Attractions

Top Choice Park in Colorado Springs

Garden of the Gods

This gorgeous vein of red sandstone (about 290 million years old) appears elsewhere along Colorado's Front Range, but the exquisitely thin cathedral spires and mountain backdrop of the Garden of the Gods are particu…
Top Choice Museum in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Fully renovated in 2007, this expansive museum and 400-seat theater originally opened in 1936. The museum’s collection is surprisingly sophisticated, with some terrific Latin American art and photography, and great …
Park in Colorado Springs

Red Rock Canyon Open Space

A former quarry and part of the sandstone vein that runs through the Garden of the Gods, this 787-acre park was nearly developed into a golf course and townhouses. Thanks to committed residents who fought the good f…
School in Colorado Springs

US Air Force Academy

A visit to this campus, one of the highest-profile military academies in the country, offers a limited but nonetheless fascinating look into the lives of an elite group of cadets. The visitor center provides general…
Museum in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

Colorado Springs’ municipal museum is set in the old El Paso County Courthouse, built in 1903. The collection and exhibition of some 60,000 pieces sums up the region’s history. Particularly good is the Native Americ…
Park in Colorado Springs

Austin Bluffs Open Space

This beautiful reserve overlooking Colorado Springs and the Rockies beyond is strewn with distinctive rock formations dating to the Eocene period. Walking and hiking trails crisscross the park and adjacent Pulpit Ro…
Monument in Colorado Springs

Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

Set behind the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and those massive crenelated stone gates, on a cliff about two-thirds of the way up Cheyenne Mountain, is this tower named for Spencer Penrose's good friend Will Rogers, who died…
Zoo in Colorado Springs

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

High up on Cheyenne Mountain, the largest private zoo in the country was launched with holdovers from the private animal collection of Spencer Penrose (1865–1939), a prominent local businessman and philanthropist. S…
Gallery in Colorado Springs

Cornerstone Arts Center

Colorado College’s striking, $30-million LEED–certified arts complex sits across the street from the Fine Arts Center. You’ll see sculpture on the front lawn, and there’s a free gallery inside and frequent guest lec…
Park in Colorado Springs

Memorial Park

Set just off downtown, with Prospect Lake surrounded by wide green lawns and ball fields, and Pikes Peak and the rest of the southern front range looming to the west, this is the city's biggest public park and the s…