Attractions that Close After the Summer
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Summer in Colorado is about the closest thing we have to heaven on earth. The weather is mild, the skies are blue, and there’s endless fun to be had in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region! As kids head back to school and summer winds to a close, sneak in a couple more adventures with these seasonal attractions. Soon it will be time for changing leaves, pumpkin-spice everything, and comfy sweaters, but not yet! Give summer a last hurrah and make the most of these epic attractions. (Don’t worry! They’ll open back up again next year.)
1. CHALLENGE UNLIMITED - PIKES PEAK BY BIKE
When is it closing: end of october
For the ultimate thrill, take the van up to the top of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, and bike back down with Challenge Unlimited. All that’s required: balancing and braking. Okay. So maybe there’s one or two tiny uphills, but they’re itsy-bitsy. Challenge Unlimited handles everything else including the bikes, safety gear, warmer layers for the cooler temps at summit, water, snacks and even lunch at the end to refuel! Make your reservations soon! Challenge Unlimited usually takes their last trip down Pikes Peak towards the end of October, but their rides are always weather dependent, so go now!
2. CRIPPLE CREEK & VICTOR NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD
when is it closing: mid october
All aboard! You really won’t want to miss this steam powered locomotive that’s been carrying passengers around Historic Cripple Creek since 1967. Learn about the gold rush era as you travel back in time on this 45 minute trip around the other side of Pikes Peak! Located in Cripple Creek, Colorado, just over 9,000 feet in elevation, you might even get a glimpse of those changing aspen leaves we’re so well known for.
3. ECHO CANYON RIVER EXPEDITIONS
when is it closing: September 15th
Nothing is quite so iconically Colorado as river rafting and Echo Canyon River Expeditions is the leader of the pack. With more training and experience than any other outfitter in the area, there’s no better choice for this epic adventure. Echo Canyon River Expeditions will take its last trip of the season September 15th- so make sure you strap on your wetsuit before then! Call for reservations: 800.690.3246
4. MAY NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
when is it closing: September 30th
You only get a few short months to see all 7,000 creepy crawlies at the May Natural History Museum, the largest private collection of insects in North America. Impressive enough to wow even the most savvy entomologist in the family, the bug museum is open during the warmer months from May to September. For only $7 for adults and $5 for kids, this is a can’t-miss attraction in the Pikes Peak Region.
5. MOLLIE KATHLEEN GOLD MINE
when is it closing: October 27th
A trip to the Pikes Peak Region isn’t complete without a day in Historic Cripple Creek. And a day in Cripple Creek just has to include the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine! Drive out to this mining town towards the end of September to see the breathtaking aspens change colors. While you’re there, catch one of the Mollie Kathleen’s last tours before the season ends.