Colorado City runs from 23rd Street to 27th Street on Colorado Avenue.

Fast Facts

  • Founded in 1859, Colorado City was the first permanent town in the Pikes Peak Region
  • During the mining days, 50 trains a day left for the Cripple Creek and Victorville mining district
  • Old Colorado City was the destination for “Pikes Peak or Bust” 
  • Over 100 galleries, restaurants, shops and boutiques in a quarter-mile
  • A fantastic beautiful place to unwind 

Tips

  • Stop by the Welcome Center for a FREE area map
  • FREE public parking is available 
  • Perfect for the whole family, pets included! 
  • Open late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the summer months
  • Visit the Old Colorado City website for a full list of area galleries, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, shops and boutiques. shopoldcoloradocity.com/directory/

Details

With over 100 fine galleries, specialty shops, boutiques, restaurants and services available, historic Old Colorado City has it all.  Its tree lined streets beckon you to stroll and enjoy the largest concentration of independent retail establishments in Colorado Springs.  Enjoy turn-of-the-century architecture and rich history from Colorado’s gold rush days.  With Pikes Peak as its backdrop, Old Colorado City is easily accessible along West Colorado Avenue west of Interstate 25. Shop, Dine and Discover Historic Old Colorado City!

Parking Lots

Old Colorado City offers 3 FREE parking lots at the following locations:

  • 25th and Cucharras Street
  • 26th and Pikes Peak Avenue
  • Cucharras Street between 26th and 27th Street

 

Welcome Center

  • Friendly volunteers
  • Guest information
  • Maps, coupons & brochures
  • Public restrooms

 

Historical Society & History Center

  • FREE admission
  • Open Tuesday through Saturday in the spring and summer
  • Open Thursday through Saturday in the fall and winter

 

Old Colorado City (OL) Carnegie Library

  • Carnegie Library has been in continuous service since December 7, 1904
  • Teen, adult and child programs
  • FREE wifi

 

TERRITORY DAYS

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Territory Days is one of the state’s largest craft vendor fairs. It’s highlighted with features including pony rides, kids play areas, petting zoos, a mechanical bull, wild west gunfight re-enactments, live blacksmithing, period-costumed characters, live birds of prey, Native American dancers, quick draw competition, and two beer gardens with live music running all three days. Phew! With that much to see and do, it’s a good thing that this event lasts all weekend!

ART WALKS

EACH FRIDAY EVENING FROM APRIL TO DECEMBER

These self-guided visual arts walking tours feature art galleries and open artist studios along Colorado Avenue between 23rd and 27th Streets. As many as 100 art pieces may be viewed for purchase in just one location in Old Colorado City’s art galleries. Colorado Springs’ largest concentration of galleries is found within these three city blocks in Colorado Springs historic district.

FARMers MARKET

JUNE TO NOVEMBER IN BANCROFT PARK FROM 7:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.

Experience the best local artisans, farmers, produce and crafts each Saturday morning from June to November in Bancroft park. Come from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and fill your pantries and your stomachs!

FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What time is Old Colorado City open and closed?

Typically, shops are open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. however each one has its own hours and this will vary seasonally. A complete list of contact information for individual shops at shopoldcoloradocity.com.

What Should I enter in my map app?

2501 W. Colorado Avenue, 80904 to arrive in the heart of the historic district.

Where do I park?

Three Free parking lots are clearly marked by banners along Colorado Avenue.

-25th and Cucharras Street

-26th and Pikes Peak Avenue

-Cucharras Street between 26th and 27th Street

What types of restaurants are in the area?

A wide variety of continental restaurants, including pizza, barbecue, French, Greek, Italian, Spanish and American that include nine Best Of: Colorado Springs award winners.

Are there places to stay in Old Colorado City?

The quaint, quiet area has vacation rentals and B&B’s.

When was Old Colorado City founded?

Old Colorado City – The Gateway to the West –  was founded as Colorado City on May 22, 1859. OCC was the original territorial capital.

WHAT IS THERE TO DO?

There are endless possibilities for shopping, dining, karaoke, free summer concerts, farmers market, local and unique art and so much more. Get all the details at shopoldcoloradocity.com 

HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT EVENTS AND SPECIALS?

Head over to Old Colorado City’s Facebook page for the most current information.

There are several events throughout the year such as Territory Days, Farmers Market, Art Walk, The Spirit Tour, The Giant Pumpkin Festival, Santa’s Cabin and Christmas Stroll; just to name a few.

Where can i get more information?

Stop by the Welcome Center located at 2324 W. Colorado Avenue to pick up an area guide and brochures or shopoldcoloradocity.com.

Do the shops offer military discounts?

A majority of area shops do offer discounts to our service members.

What kind of shops are in the area?

Shop small at over 100 local family-owned stores. South-Western styled jewelry and art, handmade chocolates, local honey, made in Colorado items and area souvenirs.

Are there museums in the area?

Three museums including a history center, a miniatures gallery, and a Simpich Showcase.

IS OLD COLORADO CITY PET FRIENDLY?

Many of the shops around OCC are pet friendly. There are various restaurants with patio dining so pets can enjoy their owner’s company. Many shops have signs welcoming your four-legged friends. When in doubt, ask!

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