Winter

Activities & tips in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region

Winter wonderland in Colorado Springs

What do you think of when you think of winter in Colorado? Everyone skiing and buried in feet of snow? That’s certainly true for parts of Colorado, after all, we have more than 20 cities over 9,000 feet in elevation. But we’ll let you in on one our best kept secrets . . . Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region has some of the most beautifully mild weather year around. (We’ve celebrated many Christmases with the sliding glass door open!) The temperature tends to fluctuate between 28 and 61 degrees fahrenheit, with very little snow till Spring. The beautiful thing about winter weather in Colorado Springs is the lack of humidity. When it’s cold here, it’s not a bone chilling cold and if you can step into a spot of sunshine, of which we get plenty, you might forget it’s winter altogether!

We have a saying here in Colorado, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing. (Okay, we stole that saying fair and square from author Alfred Wainwright, but it’s absolutely true!) It can get chilly here during the winter months, but we also get lots of amazing respites and as long as you dress in layers, you’ll be able to enjoy the Pikes Peak region year around!

Winter itineraries

We like to think of ourselves as your personal travel agent: minus the extra cost or funny headsets. Choose from one of our pre-built itineraries for guaranteed fun.

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Winter adventure

Winter-friendly attractions

Academy Riding Stables

Giddy-up through Garden of the Gods on trusty steeds led by the coolest cowboys and cowgirls in the new Wild West.

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Adventures Out West

One stop, many thrills! Balloon, zip, Jeep and Segway your way across the Pikes Peak region for true Rocky Mountain fun.

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Broadmoor Outfitters

If adventure is on your Colorado agenda, look no further than The Broadmoor Outfitters! Experience zip lining, fly fishing, archery, and more!

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Hand feed the giraffes, hop with the wallabies, sing with the budgies, and enjoy hundreds of animals at America’s ONLY mountain zoo.

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Flying W Ranch Chuckwagon

The Flying W Ranch in Colorado Springs serves up cowboy fun to spirited travelers in the form of chuckwagon suppers, cowboy songs and farm animals.

Ghost Town Museum

Gold-panning, authentic structures and thousands of artifacts make this indoor ghost town anything but dead.

Historic Cripple Creek

Find your fortune in this unique mountain town that’s loaded with history and always playing host to the next big event.

Historic Manitou Springs
Historic Manitou Springs

Shop, dine & explore this small-but-epic locale — effervescent healing springs, unique events, & history served daily.

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Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Look, touch, climb & explore ancient history in these authentic native dwellings in the cliffs above Manitou Springs.

Miramont Castle Museum
Miramont Castle Museum

The kingliest locale in the land lets you explore its hallowed halls—and sup at the royal high tea if you’re so inclined.

Old Colorado City

Boutiques, gourmet eats & art galleries galore line the streets of this historic Colorado town. Dine & shop the day away!

Tips for winter adventure

PACK LAYERS

The temperature variance is greater this time of year. 40-50 degree temperature swings from day to day or from morning to evening, aren’t just possible, they’re likely. This means you can get 60 degree days in the middle of winter. But it also means it could snow that afternoon. Layers are key!

TEMPERATURE

Don’t let the warm days fool you, as soon as the sun goes down, the temperature drops, and the sun goes down a little earlier than you’re used to because of that big mountain!

WEAR SUNSCREEN

300 days of sunshine isn’t just a clever tagline, we really have that many bluebird days here, and keep in mind that snow is reflective.

STAY HYDRATED

Welcome to our sunny sub-alpine desert, where the annual average humidity hovers just under 40%. Drink plenty of water and pack lotion and chapstick. You can thank us later.

Explore other seasons

There are no ‘bad’ seasons in Colorado.  Each one is uniquely beautiful in its own way, enjoying bright blue skies and mild days.  Let us help find the perfect time of year for you!

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