Colorado Springs Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs beckons to two specific types of travelers: nature lovers and culture hounds. Throughout the year, thousands of people grab their hiking boots and cameras to explore natural sights like Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods. Less adventurous travelers peruse the funky art galleries in Manitou Springs, enjoy the Old West feel of Old Colorado City or tour the inspiring Air Force Academy. Just make sure to save some energy for after sundown: Colorado Springs likes to let loose in the evenings.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated August 1, 2018

  • #1
    Things to do in Colorado Springs
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    #1 in Colorado Springs
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Free
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    It's easy to see how this natural landmark earned such an ethereal title: These magnificent red rock formations look as though deities themselves could've carved them. However, the sandstone pillars are, in fact, the work of geological activity along a natural fault line, as well as rainfall over millennia. You

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  • #2
    Pikes Peak
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    #2 in Colorado Springs
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    Rising 8,000 feet above Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak – aka "America's Mountain" – has been beckoning to visitors since the 19th century. Gold brought the pioneers here, but it was the richness of the mountain's natural beauty that motivated them to stay. The views from this pink granite mountain were so stunning,

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  • #3
    Manitou Springs
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    #3 in Colorado Springs
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    Let's get one thing straight: Manitou Springs is not a part of Colorado Springs, and residents here won't hesitate to remind you of that. Unlike its much larger neighbor, this small town in the Rocky Mountain foothills (about 6 miles northwest of central Colorado Springs) has rejected urbanization. Instead, Manitou

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  • #4
    United States Olympic Training Center
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    #4 in Colorado Springs
    Sightseeing, Sports, Free
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    This facility in Colorado Springs is the flagship training center of the U.S. Olympic team and the active headquarters of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The 35-acre complex houses two Olympic-size swimming pools, as well as practice facilities for a variety of competitive sports, including fencing, gymnastics, weightlifting and wrestling. In

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  • #5
    North Cheyenne Cañon Park
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    #5 in Colorado Springs
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    If you're visiting Colorado Springs during the summer, consider spending a day at North Cheyenne Cañon Park, located about 6 miles southwest of town. This park comprises more than 1,600 acres at the bottom of a 1,000-foot-deep canyon; the park's differing altitudes can support a vast array of wildlife, including

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  • #6
    United States Air Force Academy
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    #6 in Colorado Springs
    Museums, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums, Sightseeing, Free
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    If you feel a need for speed, then plan a visit to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Not only is the academy a must for any lover of the movie "Top Gun" who'd like to see the impressive plane maneuvers first-hand, it's also a functioning educational institution for future pilots.

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  • #7
    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
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    #7 in Colorado Springs
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    Animal lovers say that the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a must if you're visiting Colorado Springs with kids. Located south of the city on the side of Cheyenne Mountain, this facility makes it easy to get up-close to hundreds of furry, scaly and feathery creatures. While here, you can also

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  • #8
    Old Colorado City
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    #8 in Colorado Springs
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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 area was once a hotbed of activity, overflowing with farmers, miners, ranchers and other settlers seeking a piece of their own Manifest Destiny. In 1917, Colorado City

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  • #9
    Red Rock Canyon
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    #9 in Colorado Springs
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    Arizona and Utah aren't the only states that boast rust-colored rocks – Colorado has them, too. And you don't have to stray too far from Colorado Springs to get a good look at them from a hiking or biking trail. Sitting about 4 miles northwest of downtown along Highway 24 (right

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  • #10
    Mueller State Park
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    #10 in Colorado Springs
    Hiking, Parks and Gardens
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    More than Full Day
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    When you don't feel like driving nearly three hours toRocky Mountain National Park, Mueller State Park offers a convenient alternative. Located about 30 miles west of Colorado Springs, its roughly 5,000 acres host jagged mountain peaks, verdant aspen forests and 55 miles of trails for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and

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  • #11
    Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
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    #11 in Colorado Springs
    Museums, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    After you've toured the historic streets of Old Colorado City, consider making a stop at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Housed in what was once the early 20th-century El Paso County Courthouse, this museum is filled with old photographs and artifacts that recount the city's story. Visitors can trace Colorado Springs'

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  • #12
    Western Museum of Mining & Industry
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    #12 in Colorado Springs
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    To get a taste for the city's rich history as a Colorado Gold Rush mining town, stop at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry. Here, you'll learn what it took to make the most of the area's resources, from the machines used to extract precious minerals (like gold) to

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  • Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
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  • National Museum of World War II Aviation
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  • Colorado Wolf Adventures
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