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Cave of the Winds in Colorado Springs is an historic natural landmark filled with amazing formations just waiting to be discovered by you. This is one of the region’s original attractions and is a great year-round choice for family fun and adventure.
Cave of the Winds in Colorado Springs has been open for public exploration since 1881 - more than 130 years. But the history of the cave actually goes back millions of years.
The Jicarilla Apaches, who lived in the Pikes Peak region around 1000 AD, passed on legends of a cave where the Great Spirit of the Wind resided. In 1869, a settler named Arthur B. Love noticed a cleft in the canyon’s wall. When he investigated, he discovered a large limestone archway that would later become the attraction known as Cave of the Winds.
In 1880, brothers John and George Pickett scouted for new caves in Williams Canyon. They discovered a small cave near the limestone archway. They noticed that the flames on their lit candles flickered in the wind coming from somewhere within the cave. They crawled through a small opening and emerged into a large chamber that promised an amazing world of exploration.
That world was structurally opened by George Washington Snider, a stonecutter from Ohio. Soon after the cave’s initial discovery, Snider excavated passages and found Canopy Hall. He continued to excavate and soon was giving guided tours. Cave of the Winds in Colorado Springs has been in continuous operation since February 1881 – it is one of Colorado’s original visitor attractions!
Cave of the Winds in Colorado Springs offers two types of tours: Discovery and Lantern. The Discovery Tour is great for the entire family and lasts approximately 45 minutes. The Lantern Tour is available to guests age 6 and over, and is a more adventurous tour lasting 90 minutes.
Check the website for details about reservations, pricing and the outdoor adventures that are also available.
Discovery Tour Hours & Prices