Here are 5 BIG MOMENTS that must be added to your Colorado Springs bucket list:
1. Reach the Summit of Pikes Peak
There are many ways to reach the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. Ride The Broadmoor’s Pikes Peak Cog Railway, hike Barr Trail and bike or drive up the scenic turns of Pikes Peak Highway. The view from the top is well worth the effort as you take in the panorama that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write the words of America the Beautiful. At the Summit House, be sure to try their delicious high-altitude donuts.
2. Ride Horseback Through Garden of the Gods
Nothing is as serene as a horseback ride through the majestic red rocks of Garden of the Gods. Saddle up at Academy Riding Stables for a one- or two-hour ride led by an experienced guide. The little ones can take a pony ride and get a free 5×7″ photo to take home with them.
3. Climb the Manitou Incline
Are you ready for the ultimate high-altitude workout? Take on the challenge that is the Manitou Incline, a 1-mile, 2,000-foot vertical rise trail in the foothills of Pikes Peak. Completed in 1907, the Manitou Incline was originally a cable tram built to support the construction of a hydroelectric plant and its waterline. After performing this service, the railway was then purchased by Dr. Brumbach and turned into a tourist attraction. When that was decomissioned, the rails were removed, but the ties remained to form a stairway that is sure to get your heart pounding. Download the free Incline app to track your time.
4. Raft the Royal Gorge
Colorado Springs whitewater rafting near Canon City is outdoor adventure at its best! The Arkansas River is one of the most popular rivers for rafting in the United States, offering family-friendly experiences such as Bighorn Sheep Canyon and Browns Canyon. Those seeking the ultimate in world-class whitewater often choose the scenic splendor of the famous Royal Gorge. Find the level of adventure that best suits your family, from scenic floats to challenging rapids and multi-day trips, all under the supervision of trained and safefy-minded guides.
5. Howl with the Wolves
Just 45 minutes west of Colorado Springs is the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center; a sanctuary for wolves, coyotes and fox. Their mission is to educate the public through tours and programs about the importance of these beautiful animals to our eco-system. This facility is one of very few sanctuaries to be accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Take a standard, moon-lit or feeding tour to learn about the animals’ histories and personalites. At the end, you’ll participate in an enchanting wolf howl.