Colorado Springs Tour

Thanks much to Spencer Penrose, Colorado Springs Philanthropist during the early 1900’s, we enjoyed a fantastic weekend with our 12 year old and visiting neice and nephew (both 6). Despite being a Colorado native, I finally realized over the weekend what a gem the Colorado Springs area is — so many fun and educational sites to see in such a small proximity. It took a bit of planning, but here’s what we managed to see in 48 hours:

Ghost Town Museum: Original buildings from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s have been presevered and authentically furnished. The kids enjoyed learning to pan for gold.

Manitou Cliff Dwellings: You can actually meander through every room of the dwellings.

Mollie Kathleeen Gold Mine: By far, my favorite part of the weekend. It’s the only mine in the US where they allow tours 1,000 feet below ground. The elevator shaft is about 3’x3′. To be honest, I was amazed the tour is legal — the mine is still functioning in the winter months for research purposes, so you get to see lots of cool demos of the mining equipment in action.

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: Compliments of Spencer Penrose. The best giraffe exhibit you’ll ever see. You can purchase crackers at the exhibit and hand feed the giraffes. An amazing experience.

Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun: The final resting place of Spencer Penrose. Shrine entrance fees are part of the Zoo fees — you drive through the zoo to reach the shrine. You can walk through the entire shrine — breathtaking views from all of the balconies.




Seven Falls: Check out the stairs of death to the left of the falls. I made it to the half way point, then chickened out.


US Air Force Academy: We enjoy going to USAF football games in the winter, but it’s a beautiful place to visit in the warm summer months as well when everything is green. The triangular shaped building is the chapel.


Other Colorado Springs Attractions that we didn’t have time to visit this round:
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak Cog
Cave of the Winds

  1. #1 by Dan Lacher on June 27, 2007 - 2:41 am

    The Royal Gorge is a nice stop as well.

  2. #2 by skrocki on June 27, 2007 - 9:56 am

    Thanks, Dan. That’s a good one.

  3. #3 by feckless on June 27, 2007 - 4:55 pm

    I’m relieved to see from this post that it appears you and your family have sucessfully escaped from the invisible tractor beam radiating from Focus on the family, and have instead been able to enjoy the best secular sites Colorado Springs has to offer. Wrestling a cracker onto a green giraffe tongue is the best!

  4. #4 by Jennifer Bohmbach on June 27, 2007 - 8:34 pm

    The first time I ever visited Colorado I was driving through with friends on a long road trip. We got to Colorado at night and drove through Denver in the pouring rain. We were tired and crabby and found a Howard Johnson’s in Colorado Springs. We had no idea it was so beautiful but we woke up the next morning and went outside and there was a gorgeous mountain right there. We have been in the flatlands and it was the first mountain we saw. We had some long conversations that day about how we should probably end our trip and stay. We didn’t but we seriously considered it. 🙂 Glad you all had such a great time.

  5. #5 by Peter Schow on June 29, 2007 - 9:39 pm

    Hi Linda,
    Another nice Colorado Springs attraction: The “Money” museum:
    It’s in town and free and they usually have a good travelling exhibit or two. Kids get to take home a coin or two from a treasure chest out in the lobby.

  6. #6 by Barb M on July 4, 2007 - 10:26 am

    We did the cog wheel railroad with my mom and dad a couple of years ago – a wonderful way to get to the top of Pikes Peak! I didn’t know about some of the other attractions….I’ll keep them on my list for future visits. Thanks!

  7. #7 by Tim Caynes on July 31, 2007 - 3:24 am

    Ah. I managed to squeeze in Pikes Peak, Royal Gorge, Seven Falls, Denver Art Museum, Leadville and a few other places when I should have been working over there…
    Some pics over at flickr</a

  8. #8 by skrocki on July 31, 2007 - 7:53 am

    Tim, nice shots! I especially like this one

  9. #9 by shiny on August 14, 2008 - 10:01 pm

    Colorado climate and beautiful mountains are really awesome.Mountains and surrounding valleys greatly affect local climate and make the nature lover’s to feel better.Colorado offers us the perfect,one can easily enjoy with this climate.Yeah! am feeling very happy and eager to visit Colorado at least these vacations.

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