THE PIKES PEAK REGION:
BEYOND COLORADO SPRINGS

Colorado Springs is the second biggest city in Colorado and it flourishes across the foothills and plains near Pikes Peak.  It’s the hub, the airport destination, the big dot on the map you use to plan your vacation, but Colorado Springs proper is just a piece of the puzzle.  If you’re planning to come to Colorado Springs, you’re really planning to visit the Pikes Peak Region and the moment you lay eyes on that big beautiful mountain, you’ll see exactly why we call it that and why it connects all the area communities.

The Pikes Peak Region comprises Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Old Colorado City, Canon City, Cripple Creek and a number of amazing little towns in between.  Navigating all that awesomeness between your arrival and departure dates can be a little tricky.  We hope this helps!  

PS: we’re online as much as we can be Monday – Friday if you still have questions.  That’s literally the reason we come to work everyday.  We got you!

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They say the joy is in the journey, but if you spend your whole vacation journeying, there’s a lot less joy. Group your activities by location for maximum playtime!

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Canon City

Canon City

54 minutes from Colorado Springs

From amazing views at the Royal Gorge Bridge to the best whitewater rafting in Colorado, Canon City is a short yet beautiful drive for amazing family fun!

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Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek

66 minutes from Colorado Springs

Affectionately known as "The Backside of Pikes Peak" Cripple Creek is bursting with history and character at the end of a spectacular drive.

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Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs

15 minutes from Colorado Springs

At the foot of Pikes Peak, Manitou Springs hosts some of the best places to eat, shop, dine and stay! Extend your trip and stay in this quaint mountain town!

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs

10 minutes from Pikes Peak

The second-largest city in Colorado, Colorado Springs is the perfect home base for your Pikes Peak Region adventures.

  • Rafting
    Echo Canyon River Expeditions
    Echo Canyon River Expeditions
    Half-day, full-day, wild or mild - we've got the perfect float for you!
  • Thankful Royal Gorge
    Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
    Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
    Cross North America's highest suspension bridge and enjoy the gorge-side rides!

Canon City Tips

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is a must-see, be sure to get a pic by your state flag on the bridge!

Canon City tends to be about 10 degrees warmer than Colorado Springs.

Call ahead for reservations at Echo Canyon River Expeditions.

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  • Historic Cripple Creek
    Historic Cripple Creek
    Mosey the streets of one of the richest producing towns of the gold rush.
  • Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
    Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
    Hop aboard this 15-ton steam locomotive to learn about the gold rush days of Cripple Creek while viewing amazing...
  • Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
    Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
    Travel deep underground via elevator and experience one of the largest gold mines in Colorado!

Cripple Creek Tips

Cripple Creek sits at 9,000 feet in elevation, so be sure to bring a jacket.

The drive is one of the prettiest in Colorado, especially when the aspens are changing!

Keep an eye out for the town’s resident donkeys, descendants of our mining days, who roam the town free-range.

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  • Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
    Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
    Cave tours, breathtaking scenery, rides and activities. A must-see Colorado attraction for more than a century!
  • Garden of the Gods Trading Post
    Garden of the Gods Trading Post
    Shop over 90,000 different gifts, from t-shirts to fine local art.
  • Historic Manitou Springs
    Historic Manitou Springs
    Historic Manitou Springs
    The area's best shopping, dining, art and cold mineral drinking springs at the foot of Pikes Peak.
  • Manitou Cliff Dwellings
    Manitou Cliff Dwellings
    Enjoy over 700-year-old pueblo dwellings, remnants of ancient American Indian culture.
  • North Pole - Santa's Workshop
    North Pole - Santa's Workshop
    Plan a full day to enjoy rides, shows, and a visit with the big guy himself!
  • Pikes Peak- America's Mountain
    Pikes Peak- America's Mountain
    Few roads can take you up a mountain of this magnitude.
  • Academy Riding Stables
    Academy Riding Stables
    Enjoy Garden of the Gods Park via horseback.
  • Iron Springs Melodrama and Dinner Theatre
    Iron Springs Melodrama and Dinner Theatre
    Boo the villain and cheer the hero till your sides hurt!
  • Miramont Castle Museum
    Miramont Castle Museum
    Miramont Castle Museum
    Tour the area's largest Victorian castle and sip on High tea!
  • Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cog Railway
    Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cog Railway
    Closed for 2018 season.

Manitou Springs Tips

Parking can be tricky. Use the free lot by Memorial Park and take the shuttle around town.

Finding all 8 mineral springs is a great way to explore the city and is fun for all ages.

Manitou Springs is a registered Art District of Colorado. Keep your eyes peeled for art (and artists!) in unlikely places.

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  • Broadmoor Seven Falls waterfall
    Broadmoor Seven Falls
    Broadmoor Seven Falls
    Walk the "Grandest Mile of Scenery" to a series of 7 waterfalls.
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
    Visit over 750 animals at America's ONLY mountain zoo.
  • Historic Old Colorado City
    Historic Old Colorado City
    Enjoy over 100 local shops, restaurants and art galleries.
  • Challenge Unlimited- Pikes Peak by Bike
    Challenge Unlimited- Pikes Peak by Bike
    Descend Pikes Peak by bike for a thrill of a lifetime!
  • Ghost Town Museum
    Ghost Town Museum
    Experience our Wild West past and pan for gold, in season!
  • May Natural History Museum
    May Natural History Museum
    Over 7,000 specimens of the world's most exotic insects!
  • ProRodeo Hall of Fame
    ProRodeo Hall of Fame
    The colorful history and equally colorful legends of professional rodeo live on at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and...
  • Space Foundation Discovery Center
    Space Foundation Discovery Center
    Explore this interactive museum where space, science and technology combine into a great educational experience of space exploration.
  • Western Museum
    Western Museum of Mining and Industry
    Western Museum of Mining and Industry
    Explore the excitement of Colorado's rich mining heritage and watch it come alive at the Western Mining Museum that...

Colorado Springs Tips

The Colorado Springs Airport is big enough for direct flights, and small enough for quick security lines leaving you more time for fun.

Anywhere you are in the Springs, you’re minutes from a great trail or an awesome historic site.

Photo opportunities lurk around every corner, so be sure you’re charged and ready to shoot!

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