Day 2

Outdoor Attractions

History in Them Thar Hills

Colorado commonly ranks among the fittest of all 50 states, and it’s easy to see why.  Coloradans love to play outside, and wouldn’t you if you had this vast spectacular place as your backyard!? But it’s not just our epic geological wonders that make for fun in the rocky mountain sunshine, we’ve created some pretty amazing ways to jump off cliffs, drop into canyons, and scurry across rock faces. We also have a rich past, and there are many hikes and places to enjoy our history as well.  Even our educational opportunities tend to make their way outdoors!

Breakfast

Slow Food Movement

Everyone will find something they can enjoy at Adam’s Mountain Café, which offers vegan options, gluten-free options and meaty fare for omnivores, too. It’s also conveniently located on the way to the Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

manitou cliff dwellings

Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Get Hands on with our Ancient History

There aren’t many places in the world that will let you get this hands on with 700 year old history.  Originally moved to the hills above Manitou Springs around the turn of the last century, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings are an awesome example of Ancient Puebloan architecture.  However, because they were moved back in the days before we knew better, the dwellings are not an archeologically protected site, which means you can get close and personal without any rangers yelling at you!

Use all of your senses and your imagination, to transport yourself back in time as you feel the cool stones and imagine the cedar smoke that would have emanated from the kivas.  You can try your hand at grinding corn and climb traditional pueblo ladders.  Then learn more about the people that would have lived in these dwellings and see examples of their crafts in the two onsite museums. 

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Get hands on with history at Manitou Cliff Dwellings!

Lunch

Enjoy one of the best patios in town

Burgers, cold beer and delicious wraps can be found at the Balanced Rock Café at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post. 

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

A full day of fun in the rocky mountain sun

There’s so much to do at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, you might want to plan for some extra time here.  The cave itself was originally discovered way back in 1881.  And although the cave would really constitute an indoor attraction, they have as much if not more going on above ground.  In fact, there’s so much happening on the surface, we recommend you slather on the sun screen and get yourself one of their package passes.  From simple climbing walls and ropes courses, to rides called things like the Terror-dactyl and Bat-a-pult, there’s plenty to keep you playing all day long.

Of course we highly recommend taking a tour underground too.  True to its name, the cave is very well ventilated and tours are limited in size, following all current health precautions.  You can’t visit without winding over a mile into the hillside.  Trust me.

cave of the winds

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Perched on the hills above Manitou Springs, this is an awesome place to enjoy a little outdoor rec.

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Adventures Out West

For all things Colorado

Adventures Out West has been our premier outdoor outfitter since the 70’s, and it’s been owned by one family that whole time!  Of course the company has passed to a new generation, which has kept them growing and evolving.  They own all the adventures and they’re with you every step of the way, which means the only hard part about playing with Adventures Out West, is figuring out which of their awesome activities are best for you.  Fortunately, they have a great team that can help you with that too!

You can choose from hot air balloons, Jeep tours through any number of our amazing natural landscapes, Segway tours through Garden of the Gods (pictured), mountain bike tours down Pikes Peak, guide led hikes and last but certainly not least, zip lines through the foothills of Manitou Springs.  There’s so much to do with this one attraction alone, you might want to consider an extra day or two here, just so you don’t miss out on anything!

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These guys are your one stop shop for Colorado fun, from adventure to zip lines and lots in between!

Dinner

Mexican Anyone?

At the end of the day we know you’re going to be starving, so hit The Loop. It offers huge portions of Mexican food, chips and salsa and to-die-for margaritas you can practically swim in.

Local's favorite

the loop in manitou springs in summer