Just 60 or so miles along I-25 south of Denver, Colorado is one of the most famous and historic cities and sites in the state—Colorado Springs. “The Springs,” along with the surrounding natural mineral springs in nearby Manitou Springs, sits at the base of Pikes Peak—the easternmost fourteener rising out of the southern edge of the Font Range of the Rocky Mountains. The city has been recently voted the #1 place to live in America, but it has always been just a natural choice place to visit.
Whether you approach Colorado Springs from Denver, from across the plains or from Santa Fe, when you first see from afar how clear Pikes Peak looms it is apparent why the mountain has beckoned so many explorers, including Zebulon Pike himself.
People from Denver, Colorado and from every other part of the world have long pursued Colorado Springs as a special destination for living or visiting. The city that once was only a lonely base camp looking up to insurmountable mountaintops has become a sprawling, flourishing community. It is home to the United States Air Force Academy and a blend of old and new that never loses its ambience of extraordinary natural landmarks.
What Else to See When You Head to “The Springs”
The landmarks in Colorado Springs never lose their timeless quality. There are peak experiences whether you are looking for adventurers or leisure.
- The Garden of the Gods Park is over 1,300 acres of red rock formations and trails with natural wonders around every corner. You will understand the park’s name no matter what time of day or season you visit.
- The Manitou Cliff Dwellings beneath Pike’s Peak are a step into archaeological discovery—ancient homes to the Pueblo people.
- Cave of the Winds is a favorite for people traveling from Denver. The intriguing maze above Manitou Springs is famous for its geological beauty.
- The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo feels like you are viewing animals in the wild, midst the mountainous, panoramic setting with the multitude of exotic animals. The zoo is a haven for numerous endangered species.
- The Broadmoor Hotel is an imposing Colorado Springs legacy. The 700-room institution has been rated with five stars for over 50 consecutive years, sitting on over 3000 acres in a valley beneath Cheyenne Mountain.
There is also every type of western museum, including a ghost town museum. There are casinos and railroads and a downtown with sophisticated nightlife and fine dining.
Denver, Colorado is the hub of the state, but Colorado Springs is a place you’ll feel right at home.