Spring in Colorado Springs is a magical time of year! If you are PCSing to Colorado Springs and are planning a visit to check out the area, be sure to enjoy some of these amazing sights. From outdoor adventures to exploring unique shops and art galleries, Colorado Springs has so much to offer to both visitors and residents of all ages.
Pikes Peak – A Vision in the SpringPikes Peak, also known as America’s Mountain, is truly amazing during the spring months. You can drive up to the peak along a 19-mile highway, tackle hiking the numerous trails and even take a ride on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway! The views from Pikes Peak inspired the patriotic song “America the Beautiful,” and while the views are incredible during any season, the photo ops in the spring with the flowers in bloom are awe-inspiring!
Spring into Local CultureManitou Springs, a National Historic District, is a small town in the foothills that remains a charming hippie-era haven filled with art galleries, funky boutiques and outdoor cafes. Touring this unique little town is especially pleasant in the spring, with the warmer temperatures allowing visitors to linger at the outdoor cafes. While visiting the local shops and perusing the art galleries, make sure to stop in the Manitou Springs Penny Arcade. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this old-time arcade.
Old Colorado City is the original capital of the Colorado Territory and is located just west of downtown Colorado Springs. During the late 1800s, Old Colorado City was bustling with gold miners, farmers and pioneers who longed for the wide open spaces of the West. In 1917, Colorado City was annexed by the fast-growing new settlement of Colorado Springs. Although it is no longer its own town, the Old Colorado City Historic District maintains a “Wild West” feel. However, now the historic buildings house locally owned art galleries, quaint shops and mom and pop restaurants.
Awe-Inspiring Garden of the GodsThe magnificent red rock formations in Garden of the Gods are especially breath-taking in the spring. These sandstone formations were created by geological activity along a natural fault line and rainfall over thousands of years. The Visitor and Nature Center offers wonderful displays and presentations about these formations.
You can explore the Garden of the Gods on your own (either on foot or by bike), or you can book a guided Jeep, van or Segway tour. There is even a tour on horseback that offers an authentic “Wild West” experience. However you decide to explore the Garden of the Gods, it’s a must see in Colorado Springs!
Red Rock Canyon – Spring and Summer DelightRed Rock Canyon is located about 4 miles northwest of downtown Colorado Springs along Hwy 24. The beautiful rose-colored cliffs are a sight to see, and many residents and visitors take full advantage of the convenient location to enjoy numerous hiking and photo opportunities. The area is also rich in history – in the 1800s, the landscape was used to refine the ore that came from the gold mines in nearby Cripple Creek. In 2003, the city of Colorado Springs bought the land from a private owner and created the hiking trails that are here today. Live entertainment and movie screenings often take place in the park’s open-air pavilion.
Spring at the Cheyenne Mountain ZooThe Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a must-see attraction for families and animal lovers of all ages. At this zoo located south of the city at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain, you can get up-close-and-personal with hundreds of animals. While there, you can feed a giraffe and take pictures with a variety of furry, scaly and feathery creatures during animal encounters. You can also take a ride on an open-air chairlift to get a birds-eye view of the springtime happenings at the zoo.
For more information about things to do in Colorado Springs this spring or any season, contact Colorado Springs Military Homes. We’re here to help you find your perfect home in Colorado Springs!