Much of the appeal of Colorado Springs lies in its scenic surroundings, which include the towering Rocky range and the unique red rock formations of the Garden of the Gods park.
A great place to start a visit to Colorado Springs is at Pikes Peak, one of the area’s most popular attractions. The famous mountain is closely linked to the nation’s early history and was a famous symbol of the 1859 gold rush to Colorado.
Hike up the popular Barr Trail to Pikes Peak’s 14,115-foot (4,302-meter) summit. Or, from March through December, catch the Pikes Peak Cog Railway for a leisurely ride to the top. After you descend the mountain, stop into the Garden of the Gods city park. This park sits at the foot of Pikes Peak and is known for its jagged red rock cliffs.
Other outdoor leisure activities include golf and white-water rafting on the nearby Arkansas River. This part of the Rockies is also home to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, a favorite destination for families.
Delve into the frontier heritage of the area at the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum or at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, both located in the city.
Finding your way around Colorado Springs is relatively simple. The city is built on a grid system, and buses and taxis are plentiful. Many visitors choose to drive, as parking and roads are good and many of the top sites, such as the Garden of the Gods, are only accessible by car.
Colorado Springs is generally mild and sunny, as the mountain range protects the city from harsh weather. However, there is still plenty to do if you need to stay indoors. Stop by the United States Air Force Academy, where you can see the striking modernist Cadet Chapel, or enjoy art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
Gardens, Hiking and Mountains
Get a taste for the Colorado landscape as you explore this huge city park on your own or during a guided bus or Segway tour.
Enjoy a free tour of the military campus where young men and women are trained to be officers in the United States Air Force.
The second-most visited mountain in the world is an easy day trip from Colorado’s capital.
Go on a subterranean adventure to explore caves, caverns and rock formations that are hundreds of millions of years old.
Thrill to the awesome scenery, hiking trails and wildlife spotting opportunities in the rugged foothills of a mountain.
Discover how Olympic and Paralympic champions are made when you tour this advanced training facility for athletes in numerous disciplines.
This Pikes Peak Tour is a great way to explore what our beautiful state has to offer. You will experience some of the most breath taking views in Colorado, walk through the historic Manitou Springs, and have the opportunity to walk around the stunning Garden of the Gods and visit America's Mountain.
Soar above the magnificent Rocky Mountains as they're drenched in early morning sunlight during this spectacular hot air balloon ride. Enjoy a champagne toast to celebrate your adventure through the skies as you sit back and relish the views of the surrounding mountainous landscapes.
See all of America’s mountain!!! Offered in the morning to make the most of our time and take advantage of the best views and weather, this unique tour starts with an incredible journey to the summit of Pikes Peak.
Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.
Our High Country Tour is the heart of Colorado Adventure. Since 1890 explorers have traversed Pikes Peak in search of Gold and a better life. Your tour follows the Short Line Rail Road Bed that President Teddy Roosevelt once embarked upon proclaiming, “The scenery bankrupted the English language.
Alpenglow is a breath-taking sight from our hot air balloons as we fly serenely in the wake of the Rocky Mountain Front Range at sunrise. From the Spanish Peaks to Longs Peak, this is where the deer and the antelope play.