4 Out-of-This-World Experiences

A starry-eyed adventure is just around the corner in the Pikes Peak region. Warm summer days and cool nights mean endless full moon hikes, star gazing and exploring other worlds.


The Space Foundation Discovery Center
Give your aspiring astronaut or scientist a little space this summer at the Space Foundation Discovery Center. With special exhibits featuring scale-sized space shuttles, labs and space stations, as well as a special Lockheed Martin space education center, there will always be new things for your little explorer to learn. Special experiences provide hands-on, engaging activities about the wonders of space, science and technology. 

Star Gazing
Reach for the stars at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, located just west of Colorado Springs. The park is easily accessible, yet far enough away from the city’s light pollution to provide dark, star-gazing skies. Take a significant other or aspiring astronomer  to find Orion’s Belt, look for  planets or get a view of the Milky Way. Breathe the fresh air, lean back and let the constellations captivate. Night Sky Programs are also offered throughout the summer months. 

Photo Credit: Dale Poll
Photo Credit: Dale Poll

Paint Mines Interpretive Park
Take a trip to Mars without leaving Colorado. Feel like you’ve just stepped foot on the Red Planet when you head to Paint Mines Interpretive Park. The park spans four miles with deep orange and red sandstone spire rock formations called “hoodoos.” Canyon-like paths and unfamiliar foliage make this experience feel like you’re truly  on another planet. 

Full moon hikes/tours
Grab your best hiking shoes and prepare for moonlit excursions. Take a walk on the wild side with full moon tours at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife center. The tour starts at dusk on the Chinook’s Nature Trail with a group howl at the moon. Hopefully the pack howls back.. Walk along a path brightly lit by the fully waxed moon. The hike takes approximately two hours with breathtaking views seen only under a full moon. 

Space Foundation Discovery Center

Space Foundation Discovery Center

Journey to the stars with the Discovery Center. Go back to the days of Apollo and flash forward to the next major journey of human…

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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

One of Central Colorado's richest and most diverse fossil beds lie beneath a grassy mountain. Here there are thousands of detail fossils of…

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Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Paint Mines Interpretive Park

All of the trails take you to the same location. Rich in both animal and plant life, the park has overhangs, spires, carved walls, and…

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Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center

Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center

Our guided tours help dispel myths about wolves by educating people about the role of wolves in our ecosystem. Other tour topics include:…

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