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Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs attracts adventure junkies and professional athletes alike due to its elevation (it sits at 6035 feet above sea level) and mountainous landscape. The spectacular natural terrains facilitate a plethora of outdoor activities, such as rock climbing, mountain biking, and skiing. This city is fondly known as ‘Olympic City’ for being the training grounds for several world-class athletes.
Guide to Colorado Springs
Weather in Colorado Springs
The city of Colorado Springs is known for its ample sunshine for most of the year, although the nights tend to be quite chilly due to the high altitude. The winters are mild with moderate snowfall. Thunderstorms are common during July and August so make sure to pack your raincoat or umbrella if you are visiting during these months.
Visiting Colorado Springs
Even though the city itself isn’t particularly large, there are numerous attractions surrounding it. So a trip of three to four days would be ideal to visit all the stunning national parks nearby, hike some spectacular mountain trails, and still have time to explore the historic old town.
Things to do in Colorado Springs
Hike or bike in the Garden of the Gods
The number one attraction in Colorado Springs, without doubt, is the Garden of the Gods. Famous for its iconic red cliffs and the rugged rust hills, it’s ideal for both sightseeing as well as adventure sports. Book a half-day or full-day rock climbing tour that lets you mount these glorious red rocks. Alternatively, hike or bike one of the many trails through the national park to enjoy the scenery while working up a sweat. For a more relaxing visit, take a guided trolley or jeep tour.
Explore Pike National Forest
Travelers visit Pike National Forest to enjoy over a million acres of pine trees with epic hiking trails and views of Pikes Peak. If biking is your thing, ride to the top of Pikes Peak Highway and enjoy a breathtaking ride as you joyride down the mountain. Alternatively, renting a car and driving through the national forest is as much fun due to the reservoirs and picturesque mountain views you get along the way. You can camp out in the forest, go boating or fishing in one of the many lakes, or simply have a picnic at one of the many dedicated spots throughout the park.
Stroll around Old Colorado City
To experience the charms of an old town, you can’t miss Old Colorado City. Once a flourishing metropolis, it currently houses beautiful art galleries, incredible restaurants, and sophisticated boutiques. After touring one of the 15 galleries showcasing the artwork of local artisans to visitors, enjoy a sumptuous lunch at a gourmet restaurant paired with a glass of world-class wine.
Eating out in Colorado Springs
Start your morning with some Tex-Mex style breakfast burrito with bacon at Alfonso’s Mexican Food, or a decadent French Toast at Rudy's Little Hideaway Restaurant. Next, head to the Bird Dog BBQ to devour a special open-faced sandwich with the meat of your choice, topped with sausages, cheese, and beans. Visit the Back East Bar & Grill to try one of Colorado’s most popular craft beers along with Buffalo wings or pork belly bites.
Colorado Springs Transport
Airports & public transportation
After landing at the Denver International Airport (DEN), you can catch a bus or rent a car to reach Colorado Springs. It's approximately an hour and a half long drive. The city offers affordable public transportation options via a reliable bus network.
Driving in Colorado Springs
However, if you plan to visit some of the surrounding attractions, like Garden of the Gods or Pike National Park, then renting a car would be the best option. Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, and Avis are some well-known car rental companies found in town.