Colorado Cave Tours

An incredible experience awaits Colorado visitors thousands of feet below ground in Glenwood Caverns and Cave of the Winds. Colorado's natural-cave tours are perfectly suited for the entire family. Professional guides will explain the cave’s geology, history and significance, and lead you into and out of the cave.

A tour winds through Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs, CO
A tour winds through Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs, CO
Four people gaze at rock formations inside Glenwood Caverns in Glenwood Springs, CO
Rock formations inside Glenwood Caverns in Glenwood Springs, CO

Cave of the Winds

Named for the cool breezes that emanates from the cave's entrance, Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs is perhaps one of the most popular and stunning attractions in the Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs area. The cave opened to tourists in 1881, and today you can see 15 massive and brightly lighted rooms within nearly a mile of underground limestone caverns. For those who want a peek into its haunting depths, they'll turn out the lights and you can explore by lantern-light tours (included a haunted option). The cave also offers two thrill rides: a zipline across a canyon to witness the grandeur of the area, and the Terror-Dactyl, which launches riders 200 feet into the canyon at nearly 100 miles per hour. You'll also find attractions like the Bat-A-Pult — a seated zipline ride that soars 1,200 feet round-trip — as well as obstacle courses, climbing walls and gemstone panning.

After a journey into the center of the mountains, consider a stop at nearby Manitou Cliff Dwellings, where Ancestral Puebloan homes are tucked into the side of sheer walls.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Take an aerial tram to the top of a bluff in Glenwood Springs, where a tour of the stalactite- and stalagmite-rich Glenwood Caverns begins. The caves themselves are actually near the top of the mountain, rather than near the bottom as you might expect and require a ride to the top on a gondola that also offers amazing views of the surrounding Roaring Fork Valley. The cave's wide-open, massive rooms are lined with otherworldly rock formations. If you're feeling like you've got the hang of this caving thing, there are also tours of undeveloped portions of the caverns that include some crawling and squeezing to get in to.

After a tour deep underground, take the high-speed alpine slide to the bottom of the bluff or enjoy one of the rides found at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park near the cave’s entrance.

Good to Know

Bring a light jacket on your cave tour — it's usually significantly cooler in the caves, regardless of the outside temperature.

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