Hiking in the Garden of the Gods is not limited only to the walks on the paved roads in the park, but there are some trails with signs of directions and the park’s roads have a separate lane for hikers and bikers. Just make sure that you are prepared for hiking and biking: take a lot of water, because there are no springs in the park, make sure that your physical condition will allow you to walk or bike through ups and downs of the park’s trails, and take a hat to protect your head from the constant sun and sunblock to protect your skin from burns.
Notice the architecture of Pioneers Museum: the sculptures, the columns, the clock on the tower, the red roof. I am not much into architecture but I think it has a lot of similar to Italian style, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, I didn’t find any information about it.
Bring your children and yourselves to the Uncle Wilber Fountain, and don’t forget swimming suits. The Uncle Wilber Fountain is a statue of a musician who pops out of the fountain with some music. While he does that, water pumps start shooting from the ground. I didn’t see much adults running under water, but I wish to do that.
10 am to 7 pm Sunday-Thursday and
10 am – 9 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Mozart’s painting (20 foot by 70 foot) on In-Sight Optical store wall at 12 E. Pikes Peak Ave by Kim Polonka.
It was an idea of a store owner to place Mozart’s picture on the wall in 2006, the year of 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. The funny thing is that that owner, Dave Fernolz, admitted that although he appreciates classical music, he couldn’t name any of Mozart’s works. :-)
Article in Colorado Springs Business Journal
Would you ever think about buying a piece of art from Colorado Springs’ streets? This one with name “Cacti” by Doyle Svenby is for sale. Frankly speaking, I don’t know for how long it is on Pikes Peak Avenue, but it looks very rusty. I liked it for original idea: metal sculpture of cactus stuffed with stones. Who knows, maybe somebody else will like it as I do, and when you are reading this tip, the statue is in someone’s back yard.
For dogs lovers as me, it will be fun to see sculpture of a Great Dane puppy near intersection of Pikes Peak Avenue and Tejon Street. This sculpture was even in Great Dane Magazine. I like because it is cute :-)))
Manitou Springs has 9 named Mineral springs in downtown that is fed by the snow from Pikes Peak. Used long ago for "what ails ya" You can go on a tour downtown either guided or by yourself to taste the water from the 9 different springs. Remember to bring a cup! Some of the water sweet, some bitter. A fun thing to do while walking about downtown.
Going to old Colorado Springs. Although a little tip, if its Sunday morning not very many shops are open!!
In this shop/store they have a magic town. In this store, you see minatures of people, bars, pool rooms, and so much more. They also have a back room which only cost $2 to see magic town. Young and old would love this place. It was well worth the money and time. The artists name is Michael Garman. He lives above his store.
I would suggest going to Manitou Springs.
They have a wonderful castle called Miramont Castle. There pictures you see are the views from the castle. I would just love to sit at the table and drink some coffee or tea. What a way to wake up in the morning I would say!!
When you first go into the castle there is a room set aside with minature houses. It was very enjoyable to look at them all. Then we had a tour of the castle and some history behind it.
Of course they do say it is haunted but we didnt see anything nor feel anything.
Helen Hunt Jackson Falls is located close to the Seven Falls. Of course this fall has a visitor's center but we did not go there. My car had broken down here and to give it a rest we decided to hike up this trail we saw. I am glad that we had a chance to do this because it was worth the trip to see the whole area.
There are 8 trails that you can hike. We took the Silver Cascade Falls Trail:
Length: About .3 miles from the Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center to the top of the Silver Cascade Falls.
Elevation: Trailhead 7225’, top of Silver Cascade Falls 7400’
General Description: Park in front of the Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center, hike over Helen Hunt Falls and continue along the trail. Awesome site to see at the top!! I will have to find a picture and post it here so you can share the beauty of it.
My favorite place in Colorado Springs is the Garden of the Gods. It is free to the public.
How did it get its name you ask? Well back in 1859 two surveyors saw this place. One of the guys named M. S. Beach, who related this incident, suggested that it would be a "capital place for a beer garden" when the country grew up. His companion, Rufus Cable, a "young and poetic man", exclaimed, "Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods." It has been so called ever since.
In the 770 acres of this great land there rock formations that have names as: Kissing Camels (which one of the camels lost their hump due to lightning), Siamese Twins, Balanced Rock, Gateway rocks and much more.
Visitors can rock climb, have guided nature walks, mountain biking, road biking, self tours and horeback trails. (which we did once but it was so many years ago I can not remember who we did it through. But it was a blast!!)
The park is open from 5am - 9pm from November 1- April 30 and from 5am to 11pm from May 1 to October 30.
IMPORTANT: If you do want to climb make sure to register at the Gods Visitor and Nature Center.
I made several trips to Denver during my years in Colorado Springs for such things as Avalanche and Rockies games, flights to and from Denver International Airport, to visit friends, and occasionally to visit restaurants or nightlife. Denver is just 1 hour north of Colorado Springs so it makes an easy day trip.
If you don't feel like making the drive up to Pikes' peak-ride the rail. Would reccomend having reservations, unless you want to be on standby. Also make sure you have three person seat side-the two person seat side doesn't have as good of views and the train doesn't reverse on the way down so that you can see the other side.
This is a great way of learning the history of the area and a popular tourist stop. Beautiful views atop the peak just make sure you bring along proper attire as the temperature is at least 30 degree difference up there if not more. There was snow when we went there Labor day and we needed winter coats.
There is a shop and place to eat at the top. The train ride is aprox. 3 hours
The Colorado Springs Ballonfest celebrated it's 30th year in 2006. It is held every year over the Labor Day weekend at Memorial Park. The balloons lift off early, around 6 a.m. and you can get up early, go down to the park have breakfast and watch the balloons lift off. Also, weather permitting, every evening there is a balloon glow. It is a very neat event and becomes more and more popular every year.
The Colorado Balloon Classic was organized in 1977 and has grown to be the largest and the longest continuously running hot air balloon festival in the Rocky Mountain Region as well as the State of Colorado. The Colorado Balloon Classic is an annual family event - free to the public .
The event is held in Memorial Park off Pikes Peak Avenue between Hancock Ave. and Union Blvd near the shores of Prospect Lake. Mass ascensions of approximately 90 balloons are scheduled for Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings with a Balloon Glo® scheduled for Saturday and Sunday evenings. Each year a variety of concessions are available and entertainment is provided during each event.
My photo's are not the greatest. Be sure to get there early, or be prepared to park a short distance from the park and walk anywhere from 1/2-1.5 miles (not that far really) to the park.
A nice indoor museum in Col. Springs. I personally wouldn't go here if it weren't for the kids. But the kids enjoyed it and it was a nice indoor place to visit when the weather is not so great. An indoor museum with real ghost town buildings that were relocated here.