Things to do in Colorado Springs

Things to do in  Colorado Springs

Your 6,000-foot playground

Nestled in the shadow of Pikes Peak and other stunning Rocky Mountain scenery, Colorado Springs pairs outdoor adventure with all the amenities of a modern city. A hike or drive among ancient sandstone formations in the Garden of the Gods is one of the top things to do here, as is ziplining above the rocky gorges of Seven Falls Canyon. Urban attractions include the prestigious United States Air Force Academy, which offers public tours, or a meal and round of golf at the historic Broadmoor Hotel.

Top 5 attractions in Colorado Springs

Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods encompasses 1,367 acres (553 hectares) of unique wilderness, Great Plains grassland, and juniper woodlands. It's also a designated national natural landmark. Highlights include the red rock formations Balanced Rock, Gateway Rock, and the Three Graces, as well as petroglyphs from the original Native American occupants of the area, the Ute people.More

Pikes Peak Highway

As you wind your way up Pikes Peak Highway prepare for stunning views and historic establishments on the way to the iconic 14,115-foot (4302-meter) peak known as “America’s Mountain.” The drive is lined with scenic vista points, lakes, picnic areas, trails, and high-altitude plants and wildlife. You can stop at the Crystal Reservoir Gift Shop and Historic Glen Cove Inn on your way to the Summit House—the restaurant atop the peak.More

Pikes Peak

Just outside of Colorado Springs, the towering Pikes Peak stands as an American icon. Katharine Lee Bates wrote the song “America the Beautiful” after surveying the great western lands from atop this very mountain, and today, visitors can enjoy the same view that inspired Bates, looking down across the rolling plains and jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains.More
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

At an elevation of 6,800 feet (2,072 meters), Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs is aptly called “America’s only mountain zoo.” Its 146 acres (59 hectares) are home to hundreds of animals, including grizzly bears, monkeys, hippos, tigers, elephants, and its renowned herd of giraffes—one of the largest in the world.More

United States Air Force Academy

Thousands of visitors travel to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs each year, and the academy’s all-faiths Cadet Chapel is the most visited man-made attraction in Colorado. Among the best examples of modern academic architecture, the striking 150-foot-tall (46-meter-tall) chapel is designed with 17 spires created from aluminum, steel, and glass.More

Top activities in Colorado Springs

Woods Course Zipline Tour in Seven Falls
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Breathtaking Colorado Springs Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight
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All about Colorado Springs

When to visit

There’s no bad time to visit Colorado Springs, though many people say that spring (March–May) and fall (September–October) are the best seasons to visit. In fall, you’ll get warm-enough temperatures—September’s average high is still 75ºF (24ºC)—and smaller crowds at high-traffic spots like Garden of the Gods than in summer. In fall, you’ll also get to see the mountains turning red and gold.

Getting around

In short, to get around Colorado Springs, you’ll want a car. The city is spread out, plus attractions like Pikes Peak require a drive (or a booked tour). That being said, there are rideshares, taxis, and buses available; you’ll want exact change for the latter. To get to other nearby cities is surprisingly easy via the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Bustang bus line.

Traveler tips

Colorado Springs’ brewery scene is huge— check out Goat Patch and Red Leg to start—but your alcohol tolerance up here is going to be smaller. At minimum 6,000 feet (1,829 meters), you’ll need to drink less alcohol and drink more water, especially in your first few days. Speaking of elevation and thin air—bring layers. You may think it’s a warm, sunny day, but wait until you’re standing 14,000 feet (4,267 meters) in the sky.

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People Also Ask

What is Colorado Springs most known for?

Colorado Springs is most well-known for two things: Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak. Garden of the Gods, a sandstone, red-rock playground, is a registered National Natural Landmark and free to enter. Pikes Peak, aka America’s Mountain, is the highest summit of the Rocky Moutains’ southern Front Range. Visitors can drive to the top.

What is the number 1 attraction in Colorado?

The top attraction in Colorado Springs is Garden of the Gods; its 300-foot sandstone cliffs make the park quite popular with both locals and visitors. A registered National Natural Landmark, the red-rock expanse is littered with great views, family-friendly hiking trails, and easy scenic drives. And it’s always free to enter.

How many days do you need to see Colorado Springs?

Three days is a good amount of time to see Colorado Springs’ best sights. You’ll have time to get up to the top of Pikes Peak, explore Garden of the Gods, wander through Paint Mines Interpretive Park, and visit several of the city’s best restaurants and breweries.

Can you walk around downtown Colorado Springs?

Downtown is one of Colorado Springs’ most walkable neighborhoods—and is also bikeable. You can hoof it from the new U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum to performing arts centers, nightclubs and breweries, indie boutiques, hip eateries, green spaces like Monument Valley Park, the Colorado College campus, and more.

Is Colorado Springs expensive?

The cost of living in Colorado Springs is about five percent higher than the national average. That said, it’s still less expensive than nearby Denver, and travelers won’t notice a real difference between Colorado Springs and other mid-size US cities when it comes to costs for hotels and food.

Is it better to stay in Denver or Colorado Springs?

That depends. Denver is closer to Rocky Mountain National Park, has Colorado’s main airport, and is full of the award-winning food and culture you would expect of the state’s trendiest city. Colorado Springs has many amenities similar to Denver—plus access to spots like Pikes Peak—but with a bit less traffic and congestion.

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