Start the day off right
Head over to Adam’s Mountain Cafe in Manitou Springs. They live by the slow food motto, food that’s clean, intentionally made and as locally-sourced as they can get. We recommend the Huevos Rancheros, though it may ruin you for all other Huevos in the future. #sorrynotsorry
Academy Riding Stables
Garden of the Gods by horseback
Garden of the Gods is definitely a must see while you’re in the Pikes Peak region, and there’s no better way than by horseback. Locally owned and operated for more than 30 years, Academy Riding Stables is the only outfitter licensed to do rides through Garden of the Gods. Let your new four-legged friend guide you through towering red sandstone formations beneath that picturesque Colorado blue sky. Be sure to keep an eye out for wildflowers and wildlife! This is an experience you’ll remember fondly the rest of your days.
Local’s Tip: Call ahead for reservations 719-633-5667
Time allowance: 1-3 hours
Garden of the Gods Trading Post
Locally made souvenirs
You’re creating some awesome memories on this trip. Why not get something for your home that will remind you of your time in Colorado? You can get a t-shirt anywhere, and the Trading Post certainly has the largest selection, but we suspect you’re a bit more discerning. With dozens of local artists and thousands of different items to choose from, you’re bound to find something that speaks just to you. And you can think of Colorado every time you see it.
Local’s Tip: Start in the art gallery. That’s where all the coolest stuff lives!
Time allowance: 1-2 hours
Lunch that hits the spot
While you’re at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post, hit the Balanced Rock Cafe for a bite to eat. They have buffalo burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads, with one of best backyard patios in town. Take a minute to enjoy the serenity.
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Home of the infamous TERROR-dactyl
Where do we start!? Let’s take it slow and start with the Wind Walker, a three story challenge course of ropes and beams over a 600 foot drop into Williams Canyon. Next, head underground for a Lantern Tour, the middle adventure level of their three caving tours. Finally, take the plunge and sail into Williams Canyon at 100 miles an hour on the TERROR-dactyl. We double dog dare you.
Local’s Tip: Reserve your cave tour to cut your wait time!
Time allowance: 2-3 hours
The Night Life is the right life
You’ve earned some bragging rights today. How about a local brewery with killer food? Check out Cerberus on West Colorado. Their beer is totally on point and their food is even better!
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