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.

  • Thankful Royal Gorge
    Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
    Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
    Cross 1,000 feet over the crashing Arkansas river to thrill rides, summer concerts & Colorado sights a-plenty.
  • Rafting
    Echo Canyon River Expeditions
    Echo Canyon River Expeditions
    Strap in for wet and wild ride as you conquer the rapids of the Arkansas River. (Peaceful family floats...

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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    Find your fortune in this unique mountain town that’s loaded with history and always playing host to the next...
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    Open air and pupper-friendly, the Narrow Gauge takes you where mere roads cannot go. Stunning views guaranteed.

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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    America’s mountain awaits with breathtaking views, outdoor fun & world-famous hot ‘n’ fresh donuts. See you at the top!
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    The kingliest locale in the land lets you explore its hallowed halls—and sup at the royal high tea if...
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    Look, touch, climb & explore ancient history in these authentic native dwellings in the cliffs above Manitou Springs.
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    Historic Manitou Springs
    Historic Manitou Springs
    Shop, dine & explore this small-but-epic locale — effervescent healing springs, unique events, & history served daily.
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    Iron Springs Melodrama and Dinner Theatre
    Wild, wacky & oh-so-fun melodrama is the name of the game. Audience participation is strongly encouraged. Huzzah!
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    Stop in for a cool drink, a hot bite or the best shopping in the Pikes Peak region—25,000 sq....
  • Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
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    Cave tours, breathtaking scenery, rides and activities. A must-see Colorado attraction for more than a century!
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    Giddy-up through Garden of the Gods on trusty steeds led by the coolest cowboys and cowgirls in the new...
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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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    Western Museum of Mining and Industry
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    Gold panning + enormous machines that chew through rock like butter + acres of mining history = maximum mine-themed...
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    Space Foundation Discovery Center
    Tour the cosmos from the safety of Earth with hands-on activities, real space gear and other science-minded mischief.
  • Broadmoor Seven Falls waterfall
    Broadmoor Seven Falls
    Broadmoor Seven Falls
    "The Grandest Mile of Scenery" is but the entryway to seven cascading mountain waterfalls at Seven Falls in Colorado...
  • ProRodeo Hall of Fame
    ProRodeo Hall of Fame
    The heroes of rodeo have roped & ridden their way into history. Explore their lives, wins & struggles!
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    1,000s of insects may greet you, but have no fear! The world-famous collection is snug under glass for up-close...
  • Old Colorado City
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    Boutiques, gourmet eats & art galleries galore line the streets of this historic Colorado town. Dine & shop the...
  • Ghost Town Museum
    Ghost Town Museum
    Year-round gold-panning, authentic structures and thousands of artifacts make this indoor ghost town anything but dead.
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo little girl feeding giraffe.
    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
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    Hand feed the giraffes, hop with the wallabies, sing with the budgies, and enjoy over 750 animals at America's...
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    Put wheels to pavement for a 20-mile thrill ride down the world-famous Pikes Peak Highway. Bikes n’ gear included!
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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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