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Exploring the Pikes Peak Region

Pikes Peak, known as America’s Mountain, is the second most-visited mountain in the world – after Mount Fuji in Japan – and home to the Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the world’s highest cog train, which chugs to the 4,300-meter summit. Two other historic trains – Royal Gorge Route Railroad and Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad – also offer scenic rides. Nearby, take a free tour offered daily at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, where the U.S. Olympic Museum is set to open in 2019. Other favorite attractions include the U.S. Air Force Academy; Royal Gorge Bridge, the highest suspension bridge in North America; Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the country’s only zoo in a mountain setting; and the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center, a sanctuary for wolves, coyotes and foxes.

 

Recreational Opportunities from Tame to Extreme

Just minutes from the city, foothills and mountains offer recreational opportunities, including beginner and advanced hiking and cycling trails. Don’t miss the towering red sandstone rock formations in Garden of the Gods Park, a National Natural Landmark, which you can tour by Jeep, Segway or horseback. Go whitewater rafting in the Arkansas River and hike through Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument to see fossils and petrified redwood tree stumps. Take in the beauty of Broadmoor Seven Falls, and ride a zip line through the pine forest. Descend 300 meters underground to explore historic gold mines – Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine and Mollie Kathleen Mine are great choices – or take a lantern tour in Cave of the Winds. Relax with a slow-paced stroll at Manitou Mineral Springs, then take a challenging hike on the Manitou Incline trail above the springs.

 

Local Culture and Accommodations

Stay in the city to visit museums highlighting fine art, World War II aviation, money, ghost towns and outlaws of the West. View a collection of 8,000 bugs at the May Natural History Museum, follow a dynamic guide at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, and see tools of the trade at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame & Museum of the American Cowboy. Take time to walk city streets, where there is fabulous shopping, dining and craft beverages in downtown Colorado Springs and the historic districts of Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City.

With The Broadmoor, Cheyenne Mountain and The Mining Exchange resorts and many other hotels, motels and quaint bed & breakfast inns, you’re sure to find the perfect place to stay. Families will enjoy the indoor water park at the Great Wolf Lodge resort, adventurers will love the dude ranches and outdoor enthusiasts will feel right at home in nearby cabins or at a campground or RV park.

Fun Fact

Pikes Peak’s reflection
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A trip up Pikes Peak – known as America’s Mountain – inspired a visiting professor to Colorado College, Katharine Lee Bates, to write the “America the Beautiful” lyrics.

Royal Gorge Bridge and the park beyond
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With a deck 291 meters above the Arkansas River, the Royal Gorge Bridge is North America’s highest suspension bridge.

Graduates of the United States Air Force Academy toss their hats
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The No. 1 man-made attraction in Colorado Springs is the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Hot Air Balloon over Asheville, North Carolina
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