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Colorado Springs' Year-Round Outdoor Adventure

Colorado Springs' Year-round Outdoor Adventure
5 days

Colorado Springs is the state’s second-largest city, but it’s first in the hearts of many visitors as a place of astonishing beauty with natural attractions, historic and geologic marvels in all directions. Spend a few days exploring the city and the communities that surround it, including Manitou Springs, Cripple Creek, Cascade, Florissant and Woodland Park.

Sustainability Activity

How to Give Back to These Special Places:

Drop a few coins for Quarters for Conservation at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo! By collecting quarters and other coins, the zoo funds new and existing wildlife-conservation projects.

Day 1
Activity

Manitou Springs Mineral Springs Tours

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Taste the waters that brought Native Americans and early settlers here for centuries to “Take the Cure.” Enjoy a self guided tour anytime of the year or a guided tour during the summer months. Free... Read More
Lunch

Crystal Park Cantina

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Crystal Park Cantina is a unique, home-style Mexican restaurant in Manitou Springs serving delicious food made with the finest ingredients available. Read More
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Cave of the Winds

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Discovered in 1881, Cave of the Winds has been attracting travelers for over a century. Explore the world underground on a guided tour, then step outside and try out our rides. Buy tickets at... Read More

Dinner

Paravicini's

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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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Insider's Tip

Looking for Romance?: Paravicini's has a more intimate, upstairs tapas bar called Sopra.
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Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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Prehistoric Indian ruins (1100-1300 AD). Museum displaying artifacts. Retail store with Native American and Colorado made items.  Open year-round. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas.

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Lodging

Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort

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We are a family-owned, vintage hotel with a western theme. The Buff is your base camp for adventure and a great place to relax after a long day in the saddle or exploring the sites of the Pikes... Read More
Day 2
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The Principal's Office

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We simply love beverages, people, and the process of crafting phenomenal libations. Our goal is that each drink is presented in an environment steeped in education and passion. We want coffee and... Read More
Activity

The Broadmoor Seven Falls

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Seven Falls, where authentic Colorado awaits. Envelope yourself in a geological wonder of seven distinct falls cascading down between steep canyon walls. Walk up 224 steps alongside the falls or... Read More

Insider's Tip

Don't Stop at the Top: There are a few different hikes at the top of Seven Falls. Take one to keep exploring the area.
Lunch

Restaurant 1858

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Restaurant 1858 is a unique Broadmoor dining venue situated at the banks of Seven Falls. Taking its name from the Gold Rush era and the famous motto, ‘Pikes Peak or Bust’ of that time. Read More
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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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Colorado Springs is home to America's ONLY mountain zoo. Located at 6,800 feet above sea level, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers breathtaking views of the city and of its 750 animals. The unique... Read More

Insider's Tip

Get to Know the Wildlife: Hand-feed giraffes, elephants and even a rhino at the zoo for an added fee.
Dinner

Sonterra Grill

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All menu items are prepared from scratch daily using local and organic ingredients whenever possible and are expertly presented. Taste the difference at Sonterra Grill ... fresh flavors, local... Read More

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Cheyenne Cañon Segways

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While touring on your Segway, you will learn more about the incredible scenic beauty of Cheyenne Cañon and the fascinating history of Spencer Penrose, General Palmer, artist Starr Kempf and more. Read More
Lodging

The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel & Spa

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The Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel & Spa is a boutique 4 Diamond hotel & spa located in downtown Colorado Springs; within walking distance of dining, entertainment, shopping and museums.... Read More

Insider's Tip

Live History: Keep an eye out for the in-tact vaults inside The Mining Exchange, which was built in 1902 as a stock exchange for local mining companies.
Day 3
Breakfast

King's Chef Diner

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Award winning, Colorado historical landmark diner and producers of Colorado Green Chili.

