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Colorado Springs Visitors Guide

Come check out Colorado Springs on your trip to Colorado and find out why it's one of the most popular places in the State.

Colorado Springs Attractions & Activities

Colorado Springs was established in 1871 at the base of Pike’s Peak and is encompassed by areas of incredible rock formations. It was originally intended as summer playground and health resort and is now the headquarters of Pike National Forest.

For family fun in the great outdoors, head toward Pike’s Peak and the related attractions. You can make a 1 hour drive to the top or take the 8 hour hike. However, the quickest way to its summit is on the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway. The train makes trips a day, but you need to make your reservation early. Another way to appreciate Pike’s Peak is to hire a guide and take a bike tour. No matter your experience or ability, there is a perfect trail for you and your family.

View from Pikes Peak

The Pike’s Peak ghost town is a real Old West town. You can explore the antiques furnished general store, livery stable, saloon, and a Victorian home. There are also horseless carriages and buggies, a 1903 Cadillac, old-time nickelodeons, player pianos, arcade “movies” and a shooting gallery.

To see more antique furnishings, head to the El Pomar carriage Museum where you can see western articles, fine carriages, and vehicles from the 1890’s. The McAllister House Museum is a 6 room Gothic styled house which can be toured year round. To see history come alive, visit the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site which has a living history program that shows daily life in the 1800’s. There are several buildings and a Braille nature trail on the premises. Other buildings can be seen in Old Colorado City, where you will find unique shops, art galleries and restaurants.

Another well known area in Colorado Springs is the Garden of the Gods at thebase of Pike’s Peak where you will find an incredible display of natural wonders. The geological formations that emerge from the earth include the renowned Balanced Rock and the Kissing Camels. The Garden of the Gods is a favorite of hikers as there are 8 miles of maintained trails which allow you to see the amazing geologic treasures along with the plants and animals. There is also horseback riding and rock climbing.

Colorado Springs has several museums with a variety of focuses. The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center displays Native American and Hispanic Art, Guatemalan textiles, graphics, and sculptures. There are also paintings and sculpture classes, films and reparatory theatre performances. For WWI to present time’s aircraft, air force history, models, satellites and uniforms, visit the Peterson Air and Space Museum.

The Pike’s Peak Auto Hill Climb Educational Museum displays cars from the annual race and exhibits about America’s second oldest auto race. For the story of the rodeo, hustle over to the ProRodeo Hall of Fame & Museum of the American Cowboy where you can learn about the cowboy’s life, rope a mock steer and visit the animals and rodeo arena.

Other area attractions are the Native American dance interpreters at Seven Falls, the Olympic Training Center where you can glimpse the life of Olympic level training, the Van Briggle Art Pottery Company Tour and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

Colorado Spring’s most well known architectural landmark is the US Air Force Academy. The Cadet Chapel’s phenomenal stained glass and 150 aluminum spires have been around since 1955. You can see Air Force related exhibits and films, see a T-39 and a B-52 bomber up close, or visit the planetarium.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Park

When you visit this mountain zoo, you can choose to walk around and view the animals or you can take the scenic highway which ends at the mountain top attraction-the Shrine of the Sun, a memorial to entertainer Will Rogers who died in a plane crash in 1935. As you tour the zoo, you will see birds of prey, penguins, monkeys, and the big cats. There are daily animal demonstrations. Elephant rides during the summer months, an antique carousel, a conservation center, a nature trail and playground.

The park as an assortment of food options or you can bring along a picnic lunch.

4250 Cheyenne Mt. Zoo Road
Hours: 9-5:30 Memorial Day –Labor Day and 9-4 remainder of year

Colorado Springs Demographics

Colorado Springs Climate - Colorado Springs gets 16 inches of rain per year. Snowfall is 41 inches. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 89. On average, there are 243 sunny days per year. The July high is around 85 degrees. The January low is 16. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 67 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable.

Colorado Springs Cost of Living / Economy - Compared to the rest of the country, Colorado Springs's cost of living is 8.52% Lower than the U.S. average. The unemployment rate in Colorado Springs is 3.60% (U.S. avg. is 4.60%). Recent job growth is Positive. Colorado Springs jobs have increased by 0.93%. Colorado Springs sales tax rate is 6.40%. Income tax is 5.00%. The income per capita is $26,206, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $52,195.

Colorado Springs Education - Colorado Springs public schools spend $6,487 per student. There are about 18 students per teacher.

Colorado Springs Population - As of 2007, Colorado Springs's population is 372,437 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 3.20 %.

Colorado Springs Real Estate - The median home cost in Colorado Springs is $258,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 2.20%. Renters make up 36.16% of the population and 4.78% of houses and apartments in are unoccupied.

Photo Credits: Colorado Springs in Fall by pdsphil; View from Pikes Peak by One of Them; Fine Arts Center by Word Cat; Air Force Academy Photo by Kanzeon zen center; Colorado Springs pan by Cpt. Spock