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Pikes Peak Wonders Region: A Tale of 7 Adventures

Find a blend of urban comforts, accessible — though not completely tamed — natural landmarks and a true reflection of the Western way of life. Here you’ll have the option to sit back and relax or kick up some adventure.

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Travel Like a Local

There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.

Day 1

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Marigold Cafe & Bakery

The upscale contemporary cuisine, coupled with Marigold's in-house bakery, has brought guests back time again for over 15 years.

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Adventures Out West

Since 1973, High Country Ghost Town Jeep Tour and Garden of the Gods and Foothills tours, Your adventure starts here! Fantastic Guides show you Colorado…

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Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q

Our pits are 100% wood fired with oak, a slower burning wood than the mesquite used by others. Along with time and oak, we cook with a dry spice that…

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E-Bike Garden of the Gods

Take an electric bike tour of the Garden of the Gods for views you can't see anywhere else.

dinner

Paravicini's

Paravicini's offers the city's best Italian, bar none! Lofty claim, yes, but the award-winning food and service backs it up!

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Stroll through Old Colorado City

Spend your evening checking out the shops in this quaint town.

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Glen Eyrie

Nestled on over 700 breathtaking acres with 95 lodging rooms, Glen Eyrie offers retreats, conferences, historical Castle Tours, Castle Teas, overnight…

Day 2

Insider's Tip

Sunrise Drive

Begin your day with a drive to Pueblo.

breakfast

Burrito's Betty

Monster burritos, tamales and more with Pueblo's famous green chilie.

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Historic Arkansas Riverwalk Of Pueblo

Come visit the Pueblo Riverwalk a 32-acre urban waterfront with excursion, pedal and gondola boat rides, food, festivals, and entertainment. Located…

lunch

Zoelsmann's Bakery

One of Pueblo’s hidden gems — it’s been serving as a deli and bakery for over 100 years and has been at the same location for nearly 60 years.

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Hike Pueblo Reservoir Trail

Take a hike around Lake Pueblo State Park. If you're feeling it, tote your fishing pole as this site is a hot spot with over 60 miles of shoreline.

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Gray's Coors Tavern

So when you're on the market for some great American cuisine, check out Gray's Coors Tavern. So head on over to the highly-rated Gray's Coors Tavern…

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Brues Alehouse Brewing Co.

Excitement resounds in the entirety of our operation. We are a united team of talented craftsmen pioneering a new experience for our community and beyond…

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Station on The Riverwalk

Welcome to our family-operated and Pueblo's first boutique-influenced hotel. Repurposed and reinvented from what was once our town's police station…

Day 3

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Hopscotch Bakery

Put a hop, skip and a jump in your day at Hopscotch Bakery! Located in downtown Puebloʼs Union Avenue Historic District, Hopscotch Bakery is the culmination…

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Frontier Pathways - Scenic and Historic Byway

State and National Byway that runs through Pueblo and Custer Counties.

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Tony's Mountain Pizza

Family friendly in Westcliffe. Plan your next get-together here. Occasional live entertainment, casual cocktail area. Take out available.

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Trails of Gold

Follow the Trails of Gold and dig into mining history.

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Alpine Lodge & Restaurant

Open year round. Quaint mountain cabins nestled among pines and aspens and bordered by San Isabel National Forest with its famous Rainbow Trail to the…

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Go Stargazing

Westcliffe is an International Dark Sky Community, which means you can see more stars at night here than most places on Earth.

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The Lamp Post Lodge

A beautiful seven suite lodge (sleeps 17) in the heart of the Wet Mountain Valley with gorgeous Sangre de Cristo views from many of our suites and our…

Day 4

Insider's Tip

Head to Penrose

You'll stop here for breakfast before taking a quick 12-mile drive to Cañon City, where your fun continues.

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Coyote's Coffee Den

Coyote's Coffee Den in Penrose features a cozy Southwestern decor inside, a large outdoor patio with fireplace chimneas. Awesome breakfast burritos…

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Echo Canyon River Expeditions

Family  and group Colorado rafting. Half days, full days, Raft-N-Rail packages and more. Bar and grill, cabin rentals, glamping tent rentals.

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8 Mile Bar and Grill

Gorgeous mountain views, Colorado crafted beers, patio seating and great food add a fantastic finish to your rafting adventure.

