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    Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

    by Astrobuck Updated Sep 18, 2005

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    Probably the equivalent of the Garden of the Gods on Colorado Springs, but not quite as unique. One unique thing about Red Rocks is the fact that it has an amphitheatre. Everyone from U2 to the Beatles have performed here, and from what I have heard, gets pretty crowded. There are also numerous hiking trails and picnic areas.

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    Pikes Peak

    by Astrobuck Updated Oct 2, 2005

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    The second most visited mountain in the world, next to Mount Fuji, Japan. Pikes Peak is 14,115 feet. There are 3 ways of getting to the top: the first one is to hike it, (Free); secondly, to drive up ($10/per person); and third, the cog ($26 per/person).

    I have taken the Cog, and I have climbed to the top. If you climb it, you will adjust to the altitude better. I have yet to drive.

    3 of the following 4 pictures were taken from the top of Pike's Peak. Although you may or may not see it, Colorado Springs is in the second picture. This should give you a pretty good idea as to how high Pike's Peak really is.

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    Garden Of The Gods

    by Astrobuck Updated Jul 12, 2006

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    This is actually a city park. There is much to do here. Hiking, rock-climbing, or just a leisurely stroll. A visitors center located across the highway contains films on the history of the Garden Of The Gods, a gift shop, and facilities. Admission is free.

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    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    by Astrobuck Updated Sep 28, 2005

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    This is a small zoo, but it is very nice. The animals you see here are typical of the ones you see in other zoos, but some exhibits are closed in winter due to the cold. The prettiest time to go is close to Christmas time during the "Electric Safari". You can see the entire skyline of Colorado Springs as well as the thousands upon thousands of lights distributed through the zoo. Admission is $6 US for the Electric Safari, $12 US all other times.

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    The Eisenhower Tunnel

    by Astrobuck Written Jan 10, 2005

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    This is a picture of the entrance to the Eisenhower Tunnel. The mountain you see right above it is the Continental Divide. This is very interesting, driving through the mountain. Be sure to watch your speed. There is a speed trap that drops from 60 MPH to 30 MPH in a matter of 500-1000 feet.

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    Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

    by Astrobuck Updated Jan 15, 2006

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    This is a train of historical signifigance. In the 1800's Silverton was a booming gold town, and the railroad serviced it regularly on a daily basis. Much of the track was taken up except for a few miles. Today, you can take a train ride on one of the last coal burning locomotives in the country. This is a wonderful experience, and no Colorado trip should be without it.

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    Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range

    by Astrobuck Updated Jan 30, 2005

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    This is an area famous for ice climbing, rock climbing, hiking, and camping. There are also books written about hidden treasure in caves and the like. Sangre de Cristo means "Blood of Christ" in Spanish. It is possible they are named that because the Spanish saw the mountains had a reddish color to them, almost like blood. If you look closely at this part of the range in the picture, you will see a slight reddish tint on one of the mountains.

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    Buffalo Bill's Gravesite

    by Astrobuck Updated Feb 27, 2006

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    Buffalo Bill, famous for his live western shows during the 1800's, is laid to rest here. His gravesite is located at Lookout Mountain west of Denver. It along with the Buffalo Bill Museum and the Pahaska Tepee Restaurant are all in the same location.

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    Great Sand Dunes National Monument

    by Astrobuck Written Jan 18, 2005

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    Quite possibly the most laid back National Park in the country. You can even have your dogs here, with no questions asked!! It's $3 US per person, for a 7 day pass, camping, and of course, hiking on the dunes. The visitors center has a history of the park, as well as the geology of the sand and surrounding areas. This is a very hard hike to do, so allow yourself enough time to hike up the dunes. Looking at it, it doesn't seem that hard, but trust me, it is.

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    United States Air Force Academy

    by Astrobuck Written Oct 29, 2004

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    This is a must see...it is where college students are transformed into tomorrows USAF leaders. Pictured is the cadet chapel. The top portion is protestant, while the bottom portion is divided catholic and jewish. The jewish section's floors are actual stone blocks taken from the Holy Land. This is a must see.

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    Fox Run Park

    by Astrobuck Updated Apr 10, 2006

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    Another city park. The picture does it no justice. This is one place that is very beautiful and is a must see. There are all sorts of playground equipment such as swings and slides for children, and is very dog friendly. The only catch is the fact that your dog or dogs have to be on a leash at all times...another funny thing: There are signs posted all around stating that if you see an owner with their dog(s) off leash, to contact the Humane Society!!!

    I never knew letting your dogs off leash was inhumane.........

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    US Olympic Complex

    by Astrobuck Updated Jul 12, 2006

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    This is the place where the final selectees of the US Olympic Team train; as well as the US Paralympic Team. It comes complete with a shooting range, weightroom, pool, gymnasium, among many other facilities. There is also a gift shop and a small hall of fame. Tours available. Admission is free.

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    Cog Railroad

    by Astrobuck Updated Jan 15, 2006

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    Although Pikes Peak is associated with Colorado Springs, the Cog Railway leading up to it is in fact located in Manitou Springs. This is the most expensive way to reach the top of Pikes Peak at $26/person US. This is a small cog railway that takes people up to the top of Pikes Peak and back. The narrator acts as a tour guide on both legs of the trip. When you arrive at the top, you will have about 20-30 minutes to eat, shop, sightsee, or whatever. After which the conductor will blow the horn 3 times, signaling he is about to depart (please don't miss it...it's a long way down). Remember to drink at least 2 quarts of water on the way up and back down.

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    Royal Gorge

    by Astrobuck Updated Jan 15, 2006

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    The Royal Gorge is a tremendously large gorge cut by the Arkansas River. Once a year, they have competitions here where people jump off the bridge with parachutes. While here, you can take a small train / cog down to the bottom and look up.

    The Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge in the world at 1,053 feet.

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    Helen Hunt Falls

    by Astrobuck Updated Mar 6, 2005

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    These falls are named after a famous female pioneer of the 19th century (not the actress!! ;))

    These falls are very beautiful, and you can drive up the road to see them. There is a visitor's center open Monday through Friday at the base of the falls, and you can even hike up to the top of the falls, a very nice view I might add. The picture you see here was taken in winter, so some of the waterfall is frozen.

    One additional note: Seven Falls is nice from what I hear, but costs $8.50 for adults and about $6 for children. Helen Hunt is free.

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