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Cave of the Winds

Go on a subterranean adventure to explore caves, caverns and rock formations that are hundreds of millions of years old. 

Venture deep into a vast underground cave network, hold on tight for hair-raising rides and enjoy stunning canyon views at the Caves of the Winds. There are adventures and activities for all the family at a natural wonder that was formed 500 million years ago. 

Brothers John and George Pickett were amongst the first to discover the cave in 1880 and it opened for public tours the following year. They have been in continuous operation ever since. 

Choose from one of the three tours on offer. The Discovery Tour is pitched at families and will take you through nearly a mile (1.6 kilometers) of cave formations. Step into caverns with such names as Majestic Hall and the Temple of Silence and experience total cave darkness.

The Lantern Tour is 90-minute trek through the Caves of the Winds. Learn about the history of the underground complex and listen to ghost stories in caves that are only illuminated by the light of your lanterns. Crawl through tight spaces on the Caving 101 Tour, an introduction to caving.

When you emerge from the cave system, try the thrill rides. Hurtle towards the canyon floor at almost 100 miles (161 kilometers) per hour on the Terror-dactyl dive ride. Go on the Bat-a-Pult, a 1,200-foot (366-meter) zip line ride across Williams Canyon. Very young children can climb and crawl through a subterranean-themed play land.

To enjoy superb views of the mountainous landscape and the 700-foot (213-meter) deep gorge, go to the Williams Canyon Overlook.

The cave complex is open every day except Christmas Day and the tours and rides attract separate fees. Visit the attraction’s website for details of age restrictions and tour reservations.  

The Cave of the Winds is situated at the foot of Pikes Peak, about 7 miles (11 kilometers) northwest of Colorado Springs. There is no bus service that travels directly to the caves, but you can get a bus to nearby Manitou Springs and ride in a taxi from there. Alternatively, drive and use the attraction’s free parking lot.


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Cliff House at Pikes Peak ¥9,839
Cliff House at Pikes Peak

Cliff House at Pikes Peak

306 Canon Ave, Manitou Springs, CO
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the airport, this historic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arcade Amusements, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and Cave of the Winds. Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Manitou Springs Downtown Escape ¥6,748
    Manitou Springs Downtown Escape

    Manitou Springs Downtown Escape

    11 Narrows Road, Manitou Springs, CO
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
      Of Manitou Springs 2min to Restaurants, Shops! ¥7,889
      Of Manitou Springs 2min to Restaurants, Shops!

      Of Manitou Springs 2min to Restaurants, Shops!

      11 Narrows Road, Unit# A, Manitou Springs, CO
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
        Days Inn by Wyndham Manitou Springs ¥7,142
        Days Inn by Wyndham Manitou Springs

        Days Inn by Wyndham Manitou Springs

        120 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Garden of the Gods Trading Post and Garden of the Gods. Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Cave of the Winds are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Magnuson Hotel Manitou Springs ¥8,244
          Magnuson Hotel Manitou Springs

          Magnuson Hotel Manitou Springs

          311 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Manitou Springs, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Manitou Springs Heritage Center and Garden of the Gods. Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Cave of the Winds are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Avenue Hotel Bed & Breakfast ¥15,120
            Avenue Hotel Bed & Breakfast

            Avenue Hotel Bed & Breakfast

            711 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Manitou Springs, this romantic bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Cave of the Winds, and Garden of the Gods. United States Olympic Complex and Seven Falls are also within 9 mi (15 km).

              INNhale Cannabis Friendly B&B - Adults Only ¥16,289
              INNhale Cannabis Friendly B&B - Adults Only

              INNhale Cannabis Friendly B&B - Adults Only

              461 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Manitou Springs, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Manitou Springs Heritage Center and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Eagle Motel ¥7,811
                Eagle Motel

                Eagle Motel

                423 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the Strip, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Garden of the Gods. Manitou Incline and Cave of the Winds are also within 2 mi (3 km).