The City of Colorado Springs is the second-most populous city in the US city of Colorado behind Denver. The city is home to 24 national sports governing bodies and is situated on the eastern slope of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
The surrounding areas of the City of Colorado Springs have many natural attractions and the scenic terrain draws thousands of tourists to the city each year. US News named Colorado Springs the most desirable place to live in 2018 and the city ranked #13 in the NY Times' 52 places to go list in 2020.
Garden of the Gods
Designated a National Natural Landmark in 1971, the Garden of Gods is a nature park with weird shaped red sandstone rock formations some of them dating back to 300 million years old. These fantastic rock formations were referred to as the assembly of Gods by one of the explorers who discovered them.
Other than the magnificent views and the picture-perfect mountain backdrops, the Garden of the Gods is quite popular among visitors for trekking, hiking, rock climbing, and other activities. Beware though that the rock climbing requires registration.
Located just outside the park is the Visitor center with park tours and museum about the surrounding area describing the life of the early settlers during the 1800s. The center also offers some shows to educate visitors about the geological history of the rocks and the park.
Pikes Peak is one of the most popular peaks in United States and over half a million visitors climb it every year. The city of Colorado Springs lies at the base of the majestic Pikes Peak. The peak got its name from explorer Zebulon Pike whose expedition in the 1700s led to the discovery of the peaks.
There are several ways to ascend the peak and soak in the beauty of the place. If you are up for a challenge you can hike a demanding 13.6 miles straight up or you can drive via Pikes Peak Highway, a 19-mile mountain road with plenty of scenic stops on the way to soak in the natural beauty. Another option is to take the highest cog railway in the world, Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway.
Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum
The Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum is located in what was once a courthouse which was built in 1903. The museum contains several exhibits about the history of the town and its evolution from a mining town to the popular tourist attraction. The musuem is surrounded by beautiful lawns, gardens, trees, and outdoor sculptures.
This small but very informative museum is a great way to spend a few hours and educate yourself about the history of Colorado Springs.
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Located along Highway 24, Red Rock Canyon Open Space is a 789-acre park covered with red sedimentary rock shaped by millions of years of erosion. The place was privately owned by the Bock family until 2003 who planned to transform the land into a vacation haven complete with hotel and golf course. The place is currently maintained by the City of Colorado Springs. Red Rock Canyon is a must visit for people who like hiking. The park has trails dedicated to focus on educating the visitors about the site's history.
Old Colorado City
Just west of downtown resides the Old Colorado City. The area was once filled with miners, farmers, ranchers, and other settlers in the 1850s. In 1917, the new fast-growing neighbourhood Colorado Springs started to take over. The Old Colorado City Historic District still maintains the 19th-century feel with the area housing local art galleries and souvenier shops. The Old Colorado City is a must visit for history buffs.
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