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Colorado Springs | Things to do in Colorado Springs 

Looking for things to do in Colorado Springs?

If you are looking for things to do in Colorado Springs you may want to consider the outdoors. There are nearly endless outdoor opportunities around Colorado Springs. Additionally, there are plenty of fun things to do indoors. The following is all of our favorite things to do in Colorado Springs. 


We love anything Adventure Out West. Experience the tranquility of amazing geological features while cruising around on a Segway. The Segway tour at our nations most popular park: Garden of the Gods is an awesome thing to do in Colorado Springs or Adventures Out West also offers some super exciting zip lines, jeep tours and even horseback rides. One of our favorite things to do is the Colorado Springs Rodeo put on by Adventure Out West. The Colorado Springs Rodeo (pictured above) is an exciting time starting in late June and running through July on every Friday night at 5 pm. The Colorado Springs Rodeo has all the excitement expected from a true western rodeo. With bull riding, barrel racing and bucking horse this exhilarating event is sure to entertain the entire family with kids and parents alike. The Colorado Springs Rodeo is unique because it is super interactive. This event does not require you to sit in the seats. You will not be a spectator but rather a participant down on the dirt with the other participants and spectators.

Adventure Out West has a tremendous variety of exciting outdoor adventures. The variety from hot air balloon rides, jeep tours, horseback rides, rodeos, to ziplines and Segway tours really makes Adventure Out West a one-of-a-kind in Colorado Springs however it comes with a cost. If you are looking for public places to visit check out LocaWild which helps explore all of the wild spaces in and around Colorado Springs as well as the rest of Colorado.

Cave of the Winds and Manitou Cliff Dwellings are great places for everyone to learn about very interesting history from Native Americans to geological history. For anyone interested in anthropology the Manitou Cliff Dwellings provide an up close and personal way to experience life as it once was in the Colorado Springs area. The Cave of the Winds allow visitors to walk through incredible caverns, caves and you can even go spelunking if you are so inclined. 



North Cheyenne Canon Park is an incredible place to access Pike National Forest with miles of trails that are great places to hike, mountain bike, trail run, and just get outside. Some of our favorite trails are Mount Muscoco Trail, Mount Cutler Trail, and Captain Jacks Trail. There are literally 100's of trails within an hour drive from Colorado Springs. For a start, again, we recommend LocaWild, all you need in an Instagram account and an Apple Device. Other great trails close to Colorado Springs include Palmer Park, Ute Valley Park, Barr Trail, Ute Pass Trail and Intemann Trail. Aside from North Cheyenne Canon Park our favorite parks in Colorado Springs include Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Blodgett Peak Open Space, Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon Park.


If you are a fisherman the most popular waters around Colorado Springs are the Catamount Lakes north of Pikes Peak, Eleven Mile Reservoir, The South Platte River in South Park and in Eleven Mile Canyon below Eleven Mile Reservoir Dam. The area to the South of Colorado Springs is an incredible place to visit if you love outdoors. The Arkansas River near Canon City and Salida is an incredible place to raft, fish, camp and even stand up paddleboard! Around Canon City and Penrose, there are plenty of places to go Whitewater Rafting during the early summer months. The Royal Gorge is an absolutely spectacular place to visit. The dramatic canyon with the overhanging bridge is sure to take your breath away. This area is an amazing place to visit during any time of the year however during the summer months when the river is high enough to float safely is the best time of the year. 

Wildlife Watching

When it comes to watching wildlife, there are plenty of opportunities around Colorado Springs. From Fountain Creek Nature Center to the Arkansas River Birding Trail there are plenty of places to visit and enjoy plentiful wildlife. You may find Colorado's State Bird the Lark Bunting as well as raptors, migratory songbirds, and waterfowl. Don't forget about the plentiful populations of Pronghorn, Mule Deer, and Coyotes. If you are lucky you may see a bobcat, Mountain Lion or Rocky Mountain Elk in the Colorado Springs Area. For Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep viewing check out Garden of the Gods Park or Georgetown on I-70 towards the Eisenhower Tunnel. Other wildlife you may encounter around Colorado Springs include Black Bears, Shiras Moose and if you are a fisherman you may catch a native cutthroat trout such as the Colorado River Cutthroat Trout (found on the West side of the Continental Divide) or Greenback Cutthroat Trout (East side of the Continental Divide). 


There are many spots to go car camping as well as backpacking around Colorado Springs. Some of our favorite places for car camping include primitive National Forest campgrounds along Rampart Range Road. There is also superb established campground and RV camping at Eleven Mile State Park, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, and Mueller State Park. The great thing about all of these places is that they have good amenities yet you are surrounded by nature. For a more immersive experience, there are plenty of Wilderness Area's around Colorado Springs where nothing motorized is allowed, dogs must be on a leash and you will find incredible wild spaces untouched by man. Check out our list of Top Wilderness areas near Colorado Springs. 

Fun Things To Do In The City

There are plenty of fun things to do for or both kids and parents in Colorado Springs. From amazing one-of-a-kind places like Garden of the Gods Park to national attractions like The United States Air Force Academy and the Olympic Training Center. Another super interesting short activity to do with the family is to head to Manitou Springs and check out the natural mineral springs. These Springs have historical and environmental significance and the water tastes amazing! When it comes to the arts, Colorado Springs has plenty to sink your teeth into. Our favorite is the Colorado Fine Art Center.  Another one of our favorite things to do is take the younger kids to the North Pole to ride the rides and for the older kids we like to take them to the National Museum of World War II Aviation.


There are a plethora of interesting museums in Colorado Springs. From the Western Museum of Mining & Industry where you can get a glimpse into the history of mining to the Bug Museum where you can get up close and personal with some amazing preserved insects. Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum, Ghost Town Museum and Pioneers Museum are a couple other museums in Colorado Springs worth checking out. National Museum of World War II Aviation is a hidden gem as you don't see it get a lot of press but when you go there it is an abolutely incredible experience. Lastly, there is a super-interesting Dinosaur Museum in Woodland Park that is a great place to bring the kids. If you can go when they are having an Outdoor Family Fun Day. 


As far as restaurants go, there are some real in gems in and around Colorado Springs. One of our favorites is Juniper Valley Ranch. This place serves super-yummy homecooked meals in a rustic Colorado farmhouse. This place is a true hidden secret in Colorado Springs. A few other of our favorite restaurants in Colorado Springs include Luigi's and Paravacini in old Colorado City for Italian, La Casita for Mexican and Yakatori for Asian. A running joke in our family is that when we go to Yakitori we call it a "Yak Attack" because it's so good. There is something about the sauce, it's salty yet sweet and sure to satisfy!

Other Great Things to Do

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame is a great place to get a taste of true Western culture while Glen Eyrie Castle is a spectacular place where you are likely to be impressed by the history and beauty of the area. A horseback ride with Academy Riding Stables or a trip to Flying W Ranch are always fun options for the family. The Great Wolf Lodge and simply taking a walk around the Broadmoor are great for the kids as well. Florissant Fossil Beds in Florrisant only about 45 minutes from Colorado Springs is a great place to see a glimpse into the ancient history of our earth. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is another great place  to take the kids no matter what time of year!

If you are looking to relocate to Colorado Springs please give us a call today!

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