Colorado Springs

Things to do in Colorado Springs

A registered National Natural Landmark, the Garden of the Gods is a collection of 300-foot sandstone rock formations set in the shadow of famous Pikes Peak. The formations are more than 300 million years old and have names like the Siamese Twins, Kissing Camels, and Cathedral Spires.

This park near Colorado Springs allows visitors to go on adventures above or below ground. Guides lead tours into the Cave of the Winds, which is accessible with hand-held lanterns. A 3.1-mile hike descends into Williams Canyon, home of limestone walls and waterfalls.

Located in a former firehouse, this fine art gallery and studio displays original pieces by owner Steph Brady and her husband Joe. Established in 2001, the space has picture windows facing “S” Mountain, paintings hanging on cream-colored walls, and Steph’s long work table in the back.

Housed in a red-brick building in the downtown district, this contemporary art gallery displays the Impressionistic and abstract paintings of owner Paulette Brodeur.

The bakery is run by the same people as Laughing Ladies Restaurant around the corner.

From its summit at 14,115 feet, Pikes Peak delivers panoramic views of four states, Colorado Springs, and the mountainous Continental Divide.

Where: Royal Gorge, Colorado, over the Arkansas River.

 

Stats: 1,053 feet over the gorge; 1,260 feet long.

 

About 20 minutes southwest of Colorado Springs, this 1,600-acre park provides a variety of outdoor activities amid a largely untamed wilderness.