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Old Colorado City | Colorado Springs, CO | Official website
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  • Type: Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.2)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Sitting just west of the downtown area is Old Colorado City, the original capital of the Colorado Territory. Founded back in 1859, this historic area was once a hotbed of activity, overflowing farmers, miners, ranchers and other settlers seeking a piece of their own Manifest Destiny. In 1917, Colorado City was annexed by a fast-growing new settlement: neighboring Colorado Springs. Although it is no longer its own town, the Old Colorado City Historic District maintains its 19th-century "wild west" feel with a few modifications: the area's buildings now house locally owned art galleries, quaint shops and mom and pop restaurants.

Travelers who visit Old Colorado City frequently praise the district's relaxed atmosphere and friendly business owners, but many visitors say you don't need to spend much more than a few hours here. Also, according to one TripAdvisor user, Old Colorado City is "quite touristy, so we avoid it in the summer time, but I highly recommend to tourists for a great adventure in some of the best touristy shops in the state." 

You'll find Old Colorado City sandwiched between West Colorado Avenue and Highway 24 near Vermijo Park. You can visit the area at any time of day and you don't have to pay to explore. Learn more about this national historic district by visiting Old Colorado City Historical Society website.

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