Southeast Colorado attractions

Top Choice Mountain in Manitou Springs

Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak (14,110ft) may not be the tallest of Colorado's 54 14ers, but it's certainly the most famous. The Ute originally called it the Mountain of the Sun, an apt description for this majestic peak, which crowns …
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Alamosa

Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge

This wildlife refuge on the banks of the Rio Grande is a special spot, and will give you some idea of what the valley must have looked like before it was developed for agriculture. It's best to visit at dawn or dusk…
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 National Park in The San Luis Valley

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Landscapes collide in a shifting sea of sand at Great Sand Dunes National Park, making you wonder whether a spaceship has whisked you to another planet. The 30-sq-mile dune park – the tallest sand peak rises 700ft a…
Top Choice Christian Site in San Luis

Stations of the Cross

Following a path up a small hill, local sculptor Huberto Maestas’ 15 dramatic life-sized statues of Christ's crucifixion are a powerful testament to the Catholic heritage of communities near the ‘Blood of Christ’ Mo…
Top Choice Museum in Trinidad

Trinidad History Museum

This is a lot of museum, a full city block in fact, set smack dab on Main St. There are three sights here: the adobe Baca House (1870), the French-style Bloom Mansion (1882) and the Santa Fe Trail museum.
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 …
Top Choice Bridge in Cañon City

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

In 1929 this 1260ft-long suspension bridge was built across the 950ft-deep Royal Gorge, which stretches for 10 miles west of Cañon City. The bridge and surrounding area became a popular tourist attraction until a wi…
Top Choice Museum in Pueblo

El Pueblo History Museum

Set on central plaza, the original site of Fort Pueblo (an American fort established in 1842 and held until 1854, when a Ute and Apache raid on Christmas Day caused the fort to be abandoned), this airy, modern museu…
Top Choice Museum in Cañon City

Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience

More than three years in gestation, this dinosaur of an experience hatched in 2016 and comes highly recommended for fans of the Jurassic period and anyone interested in the evolution of life on the planet. Featuring…