Colorado Springs Tourist Guide

Pikes Peak Mountain

For an ultimate vacation experience, visit the Pikes Peak area of beautiful Colorado. Pikes Peak is located just outside Colorado Springs and abounds in recreational and outdoor experiences. Whether you enjoy narrow gauge scenic railroads, mountain biking or climbing, white water rafting or shopping and dining, the Pikes Peak area has adventures to offer everyone.

Pikes Peak Mountain

The Pikes Peak area includes communities that share a unique history of the wild west gold rush days. The combined towns of Cripple Creek, Manitou Springs, and Canon City feature attractions that attract millions of tourists to the Colorado Springs Pikes Peak area every year.

History

Pikes Peak became part of the US with the Louisiana Purchase. Then President Thomas Jefferson dispatched a young lieutenant, Zebulon Pike, to make note of the Louisiana Purchase’s boundary to the southwest. On November 24, 1806, young Pike set out to climb the mountain. He was forced back by a blizzard and never did climb the mountain that bore his name.

Pikes Peak

Long before Pike made the attempt to conquer Pikes Peak, the Ute Indians rode trails on the front range during hunting forays and their seasonal migration. The Ute made their camps in the Garden of the Gods while on their way to the great plains to hunt for the buffalo that sustained their people. It was from the slopes of Pikes Peak Mountain that they watched for enemies and saw the wagons of settlers come to the area. The Ute searched Pikes Peak for spirit rocks and used the mountain to fulfill their vision quests.

During the 1850s, Pikes Peak became a symbol for prospectors heading to the area in search of gold. In 1958, Julia Archibald Holmes became the first woman to reach the summit of Pikes Peak.

Pikes Peak Area

In 1871, the settlement of Colorado Springs began and in 1892, President Harrison established the Pikes Peak Timberland Reserve that later became part of Pike National Forest.

The Pikes Peak area continued to grow rapidly and today it’s one of the most magnificent tourist regions in the US.

Pikes Peak Area Attractions

There’s dozens of marvelous attractions in the Pikes Peak area. Whether you enjoy a cycling adventure, stepping back in time to an authentic western town, exploring underground caverns or taking the kids to the zoo, you’ll find something of interest in the area surrounding Pikes Peak. Gardening connoisseurs can take in the Garden of the Gods, while history buffs can visit the Ghost Town Museum and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. If you enjoy dinner theatre, Iron Springs Melodrama Dinner Theater will provide a hilarious evening of comedy. The John May Museum Center gives you a glimpse into an outstanding collection of rare artifacts, giant insects and space exploration. All of this and more can be experienced in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado.

Area Restaurants

The restaurants of the Pikes Peak region offer cuisine to tickle every palate and to fit every budget. From elegant dining experiences to simple homemade fare and take-out, you’ll find the food around Pikes Peak is delicious. If you enjoy being entertained while you dine, visit Iron Springs Melodrama Theater for side-splitting comedy. The famous Flying W Ranch offers western dining entertainment. For a unique experience, dine on board the Royal Gorge Route Railroad.

Shopping

If you enjoy shopping, you’ll love browsing and buying in the area around Pikes Peak. Be sure to pick up some homemade fudge or bakery fare. Shops in the area stock a selection of fine art, jewelry, pottery, fun clothing and a wide range of products for all tastes and budgets.

Outdoor and Recreation

If you love the thrill of a great adventure, Pikes Peak is the place to be. Enjoy climbing to the summit of the mountain, riding the scenic trails on horseback, white water rafting, kayaking, fishing, or cycle 14,110 feet down from the summit of Pikes Peak.

If you wish to fulfill all of your vacation dreams, visit the Pikes Peak area. No matter what you choose to do, you definitely will have a wonderful and unique experience.

This page was last modified on 27 March 2012 at 17:09
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