Things to Do in Colorado Springs

If you are an active person that enjoys the outdoors, there are LOTS of things to do in Colorado Springs, Colorado area with or without horses.   The following list is my  top five favorite things to do in Colorado Springs when I have family and visitors in town.

Garden of The Gods in Colorado Springs
  1. Garden of the Gods Park

    Sunrise at Garden of the Gods

    Garden of the Gods is Colorado Springs’ most popular park.   In 1909, the park was donated to the City of Colorado Springs with the stipulation that it would always be a FREE place where the entire world could view the beautiful rock formations.   The Garden of the Gods was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1971.   The park is situated on 1,367 acres.  It contains 13 miles of trails.

    View of Garden of the Gods from Palmer Trail

    Garden of the Gods can be viewed from the comfort of your car as you drive on paved roads that wind through the park.  There are also handicapped accessible sidewalks that meander through the most popular rock formations.  There are numerous dirt trails that go through the park and around that edges that most tourists do not have time to notice.  Rock climbing is allowed with a permit.  Horseback riding is allowed also.  Personally, Garden of the Gods is my favorite place for an early morning run.  Jogging through Garden of the Gods makes me feel so fortunate to be able to live in Colorado Springs.

  2. Calhan Paint Mines Interpretive Park
Photographers at the Paint Mines in Calhan

The Paint Mines are a lesser known treasure situated on 750 acres north east of Colorado Springs, in Calhan.   The park has four miles worth of trails on 750 acres.  Some of the trails allow visitors to hike among the rock formations.  The Paint Mines are home to a large colony of cute rabbits.  If you are looking for a quieter place to go for a walk or a job, this is a great place go because it generally has fewer people and tourists than the Garden of the Gods.    Every person that I’ve ever taken out to the Paint Mines has really enjoyed exploring the Paint Mines.  It is also a place that I never tire of visiting and photographing.   Due to the fragile nature of the rock formations, horses are not permitted at Paint Mines.

This is a free place to visit.  The address is 29950 Paint Mines Road, Calhan, CO 808083.

3.  The Incline in Manitou Springs

The Incline provides amazing views and a challenging workout.   The Incline was originally a one mile track of railroad that carried tourists up the side of the mountain.   A rock slide damaged the track in 1990 and it was shut down.  The rails were removed but the rail road ties remained forming a stair steps.  Locals started using it as a workout.  It is the most challenging and popular hike in Colorado Springs.

The Incline in Manitou Springs


Make sure you bring plenty of water.  Unless you arrive when it is still dark, you will most likely end up parking in Manitou Springs and hiking up to the starting point.   Manitou Springs is an incredibly charming little town.

Generally, I’ve always hiked up the Incline and came down the Barr Trail.



4.  Springs Orleans in Downtown Colorado Springs

I love to take friends and family out to eat at the Springs Orleans.  The Springs Orleans, which opened in 2011, is an award winning restaurant in the historic downtown Colorado Springs.  It serves both local favorites and Cajun cuisine. The atmosphere has a classy New Orlean’s feel.  I find it is relaxing.  The food is great and the service is very good.   They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Springs Orleans

The Springs Orleans is located at 123 E Pikes Peak Ave in downtown Colorado Springs between The Mining Exchange –A Wyndam Grand Hotel and the Kimball’s Peak Three Theater.     If you have time, I recommend catching a movie at Kimball’s.  The theater is an old movie theater which gives a unique charm.  Kimballs is a first run theater that almost always has several great, current independent and foreign films showing.  They will occasionally show some blockbuster films.

I don’t have time to write about the Mining Exchange hotel and it’s history today.  If you are visiting Colorado Springs, the Mining Exchange is everything you would expect from a four star hotel.


5. Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center

Colorado Springs is the home to The United States Olympic Committee and an Olympic Training Center.

Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs

I enjoy visiting the Olympic Training Center as often as I can because I always leave inspired and motivated.   I am a person that thrives being around motivated people.   The training center also has motivational quotes posted all over the place.

Motivational Quotes on Wall of a gym at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs


No two visits to the Olympics Training Center are ever the same.  A tour starts out with a short video presentation.  The presentation gets updated after each Olympics.    After the video, guests are taken on a walking tour of the different facilities and get to watch some of the athletes working out.   You never really know what athletes from which sport will be working out on any given day.

While waiting for the tour to start, their are some interactive displays for guest to enjoy.

For more information about the tours, see Tour Information

6.  Spend time outside

There are over 20,000 acres of parks and open space in the Colorado Springs area.   I invite everyone to see Colorado.  Experience what Colorado is like.  If you decide that you want to live in Colorado, I would be more than happy to assist you in finding a place to live.

Aspens in Pikes Peak National Forest


The six things listed above are just a few of many things that there are to do in Colorado Springs year round.

