Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

Cave of the Winds, located 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.

Watch the Today Show as they ride the Terror-dactyl at the 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 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.

The Wind Walker Challenge Course is located on the rim of a 600-foot drop into Williams Canyon! Thrill-seekers of all ages can navigate a challenging maze of steel beams, swinging ropes and ladders, wearing a specially designed harness. Safe & fun for the whole family!

Get ready to take to the skies on the Bat-a-Pult, an epic, 1200-foot round-trip aerial attraction high along the wild and beautiful Williams Canyon. Unlike traditional zip lines, our ride doesn't end at the bottom. Instead, our unique system pulls you back to the nest.

Via Ferrata

Italian for "Iron Road," Via Ferrata is based off of the WWI soldiers who traversed the front line of Austria, Hungary and Italy. This attraction offers visitors the chance to traverse high above the canyon on limestone cliffs. A two hour guided tour offers visitors an experience of a lifetime with specalized equipment and knowledable guides that allow both experienced and inexperienced climbers a chance to experience Colorado's rugged beauty. 


The first of its kind anywhere in the world, the ride sits on the edge of a 200-foot cliff in the Williams Canyon in Manitou Springs. Those brave enough to ride will be launched 200 feet into the canyon at nearly 100 miles per hour! Watch the ladies from the Today Show ride the ride in the video above!

Check the website for details about reservations, pricing and the outdoor adventures that are also available.

Discovery Tour Hours & Prices

Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend: Daily from 9 am – 9 pm. Tours leave every 20-30 minutes. Last tour leaves at 8:00 pm. Due to popularity, summer guests may experience a wait of approx. 30-45 minutes between ticket purchase and the start of an available tour.

Winter (September-May): Daily, 10 am-5 pm. Tours leave every 30-40 minutes. Last tour leaves at 4:30 pm.

Discovery Tour Prices

Adults: $22
Children Ages 6-12: $16
Children 5 Years & Younger are FREE
Military pricing available

Lantern Tour Hours & Prices

Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend: Daily from 9 am – 9 pm. Tours leave on the hour. Call (719) 685-5444 for more information.

Winter Hours: Tours available daily starting at 11:00am.

Lantern Tour Prices

Adults: $32
Children Ages 6-12: $20
Children 5 & Under are Not Permitted
Military pricing available

Wind Walker Challenge Course and Bat-a-Pult Information
Tickets: $30 per person
Height Requirements: Must be 48″ tall to participate 

Tickets: $50 per person
Requirements: Must be 48" tall. Recommended weight between 100-250 lbs. 

Via Ferrata
Tickets: $99 per person
Requirements: Participants must be 48″ tall and weigh between 90lbs & 260lbs and must be ages 12 and up. Guests 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult. 

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