Garden of the Gods
Registered as a National Natural Landmark, Garden of the Gods is the perfect spot for picture taking and nature exploring as it boasts stunning views of sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. Activities and features include guided nature walks, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails, road biking and technical rock climbing. Garden of the Gods was given as a gift to the city of Colorado Springs with the understanding that no admission fees would ever be charged, and it is open year round.
This quaint mountain town is minutes from Colorado Springs between Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods. An artisian town, there are galleries and shops to wander through while enjoying the view of the mountains. Eight naturally carbonated mineral spring fountains, located throughout this historic town, run free for all who wish to enjoy the healing benefits. Stop in at the Penny Arcade and Adam's Mountain Cafe, two places we highly recommend.
Drive, hike or ride on the Broadmoor's Pikes Peak Cog Railway to the top of Pikes Peak. Either way you go, when you reach the top at 14,115 feet, you will have some amazing views.
Historic Old Colorado City
Shop, dine, be merry in Old Colorado City. A city within Colorado Springs that's located on the West Side, this small quarter-mile area has it all for a day of fun. There are many shops selling local Colorado items in addition to a large variety of boutiques, galleries, restaurants, wine bars, bakeries and coffee shops, as well as a park, library and ice creamery! In the summer months, head to the Old Colorado City Farmers' Market to gather produce, meat, cheese and bread for a Colorado culinary delight.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Home to one of the largest giraffe herds in any zoo, this one-of-a-kind mountain zoo is built within 150 miles in Cheyenne Mountain. One of our favorite activities to do with kids when we visit Colorado Springs as you can feed the giraffes, and get up close to 950 animals, including more than 30 endangered species.
Pack a picnic, take in the views, and wear some comfortable walking shoes as you will get an amazing workout during your visit!