Enjoy Summer in Colorado Springs
After making the 12-hour drive from St. Louis – hours of which were in the flat state of Kansas, we were excited to see the mountains! However, getting in after dark really prohibits these views so upon arriving we went straight to our AirBNB to rest up! However, the next morning we hit the pavement hard and were off to see all we could during the summer in Colorado Springs. Here are some of our favorite things we did during our visit.
Attractions during the summer in Colorado Springs
At 14,115 feet and 19 miles, Pikes Peak will take your breath away.
Fortunately, you have multiple ways to reach the top:
–Drive your personal vehicle ($12/adult, $5/child, $40/car load max of 5): This is the method we chose because we wanted to be able to go at our own pace. There are a ton of scenic overlooks to pull over on along the way. We recommend you give yourself 2-4 hours at Pike’s Peak if choosing this mode of transportation.
–Take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway (Closed until 2020)Cost: $38/adult, $20.50/children
-For those who have ambitions to summit a 14er during the summer in Colorado Springs, you can also hike or bike up and down Pike’s Peak. However, if you haven’t prepared for this we recommend you choose one of the previous options!
–Bring a jacket! No matter what the weather is during the summer in Colorado Springs, once you ascend to 14,000 ft you’ll be wanting some layers!-Drink a lot of water. I know, literally everyone and their brother, uncle, sister, mother, etc. will be telling you to chug water by the gallons if you aren’t from an area with higher elevation. But they’re not lying! We decided to drive Pikes Peak and just walking around at the top of the mountain and climbing some of the rocks there had us feeling somewhat woozy.
–Stop a lot and take pictures. Pikes Peak has some beautiful scenery and areas that you can step out of your vehicle and take photos.
–Get there early: At almost every hot spot in Colorado, you’ll want to be up early to be able to enjoy the scenery without fighting the crowds.
Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods is a perfect activity to enjoy during the summer in Colorado Springs. It is an intriguing park with incredible rock formations. Here you are able to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, horseback rides, running, and much more.
–Bring a picnic: When we arrived we were shocked by a number of neat areas that you could stop and have a picnic! Instead of eating lunch out, bring some food and snacks with you and stop and enjoy the beauty here.
–Get there early: Parking is limited at Garden of the Gods and it can be tricky especially as the day goes on.
Glen Eyrie Castle
Visit this beautiful landmark and enjoy a 90-minute tour of the rich history of Glen Eyrie Castle. After the tour, you can also enjoy afternoon tea for an additional cost. This is the perfect activity to enjoy during the summer in Colorado Springs if you happen to be hit by a heat wave.
Location: 3820 N 30th Street, Colorado Springs
Hours: Sunday:1pm Monday-Saturday: 11am & 1pm
Travel Tip: You will need to make a reservation to do the tour by calling 719-265-7050
Cost:$9 per person, free for children 5 and under
Dive into this activity to enjoy during the summer in Colorado Springs! Paradise Cove is about an hour from Colorado Springs but terrific for a day trip! It is one of the top swimming holes in Colorado and also had some neat cliff jumping. However be aware that cliff jumping is a dangerous activity and be sure to use every safety precaution when doing so.
Location: 13800 Main Street, Guffey
Trail Rating: Moderate, 1-mile loop
While Seven Falls is what we consider to be a “tourist trap” it can fun if you are looking for something to do with family or people of any age!
A few thoughts we had while visiting:
-If you are able to, walk the trail upon arrival instead of taking a tram to the falls. It is a short distance to walk, will save you a little money, and you won’t be waiting for what seems like hours for the tram to come by.
-Unless you’re just looking for exercise we didn’t feel like the trek up the 224 steps was worth it because we had visited many other beautiful hiking trails. Plus the view from the bottom (as seen below) was the most pretty part of Seven Falls!
-Make sure to wear appropriate footwear! Hiking shoes or tennis shoes with good traction are highly recommended.
-Check out this hiking map for assistance in planning your visit.
Location: 6 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs
Cost: $14 per person; have to take a free shuttle from the parking lot.
Manitou Incline was a once used railroad track now converted to a 2,744 step one mile hike with an average of a 41% incline (68% at it’s highest) and 2,000ft of elevation change. You’ll be gasping for air once you finally reach the top!
Trail Rating: Difficult
Check out this site for more information, if you dare!
READ MORE: Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado
Paint Mines Interpretive Park
Paint Mines Interpretive Park is a 750-acre geological park composed of what is thought to be the painted clay formations of Native Americans from over 9,000 years ago. Not only is the appearance interesting it is also home to many different ecosystems such as the Badlands, wetlands, and the prairie. It is truly a hidden gem in Colorado!
Address: 29950 Paint Mines Road, Calhan
Click here for a map of the park.
Places to Eat in Colorado Springs
Power up at Urban Egg for a delicious made from scratch breakfast and build your own Bloody Mary bar! We really enjoyed their create-your-own omelet with a side of hashbrowns and bacon and the mixed berry crunchy french toast.
Location: 28A S. Tejon St.
Hours: Sunday-Saturday: 7am-2pm
The Airplane Restaurant
The Airplane Restaurant is a truly unique dining experience that allows you to dine in an authentic 1953 Boeing KC-97 tanker!
Location: 1665 N. Newport Rd.
Hours: Sunday-Saturday: 11am-9pm (reservations recommended to eat on the plane)
Amanda’s Fonda is a local Mexican restaurant with terrific food and margaritas.
Location: 8050 N Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs
Hours: Sunday: 10am-9pm, Monday-Thursday: 11am-9pm, Friday & Saturday: 11am-10pm
Paravicini’s is an Italian restaurant in Old Colorado City voted best Italian in Colorado Springs and featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
Location: 2802 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday: 11am-10pm (reservations recommended)
Pizzeria Rustica is located in a historic 1889 building in Old Colorado City, Pizzeria Rustica offers handmade wood-fired pizzas and a large selection of other menu items.
Location: 2527 W Colorado Ave.
Hours: Monday: 5pm-9pm, Tuesday-Sunday: 12pm-9pm (reservations recommended)
Imagine your favorite candy bars were turned into donut form! That’s what Amy’s Donuts is capable of.
Location: 2704 E Fountain Blvd, Colorado Springs
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 4am-7pm, Friday & Saturday: 24 hours
Places to Stay in Colorado Springs
While we were in Colorado springs we stayed at a local Airbnb. But here are a few other options for your stay in Colorado Springs.
While we had a short time in during our summer in Colorado Springs visit we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. What did we miss that you would recommend?