Welcome to Southeast Colorado


There's history here, too, from dino fossils and footprints to petrified sequoias and the volcanic vestiges of a mindboggling geological timescale. This spectacular stage has also seen significant human drama, for it was here that the Santa Fe Trail hastened a cultural collision between Native Americans, Mexican pioneers, French trappers, do-or-die miners and hope-filled homesteaders.

It's this theme of natural and historical diversity – well-preserved in a wealth of museums, off-the-beaten track beauty, and a laid-back, surprisingly youthful vibe – that makes Southeast Colorado so appealing.


Top experiences in Southeast Colorado

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Southeast Colorado activities

$109 Tours & Sightseeing

Canon City Royal Gorge Park Jeep 3.5-Hour Guided Tour

Look down into the breathtaking Royal Gorge as this guided tour takes you over America’s highest suspension bridge. This trip climbs more than 1,500 vertical feet out of historic Cañon City to the south rim of the world famous Royal Gorge. After admiring the depths of the Gorge as you cross the 18-foot wide, 1,270 foot long bridge almost a thousand feet above the Arkansas River, you will climb another 500 feet to the awe-inspiring views seen from Fremont Peak. From this high point, you will be able to see everything from Pike’s Peak to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the Eastern Plains of Colorado. Very few people have been determined enough to hike to this view much less have the option to be driven to it. On our way back down into Cañon City your guide will stop to show you dinosaur tracks left over 107 million years ago. This is a great trip for the whole family.Your customized open-air jeep is modified with your comfort in mind. Your guides use air bag suspensions to smooth out the ride and thick cushion seats so you can view the spectacular scenery and wildlife that Colorado has to offer without worrying about the rough bumpy ride.

$109 Outdoor Activities

Red Canyon Loop Off-Road Tour

The Red Canyon Loop meanders through bright red towering spires and monoliths sculpted by the erosion of the fountain formation, a layer of sedimentary rock made famous by well-known areas such as Garden of the Gods. You’ll visit the Garden Park Fossil Area, famous for the excavation of many complete dinosaur skeletons, such as the Stegosaurus currently on display at the Smithsonian and the Brontosaurus currently on display at the Wagner Free Institute of Philadelphia and the site of the “Bone Wars” dating back to the late 1870s. The trail will then start to climb up off the desert valley floor, through groves of junipers and cedars until picturesque views abound at every turn. A very short hike allows you to stretch your legs and get a view through “Overlook Arch” spanning high above Shaw Park. Then it is back to the jeep to study some dinosaur tracks, Indian petroglyphs and more awe-inspiring views. It is not uncommon to see wildlife such as mule deer, turkeys and an occasional bear throughout the tour.

$88.61 Water Sports

Royal Gorge 3-Hour Rafting Experience

If you live on adrenaline and want some close-to-home adventures, this half-day whitewater rafting trip is the one for you. Just about an hour from Colorado Springs, you’ll find yourself in whitewater a thousand feet beneath the Royal Gorge Bridge. You’ll definitely taste extreme Colorado whitewater rafting as you explode over class III to V rapids with names like Sunshine Falls, Sledgehammer and Boat Eater. In between these, soaked and exhilarated, you’ll see astounding geology, witness local wildlife and feel the history of the Arkansas River and the Colorado Mountain West. Because your guides handcraft each expedition with your feedback, no Royal Gorge river rafting trip is like any other, and this is one reason this trip is always a favorite.

$88 Outdoor Activities

Colorado Springs Rocky Mountain Foothills 4x4 Jeep Tour

Our most popular Jeep tour, this historic sight-seeing adventure is a great way to enjoy the Pikes Peak region!! Our entertaining and informative cowboy guides take you through time along the foothills of Pikes Peak, highlighting scenery and some of Colorado Springs’ most famous historical sights. Attractions include North Cheyenne Canyon, Helen Hunt Falls, the Shortline Railroad and its 100-year-old tunnels, Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs, and the spectacular red rock park Garden of the Gods.  In our open-air Jeeps, your photo opportunities are unobstructed! This tour is about 70% on paved roads and 30% on dirt and is offered year-round. Be sure to dress in layers with closed-toe shoes. Includes bottled water, sodas, light snacks, wool blankets, and the best cowboy Jeep guides in The West!!

$250 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Colorado Springs Rocky Mountain Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

all riders monitor cell phones for early morning calls from the pilot/crew chief regarding weather. dress warmly and closed-toe shoes are required. meet at our rendezvous point or meet for hotel pick-up (select locations only). weather evaluation - if the weather conditions do not permit a safe flight on the day you are scheduled, your flight will be cancelled by the pilot and you may reschedule or be refunded in full.  weather permitting, enjoy the spectacular sunrise hot air balloon flight - flight time is approximately 1 hour; the entire activity will be 3-4 hours total, depending on where we land. light breakfast and champagne toast follow the balloon landing, and a Flight Certificate will be awarded to each new aeronaut.

$156.60 Outdoor Activities

Fins Course Zipline Tour

For those who are seeking adventure, take to the sky on the Broadmoor Soaring Adventure zip-lines. This one-of-a-kind Colorado experience is nestled in the Seven Falls Canyon. The Fins Course consists of 5 zip-lines ranging in distance from 300 feet to 1,800 feet and reaching heights of 500 feet.  In addition to the 5 ziplines, you will conquer 2 suspension bridges and a 180 ft assisted rappel. This 3 hour experience begins with a safety orientation and ground school, where all participants are taught to safely control their speed while zipping. After ground school, you will venture onto the first zipping platform. From here the fun begins. As the zippers progress the zip lines get longer, faster and higher. This adrenaline packed experience is one you won't forget.

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