Other things to do in Colorado Springs:

  • Go to the top of Pikes Peak (either hike, drive or ride the Cog Railroad up)
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • Cave of the Winds
  • Helen Hunt Falls
  • Manitou Cliff Dwellings
  • Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame
  • Tour Air Force Academy
  • Seasonal sports
  • Golf

What would you have listed as your top five recommendations of things to do in Colorado Springs?


Sondra Meyer

Real Estate Broker – Hayden Outdoors


Colorado:  See It.  Experience It.  Live It.

16 thoughts on “Things to Do in Colorado Springs

  1. Gary Woltal says:

    I was familiar with many of these superb places but not the Springs Orleans venue. I will definitely want to check it out next time I am in town. The nature alone makes the Colorado Springs area the place to be.

  2. Hi Sondra,

    This looks absolutely fantastic. With 20,000 acres to discover, it turns aholiday into an adventure. I have had the pleasure of visiting the USA several times but never for an outdoor adventure. After seeing this, I have just added another thing to my bucket list.

    Best regards

  3. Hi Sondra,
    I love the great outdoors!! Colorada Springs looks like a place I would feel at home in. Manitou Springs, Calhan Paint Mines Interpretive Park and Garden of the Gods Park look like places I could go to, to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and just meditate and take in the views. What a blessing it must be to have these landmarks on your doorstep!!

    Thanks for sharing

    • H Jacqueline! Colorado Springs, and Colorado for that matter, is a great place to visit or live if you love the great outdoors. I do feel incredibly blessed to be able to live and work in Colorado Springs. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  4. Hello Sondra,
    I just love your place:)
    I visited Denver in the winter and I loved it! I am not a skier but nonetheless, beautiful and breathtaking as a city.
    Now, I LOVE the outdoors and your list sounds absolutely fantastic. I will surely add it to my choices when next I travel. I love the Garden of the Gods and the Mines.
    Thanks for taking the time to showcase your state.

    • Michelle, thank you for commenting. Garden of the Gods and the Paint Mines are both gorgeous. There are lots of other beautiful hiking places in the area also. I just didn’t have the time or space to list them all here. Hopefully you will get to travel to Colorado again sometime soon.

  5. Cindy says:

    Hi Sondra,

    You’ve highlighted so many majestic places! My husband and I just love the outdoors. We plan to travel a lot once I retire, so this is on my list of destinations. I’ll refer back to your website often to get some first hand information when we do take off on our journey.
    Also, I’m a foodie so any recommendations for yummy eating destinations is awesome. The one you have mentioned sounds fabulous!
    BTW, my brother-in-law’s parents just moved to Colorado for San Antonio, Texas. I’ve forgotten which city they reside in, but if it is Colorado Springs, I’m going to tell them about your website!

    Will bookmark your website for future reference.
    Thanks for this! Cindy

    • Thank you Cindy! There are LOTS of great places to eat in the Colorado Springs. If you in-laws are in Colorado Springs, I hope that love it as much as I do. It is a popular place for people to retire. If I can help them with anything, I would be more than happy to do so.

  6. Hi Sondra, thank you for sharing this great review with me. The Garden of the Gods park looks absolutely amazing I would absolutely love to visit there. I have always wanted to travel to the US to see sceneries like this, where I come from the countryside is all flat and open fields. I will have to try and visit all the places that you have suggested. I can imagine it to be a great adventure. Thanks again

  7. Graham, Thank you for stopping by. I’m very proud to live in the Colorado Springs area. It is very beautiful. I came from a part of Texas that was flat also, so I understand what you are saying. If you get the opportunity to take a holiday to Colorado, please feel to let me know. I would be more than happy to show you around.

  8. Hi Sondra
    Colorado Springs looks like an amazing place!
    If I lived in the US I would definitely visit it, but so far I have not ever been to the US!! The Garden of the Gods looks amazing!
    It does look like a lovely place to live, you are so lucky to do so.
    Many thanks for your informative article
    Chrissie 🙂

  9. Odd Helge Hveding says:

    This really looks like a wonderful place.

    I’m European, but are looking for different places to visit in the US. This absolutely looks like a wonderful spot on earth. When being outside in unknown territory, the magnificence of nature gets closer than anywhere else, but being unknown, it’s easy to get lost. Are there possibilities of getting a guide for longer walks? Having someone who knows the area is always a security helping making the holiday more like a holiday, if you see what I mean.

    Hope to hear from you, this looks very nice.

    In advance, thank you.

  10. Grace says:

    I was searching for things to do in Colorado Springs and came upon your post which has been so informative for my family as we’re planning a trip there for spring break. The Garden of Gods Park and Calhan Paint Mines Interpretive Park look like amazing places that we must stop by to check out. I hope I can get up early enough to catch that sunrise!

    My kids would love to see the Olympic Training Center as well, which sounds pretty cool to see. Maybe after our visit, I’ll actually be motivated to get back to regular exercise too.

    Thanks for all your tips!

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