Pikes Peak Area Attractions
America's most famous mountain was renamed by explorer Zebulon Pike in 1806. This 14,115 ft. mountain provides stunning views for up to 80 miles, which are said to have inspired admirer Kathy Bates to pen the lyrics to "America the Beautiful" in 1893.
Weather permitting, Pikes Peak is accessible year-round via the Pikes Peak Highway.
Hiking the Manitou Incline is now legal! (Not that it stopped anyone from hiking it before this year...) But the fact it is no longer considered trespassing, we can now promote it! And what an attraction it is! 1) You probably won't make it all the way to the top if you're from a lower altitude, and 2) the views are AMAZING!
Eat hearty and bring plenty of water, because you will be sweating, even on the cold days.
Open since 1891, the Cog Railway is a Manitou must-see!
You've never 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!
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 (7,000 ft).
This legendary school/air base is home to one of the nation's top universities (4,000 cadets) and is 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.
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.
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 car, you can spend days exploring this massive city park.
Learn more about the park and visitors' center.
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!
Drink in the cascading grandeur of this legendary 181ft. series of falls. Challenge yourself with the stair-step hike to the top of the falls, or simply enjoy the view from below.
This picturesque 1,600 acre pack is one of the best hidden gems of the Pikes Peak area. Cut 1,000 ft. 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.
This historic Colorado mining town is rich with history, hiking, sightseeing, and (of course)... casino gaming! Take a day trip away from the hotel to experience all the thrills Cripple Creek has to offer.