6 places to explore in Colorado Springs

At an elevation of 6,035 feet Colorado Springs has something for everyone. The city is at the foot of the Rocky mountains. It is located just 60 miles south of Denver with things to do around every corner. This is a list of the top 6 things we did starting with my favorite.

Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak is the highest summit of the southern range of the Rocky Mountains. Also, it the most visited mountain in North America. It is at 14,115 foot elevation. The road on the way up has breathtaking views. You can also take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. If you take the train you are only allowed 40 minutes when you arrive at the top. Make sure to bring layers because it can be windy up there.

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods is a National Landmark. The rock formations are a result of erosion from the ice age. Balanced Rock, Kissing Camels, Three Graces, Sentinel Spires, and Sleeping Giant are a few famous formations you will see here. It is 1,367 acres of donated land to the city of Colorado Springs in 1909. It is free to the public. You can drive through or hike 15 miles of trails. Red Rock Canon Dog Park is close by with 785 acres of off leash park for your pooch.

Seven Bridges Hike

Seven Bridges is a 3.7 mile out and back hike in North Cheyenne Canon Park. Dogs are allowed on leash. This is an easy hike with seven wooden bridges. At the last bridge there are a variety of other trails if you choose to hike more. They get more difficult the further you go.

Shelf Road

This is a rugged drive on the Gold Belt Scenic Byway. This road is in Cripple Creek, Florissant and Canon City. This is a gravel road with steep drop offs of limestone cliffs for over 24 miles. 4 wheel/all wheel drive vehicles are recommended.

Helen Hunt Falls

147 acres of regional park land makes up North Cheyenne Canon State Park. Helen Hunt Falls is a 35 foot waterfall within it. The trails St Mary’s Halls, Columbine trail, and Seven Bridges are also hikes within this park.

America The Beautiful

Unique sculptures with biking and walking paths around. The Julie Penrose water Fountain “celebrates the cycle of water and life.” It is 4 stories tall weighing 24 tons.

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