Family Vacations to Colorado Springs
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|Colorado Springs is the second largest city in Colorado. It is located about an hour south of Denver and is
set against the stunning backdrop of Pike's Peak. This is a beautiful mountainous area with spectacular
views and a favorite family vacation destination for many. Aside from the great scenery around the Colorado
Springs area, there are over 50 different fun and educational attractions to see and do while visiting here.
Take time to visit the Air Force Academy, take a historic mine tour near Cripple Creek, visit the Olympic
Training Center, or enjoy any number of outdoor activities. This beautiful area enjoys over 300 days a year
of sunshine. Hopefully, this gives you some ideas for your next family vacation. Kids grow up so fast so take
time to create fun family memories and you will be glad that you did. Have a great time!
Here are some of our personal favorite attractions in the Colorado Springs area.
Pikes Peak - The most visited mountain in North America, it stands 14,110 feet above sea level, and towers
over Colorado Springs. No trip to Colorado Springs is complete without a trip to Pikes Peak. There are
several ways to reach the top. You can travel by car over the 19 mile Pikes Peak Highway (paved part of the
way), take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, or for the really adventurous you can hike the 13 mile long Barr
Trail. The Cog Railway is a favorite of many. It is a 8.9 mile trip and normally operates from April through
Garden of the Gods - A Registered National Natural Landmark with 300 foot towering sandstone rock
formations set against the backdrop of beautiful Pikes Peak. Hikers will enjoy the 15 miles of trails through
beautiful rock formations. Group hikes and tours are also available along with guided horseback rides. Bus
tours are available and new tours begin every half hour. These last about 20 minutes and are narrated by
trained guides that are very knowledgeable about the history and geology of the park.
Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings - Located in Manitou Springs, the cliff dwellings are a rare treasure situated
at the base of Pikes Peak. They are open 7 days a week pretty much year-round, and you can easily spend
much of the day exploring this area. Authentic Anasazi cliff dwellings, built over 700 years ago, are well
preserved and protected under a large red sandstone overhang. There is also a nice museum, gift shop and
snack bar located on-site.