Colorado Springs Travel Guide

Situated along the eastern flank of the Rocky Mountains is Colorado Springs, a city based around the great outdoors, the US Air Force and religious rights. The modest city is a short drive south of Colorado’s capital Denver, but still offers plenty of attractions both downtown and in the surrounding wilderness areas.

Unlike many of Colorado’s other destinations, Colorado Springs was born out of tourism, not mining. The neighboring mineral hot springs, temperate climate and clean air originally attracted people seeking a better quality of life. A century later, it still draws visitors looking to explore the Rocky Mountains and Pikes Peak, which towers over the city.

In addition to its role as a health resort, the city is also an excellent place to learn about the pioneering days of the Wild West, when the gold and silver rush brought thousands of miners to Colorado. Within a short drive of town, you can explore the old mining town of Cripple Creek, glorious Seven Falls and the panoramic views atop Pikes Peak. After a hard day playing in the mountains, you’ll find plenty of places to eat and drink around the city center.

Colorado Springs attractions

Buckskin Joe Frontier Town and Railway: pan for gold, watch a gunfight, ride horses or take a train ride through the rugged but beautiful Royal Gorge.

Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum: a respectable collection of artifacts and exhibitions present the rich history of the town from its birth as a resort through the heady days of the gold rush.

Cripple Creek: once one of America’s greatest mining camps, this quaint old town on the slope of Pikes Peak retains much of its Old West atmosphere through its Victorian buildings, gambling halls and historical museums.

Garden of the Gods: hundreds of surreal red-rock formations rise from the desert floor in this wonderful 1,300 acre national park riddled with hiking paths and unique vistas.

Pikes Peak Cog Railway: this quaint little train hauls passengers up to the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak, where the views stretch all the way to Denver and New Mexico.

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame: learn about the sport’s disciplines, from calf roping to barrel racing.