1: The Garden of the Gods
A trip to Colorado Springs would not be complete without a visit to the Garden of the Gods. Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado is owned by the City of Colorado Springs. Annually, visitors from all 50 states and more than 60 countries discover the beauty and history of the 1,367-acre Garden of the Gods Park, which has been designated as a National Natural Landmark. The Park is a unique biological melting pot where the grasslands of the Great Plains meet the pinon-juniper woodlands characteristic of the American Southwest, and merge with the mountain forest of the 14,115-foot Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. The 300 million years of geological history of the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs reveal one of the most extensive pictures of earth history found anywhere in the United States. It is a true geological wonder.
In the Garden of the Gods, you can enjoy hiking trails, biking, guided horseback tours of the park, and even guided birding excursions. Its a great place to adventure alone or with friends and family.
2: Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Cheyenne Mountain State Park was actually the inspiration for the song “America the Beautiful.” The park is home to a diverse mountain ecosystem, which can be explored on over 20 miles of hiking trails. If you love outdoor activties such as fishing, hunting, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, or are just looking for a great place for a day hike in the wilderness, look no further than Cheyenne Mountain State park in Colorado Springs. For more information, you can check out the State Park’s website HERE
3: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Take a trip back in time at Florissant Fossil Beds. This incredible natural park is home to an ancient forrest made of petrified trees. These unique fossils provide us with a look back into the biological history of Colorado. View perfectly preserved specimens of plant and insect life that’s thousands of years older than humanity itself. Florissant National park offers all sorts of educational courses, including a nigh sky viewing group, which is perfect for all of those night owls. For more information, you can check out the park’s website HERE
4: Barr Hiking Trail – Pikes Peak
For the experienced hiker, we recommend an adventure along the Barr Hiking trail. This long and steep climb is not for the faint of heart! Journey along over 26 miles of mountainous trails to reach the summit of the Pikes Peak mountain. The journey can take 12 hours or more, so if you prefer to take the journey over 2 days, camping sites are also available. If you are looking for some serious outdoors time and a fun and exciting challenge, the Barr Trail is the place for you!