This walking tour covers a lot of ground, but if you’re determined to explore in an eco-friendly way, here’s a great walking tour of Colorado Springs.
Start in the heart of Downtown at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Make sure to take a free self-guided tour of this historic building that tells the story of the people and places of the Colorado Springs region. Enjoy a ride in the Otis-birdcage elevator.
Explore the streets of Tejon Street, Nevada Avenue and Cascade Avenue to view the whimsical creations of the annual Art on the Streets showcase. Various Colorado artists contribute these pieces of art that live throughout Downtown for a year before they are sold to art lovers.
Hit Colorado Avenue westward and make a stop at America the Beautiful Park. A great photo opportunity presents itself with Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain inside the circular-shaped sculpture of the Julie Penrose Fountain.
Continue to Old Colorado City using the Midland Trail and grab a bite at one of the local haunts like Bon Tons Café or Front Range BBQ. Make sure to do some shopping in the charming boutiques that line these historic streets. One of the town’s hidden jewels is Michael Garman Magic Town and Museum. Michael Garman is a renowned sculptor who has captured the American lifestyle in most of his pieces for 50 years.
Continue west on Colorado Avenue until it becomes Manitou Avenue. From here, take a right on Beckers Lane to navigate to one of the area’s most prominent gems, Garden of the Gods Park. This city park boasts red- and orange-hued red rock spires and is free to the public. Complete this park journey with some homemade fudge and refreshments as well as some education of this National Natural Landmark at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.
Finish off the day with a visit to Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, this “living ranch” highlights historic buildings and happenings through ranch interpreters.