3 Days of Family Fun
There’s so much to do in the Pikes Peak region, how on earth do you make the most of the time you have here? That’s why we’re here! We’ve put together a few of our favorites that are sure to make their eyes pop and create amazing memories of family fun.
Start the day off right
Local culinary secret: everything tastes better smothered in green chili. Bon Ton’s Cafe in Old Colorado City has particularly good green chili, and a great outdoor patio.
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Climb through 700 years of history
Originally moved to Manitou Springs in the early 1900’s, the Cliff Dwellings has served as a hands-on educational museum for well over 100 years. Climb inside the dwellings and imagine life as an ancient Pueblo Indian, try your hand at grinding corn, and soak in the cool feeling of the sandstone. There are no “Do Not Touch” signs here!
Local’s Tip: Be sure to check out the museum built deep into the rock face. It’s cool in more ways than one!
Time allowance: 1-2 hours
Nearby the Cliff Dwellings, tucked in the heart of Manitou Springs, is an unassuming little place call The Keg. It might not look like much from the outside, but locals know it’s got the best burger in Manitou. If you’re looking for lighter fare, try the berry salad. I get it with grilled salmon 😉
Historic Cripple Creek
Head up the pass!
When locals talk about “The Pass” they’re talking about Ute Pass, or for your purposes, highway 24. The Pass is a beautiful mountain drive, and one of the premier drives to enjoy the aspen leaves in the fall. An hour’s drive will take you neatly to Cripple Creek, Colorado, a town sprouted around some of the richest goldmines of our “Pikes Peak or Bust” days. You and the family can check out mining museums, enjoy a ride on the narrow gauge railroad, or just mosey through the streets of this quaint mountain town. Did we mention it’ll be a hair cooler in the mountain air?
Local’s Tip: Keep an eye out for the donkey herd, descendants of the fellas that helped in the mines. They have the run of the town.
Time allowance: 3-4 hours
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