What do you pack when you’re visiting Colorado Springs? When should you come to the Pikes Peak Region? How long should your family stay in Colorado? We have the answers to the top questions which are essential to your Colorado Springs travel plans.
Q. What should I pack when visiting in the summer?
A. Our summer mornings are typically mild, dry and very comfortable with temperatures in the 80s to mid to high 90s, with cool nights in the 60s. An occasional dip in temperature can leave the mornings quite cool. Start your day by wearing a top with a light sweater or jacket over it that can be taken off and perhaps tied around your waist. If you’re wearing pants, you might want to pack a pair of shorts.
- Umbrella (or waterproof jacket)
- Hat (with brim for sun protection)
- Wear effective sunscreen
- Dress in layers (short-sleeve tops, light sweaters or jackets, shorts, thin cotton pants)
Q. How long does it take for a round trip to the top of Pikes Peak?
A. It depends. Many times going to the top of Pikes Peak by car via the Pikes Peak Highway or by Train by Pikes Peak Cog Railway takes about 1.5 hours. If you take Challenge Unlimited- Pikes Peak by Bike, you’ll start your trip at breakfast and end after lunch.
Visit each attraction’s page to learn more.
Q. What should I pack when visiting the Pikes Peak Region?
A. A common misconception about Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region is that our winters and heavy snowfall begin in November or December. October, November, December and many days in January and February are still sunny and relatively mild. The biggest difference between these months and our summers is that the temperatures are just lower, with mornings and evenings at times cold enough for a heavy jacket. However, the days can still be sunny, with temperatures in the 40s, 50s, and sometimes 60s.
Some general tips to make your visit to our region more comfortable include:
- Dress in warmer layers (wool sweaters, long-sleeve shirts, jeans, wool pants, gloves/mittens, light scarf, hats, waterproof shoes)
- Hat with brim for sun protection
- Wear effective sunscreen
- Drink plenty of water
- Get plenty of rest
- Avoid higher altitude attractions during the first days of your visit if possible
- Avoid too much alcohol consumption during your visit
Q. How many days does it take to visit all of your attractions?
A. The Pikes Peak region is full of many things to see and do. We understand that family vacations can range from one-day to several days. If you visit our attraction’s page, you’ll see the best attraction for you and your family based on your level of activity, time and adventure!
Q. What are the prices and hours of operation for each attraction?
A. For a complete list of prices and hours of operation on each attraction visit the individual attraction’s page. We list the hours they are open in the top section.
Q. How much time can I spend at each attraction?
A. The following is the minimum amount of time you should allow yourself at each attraction.
|Academy Riding Stables||1-2 Hours|
|Cave of the Winds||1.5-2 Hours|
|Challenge Unlimited-Pikes Peak by Bike||2-6 Hours|
|Cheyenne Mountain Zoo||2-3 Hours|
|Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad||1 Hour|
|Cripple Creek Heritage Center||1 Hour|
|Echo Canyon River Expeditions||3-6 Hours|
|Garden of the Gods Trading Post||1 Hour|
|Ghost Town Museum||1 Hour|
|Historic Manitou Springs||1-3 Hours|
|Iron Springs Melodrama Dinner Theatre||2.5 Hours|
|Manitou Cliff Dwellings||1.5 Hours|
|May Natural History Museum||1 Hour|
|Miramont Castle Museum||30 min-1 Hour|
|Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine||1.5 Hours|
|North Pole-Santa’s Workshop||2-3 Hours|
|Old Colorado City||1-3 Hours|
|Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain||3-5 Hours|
|ProRodeo Hall of Fame||1 Hour|
|Royal Gorge Bridge and Park||3 Hours|
|Seven Falls||1-2 Hours|
|Space Foundation Discovery Center||1-2 Hours|
|Western Museum of Mining and Industry||1-2 Hours|
Q. Do any of the attractions offer coupons?
A. Yes, many of the attractions do offer coupons. To print an internet coupon, click here.
Q. What attractions are open year-round?
A. Many of the attractions around Colorado Springs are open year round. Click here to see all the attractions that are open year-round.
Q. Do I need reservations for any of them?
A. There are a few attractions that highly recommend advance reservations. We recommend you visiting the individual attractions’ pages on our site, but these are the ones you should call ahead to make a reservation:
- Academy Riding Stables
- Challenge Unlimited- Pikes Peak by Bike
- Echo Canyon River Expeditions
- Iron Springs Melodrama Dinner Theatre
- Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Q. What is the closest airport?
A. The nearest major airport is the Colorado Springs Airport (COS). With nearly 80 flights per day on eight airlines, the Colorado Springs Airport has one of the country’s best on-time records. Many hotels provide transportation to and from the airport.
You can also fly into Denver International Airport (DIA) and simply drive about an hour and fifteen minutes to get to the area, although you would need to rent a car.
Q. What is the distance from Colorado Springs to other destinations?
Canon City: 45 miles, 40-45 minutes
Fort Collins: 132 miles
Cripple Creek: 45 miles, 40-45 minutes
Grand Junction: 287 miles
Denver: 65 miles, 1 hour
Pueblo: 42 miles
Durango: 302 miles
Trinidad: 127 miles
Estes Park: 138 miles
(These times and distances are approximate)
Q. How can I avoid high altitude sickness? And what are the symptoms?
A. Since many of the mountains in the Pikes Peak region rise to 14,000 feet and most attractions on average are located at 7,000 feet above sea level, the altitude can produce some unusual sensations. The symptoms for altitude illness include a headache, touch of nausea, feeling unusually tired, or experiencing shortness of breath. One of the most important things visitors to the Pikes Peak region should know about altitude sickness is that it can be significantly minimized or even prevented by following these simple guidelines while traveling:
- Stay below 7,000 feet the first day (the city of Colorado Springs is 6,035 feet above sea level and Canon City is 5,332 feet above sea level)
- When sightseeing, work your way up to higher altitudes
- Avoid strenuous exercise the first day
- Drink more water than usual since your body will dehydrate more quickly
- Reduce alcohol intake, which has a greater effect at this altitude
- Avoid salty foods
- Give your body time to adjust (there is a lot to see and do at the lower altitude levels)
If you follow these simple suggestions, you are sure to enjoy each day of your vacation.