Colorado Springs

Things to Do in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Against a spectacular backdrop courtesy of Mother Nature and Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs is an enchanting melding of historical treasures and cutting-edge 21st century.

 

Stunning Colorado Springs

To be appreciated for their sheer magnificence in architecture and detail are of course The Broadmoor, Glen Eyrie, Colorado College, McAllister House and Air Force Academy Chapel. But not to be outdone, Mother Nature offers the spectacular height and breadth of Pikes Peak, which stands sentinel over the Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls, Cave of the Winds, and down the road south a piece, Royal Gorge in Cañon City. You can also take a ride on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway or perhaps hike the Manitou Incline.

Penrose, The Broadmoor, and Colorado Springs

Civil War hero Gen. William J. Palmer is credited with the official founding when the Colorado Springs Co. laid out the new city in 1871, and philanthropist Spencer Penrose and his wife, Julie, added immeasurably to the culture and refinement of “Little London” at the turn of the 20th century with the timelessly elegant Broadmoor. The Penrose’s also financed the Will Rogers Shrine and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and Julie Penrose founded the Central City Opera and Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

Shopping and dining? Endless!

Downtown Colorado Springs has a varied collection of shops, eateries, pubs, and clubs, and Old Colorado City provides another several blocks of artisans shops, galleries, boutiques, coffee houses, pastry shops, fine restaurants, family settings, parks, and… well, that’s a good start, and when you visit, you’ll see the vista unfold.

In quaint Manitou Springs, funkadelic visits amicably with yesteryear’s finery in shops and antique stores. You can grab a bag of caramel corn or a hank of cotton candy and wander the historic Penny Arcade, and you can sip from the famed mineral springs fountains.

Lodging is fantastic

Choose from Five Star hotels, B&Bs, cozy cabins, extended stays, and mom n’ pop – Colorado Springs and its sister communities are memories waiting to be made!

Colorado Springs History

For centuries home to the Ute, Arapahoe and Cheyenne peoples, the area was part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and, after various settlements along the way, established as a mining camp during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush in 1859.

With such a rich history, much of it stemming from the treasures brought in from the nearby gold and silver camps of Cripple Creek and Victor as well as Central City and Black Hawk, Colorado Springs might have rested on its laurels comfortably. Instead, it moved with the times and became home to the United States Air Force Academy, Fort Carson and the 4th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, Ent Air Force Base, North American Aerospace Defense Command and even the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

A Raft Masters Adventure

2315 E. Main St., Cañon City, CO
719-275-6645
Celebrating 27 years experience providing the highest quality outings for all group sizes. The Arkansas River is America...
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Arkansas River Tours

49311 W U.S. 50 B, Cañon City, CO 81212
800-321-4352
Colorado Whitewater Rafting Since 1973, Arkansas River Tours has connected over 300,000 guest’s lives to the river...
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Clear Creek Rafting

44650 W. US Highway 50, Cañon City, CO 81212
800-353-9901
Clear Creek Rafting Clear Creek rafting trips or the Arkansas River at the Royal Gorge. Rafting trips for all abiliti...
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Colorado Jeep Tours

2315 E. Main Street, Cañon City, CO 81212
719-275-6339
Off-Road with Colorado Jeep Tours Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty and rich history of Colorado by traveling the ro...
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Echo Canyon River Rafting Expeditions

45000 W US Highway 50, Canon City, CO 81212
800-755-3246
Echo Canyon River Expeditions Echo Canyon River Expeditions has been hosting guests to the beauty and adventure of ...
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Jenny Gatzke, REALTOR® HomeSmart Preferred Realty

501 Royal Gorge Blvd. #1, Cañon City, CO
719-458-9559
Real estate sales & marketing services for buyers & sellers in Cañon City, Florence, Penrose, Pueblo West &...
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Museum of Colorado Prisons

201 1st St, Cañon City, CO 81212
719-269-3015
Cañon City in southern Colorado is the home of the Museum of Colorado Prisons, a showcase of the atmosphere and exhibit...
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Park Meadows Mall

8401 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree, CO
303-792-2533
Located just 5 miles from Denver and 40 minutes from Colorado Springs, Park Meadows is Colorado’s biggest shopping mal...
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Performance Tours Rafting

Performance Tours, Canon City, CO 81212
1-800-328-7238
About Performance Rafting Tours This rafting company has been offering whitewater tours science 1986. They are dedicated...
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Play Dirty ATV

27077 Hwy 50, Cañon City, CO
719-275-7373
Play Dirty ATV Tours, whether it be a private tour or rental, come get dirty with us. It’s fun....
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Quality Inn & Suites Cañon City

3075 E. US 50, Cañon City, CO
719-275-8676
Cañon City’s only FULL SERVICE HOTEL. FREE Deluxe Continental Breakfast, FREE High Speed Internet Access, Relax &...
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Royal Gorge Rafting & Zipline Tours

45045 W US Hwy 50, Cañon City, CO 81212
719-275-RAFT
Royal Gorge Rafting Zipline Tours, All Your Fun in One Location Get ready for the Royal Gorge rafting zipline experience...
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Royal Gorge Vacation Rentals

Cañon City, CO
719-275-7238
Vacation Rentals Near The Royal Gorge and Canon City Affordable vacation rentals and luxury accommodation choices.&...
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The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

3011 East Highway 50, Cañon City, CO 81212
719-276-5191
About Winery at Holy Cross Abbey Since July 2002, The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey has been attracting visitors worldwide....
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Quality Inn & Suites Cañon City

3075 E. US 50, Cañon City, CO
719-275-8676
Cañon City’s only FULL SERVICE HOTEL. FREE Deluxe Continental Breakfast, FREE High Speed Internet Access, Relax &...
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Royal Gorge Rafting & Zipline Tours

