Pikes Peak Area of Colorado Springs
The Pikes Peak region has over 30 top quality attractions that draw millions of tourists to the area each year. Each of these attractions is as diverse as the landscape surrounding Pikes Peak. From amusement parks to zoos, scenic railroad tours and wineries, there is something to interest people of all ages. Archeological digs, ghost towns, mines, art museums and fine dining are all to be found in the area around Pikes Peak. If you enjoy nature, visit the area’s canyons, hot springs and waterfalls. For those who prefer something more on the wild side, there is white water rafting, skydiving and hot air ballooning. The Pikes Peak area has many fine attractions for visitors to enjoy. You will love your stay in the area of Pikes Peak Mountain.
US Air Force Academy
The US Air Force Academy welcomes
Cave of the Winds
Cave of the Winds first opened in 1881 and is the oldest attraction in the Pikes Peak area. The attraction offers two exciting tours where visitors will discover paved pathways and spacious chambers. Learn interesting facts about the Caves, as well as local folklore. The history of Cave of the Winds is included in the tours.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
A visit to the Pikes Peak region wouldn’t be the same for kids without a visit to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. The Zoo houses over 750 animals from around the globe and has the largest giraffe herd in the world. Breathtaking scenery is around every turn. Activities include meerkat watching, giraffe feeding and monkey business. Be sure to experience My Big Backyard, African Rift Valley and Wolf Woods.
Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
Take an exciting trip through the gold mining district on the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad. The scenic tour takes passengers back in time to the great railroad era of the area’s pioneer days. Passengers get the feel of what it was like to travel in the days of the early steam engines that played a significant role in settling the Old West. Round trip is four miles and the locomotive stops at special points of interest.
The Flying W Ranch
Located in Colorado Springs, the Flying W Ranch is a working ranch that specializes in western entertainment and food. Established in 1953, the Flying W includes an authentic western town, beautiful natural surroundings and food and entertainment that’s unsurpassed in the Pikes Peak region.
Garden of the Gods
View 300 foot towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of blue skies and snow-capped mountains at Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center. This attraction offers cultural, ecological and geological history of the area. Enjoy hands-on exhibits and café dining with majestic views. If you enjoy shopping, browse the many gift shops that offer a wide variety of unique items, such as Native American jewelry, Pueblo pottery, Navajo rugs, sand paintings and more.
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
If you wish to visit a real historical treasure, be sure to visit the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Authentic Anasazi cave dwellings have been preserved under a protective red sandstone overhang. The Cliff Dwellings were constructed more than 700 years ago and visitors are welcome to explore the interior of these architectural remnants of American Indian culture.
Ghost Town Museum
a step back in time 100 years for
Catholic priest, Father Jean
Pikes Peak Mountain
Pikes Peak Mountain is the most visited mountain in North America and ranks second visited in the world, close behind Mount Fuji. Pikes Peak forms an awesome backdrop for the Garden of the Gods and Colorado Springs, as it towers 14,110 feet above sea level. It’s the most eastern of the big peaks in the Rocky Mountain Range.
Pikes Peak contributed greatly to the early history of the area. Explorers, immigrants and pioneers made it a symbol of America during the Gold Rush of 1859. Over half a million people reach the summit of Pikes Peak annually.
The cold drinking springs of the area is linked forever to the history of Manitou Springs. The Kiowa nations treated Manitou as a neutral ground where they could find relief from physical ailments. Several of the springs have been restored in honor of Manitou Spring’s first settlers. They provide free water to the public and during the summer months, visitors enjoy walking tours of the Springs, which draws visitors to specialty stores and unique shops in the downtown core.
Royal Gorge Bridge
For a unique experience that will create unforgettable memories, visit Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. Here you will find the world’s highest suspension bridge. Stand 1.053 feet above the canyon floor and take in panoramic views of the Gorge that will leave you breathless. The Bridge spans the quarter mile width of the canyon. The Gorge’s red wall is set against a backdrop of the Rocky Mountains that will leave you in awe. If you are a nature lover, be sure to visit at sunset for an awesome view.
Royal Gorge Park
Royal Gorge Park consists of 360 acres. Enjoy attractions and shows of your choice. The adventurous will love all of the 21 rides, including the antique carousel. The world’s longest single-span Aerial Tram crawls along the steepest incline on earth. If you’re looking for a heart pounding experience that will give you an adrenaline rush, ride the Park’s latest addition, the Royal Rush Skycoaster.
Santa’s Theme Park
North Pole, Home of Santa’s Workshop is an enchanting and magical adventure that will delight the entire family. Here you will find over 24 rides that is suitable for people of all ages. Take the unique Christmas Tree Ride or discover the North Pole on a miniature train. Spend time feeding goats and llamas or take a ride on the quaint Antique Carousel.
If you enjoy shopping, browse the shops that are stocked with unique gift-giving treasures. You’ll find something for everyone on your shopping list in the shops of this enchanted village. Children will dance with delight when its time to go to Santa’s house to meet Santa and his elves.
Santa’s Workshop has brought enchantment and magic to parents and kids since 1956. Be sure to stop by when you’re in the Pikes Peak region.
For an awesome outdoor experience, be sure to visit Seven Falls. It’s been dubbed the Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado, and for good reason. Seven Falls is located in South Cheyenne Canon and cascades down seven steps that are a total of 181 feet. Take the stairway of 224 stairs next to the Falls and take the trails to Midnight Falls and Inspiration Point, for a bird’s eye view of the great plains and Colorado Springs. At night, the canon is illuminated to give visitors the feeling of enchantment. The highlight of the nocturnal visit is seeing Seven Falls displayed in a blanket of illuminated color.
For a great vacation and memories to last you a lifetime, be sure to add the Pikes Peak region to your vacation list.