Colorado Springs - Olympic City USA
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Plenty to See, Do, and Explore in the Pikes Peak Region
Colorado Springs is the second largest city in the state. Visitors travel world-wide to enjoy the area's astonishing beauty and more than 55 unique museums, cultural and natural attractions. Colorado Springs boasts 300 days of blue skies a year, sits at an elevation of 6,035 feet, and is home to Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum. Adventure awaits around every corner. The Pikes Peak area offers lake and river fishing, ATVing, mountain biking, rafting, rock-climbing, golfing, caving, hiking, zip-lining and ice skating.
VACATION DESTINATION - Colorado Springs in the Pikes Peak Region
One of Colorado Springs' most scenic drives is up Pikes Peak - America's Mountain!
REACH THE SUMMIT OF PIKES PEAK: There are two ways to get to the summit of Pikes Peak without hiking up Barr Trail. You can drive the 19-mile Pikes Peak Highway (toll road) to the top. The entire route is fully paved. There are numerous pullouts to stop, look and photograph. The road is usually open year-round, weather permitting. The highway is patrolled regularly, providing roadside assistance. The Pikes Peak Highway begins off Highway 24 in the little town of Cascade. You can also hop aboard The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway for a scenic trek on the south side of the mountain. The depot is located in the charming town of Manitou Springs. Either way, you'll be amazed at the views you'll soak in from the new Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center with interactive exhibits, an expanded menu at the cafe and a large gift shop. Their world-famous donuts are a must.
Outdoor Adventures in Colorado Springs
With a sunny, dry climate and mild year-round temperatures, Colorado Springs is the perfect place if you love the outdoors. Families flock to Colorado Springs for fantastic outdoor activities: whitewater rafting, rock-climbing, horseback riding, and biking. There are a wide variety of great family adventures in the Colorado Springs area that offer visitors the opportunity to experience the beauty and grandeur of the Colorado Rockies in fun, exciting ways. Imagine soaring over canyons, valleys, forests, and mountain tops in a hot air balloon, or zipping through the treetops on a zip line tour. If you'd like to keep your feet a little closer to the ground, tear up the trail on one of Colorado Springs' all-terrain ATV or Jeep tours, cruise the city on a Segway or cycle down Pikes Peak to see the sights from a new perspective.
Colorado Springs Golf Courses
In Colorado Springs you will enjoy championship golf courses that challenge the PGA tour, to family 9-hole courses to the fun of mini-golf. Practice your putts, watch your drives soar or relax and unwind on vacation. With a variety of great courses to choose from, you are sure to find one that is perfect for your Colorado Springs golf trip.
Horseback Riding in Colorado Springs
There is no better way to experience the sights on your vacation than while horseback riding in Colorado Springs. The city has trails and parks that offer riding through Garden of the Gods Park or Cheyenne Canyon. If you prefer wide open spaces, you can visit one of the many dude ranches in the area, ride with real cowboys and cowgirls, and have an authentic western experience.
SPECIAL ANNUAL EVENT -- Experience Colorado Spring Culture
OCTOBER 2021 - ARTS MONTH: Each October, the Pikes Peak region celebrates Arts Month, an annual initiative that raises awareness for the quality, diversity, and value of the arts in our community. Orchestrated by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, our local Arts Month initiative coincides with National Arts & Humanities Month, which has been observed throughout the United States for several decades. Make plans to have at least one new cultural experience with family or friends this #ArtsOctober! Visit ArtsOctober.com to learn more and find out how you can get involved this Arts Month.
DECEMBER 3-5, 10-23, 25-31, 2021 and JANUARY 1, 2022 - ELECTRIC SAFARI AT CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO: The Zoo reopens each evening for Electric Safari from 5:30-8:30pm. Stroll through more than one million sparkling lights and animated animal sculptures. Visit Santa and linger over warm fires throughout the Zoo. This holiday tradition is not to be missed.
MAY 28-30, 2022 - TERRITORY DAYS IN OLD COLORADO CITY: Commemorates Old Colorado City as the first capitol of the Colorado Territory in 1861. Territory Days began as a barbecue and parade and has grown into a three-day street festival. The historic district on Colorado Avenue between 23rd Street and 27th Street will come alive with live music, food, fun and entertainment for the entire family. Enjoy this event every Memorial weekend.
JUNE 26, 2022 - PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB THE 2ND OLDEST AUTO RACE IN THE U.S.: Also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an annual automobile and motorcycle hill-climb to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado. It is the second oldest auto race in the US; this 12.42 mile course has 156 turns ending at the 14,115 foot summit.
JULY 13-16, 2022 - PIKES PEAK OR BUST RODEO AT NORRIS PENROSE EVENT CENTER: The weekend kicks off with a parade in the true hometown tradition; you'll see floats and equestrian groups as they head south on Tejon. There are four performances of the invitational championship rodeo and a final championship Shoot Out on Saturday night. The best athletes in rodeo are competing for top prize money in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. It's edge of your seat excitement from the first event to the last!
SEPTEMBER 3-5, 2022 - COLORADO SPRINGS LABOR DAY LIFT OFF AT MEMORIAL PARK: The tradition of hot air ballooning in Colorado Springs started in 1976 bringing fun and excitement throughout the Labor Day Weekend for the entire family. The Opening ceremony starts at 6:30am, with the first wave of inflation's beginning at 7am on Saturday and Sunday. After all the launches are complete, stick around to enjoy watching the Wings of Blue U.S. Air Force Skydiving Team Demonstration. Later each morning there is an Ultimate Frisbee Exhibition and then Paddle Boarding sessions on Prospect Lake. You can even purchase a ride from Rainbow Ryders for an experience of a lifetime.
