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Adventures Out West jeep in Garden of the Gods

Adventures Out West

Zip lines, Balloon Rides, Jeep Tours, Segway Tours
One stop, many thrills! Balloon, zip, Jeep, Segway and bike your way across the Pikes Peak Region for true Rocky Mountain fun.

Broadmoor Outfitters

Zip lines, Bike Tours, Hiking Tours, SUP, Falconry, Axe Throwing
If adventure is on your Colorado agenda, look no further than Broadmoor Outfitters! Experience zip lining, fly fishing, archery, and more!

The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Train
It's always Peak Season at the Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway - sit back, relax and enjoy all 14,115 feet of perfect views!

The Broadmoor Seven Falls

"The Grandest Mile of Scenery" is just the trail leading to the cascading mountain waterfalls at Seven Falls in Colorado Springs.

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

Cave tours, breathtaking scenery, rides and activities. A must-see Colorado attraction for more than a century!

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Hand-feed the giraffes, hop with the wallabies and get closer than ever to rare, endangered and native animals at America's mountain zoo.

Echo Canyon River Expeditions

Strap in for a wet and wild ride as you conquer the rapids of the Arkansas River. (Peaceful scenic floats available, too.)

Flying W Ranch Chuckwagon

The Flying W Ranch in Colorado Springs serves up cowboy fun to spirited travelers in the form of chuckwagon suppers, cowboy songs and farm animals.
Garden of the Gods Trading Post front entrance in the snow

Garden of the Gods Trading Post

Stop in for a cool drink, a hot bite or the best shopping in the Pikes Peak region—25,000 sq. feet of it, to be exact!
Hall of Justice ice sculpture at Cripple Creek Ice Festival

Historic Cripple Creek

Find your fortune in this unique mountain town that’s loaded with history and always playing host to the next big event.

Historic Manitou Springs

Shop, dine & explore this small-but-epic locale — effervescent healing springs, unique events, & history served daily.

Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Look, touch, climb & explore ancient history in these relocated dwellings in the cliffs above Manitou Springs.
Santa on train at North pole

North Pole – Santa’s Workshop

Ho-ho-ho! Welcome to Santa’s favorite second home where you can play in a world filled with fun rides & Christmas cheer.
Snow in Old Colorado City

Old Colorado City

Boutiques, gourmet eats & art galleries galore line the streets of this historic Colorado town. Dine & shop the day away!

Pikes Peak- America’s Mountain

America’s mountain awaits with breathtaking views, outdoor fun & world-famous hot ‘n’ fresh donuts. See you at the top!
pikes peak tour by gray line side view

Pikes Peak Tour by Gray Line

With the Pikes Peak Tour by Gray Line, you can leave the driving to the experts and summit Pikes Peak in the comfort of a cozy tour shuttle!

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park has awe-inspiring views, thrilling rides and family fun for kids of all ages in Colorado.

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum

The Olympic spirit lives year-round in this incredible new museum devoted to the Olympic & Paralympic Games and its amateur athletes.

Academy Riding Stables

Ride horseback through Garden of the Gods on these gentle steeds led by the coolest cowboys and cowgirls in the West.
challenge unlimited pikes peak by bike going down the mountain

Challenge Unlimited- Pikes Peak by Bike

Put wheels to pavement for a 20-mile thrill ride down the world-famous Pikes Peak Highway. Bikes n’ gear included!

Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad

Open air and pupper-friendly, the Narrow Gauge takes you where mere roads cannot go. Stunning views guaranteed.

Ghost Town Museum

Gold-panning, authentic structures and thousands of artifacts make this indoor ghost town anything but dead.

Iron Springs Melodrama and Dinner Theatre

Wild, wacky & oh-so-fun melodrama is the name of the game. Audience participation is strongly encouraged. Huzzah!

May Natural History Museum

1,000s of insects may greet you, but have no fear! The world-famous collection is snug under glass for up-close perusal.

