50 Colorado Springs Must-dos

Are These 50 Experiences on Your Colorado Springs Bucket List?


  1. Make it to the top of Pikes Peak - America’s Mountain by trainbikecar or foot
  2. Get a photo “holding up” Balanced Rock in Garden of the Gods Park
  3.  Cross one of the world’s highest suspension bridges and don’t be too afraid to look down! Location: Royal Gorge Bridge
  4.  Wake up early to see the sunrise – “purple mountain majesty” is a real thing!
  5.  Watch the sun set behind Kissing Camels and Pikes Peak from Mesa Overlook
  6.  Cool off next to a waterfall
  7.  Hand-feed veggies to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s  giraffes and elephants
  8.  Spot a bighorn sheep - they’re very shy! Best places to try: Garden of the Gods Park, Glen Eyrie Castle, and Royal Gorge Route Railroad
  9.  Howl with the wolves at the Wolf & Wildlife Center or prowl among big cats at Serenity Springs
  10.  Count the number of bird species near a nature center – Colorado Springs is one of the best places for birding!
  11.  Get a picture with a resident donkey in Cripple Creek or at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry
  12.  Go zip lining 
  13.  See a dinosaur fossil. Best places: Skyline Drive, Dinosaur Resource Center
  14.  Whitewater raft through the Royal Gorge
  15.  Take a hot air balloon ride
  16.  Take a Jeep tour or an ATV ride
  17.  Go horseback riding in a park or on a dude ranch
  18.  Go for a long hike
  19.  All aboard for a train ride
  20.  Spot elite athletes and Olympic hopefuls at the U.S. Olympic Training Center
  21.  Take on the exhilarating Terror-Dactyl at Cave of the Winds – watch the Today show take on the challenge
  22.  See a restored airplane at the National Museum of WWII Aviation Museum
  23.  Throw your family in a historic jail at the Jail Museum in Cripple Creek
  24.  Tell Santa what you want for Christmas at the North Pole – Santa’s Workshop
  25.  Throw $10 on red or go “all in” when playing Texas Hold ‘Em in one of the Cripple Creek casinos
  26.  Go underground at the Cave of the Winds or the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
  27.  Go back in time at the Ghost Town Museum or the Western Museum of Mining & Industry
  28.  Meet an authentic cowboy at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame
  29.  See a live performance or concert at one of these awesome venues
  30.  Browse the art galleries in Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City
  31.  Watch a sporting event – Sky Sox Baseball, Switchbacks Soccer, CC Hockey and Air Force Falcon Football are the local’s favorites
  32.  Spot an Art on the Street sculpture in Downtown Colorado Springs
  33.  Make your own coin and learn the history of money at the Money Museum
  34.  Eat a donut at the top of Pikes Peak or cronut at The Broadmoor
  35.  Try the green chili King’s Chef Diner -  featured on Food Network
  36.  Have a pint at a local brewery
  37.  Find a bee sticker on your lapel at the Golden Bee
  38.  Taste test mineral spring waters in Manitou Springs
  39.  Try fresh, local produce at a farmer’s market or orchard
  40.  Enjoy astronaut ice cream at the Space Foundation Discover Center
  41.  Have high tea in a real castle – Miramont Castle & Glen Eyrie
  42.  Eat dinner on a roof top with a great view of Pikes Peak - Dining with a View Locations
  43.  Try cuisine from a local food truck – must try the truck Pig Latin
  44.  Have a paranormal experience
  45.  Make it to the top of the Manitou Incline
  46.  Spot the mountain where NORAD is hidden
  47.  Drive a race car #NoBrakes at Pikes Peak International Raceway
  48.  Do the scavenger hunt in Michael Garman’s Magic Town museum in Old Colorado City
  49.  Spot the “face” formation in a popular cañon
  50.  Count the spires on the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Cadet Chapel