Hearty portions are definitely necessary for adventuring, so pop in to Mo’s Diner in Manitou Springs before you hit the road. They have the absolute best green chili that ever graced a bowl and it comes in regular and vegetarian (you can also get some to go)
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
These activities are real cliff-hangers.
When you think of the Royal Gorge, it’s usually all about the bridge. But there’s way more fun to be had, the kind that gets your blood pumping and your heart racing! Did you know you can zip line across the canyon? Oh yes, you’ll zip 1,200 feet above the world — and the crashing Arkansas River. Your gear is state-of-the-art, despite its low-profile appearance, so you don’t have to worry … too much. But wait, there’s more. You can also approach those same cliffs from a slightly different way. We’re talking about the Royal Rush Skycoaster, with sweeps you through the air at 50 mph at a stomach-dropping freefall that will dangle you face-down over the drop.
Local’s Tip: Bring a couple friends. The Skycoaster fits up to three people (and the zipline sends you off in pairs), so you won’t be alone as you face your mortality.
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Southern BBQ greets you in style at Bridge View BBQ, conveniently located right in the park. The flavors are oh-so-homestyle, and you can even order a family meal, with a bound of meet and your choice of three sides.
May Natural History Museum
Explore the world’s largest private insect collection.
You may not be careening over cliffs, but there’s definitely a scare-factor to being surrounded by thousands of insects, even if they’ve shuffled off this mortal coil. The May Natural History Museum is right on your way home if you take Highway 115 (a scenic rush in its own right), so pop in for a visit and meet the many-legged life’s work of founder James May, who collected these cool specimens from all over the planet. Don’t worry about getting tickets ahead of time, this hidden gem makes getting started fast and easy.Explore More
Once you’ve made it back to Colorado Springs, we suggest you finish the day at Paravicini’s in Old Colorado City. For something super different, try the eggplant fries dipped in tomato sauce for an app, then load of on some of the richest pesto around.
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