Despite its nickname The Springs, Colorado Springs is located in a high desert with dry and sunny weather for most of the year. This makes Colorado Springs the ideal location for everything from professional athletes training for the highest levels of competition to military aircrafts practicing sky-high maneuvers. The city is located along the Southern Rocky Mountains, so be sure to glance out the window as you descent into Colorado Springs Airport to get your first look at this stunning mountain range. Once you deplane, downtown Colorado Springs is just a short bus or car ride away.
Any trip to Colorado Springs should include a visit to Garden of the Gods, a public park and National Natural Landmark. The park gets its name from the seemingly haphazard nature of the immense and colorful rock formations. These natural structures date back to prehistoric times, and have offered scientists invaluable insight into our country’s pre-Ice Age landscape. A popular location for rock climbing and mountain biking, you’ll find opportunities for every level of explorer and adventurer. If you’d prefer to take in the scenery from the ground, the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center offers plenty of tours—on foot, by vehicle, and even on horseback!
If history is something you’re interested in, there are many opportunities to transport yourself back to the “Pikes Peak or Bust!” days of the Old West. The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, located in the old El Paso County Courthouse, preserves the history of the Pikes Peak region, from early Native Americans to modern day military base construction. The Western Museum of Mining & Industry tells the story of the mining and industrial technology industries, showcasing antique mining equipment and steam engines, and the Wild West Ghost Town Museum lets visitors walk down the abandoned streets of an old mining town. End your trip back in time with a visit to the Old Colorado City neighborhood, filled with boutiques, restaurants, and cafes along quaint 19th-century brick building-lined streets.