Pikes Peak Area Attractions
PIKES PEAK - AMERICA'S MOUNTAIN
America's most famous mountain was renamed by explorer Zebulon Pike in 1806. This 14,115-foot mountain provides stunning views for up to 80 miles, which are said to have inspired admirer Kathryn Lee Bates to pen the lyrics to "America the Beautiful" in 1893. Weather permitting, Pikes Peak is accessible year-round via the Pikes Peak Highway.Highway hours and rates.
THE MANITOU INCLINE
Hiking the Manitou Incline is now legal! (Not that it stopped anyone from hiking it before! But hey, now that it’s no longer considered trespassing, we can promote it!) And what an attraction it is! A few tips: 1) You probably won't make it all the way to the top if you're accustomed to a lower altitude; 2) Eat hearty and bring plenty of water, because you’ll work up a sweat, even on cold days; and 3) the views are amazing!For more info on the incline.
PIKES PEAK COG RAILWAY
Open since 1891, the Cog Railway is a Manitou must-see. You haven’t really seen Pikes Peak until you ride the Cog. This amazing train climbs up exhilarating grades and curves. Riding the Cog Railway reveals stunning hidden vistas that are only visible from the train route. Now open year round!Cog Railway Rates & Times.
THE CAVE OF THE WINDS
The Cave of the Winds offers two types of cave tours: the tamer Discovery Tour, and the pulse-pounding Lantern Tour (not for the faint of heart!). Discovered in 1881, the Cave of the Winds is one of the highest cave systems in North America, an incredible 7,000 feet.See cave tour info.
THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY
This legendary school and air base is home to one of the nation's top universities, where 4,000 cadets sharpen their flight skills. It’s also renowned for its educational excellence and thrilling Division I athletic teams. Take a tour of the beautifully designed Cadet Chapel or take in a game.USAFA Visitors' Information
MANITOU CLIFF DWELLINGS
Constructed by the Anasazi, an ancient tribe of local indigenous people, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings are a doorway to the past. Step back in time as you explore the history and heritage of Native America culture.Plan your visit.
THE GARDEN OF THE GODS
Awe-inspiring rock monoliths cut through the majestic Colorado landscape just minutes from The Cliff House. From hiking trails to horseback rides, or even from the comfort of your car, you can spend days exploring this massive city park.Learn more about the park and visitors' center.
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO
Named one of the Top 10 Zoos in the U.S. by TravelAdvisor.com, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a unique mountain zoo experience. Creative enclosure designs put you right next to the animals and the zoo's vertical rise makes for an exhilarating hike, too!Zoo hours and info.
Drink in the cascading grandeur of this legendary 181-foot series of falls. Challenge yourself with the stair-step hike to the top of the falls or simply enjoy the view from below.View rate and hours for the falls.
NORTH CHEYENNE CAÑON PARK
This picturesque 1,600-acre pack is one of the best hidden gems of the Pikes Peak area. Cut 1,000 feet into the solid granite face of Pikes Peak, this park is home to wide variety of plants and wildlife, as well as some great hiking and sight-seeing.More park info.
This historic Colorado mining town is rich with history, hiking, sightseeing and now... casino gaming! Take a day trip from the hotel to experience all the thrills Cripple Creek has to offer.Get more info on visiting Cripple Creek