How the West was Fun in COS

Explore How the West was FUN in Colorado Springs

Immerse yourself in the colorful history and vibrant culture of the American West.

Ever dream of being a cowboy/cowgirl? Colorado Springs has a rich history of western heritage that is widely celebrated and seen throughout the region to this day. Saddle up with our top 8 activities to experience the wild west of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region.

1. The Flying W Ranch

The Flying W Ranch celebrates all things western heritage with chuckwagon dinners, western music, cowboy boots, Navajo rug weaving, silversmithing, horseshoeing and hat making. Enjoy mouth-watering barbeque as you’re serenaded by the sweet sounds of the Flying W Wranglers, the second oldest Western singing band in the world.

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2. The ProRodeo Hall of Fame

The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy educates the public about rodeo, its history and its impact on Western American culture. It provides recognition to rodeo notables of the past and present and serves as an inspiration for the future. Since the Hall’s opening in 1979, 279 people, 35 animals and 30 rodeo committees have been inducted.

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Photo courtesy of Pikes Peak Region Attractions Association

3. Academy Riding Stables

Saddle up for a ride by horseback, guided by real cowboys! As the only horseback tour that goes into the Garden of the Gods, they provide a one-of-a-kind experience and an exciting way to see this natural national landmark. Anyone over the age of eight can adventure onto the trails, and those who are younger can enjoy a pony ride around the stables.

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4. The Western Museum of Mining & Industry

Open since 1970, the Western Museum of Mining and Industry (WMMI) is committed to preserving and interpreting the rich mining history of Colorado and the American West. WMMI proudly features working machinery, a model mining drift and gold panning stations in the 12,200 square foot exhibit hall, plus historic buildings and machinery on the beautiful 27-acre campus.

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5. Rock Ledge Ranch

The spirited history of the West comes to life at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. You are invited to explore the lifestyles and homes of the Pikes Peak Region's early inhabitants. Knowledgeable interpreters will assist you on your journey through one of the nation’s premier historic sites. The American Indian area is the only one west of the Mississippi.

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6. Ghost Town Museum

As a true preservation of Colorado’s western past, Ghost Town Museum is a fun and historic look back at an old west town during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Opened in 1954, the museum concept evolved a most entertaining way of displaying a mounting collection of 1800s and turn-of-the-century artifacts, memorabilia and equipment.

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7. Ride for the Brand Rodeo

Saturday, August 7 at 6 pm - DIDN'T MAKE IT TO THIS EVENT? DON'T WORRY, THERE'S ALWAYS NEXT YEAR!
See local ranch cowboys compete in bronco riding, wild cow milking, stray gathering, calf branding, team sorting and trailer loading. Proceeds benefit local ranchers and their families through the WRCA Scholarship Fund, Cowboy Crisis Fund & Wildlife Relief Fund along with local military charities. After the rodeo, you're able to hear a live concert by local artist Exit West.

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Photo courtesy of the Colorado Springs Gazette

7. Donkey Derby Days

August 14 – 15, 2021
Now in its 90th year, Donkey Derby Days tops the list of favorite Cripple Creek events. People from all over the world descend on downtown to be inspired by the town’s adorable resident donkey herd, believed to be distant relatives of the original donkeys from the town’s Gold Rush days.

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Flying W Ranch Chuckwagon Dinner & Western Show

Flying W Ranch Chuckwagon Dinner &…

THE FLYING W RANCH RIDES AGAIN! A LOCAL FAVORITE SINCE 1953With its humble beginnings as a mountain cattle ranch in 1947, the Flying W is a…

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ProRodeo Hall of Fame

ProRodeo Hall of Fame

The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy is a truly unique western venue for any special event. You and your guests can…

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Academy Riding Stables

Academy Riding Stables

Enjoy the natural wonder our ancestors did on horseback. Guided by real wranglers, it's a great time for the whole family. We have horses…

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Western Museum of Mining & Industry

Western Museum of Mining & Industry

The Western Museum of Mining and Industry provides dynamic guided tours, interactive exhibits, and educational events. Witness a 37-ton…

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Ghost Town Museum

Ghost Town Museum

A truly unique event/meeting location with the theme of the 1800s old west, Ghost Town Museum is a complete turn-of-the-century town from our…

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