Best Things To Do In Colorado Springs

best things to do in colorado springs

At the base of the Rocky Mountains is Colorado Springs, the second largest city in Colorado. It is known for its rocky landscapes and scenic trails. It can be very touristy during the summer months and for good reason! If you are looking to visit Colorado, be sure to put Colorado Springs on your list. After visiting I have created a list of the best things to do in Colorado Springs.

1. Garden Of The Gods

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A true geological wonder! People from all over the world come to Colorado Springs just to visit Garden Of The Gods. With a name like that, it sure does live up to its expectation! This 250 million year old park is a unique biological melting pot where the grasslands of the great plains meet the pinon-juniper woodlands characteristic of the American Southwest. All together it contains 15 miles of scenic hiking trails consisting of jaw dropping natural rock formations.

2. Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings Museum

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I put this on the list because it was interesting and informative to visit, however I was disappointed when I found out after, that this was not the exact location and dwelling spot of the Anasazi people. The dwellings are a replication of an actual archaeological site discovered in Mesa Verde National Park. Only some pieces on display are originals that were transported and refurbished in Colorado Springs.

3. The Broadmoor Seven Falls

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A gorgeous 181-foot drop of waterfalls situated between a 1,250 foot rock canyon. Need I say more? Oh, and it takes less than 1 mile to walk to the falls. There is a fee to enter but I would recommend this especially for those who have physical limitations but still want to experience a naturally beautiful waterfall without the hike.

4. Cave Of The Winds Mountain Park

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Enjoy touring a multimillion year old cave! Discovered in 1881, and known for its folklore and unexplained phenomena. On a tour you’ll get to learn about its history and geology. While also seeing some beautiful natural structures.

5. Explore Old Colorado City

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Founded in the late 1800’s, Old Colorado City used to be a typical wild west town filled with saloons, gaming parlors and brothels is now a quaint street lined up with local art shops, boutiques and gift shops. Perfect for an afternoon stroll.

6. The Barr Trail

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I saved this for last because I have A LOT to say about this one! Especially because if you noticed I did NOT put the Manitou Springs Incline on the list. For those of you that don’t know, the incline is a major tourist attraction in the area, but let me explain why I’d rather hike on the Barr trail than do the incline.

The Barr Trail is a 16-mile long trail that leads you to the summit of the famous Pikes Peak, also known as “Americas Mountain,” with a summit of 14,115ft above sea level. However, what most people don’t know is that this trail ends up off shooting to the incline anyway! About 2.75 miles into the hike you will see a sign pointing to the incline where you can choose to go up the last 1,000 steps to reach the overlook. The other option you have is to bypass this and continue on the trail for another 1.5 miles, where you will then reach the overlook/top of the incline as well!

The Barr Trail has more mileage but has switchbacks and some tree coverage. Whereas the incline is less mileage but straight up the mountain in full sun exposure.

The choice is yours, but regardless of what path you take the earlier you start the better! These are advanced level hikes that are better tackled before the afternoon sun peaks. Not to mention parking after 8am is nearly impossible to find. Whichever route you take you’ll end up feeling accomplished!

 

To Sum It Up 

Overall, if you love the outdoors and scenic hikes you will absolutely love Colorado Springs. These are the best things to do in Colorado Springs in my opinion, but there are plenty of hikes and a few museums to check out as well.

Look out for next week’s blog post where I list the best places to eat in Colorado Springs! (Plant based friendly of course!)

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