45045 W US Hwy 50, Cañon City, CO 81212
719-275-RAFT
Royal Gorge Rafting Zipline Tours, All Your Fun in One Location Get ready for the Royal Gorge rafting zipline experience...
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Royal Gorge Vacation Rentals

Cañon City, CO
719-275-7238
Vacation Rentals Near The Royal Gorge and Canon City Affordable vacation rentals and luxury accommodation choices.&...
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A Raft Masters Adventure

2315 E. Main St., Cañon City, CO
719-275-6645
Celebrating 27 years experience providing the highest quality outings for all group sizes. The Arkansas River is America...
More

Arkansas River Tours

49311 W U.S. 50 B, Cañon City, CO 81212
800-321-4352
Colorado Whitewater Rafting Since 1973, Arkansas River Tours has connected over 300,000 guest’s lives to the river...
More

Colorado Jeep Tours

2315 E. Main Street, Cañon City, CO 81212
719-275-6339
Off-Road with Colorado Jeep Tours Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty and rich history of Colorado by traveling the ro...
More

Echo Canyon River Rafting Expeditions

45000 W US Highway 50, Canon City, CO 81212
800-755-3246
Echo Canyon River Expeditions Echo Canyon River Expeditions has been hosting guests to the beauty and adventure of ...
More

Jenny Gatzke, REALTOR® HomeSmart Preferred Realty

501 Royal Gorge Blvd. #1, Cañon City, CO
719-458-9559
Real estate sales & marketing services for buyers & sellers in Cañon City, Florence, Penrose, Pueblo West &...
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Monumental Expeditions Rafting

14825 US HWY 285 Salida, CO 81201
719-581-2123
My wife and I have been in the rafting industry for nearly 25 years. When we started our own company seven years ago we ...
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Museum of Colorado Prisons

201 1st St, Cañon City, CO 81212
719-269-3015
Cañon City in southern Colorado is the home of the Museum of Colorado Prisons, a showcase of the atmosphere and exhibit...
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Park Meadows Mall

8401 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree, CO
303-792-2533
Located just 5 miles from Denver and 40 minutes from Colorado Springs, Park Meadows is Colorado’s biggest shopping mal...
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Performance Tours Rafting

Performance Tours, Canon City, CO 81212
1-800-328-7238
About Performance Rafting Tours This rafting company has been offering whitewater tours science 1986. They are dedicated...
More

Play Dirty ATV

27077 Hwy 50, Cañon City, CO
719-275-7373
Play Dirty ATV Tours, whether it be a private tour or rental, come get dirty with us. It’s fun....
More

Quality Inn & Suites Cañon City

3075 E. US 50, Cañon City, CO
719-275-8676
Cañon City’s only FULL SERVICE HOTEL. FREE Deluxe Continental Breakfast, FREE High Speed Internet Access, Relax &...
More

Royal Gorge Rafting & Zipline Tours

45045 W US Hwy 50, Cañon City, CO 81212
719-275-RAFT
Royal Gorge Rafting Zipline Tours, All Your Fun in One Location Get ready for the Royal Gorge rafting zipline experience...
More

Royal Gorge Vacation Rentals

Cañon City, CO
719-275-7238
Vacation Rentals Near The Royal Gorge and Canon City Affordable vacation rentals and luxury accommodation choices.&...
More

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

3011 East Highway 50, Cañon City, CO 81212
719-276-5191
About Winery at Holy Cross Abbey Since July 2002, The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey has been attracting visitors worldwide....
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Zikr Dance Ensemble presents “Invocation”

Mar 10

Montrose Pavilion Event Center, 1800 Pavilion Drive, Montrose, CO

In celebration of company’s 15th Anniversary Season, entitled Invocation, Denver’s nationally acclaimed Zikr D

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Okareka: Mana Wahine

Mar 10

2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, CO

Okareka Dance is one of the leading contemporary Maori (indigenous) dance companies in New Zealand. Their iconic work Ma

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Dog Days at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Mar 12 - Mar 14

4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd., Colorado Springs, CO

Explore the Zoo with your four-legged family member at Dog Days at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo! CMZoo is welcoming guests and

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Brushes & Brews

Mar 13

Bell Brothers Brewing, 114 N Tejon St., #100, Colorado Springs, CO

Calling all artists and beer lovers! Join us for a special St. Paddy’s Brushes and Brews class at our brewery on M

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Lamont Wind Ensemble

Mar 13

2344 E Iliff Ave, Denver, CO

$5 for reserved parterre, or general admission Complimentary parking Directed by Joseph Martin, the Lamont Wind Ensemble

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National Money Show

Mar 14 - Mar 18

1 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs, CO

It won’t cost a cent to see more than $100 million of historic, rare money including a million-dollar penny, and learn

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Notre Dame Men’s Glee Club In Concert

Mar 14

First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder, CO

The University of Notre Dame Men’s Glee Club will appear at Boulder United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St. on Thursd

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Classical Guitar Ensembles

Mar 14

2344 E Iliff Ave, Denver, CO

Free admission, no ticket required Ensembles vary in size from duos to octets, and we especially emphasize collaboration

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Rewriting the West: Exploring Lineages of Transformation

Mar 15

ATLAS building, room 100 University of Colorado Boulder Campus, Boulder, CO

Join the Center of the American West for presentations from three writers with innovative multimedia projects that chall

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Hands-On History Family Day

Mar 16

Trinidad History Museum, 312 East Main Street, Trinidad, CO

Hands-On History Family Day By Trinidad History Museum SHARE “Spring” into sports and their history during t

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