If you are an active person that enjoys the outdoors, there are LOTS of things to do in Colorado Springs, Colorado area with or without horses. The following list is my top five favorite things to do in Colorado Springs when I have family and visitors in town.
Garden of the Gods Park
Garden of the Gods is Colorado Springs’ most popular park. In 1909, the park was donated to the City of Colorado Springs with the stipulation that it would always be a FREE place where the entire world could view the beautiful rock formations. The Garden of the Gods was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1971. The park is situated on 1,367 acres. It contains 13 miles of trails.
Garden of the Gods can be viewed from the comfort of your car as you drive on paved roads that wind through the park. There are also handicapped accessible sidewalks that meander through the most popular rock formations. There are numerous dirt trails that go through the park and around that edges that most tourists do not have time to notice. Rock climbing is allowed with a permit. Horseback riding is allowed also. Personally, Garden of the Gods is my favorite place for an early morning run. Jogging through Garden of the Gods makes me feel so fortunate to be able to live in Colorado Springs.
- Calhan Paint Mines Interpretive Park
The Paint Mines are a lesser known treasure situated on 750 acres north east of Colorado Springs, in Calhan. The park has four miles worth of trails on 750 acres. Some of the trails allow visitors to hike among the rock formations. The Paint Mines are home to a large colony of cute rabbits. If you are looking for a quieter place to go for a walk or a job, this is a great place go because it generally has fewer people and tourists than the Garden of the Gods. Every person that I’ve ever taken out to the Paint Mines has really enjoyed exploring the Paint Mines. It is also a place that I never tire of visiting and photographing. Due to the fragile nature of the rock formations, horses are not permitted at Paint Mines.
This is a free place to visit. The address is 29950 Paint Mines Road, Calhan, CO 808083.
3. The Incline in Manitou Springs
The Incline provides amazing views and a challenging workout. The Incline was originally a one mile track of railroad that carried tourists up the side of the mountain. A rock slide damaged the track in 1990 and it was shut down. The rails were removed but the rail road ties remained forming a stair steps. Locals started using it as a workout. It is the most challenging and popular hike in Colorado Springs.
Make sure you bring plenty of water. Unless you arrive when it is still dark, you will most likely end up parking in Manitou Springs and hiking up to the starting point. Manitou Springs is an incredibly charming little town.
Generally, I’ve always hiked up the Incline and came down the Barr Trail.
4. Springs Orleans in Downtown Colorado Springs
I love to take friends and family out to eat at the Springs Orleans. The Springs Orleans, which opened in 2011, is an award winning restaurant in the historic downtown Colorado Springs. It serves both local favorites and Cajun cuisine. The atmosphere has a classy New Orlean’s feel. I find it is relaxing. The food is great and the service is very good. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Springs Orleans is located at 123 E Pikes Peak Ave in downtown Colorado Springs between The Mining Exchange –A Wyndam Grand Hotel and the Kimball’s Peak Three Theater. If you have time, I recommend catching a movie at Kimball’s. The theater is an old movie theater which gives a unique charm. Kimballs is a first run theater that almost always has several great, current independent and foreign films showing. They will occasionally show some blockbuster films.
I don’t have time to write about the Mining Exchange hotel and it’s history today. If you are visiting Colorado Springs, the Mining Exchange is everything you would expect from a four star hotel.
5. Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center
Colorado Springs is the home to The United States Olympic Committee and an Olympic Training Center.
I enjoy visiting the Olympic Training Center as often as I can because I always leave inspired and motivated. I am a person that thrives being around motivated people. The training center also has motivational quotes posted all over the place.
No two visits to the Olympics Training Center are ever the same. A tour starts out with a short video presentation. The presentation gets updated after each Olympics. After the video, guests are taken on a walking tour of the different facilities and get to watch some of the athletes working out. You never really know what athletes from which sport will be working out on any given day.
While waiting for the tour to start, their are some interactive displays for guest to enjoy.
For more information about the tours, see Tour Information
6. Spend time outside
There are over 20,000 acres of parks and open space in the Colorado Springs area. I invite everyone to see Colorado. Experience what Colorado is like. If you decide that you want to live in Colorado, I would be more than happy to assist you in finding a place to live.
The six things listed above are just a few of many things that there are to do in Colorado Springs year round.
Other things to do in Colorado Springs:
- Go to the top of Pikes Peak (either hike, drive or ride the Cog Railroad up)
- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
- Cave of the Winds
- Helen Hunt Falls
- Manitou Cliff Dwellings
- Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame
- Tour Air Force Academy
- Seasonal sports
What would you have listed as your top five recommendations of things to do in Colorado Springs?
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