Colorado Springs is the third largest city in Colorado. It has been rated one of the top places to live in the US by several different publications. Culture, mild weather and beautiful scenery are just some of the things that make Colorado Springs a great place to visit and live. There are so many things to do and see.
5 Fun Facts about Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs used to be nicknamed ”Little London” because it was so popular with British tourists.
Colorado Springs is good for your lungs. The sunny, mild, dry climate makes it an ideal place for people with breathing problems.
North and South Streets are named for mountain 🏔 ranges, while East and West Streets are named after rivers.
Your body will take time to get used to the higher elevation. Colorado Springs is over 6,000 feet above sea level.
Old Colorado Springs Historic District was once the capitol of Colorado and the first city built in El Paso county. Attractions include: Arts 🎭 & craft vendors, historic buildings and special events.
1. Garden of the Gods
🕗 Open: 5AM to 9PM 💸 Cost: Free 🐕 Dogs: Allowed with a 6 ft leash. One area of the park allows dogs unleashed.
Garden of the Gods Park is a registered National Natural Landmark. Imagine dramatic views, 300′ towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies.Garden of the gods visitors center
2. Paint Mines
🕗 Open: Dawn to Dark 🚫🐕 No Dogs Allowed
The Paint Mines are named for their colorful clays that were collected by American Indians to make paint.El Paso County Colorado
3. Pike’s Peak
14,115 FEET ABOVE ORDINARYPikes-peak.com
Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain attracts more than 500,000 visitors every year, making it the most visited peak in North America. If you think that’s impressive, wait until you see the view.
4. Royal Gorge Bridge
The Royal Gorge Bridge is actually a little hour south of Colorado Springs. The amusement park costs $25/person to get in but there is a free overlook of the bridge.
Follow 3a, the well-marked road to Royal Gorge. You’ll get to the parking lot for the park. While in the actual parking lot, you’ll see a trail that leads off toward the gorge. Follow this some 50 feet. From here you get a pretty decent view. There are also the pay-binoculars but we didn’t use them. You won’t get the same view as on the bridge, but you’ll save $20 something per person.Trip Advisor User
Abandoned Places to Explore
**🚨 ⚠️ Always obey no trespassing signs, leave only footprints, do not explore alone, do not enter any potentially dangerous buildings, be cautious and alert. ⚠️ 🚨 **
1. Vindicator Valley Gold Mine Ghost Town
You don’t have to worry about trespassing to see this Ghost Town. The Vindicator Valley Trail is a 2.2 mile hike with views of abandoned gold mines and mining ⛏ villages. It is important to stay out of the unstable structures and away from the edges of mining pits.
2. Gold Camp Road Tunnels
These abandoned train tunnels are said to be haunted. Out of seven tunnels, all but three have collapsed. The story says that the tunnels are haunted by people who have been killed by tunnel collapses. Gates prevent explorers from entering the unsafe tunnels. Use extreme caution if you decide to enter one of these tunnels. I know I’d rather not be crushed by falling boulders, but I do plan on visiting the outside of the tunnels.
3. Cheyenne Mountain Cold War Bunker
While you can’t go inside this Cold War Era Nuclear Bunker, you can see it from the outside. The bunker itself it still a classified area and is a back-up site for NORAD.
Where are the Dispensaries?
Effects of Altitude
Heading to Colorado Springs from Kansas we will be climbing 4,000 ft within a matter of hours. For people not used to a higher elevation this can cause Altitude Sickness. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea and headaches. You don’t want to be sick during your vacation!
Getting used to the higher elevation
- Rest the first day. Don’t go out and hike Pike’s Peak (14,000 feet) your first day in Colorado Springs. Your body needs time to adjust to the high altitude you have already climbed to get to Colorado Springs.
- The air is dryer at higher elevations. This means that you will dehydrate quickly. Be sure to always have plenty of water 💦 with you at all times.
- Ever notice those high altitude instructions on baking packages? Well, now is the time to use them.
- Take it easy and don’t over exert yourself.
Colorado Springs Weather ☀️ ☁️
Average Temperature by Month
|January||42.0 °F / 14 °F|
|February||45.0 °F / 18 °F|
|March||52.0 °F / 24 °F|
|April||59.0 °F / 31.0 °F|
|May||68.0 °F / 41.0 °F|
|June||79.0 °F / 50.0 °F|
|July||84.0 °F / 55.0°F|
|August||82.0 °F / 54 °F|
|September||74.0 °F /45.0 °F|
|October||63.0 °F /34.0 °F|
|November||50.0 °F / 23.0 °F|
|December||42.0 °F / 16.0 °F|
What to Pack
- Good hiking shoes
- Your good camera
- Layers of clothing
- Colorado Springs Map
- Info Please.”Highest, Lowest and Mean Elevations by State.” https://www.infoplease.com/world/united-states-geography/highest-lowest-and-mean-elevations-united-states
- Visit Colorado Springs. ”How to Prevent Altitude Sickness”. https://www.visitcos.com/travel-tools/high-altitude-tips/
- Colorado.com. “8 Things you didn’t know about Colorado Springs” https://www.colorado.com/articles/8-things-you-didnt-know-about-colorado-springs
- Atlas Obscura. https://www.atlasobscura.com/