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With five military installations, thousands of military personnel and their families, thousands of retirees and their families and a booming government contracting industry, it’s safe to say that Colorado Springs has earned its stripes as a military city — and boy are we proud! How could we not be? We’re the place the brave men and women of our armed forces, and the amazing families that support them, call home! That’s why so many attractions and businesses throughout Colorado Springs offer military discounts. We know we can speak for everyone when we say we are honored to support you and military discounts are just one small way to show appreciation for your service and offer some discounted fun for your families while you are away. We’ve compiled some of the best military discounts for Colorado Springs’ coolest attractions and placed them all in a handy list, complete with links to help you find them when you need them!

Adventures Out West20% off every tour
Academy Riding Stables10% Military discount for active duty military with proper ID on Trail Rides Fee.This discount is not used on the Park Fee portion of the ride price.
Broadmoor Seven Falls$1.50 OFF
Broadmoor Outfitters10% off with ID present
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park10% off
Challenge UnlimitedPlease contact for details
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo$3 OFF normal admission rates
Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad$1 off each ticket in their party with military ID
Echo Canyon River Expeditions10% OFF with military ID
Flying W Ranch$5 OFF with military ID for both active duty and retired
Garden of the Gods Trading Post10% off in the gift shop | Buy 1 get 1 half off in the Balanced Rock Cafe
Ghost Town Museum$1 OFF to card holders and family members
Historic Cripple CreekDiscounts vary business to business
Historic Manitou SpringsDiscounts vary business to business
Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama$2 OFF dinner$1 OFF show only
Manitou Cliff DwellingsActive military and dependents$2.00 off adults / $0.50 off children
May Natural History Museum$1 OFF for active military
Miramont CastleActive military and firefighters get in FREE
Old Colorado CityDiscounts vary business to business
Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain$2 OFF with IDOnly valid for purchases made at the Gate. Not valid for online purchases.
Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame$2 OFF regular admission with photo ID
Royal Gorge Bridge and ParkMay 1 – Sept 30: $4 off | Oct 1 – Apr 30: $3 off
Space Foundation Discovery Center25% OFF
U.S. Olympic & Paralympic MuseumMilitary Adult (With ID): $15.95
Western Museum of Mining & Industry$1 OFF

Are you a military family hoping to learn more about your new home?

Here’s a look at some history and a few fun facts about the military installations in Colorado Springs. We’ve been a hub for the United States military even before World War II, but, as you’ll see, that’s when many of the locations here in the city would begin to grow into the places you now call home.

Fort Carson, Colorado Springs

On the south side of Colorado Springs you’ll find Fort Carson, an army installation that covers thousands of acres and is home to the 10th Special Forces Group, the 4th Engineer Battalion and, of course, the 4th Infantry Division. And that’s just to name a few. Fort Carson started out as a small camp on land donated by the city in 1942. Over the next several decades, it would grow to become a critical deployment and training installation for the army. It also happens to be one of the most-requested duty locations, which means our military loves us back in equal measures! It’s close to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, multiple open space areas and parks, and attractions like white water rafting and the Royal Gorge.

Cheyenne Mountain Space Force Station

The south side is also home to the Cheyenne Mountain Space Force Station. In fact, the station is right near Fort Carson and even closer to our famous mountainside zoo. Once the home of NORAD and the United States Space Command (more on those in a minute), it now trains personnel and stands ready to serve as a command center in the event of an emergency. The complex sits a whopping 2,000 feet below ground and has some pretty wild structural fortifications to keep it from being impacted by explosions and earthquakes. It’s got all sorts of features that would make any doomsday prepper proud, like food, medical and even a gym. And another fun-but-scary fact? It has blast doors that can withstand a nuclear explosion. More than one set.

NORAD and Peterson Space Force Base

fEast of Colorado Springs is Peterson Space orce Base which, as of 2008, has added the cred of housing NORAD and Space Command (Cheyenne Mountain SFS was only a little sad to lose them, but they did get to keep those fancy doors). Peterson Space Force Base has been around for quite a while — long enough to have provided air support to Fort Carson when it was just Camp Carson (of course, Peterson also had a different name at the time). Peterson shares an airfield with the Colorado Springs Airport and despite being right on the edge of town, it’s a pretty quick trip to get to the nearby mountains and fun places such as Old Colorado City via Highway 24.

Schriever Space Force Base

Even further east is Schriever Space Force Base, which is home to the 50th Space Wing, the Missile Defense Agency and many other military entities dedicated to cyber and space-related missions. Many civilian contractors also work on the base as part of these efforts. Although Schriever Space Force Base has added family housing for personnel in recent years, families still must use Peterson Space Force Base for things such as grocery shopping and other common base privileges. However, that doesn’t stop the base from being a popular request, especially since Highway 94 makes for a pretty easy drive for the 14 miles to Colorado Springs.


United States Air Force Academy

Last, but certainly not least, is the United States Air Force Academy. This beautiful installation sits west of I-25 on the north end of Colorado Springs against the backdrop of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains. Since its move to Colorado Springs in 1958, thousands of cadets have graduated from its sweeping grounds (you can catch the Thunderbird flyover each year if you plan ahead). If you aren’t stationed on the USAFA you can still tour it and visit for Air Force Falcons games. If you do live there, it’s certainly fun to play in your own backyard, but if you decide to venture out, it’s a quick trip to visit the nearby Museum of Mining and Industry (like, right out of the North Gate), or the Space Foundation Discovery Center. Of course, being right off of I-25 means it’s really close to everything fun when you think about it.

Proud of our military heritage

Like we said, our city is pretty proud of our military cred and we love to share all we can! Whether you’re a new family who has just moved to Colorado Springs or have been one of our beloved military residents for some time now, we’d like to say thank you once again for your service. We hope these military discounts we’ve compiled will help you enjoy your time here to the fullest!

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