Old Colorado City Historic District

Colorado Springs

The neighborhood known as Old Colorado City is where the original town was founded in 1860. It's former Wild West dens of vice (21 saloons in four blocks!) now host restaurants and souvenir shops, and the area is good for a stroll.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Colorado Springs attractions

1. Old Colorado Historical Society


Located in a former Baptist church, this tiny museum and bookstore introduces visitors to the history of Old Colorado City and is a good way to add…

2. Bancroft Park

0.13 MILES

There's a small historical display in leafy Bancroft Park, which is set smack in the middle of Old Colorado City. The centerpiece is the Old Pioneer…

3. Red Rock Canyon Open Space

0.75 MILES

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…

5. Money Museum

1.86 MILES

Yes, museums dedicated to coin collecting do exist. This museum, operated by the American Numismatic Association, has gold coins from the early 19th…

6. Cornerstone Arts Center

1.92 MILES

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…

7. Acacia Park

2.08 MILES

Home to the much loved Uncle Wilbur’s Fountain, a lifeguard-monitored pop jet fountain with over 200 water jets, 52 of which are part of a play area where…

8. Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

2.24 MILES

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…