7 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Colorado Springs
Colorado’s top attractions and things to do, and your Colorado vacation itinerary is practically built for you. How many of these attractions can you fit in one Colorado trip.
Colorado Springs was founded in July 1871, by General William Palmer. He intended the town to be the setting of a high-quality resort community, which turned out to be very successful. In its early days, the town earned the nickname “Little London” because of the many English tourists attractions who visited. Nearby Pikes Peak, the Garden of the Gods and the conjunction of several rivers made the location a natural choice.
Colorado Springs, Colorado is located on the eastern front of the Colorado Rockies, 66 miles (106 km) south of Denver and 278 miles (448 km) north of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Colorado Springs sits more than a mile above sea level at an elevation of 6,035 feet (1839 m.) with some areas lower and higher because of the mountainous terrain. Colorado Springs experiences moderate temperatures year round and avoids harsh weather due to its protection from two natural barriers the Monument Divide to the north and The Rocky Mountains to the west.
North Cheyenne Canon Park
North Cheyenne Canon Park, at the edge of the foothills and the plains, is known for its diverse plant and animal life. Some of the inhabitants include black bears, mountain lions, mule deer, and a wide variety of birds. Among the main features of the park are Helen Hunt Falls, the spectacular rock formations, and the Starsmore Discovery Center. Hiking trails of varying length, ranging from less than a mile to 4 miles, allow visitors to access beautiful sites, including Silver Cascade Falls.
Garden of the Gods
The Garden of the Gods is a beautiful 1392-acre (563-hectare) public park and a Registered National Natural Landmark located only minutes from downtown Colorado Springs. The area is filled with striking sandstone formations with a nice view of Pikes Peak. The Garden of the Gods has a visitor and Nature Center which are both free of charge. The area is a great place to explore the outdoors as a hiker, mountain biker, or rock climber. Guided walks and horseback rides are available to visitors. It is also a favorite scenic wedding location.
Vail is a popular ski town and resort destination located only 100 miles from Denver. In winter the town attracts large numbers of skiers from across North America. In the summer Vail maintains a good crowd by hosting various events, from concerts to sports races. This is a beautiful area in all seasons, with mountains and alpine lakes that attract hikers and mountain bikers, as well as the skiing crowd.
The 181-foot tall (55 meters) Seven Falls is often referred to as the “Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado” and is the only waterfall located in Colorado that is listed in the National Geographic list of International waterfalls. The drive on South Cheyenne Creek to the natural box canyon of Seven Falls is about fifteen minutes from downtown Colorado Springs. Your $8.75 admission fee includes a ride on the mountain elevator to Eagles’ Nest Observatory for spectacular views. You may, if you prefer, hike the 224 stairs on the side of the falls. You can also hike a one-mile trail that leads to spectacular Inspiration Point or a half-mile trail that leads to Midnight Falls. The Seven Falls are illuminated with colorful lighting after dark.
The road leading up Mount Evans from Idaho Springs, Mount Evans Highway reaches well over 14,000 ft and is the highest paved mountain road in the USA. From the top, and throughout the journey up, there are great mountain views, with alpine lakes and pastures. This is also a good place to see wildlife, from bighorn sheep to pika. This highway is only open from spring until fall.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the only mountain zoo in the United States. It is located in the Pikes Peak region and is home to more than 750 animals including 32 endangered species. There is plenty to do at this zoo. A refurbished antique Zoo Carousel is open daily during the summer months and on weekends, and during the remaining months when weather permits. A tram that has eight stops around the zoo is also open on the same schedule. “My Big Backyard” is an area where guests can pet and hold a variety of animals, and in “the African Rift Valley” visitors can feed giraffes.
In a deep V-shaped valley northwest of Golden, still frequented by numerous hopeful gold-prospectors, is the old Western settlement of Black Hawk. This little town has been nostalgically refurbished, with various tourist attractions to tempt the tourist. Despite the town’s small population, visitors will find top end accommodation availabl.