The name ‘Garden of the Gods’ sounds pretty grandiose, but let us tell you that this park definitely feels otherworldly and ancient. This due to a few reasons: 1) ancient cypress trees, 2) vibrant red sandstone rock, and 3) obtuse and undefined rock formations that don’t look like anything you’ve ever seen before. Needless to say, this is the perfect place to come if you have a strong interest in rock climbing, hiking, biking, and even horseback riding.
If you’re new to outdoors activities, you can find some friendly tours to guide you around the major sites and landmarks, including Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, which has remnants from settlers during the 1880s.
It’s going to be hard to top the Garden of the Gods, but North Cheyenne is no kid’s park, that’s for sure. In fact, this is the best place to go in Colorado Springs if you want to find the best variety of wildlife and plant life. Cougars, deer, bears, raccoon, birds, and more; this park is packed with so many living creatures. The hiking trails are especially thrilling, they’ll take you all around the park, passing by some spectacular falls, and more. The Starsmore Discovery Center is also a great stop for kids and families.
Put your history caps on, it’s time to visit the Pioneer Museum in Colorado Springs! Opened in 1903, this museum tells the history of the city, and of Colorado itself. This isn’t your average museum, though, not only does it have a huge collection of old pioneer artifacts and historical information, it has an equally impressive garden and outdoor collection. Visitors are treated to both American pioneer and Native American collections from various cultures.
Ok, yes, we needed to include yet another park on our top 10 list, but you really fall in love with these beautiful natural surroundings. This park is great for hiking and biking, with a particularly challenging trail for mountain bikers. The higher you go, the better the view gets, though. It’s massive stone pillars and boulders look jaw-dropping up-close and from afar with the backdrop of all the trees and cacti, too!
If you want to see where the greatest athletes in the world are created and refined, then you should stop by the U.S. Olympic Complex Training Center. It’s the country’s main Olympic training facility and the headquarters for the country’s swimming and shooting teams. The building itself is an absolute marvel, as well. You can get a complete tour of the entire facility for free, including a video that gives visitors a brief Olympic training history.