Garden of the Gods
Look out for Kissing Camels, Llamas’ Heads and the Three Graces – all famous rock formations at the spectacular Garden of the Gods, a free to enter Public Park. The red rock geologic features here were created during a geological upheaval along a natural fault line millions of years ago and now attract more than 2 million visitors a year including hikers, rock climbers and mountain bikers.
Pike's Peak – the American Mountain
One of the most famous US Mountains, Pike’s Peak dominates the cityscape in Colorado Springs. You can ascend to the top by road or cog railway. Alternatively, if you’re feeling particularly ambitious, it’s also possible to reach the top on foot or by mountain bike. The views at the top will certainly be worth the effort.
Cave of the Winds
Discovered in 1881, the Cave of the Winds has been attracting visitors for more than a century. Nowadays it’s more than just stalactites and stalagmites they come for, but also nail-biting attractions like the TERROR-dactyl (which launches you 150 down into a canyon at speeds of up to 100 mph) and great kids’ attractions including gold panning, archery and rides.
Ride the Rapids
The area around Colorado Springs offers whitewater rafting for all abilities. Whether you want a leisurely float or a heart-pounding ride over rushing torrents, you’ll find yourself in stunning surroundings. Popular rafting spots include the stunning Royal Gorge, Bighorn Sheep Canyon and Browns Canyon, all located along the Arkansas River.p>
This historic spa and artists’ colony is just outside Colorado Springs and great for a day trip with its pretty centre and boutique shops. It’s also the site of the Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum (exhibiting relocated Anasazi Indian cliff dwellings), Miramont Castle and the lower station of the Pike’s Peak cog railway.