OCTOBER 2022 - ANNUAL EMMA CRAWFORD COFFIN RACES and FESTIVAL IN MANITOU SPRINGS: Since October 1995 Manitou Springs, in honor of Emma Crawford, has coffin races. This is a fun and crazy event, honoring her dying wish to be buried on top of Red Mountain; 12 men carried her coffin up the 7,200 foot slope. Some say she haunts Red Mountain to this day. A parade and awards for the best Emma, the most creative coffin, and the best overall entourage complete the day-long event. All Month long Manitou Springs celebrates with Skeleton Craze and ghost tours of Old Manitou each weekend.
TIDBITS -- About the Greater Area of Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs is Colorado's second-largest city and founded in 1871 by General William Jackson Palmer.
Elevation: 6,035 feet in Colorado Springs to 14,115 feet at the top of Pikes Peak
Average annual precipitation: 17.5 inches
Average annual Snowfall: 37 inches
January temperature: High: 43 Low: 18
July temperature: High: 85 Low: 57
Days of Sunshine per year: 300+
Colorado Springs is home to The United States Air Force Academy and The US Olympic Training Center.
The Spanish name for Pikes Peak was Almagre, a reference to the reddish color of the granite.
Pikes Peak is known as America's Mountain to honor Katharine Lee Bates, a visiting professor at Colorado College, who penned the words to the poem that then became the song "America the Beautiful."
For your FREE Official Vacation Planner to Colorado Springs
Stop by our offices or call us and we will send it to you. The Center is open 8:30am-5pm Monday-Friday and 10am-2pm on Saturday and Sunday.
ADDRESS: 515 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs CO 80903
PHONE: 800-888-4748 -- Call Toll Free For a Vacation Planner; Mention the Colorado Vacation Directory.
- Elevation: 6010 feet above sea level.
- Region: Colorado Springs Metro - South Central, Colorado
- Restaurant: On site.
GROUPS REUNIONS AND WEDDINGS
- Groups Welcome: Club. Corporate. Reunion. Weddings. Elopements. Youth group with adult leaders. Retreat.
- Group Meeting Area: Indoor room and outdoor area.
- Conference Center: Meeting room with tables and chairs can be set up class room style. Some A/V equipment available for seminars. Call for more details.
FUN THINGS TO DO
- Open Dates For On-Site Activities: All Year
Primarily Year Round Activities
- National Park OR Monument: On site.
- National Forests & BLM Lands: On site.
- Designated Historic District, Site or Plaza: On site.
- Native American Reservation/Pueblo: On site.
- Ghost Town: On site.
- Designated Scenic/Historic Byway: Along the scenic byway.
- Designated Hiking Trails: Trails start on site.
- Museum: On site.
- Hot Mineral Springs: On site.
- Indoor Swimming Pool: Walking distance.
- Public Rec Center: On site.
- Golf Course: On site.
- Hot Air Balloon Rides: On site.
- Movie Theater: On site.
- Art Gallery: On site.
- Outlet/Mall Shopping: On site.
- Restaurant(s): On site.
- Wine Tours OR Tasting: On site.
- Casino Gambling: On site.
Primarily Summer Activities
- Outdoor Swimming Pool: Walking distance.
- Stocked Fishing Pond: On site.
- Fishing in River, Stream or Creek: On site.
- Fishing in Lake, Reservoir or Pond: On site.
- Guided Fishing Trips (Licensed): Wade Fishing. Float Fishing. Lake Fishing.
- Fishing Tackle Sold: On site.
- Fly Shop: On site.
- Whitewater Rafting Office/Pickup point: On site.
- Kayaking Rentals: On site.
- Horseback Trail Rides (Guided): On site.
- Horse Rides with a Wrangler (Open Range): On site.
- Horse Riding Lessons: On site.
- Jeep Trails: Trails start on site. (off road, back country, 4WD, Jeep, or jeeping).
- Jeep Rentals: On site. (off road, back country, 4WD, Jeep, or jeeping).
- Jeep Tours: On site (off road, back-country, 4WD, Jeep, or jeeping).
- 4-Wheel Drive Sales & Services: On site. (off road, back country, 4WD, Jeep, or jeeping).
- ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) and/or Dirt Bike Trails: Trails start on site.
- ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) and/or Dirt Bike Rentals: On site.
- ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) and/or Dirt Bike Tours: On site.
- ATV Sales & Services: On site.
- Tourist Train Rides: On site.
- Cave Tours: On site.
- Historic/Cultural Tours: On site.
- Mountain Bike Trails: Trails start on site.
- Bike Path: Path starts on site.
- Bicycle Shop: On site.
- Waterfall Trails: Trails start on site.
- Performing Arts Theatre: On site.
- Cowboy Supper & Show: On site.
- Amusement Rides: On site.
- Mini Golf: On site.
- Chairlift/Gondola/Tram Rides: On site.
- Cross Country Skiing Trails: Trails start on site.
- Snowshoe Trails: Trails on site.
- Snowmobile Sales & Services: On site.
- Ice Skating (outdoor) Skates Available: On site.
- Ice Skating (indoor) Skates Available: On site.
- Sled/Tube Hill Equipment Available: On site.