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Insider's Tip

Bring Your Appetite: King's Chef portions are so huge, they even offer quarter-sized portions.
Activity

PikeRide Bike Share

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PikeRide, a community bike share program in downtown Colorado Springs, allowing visitors and locals to hop on a bike, ride to their destination, and drop it off at a docking station. Read More
Lunch

T Byrds Tacos & Tequila

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Urban, Street Style Taco Bar in Downtown Colorado Springs. Read More
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Battlefield Colorado

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Colorado's first and only outdoor laser tag adventure park, rated 5-stars by virtually all our visitors, and winning the coveted Certificate of Excellence for 3 years running!

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Dinner

Till Kitchen

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Providing Colorado Springs with award-winning food with ingredients that are grown with care and prepared to perfection — every bite is to be savored. Read More
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Paint Mines Interpretive Park

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With four miles of trails and interpretative signage, the Paint Mines offers a journey through time, past fascinating geological formations and remnants of human history, in a unique ecological... Read More

Lodging

Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs, A Dolce Resort

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Cheyenne Mountain Resort is the place to experience it all. Enjoy indoor/outdoor pools, a private 35-acre lake, on-site spa, tennis and our 18-hole golf course. Dining options include the... Read More

Day 4
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Over Easy - A Daytime Eatery

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Love gourmet pancakes? We’ve got ’em. Eggs Benedict more your style? You’re in luck. Heard we have a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar? Yes, it’s true. And it’s awesome. Over Easy features local,... Read More
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Head West to Cripple Creek

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The excitement that drove the Gold Rush still lives in Cripple Creek, a historic gaming and mining town where treasure seekers and hooligans from near and far can still try their hands at poker, black jack, roulette, craps and slot machines. Watch for the donkey herd that roams the streets — they love carrots and apples! The town is an hour's scenic drive from Colorado Springs.
Lunch

Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino

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The Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino is home to one of the most well-appointed gaming rooms in Cripple Creek. It features Victorian era surroundings with two floors of over 300 of the newest, hottest... Read More
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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

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Petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide and thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants reveal the story of a very different, prehistoric Colorado. Read More
Dinner

BierWerks Brewery

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Serving primarily German style lagers and ales along with a few hoppy brews, BierWerks has been a local hangout since 2010.BierWerks also serves Colorado made sausage, Wisconsin cheese, warm... Read More
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Hang on Main in Woodland Park

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On your way back to Colorado Springs, hit up Woodland Park, known as The City Above the Clouds. Main Street has shops and restaurants, and is the perfect place for a stroll and to stretch your legs.
Lodging

The Outlook Lodge

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A luxury historic vacation woodland retreat hotel with waterfall hiking and charming lake in Green Mountain Falls, near Colorado Springs. Read More
Day 5
Breakfast

Shining Mountain Golf Club

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What is commonly known today as "Pikes Peak" was originally named " Shining Mountain" by the Ute Indians because of how brightly the sun reflected off the snow.  How perfectly fitting,... Read More

Activity

Pikes Peak Bike Tours

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If you are looking for a fun, adventurous way to experience Colorado on your next vacation, or even if you are a local who's never been up the mountain, Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Tours can provide... Read More
Lunch

Wines of Colorado

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Your destination for complimentary wine tasting, excellent creekside dining and gifts. Read More
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Red Rock Canyon Open Space

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Red Rock Canyon is characterized by a series of canyons and ridges sculpted by erosion of the area’s uplifted rock strata. The ridges and canyons offer beautiful views and sheltered enclaves for... Read More
Dinner

The Mason Jar

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American Comfort Food served in a casual Colorado lodge atmosphere.  Famous Chicken Fried Steak, Slow Roasted Prime Rib, fresh Rainbow Trout, plus soups, salads, great Burgers, and Homemade... Read More

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Trails End Taproom

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Welcome to the home of Colorado Springs first self-serve taproom. Basecamp your adventure at Trails End and enjoy local beer from 40 of our taps. Read More
Lodging

Garden of the Gods Collection

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Perched high atop a mesa in Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods Collection is a private club, luxury resort, Health & Wellness Center, & Wellness Lifestyle Community with stunning views of Pikes... Read More