Springs Day Trip: Best Colorado Springs Activities

From Fort Collins to Loveland to Greeley and beyond, every northern Colorado resident knows there’s no shortage of things to do along the Front Range.

But in case you’re tired of hanging out at Horsetooth Reservoir or hitting the bars downtown, it doesn’t hurt to see what the Centennial State has to offer.

Colorado Springs is a city with a lot to explore ⁠—and it’s only about two hours from northern Colorado. Read on to see some of the best things to do on your day trip down south.

garden of the gods

You cannot visit Colorado Springs without visiting its most famous landmark. Head to 1805 N 30th Street to enjoy stunning natural rock formations and stunning views of Pikes Peak.

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Melanie Magdalena // Unsplash

According to at the Garden of the Gods Nature and Visitor Centeryou can discover the park by hiking, biking, horseback riding, off-roading, etc.

pike woodpecker

Speaking of Pikes Peak, the summit of this famous 14er is a must see when visiting Colorado Springs.

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Alexis Gethin // Unsplash

According to at ColoradoSprings.gov, you can access the top of the mountain via the Barr and Crags hiking trails, the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, or the Pikes Peak Highway. Don’t forget to grab a donut at the summit visitor center.

Cave of the Winds

Travel deep into the mountains of Colorado Springs with a visit to Cave of the Winds. According to at Cave of the Winds Mountain Parkyou can try a traditional or spooky haunted lantern tour.

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If you’re feeling adventurous, you can test the amusement park rides on Williams Canyon.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

See animals from around the world in Colorado Springs on your way to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

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Sean Foster // Unsplash

According to at the zooyou can make your visit even more special by feeding giraffes, rhinos, elephants, and more.

The Broadmoor and the Seven Falls

Live a luxurious life by stopping The Broadmoora historic Colorado Springs hotel that has hosted celebrities and presidents.

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Priscilla Gyamfi // Unsplash

According to at the stationyou can also hike nearby Seven Falls to see Colorado’s “Grandest Mile of Scenery”.

United States Air Force Academy

Visit the United States Air Force Academy to learn about cadet life and experience the academy’s expansive campus.

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Spring fed images // Unsplash

According to at the academyyou can also watch a movie at the planetarium and explore the cadet chapel when it reopens in 2023.


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