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.
The great red rocks of Arizona and Utah are living postcards, and they are not the only places you can go to see them. Colorado Springs sits right next to its very own Red Rock Canyon, you just need to be ready to do a little adventuring to see them. You’ll need to do a bit of walking, but once you get there, you’ll witness the iconic red walls, curvy rock formations, and a venue that accommodates artists and entertainment that the red rocks are notorious for.
If you want to really experience the best of Colorado Spring’s mountains and canyons, you’ll want to try a bit of mountain training of your own if you don’t have a lot of experience. This school will not only teach you the basics of mountain climbing, but also all about being safe and having fun. This is a great opportunity to really explore Pikes Peak, rather than just simple sight-seeing. Get your hands dirty!
If there is one universal truth, no matter what your age or where you live, it’s that everyone loves money. Not to say money should be worshiped or take precedent over more important things like love, family, and respect. With that said, this museum is certainly fascinating and filled with an enormous amount of historic items. You’ll see coins, paper money, gold, expired currencies, and more.
Guided tours run regularly and kids won’t feel bewildered or left out, thanks to a kid-friendly section that teaches them history, the importance of money, and more.
Now, figure skating might not be at the top of everyone’s list of favorite sports, but there’s no denying the allure and the extravagance of the competitions. Even if you’re not a big fan, you should check out the World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame to take a look at the humble beginnings of the sport, the dramatic timelines of all the great skaters, and more. There’s plenty of iconic memorabilia to view up close and interesting stories to be read. When you’re done, you’ll probably feel like ice skating, too.
For something a bit out of the ordinary, this unexpected man-made marvel stands tall in Colorado City. A castle is just as impressive in person as it is in the books and pictures. We highly recommend making an afternoon out of it, taking a guided tour, and checking out all 20 rooms, along with the manicured garden. Glen Eyrie Castle is also a great place for getting married or having a nice cup of tea during yearly events.