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- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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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 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 say you don't need to spend much more than a few hours here. Recent visitors point out that while this is mostly a tourist destination, it's also a good place for families. Others recommend stopping here before or after a visit to Garden of the Gods or Red Rock Canyon as it's along the way.
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 historical district by visiting the Old Colorado City Historical Society website.
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