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Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is open daily. Marvel at awe-inspiring panoramic views from one of the world's highest suspension bridges and enjoy more…

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Momo Sushi Bar, Wok & Grill

Treat yourself today from our pan-Asian Kitchen or Sushi Bar Menu offering over 100 specialty items.

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The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey has been making its own wines since 2002 and has won over 100 awards and medals in prestigious international wine competitions…

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Royal Gorge Cabins

Royal Gorge Cabins offers 9 luxury cabin rentals in 1- and 2-bedroom sizes, as well as glamping tent rentals. Located 1 hour from Colorado Springs and…

Day 5

Insider's Tip

Head to Salida

Get up early to drive to Salida for breakfast.

breakfast

Brown Dog Coffee

There is a location in the northern end of the county and another in the southern end, with good reason. Brown Dog has excellent breakfast burritos…

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Absolute Bikes

Absolute Bikes is an award-winning full-service bike shop located in the heart of historic downtown Salida. We have everything you need from local trail…

lunch

Sweetie's Sandwich Shop

Hot and cold sandwiches, salads, seasonal soups, sweets, soft serve and more.

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Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort

Located in Nathrop between and . Ideal for family vacations, romantic getaways, or . Enjoy a one-day experience or relax with an overnight stay at…

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Boathouse Cantina

We serve fresh, organic and local produce and there is no doubt that you can taste the difference! Sit next to the river and sip on one of our house-engineered…

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The Biker & The Baker

Wine. Desserts. Beer. Cheese. Charcuterie. In historic downtown Salida.

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Amigo Motor Lodge

A newly renovated boutique motel with 60-year-old bones. Modern furnishings meet minimalist design to create a space that is friendly, casual and above…

Day 6

Insider's Tip

Drive to Buena Vista

A scenic 30-minute drive will take you to the charming town of Buena Vista.

breakfast

Wesley & Rose at the Surf Hotel

From freshly baked artisan breads and beignets to crisp salads, specialty cocktails and grass-fed Colorado beef, we offer a rotating selection of seasonal…

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Go Whitewater Kayaking

Kayak through cascades, try not to flip upside down and take in the beauty of the Arkansas River in the South Main neighborhood of Salida.

Insider's Tip

Rentals

Rent your kayak at Adventure Hub, which offers inflatable kayaks for a steal.

lunch

Eddyline Restaurant, Brewery & Taphouse

Wood-fired pizza & grill, Award winning Ales & Lagers, Colorado's only 16oz micro-cannery!

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Salida Walking Tours

Ghost Tours, Private Tours, History Tours, Brewery Tours, & Audio Tours. ​Looking for things to do in Salida? How about chasing ghosts? Or travveling…

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House Rock Kitchen

House Rock Kitchen is a fast casual, from scratch, healthy, fun option in Buena Vista.

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Deerhammer Distilling Company

This family-owned micro-distillery is nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountain's Collegiate Peaks in downtown Buena Vista, Colorado. With our primary…

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Surf Hotel & Chateau

Welcome to the Surf Hotel, a boutique hotel in the adventure town of Buena Vista. Inspired by the understated elegance of European hospitality and the…

Day 7

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The Midland Stop

Experience artisan espresso, authentic Italian gelato, light breakfast, snacks & treats, in the heart of the Rockies in beautiful Buena Vista! Only…

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Take a Drive

Take road 24 out of Buena Vista to Manitou Springs. You'll cross over mountains and drive through valleys before arriving in historic Manitou.

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Adam's Mountain Cafe

Adam's has been a favorite destination of locals and tourists in historic Manitou Springs for 28 years. A Full service restaurant emphasizing global…

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SunWater Spa

Sunwater Spa's goal is to help return Manitou Springs to it's historical foundations of health & wellness, with emphasis on the healing mineral…

dinner

The Cliff House Dining Room

Treat yourself to a delicious dinner in decadent Victorian style. While The Cliff House Dining Room provides upscale dishes and luxe settings, jeans…

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Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant

Celebrated as one of the Pike’s Peak region’s most unique and intimate dining experiences, The Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant in historic Manitou Springs…

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Little Beaver Inn

A journey in the woods is only properly accompanied by a DAM good spot to rest! The Little Beaver Inn, with its rustic feel and contemporary style,…

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