Miramont Castle Museum

Visit the Pikes Peak Regions' biggest and best castle- Miramont Castle Museum in Manitou Springs! Events, weddings, tea and more await you and your family!
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine tour

Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine

Don your hard hat and descend 1,000 feet into a real mine just like the miners of yesteryear. Keep a lookout for gold!

ProRodeo Hall of Fame

The heroes of rodeo have roped & ridden their way into history. Explore their lives, wins & struggles!

Space Foundation Discovery Center

Tour the cosmos from the safety of Earth with hands-on activities, real space gear and other science-minded mischief.
Old building at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry

Western Museum of Mining and Industry

Gold panning + enormous machines that chew through rock like butter + acres of mining history = maximum mine-themed fun.

Experiences built just for you

When people ask us for things to do in Colorado Springs, it’s not because they’re out of options – how could they be in a place this awesome? No, they ask because they’re overwhelmed with the sheer amount of activities, adventures and attractions available. They’re begging for someone — anyone — to help them narrow it down just a teensy-weensy bit.

Luckily, we like to think of ourselves as adventure-saving super heroes, ready to swoop in at a moment’s notice with recommendations, advice and information. With a locals’ perspective, we’re pretty good at it, if we do say so ourselves. Below you’ll find options for spending a day, a week or (we hope) even longer in our fair city at the foot of Pikes Peak. The Adventure Savers are here and we’re ready to help you launch your next vacation or staycation in a big way. Let’s go!

FAQs

Of course, there are ample things to do in Colorado Springs for all visitor types year-round. But, generally, the best time to visit Colorado Springs tends to be during the summer months (June-August) when the weather is pleasant for outdoor activities. However, if you prefer cooler temperatures and fewer crowds, consider visiting in the fall or spring.

No matter when you visit Colorado Springs, be sure to bring sunscreen, long-sleeve shirts, long pants, sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat to protect you from the more intense sun. Also, it's a good idea to bring layers of clothes. The weather can suddenly change from sunshine to thunderstorms in the afternoons. And the evenings, even in the summer, can be cool.

The cost varies depending on the attraction, but some general pricing examples are:

  • Pikes Peak: $15 per person for a vehicle or $5 per person for walk/bike
  • Seven Falls: $16 per adult, $9 per child (ages 6-15)
  • Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center: free admission, but some activities like Jeep or Segway tours have additional costs.

Some attractions in Colorado Springs allow pets, but it's always best to check with the specific attraction beforehand. Some pet-friendly options include:

  • Garden of the Gods
  • Bear Creek Dog Park
  • Fountain Creek Regional Park

Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), can affect visitors to Colorado Springs due to its higher elevation (6,800 feet). Symptoms may include headaches, nausea, and fatigue. Taking precautions such as staying hydrated and limiting physical activity during the first few days of your visit is recommended. If symptoms persist or become severe, seek medical attention.

The Colorado Springs Airport (COS) is a small airport about 6 miles from the city center. It has one terminal with two concourses, making it easy to navigate. The airport offers nonstop flights from major cities such as Denver, Chicago, and Las Vegas. There are also rental car services and public transportation options available for travelers. Additionally, the airport has various dining and shopping options to make your travel experience more convenient.

Colorado Springs is approximately 70 miles away from Denver, which usually takes about an hour and a half to drive on I-25 between the two cities. Shuttle services are available for those who don't want to drive, which can take anywhere from 1-3 hours depending on traffic and stops. Some popular attractions like Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods are located closer to Colorado Springs, making it a convenient base for exploring the area. Whether you choose to stay in Denver or Colorado Springs, both cities offer unique experiences and attractions worth visiting. So why not plan a trip to both and see the best of what Colorado has to offer?

Why can it be so stressful to plan something that’s supposed to be so much fun? We get it. That’s why ordering your FREE vacation planner to Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region is like having your own travel planner on speed dial.