The Paint Mines Interpretive Park is one of El Paso County’s most unique open spaces. The Paint Mines are named for their colorful clays that were collected by American Indians to make paint. Brightly colored bands, caused by oxidized iron compounds, are found in varying amounts throughout the many different layers of clay.
Acacia Park was Colorado Springs’ first park, and was donated to the City by General William Jackson Palmer, the city’s founder, in 1871. AMENITIES: Handicap accessible, Bandshell (reservable),Uncle Wilbur Fountain, The HUB Visitors Center: May 26 – Sept 3; 11:30-6:30 p.m., Outdoor Ice Skating Rink (November-January), playground, and sidewalks.
Escape the ordinary and create memories that will last a lifetime! Whether you attend a Tea or one of our Tours, Glen Eyrie is a place that leaves you in awe and invites you to be a part of something much bigger than yourself. Create your own mini-retreat or romantic getaway with an overnight stay! Glen Eyrie offers a variety of unique yet affordable guest rooms to fit your needs. Room options range from exclusive and historic Premier and Deluxe rooms in The Castle and the Pink House to classic Standard rooms in our lodges.
Explore the electrically lit portion of the Cave of the Winds on a 45 – 60 minute guided walking tour which includes 15 rooms, a 1/2 mile of concrete walkways, and 196 stairs. On this family-friendly tour, you will learn about the history and geology of the cave while being shown some of its most beautiful formations.
AMENITIES: Basketball court, non-motorized boating, picnicking, playground, large group shelter, sledding, Quail Lake Fitness Trail (hiking, biking, jogging and fitness, 1 mile in length), two sand volleyball courts, and fishing.
The park has a ranch theme with elements designed to resemble what would be traditionally found on a homestead; including:
- “The Homestead:” a large pavilion and picnic area with orchards and parking lot.
- “The Corral:” a universally accessible playground and shade shelters
- “The Watering Hole:” a spray ground (restrooms located in this area)
- “The Round Pin:” a small artificial turf field
- “The Range:” three size “A” soccer fields, in-line hockey rink/basketball court, four pickleball courts, plaza overlooking multi-use fields, small playground, restrooms, two parking lots, nearby on-street parking
- “The Pastures:” 3 Reservable Pavilions and two shade shelters, gravel walking loops, parking lot
- The park also features: Briargate trail (along Briargate Parkway), two miles of interior sidewalks, two acres of Bluegrass
Welcome to America’s only mountain zoo! Named 4th-Best Zoo in North America by USAToday’s 10Best! Hand-feed giraffes and budgies, experience animals up-close, and witness a view like no other! We’re open 365 days a year, so whether you’re planning your first Colorado Springs vacation or returning to experience more of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, we’re happy to have you!
The U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs is the flagship training center for the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Olympic Training Center programs. USA Swimming and USA Shooting have their national headquarters on complex. More than 15 other member organizations, as well as two international sports federations and the USOC headquarters are also located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Cosmo’s Magic Theater offers fun, interactive entertainment for the whole family. We currently have two shows: Our Family Show is an hour long with magic that will entertain both kids a adults ( ages 3 – up recommended ). Our Evening Show is 2 hours ( 15 min. intermission included ) with magic, stories and history of magic geared for a more mature audience ( ages 12 – up recommended )
Walk the wetlands, search for great blue herons, and explore Fountain Creek – only 15 minutes south of downtown Colorado Springs! An “oasis on the plains” with ponds marshes, meadows, cottonwood forests, and Fountain Creek, the nature center is attractive to visitors of all ages. The nature center offers a unique look into the Cattail Marsh Wildlife Area and serves as an entry to a variety of discovery experiences.
The master plan was adopted by the City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Advisory Board on May 10, 2018. Some highlights of the North Cheyenne Cañon Master Plan: 350+ residents participated in the drafting of the plan. The park will expand from 19 to 35 miles of trails. New interpretive programs will be offered. Recommendation of improved parking and additional trailheads. Recommendation to hire additional seasonal employees
Explore the fascinating architecture of the ancient Anasazi and browse through two museums featuring cultural displays all overlooking the historic town of Manitou Springs.
Space Foundation Discovery Center is the region’s first and only dedicated space, science and technology center. It is an interactive, education-focused destination that advances science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) in the exciting context of space exploration, development and utilization.
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Once inside Seven Falls, you’ll be enveloped by cliffs and delighted by the cascade of water. The falls tumble 181 feet down the head of this box canyon, dancing from granite face to granite face in seven distinct leaps.
Visitors will find a restful environment among the thick forest of ponderosa pines. Timber Ridge provides an overlook of Aspen and Spruce Lakes as well as a picturesque setting of Pikes Peak and the mountain backdrop.
Enjoy Pikes Peak at your leisure on the safe, scenic Pikes Peak Highway. Encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world as you wind your way through an alpine wonderland, mountain reservoirs, beyond timberline, overtaking the clouds… all along the way to the 14,115 foot summit of America’s most famous mountain.
AMENITIES: Prospect Lake, Bath House and Boat House: paddleboarding, kayak rentals, open swimming, (link is external) swimming beach, boating (motorized and non-motorized), two fishing areas (one wheelchair accessible fishing dock). Mark “Pa” Sertich Ice Center: public ice skating, lessons. Velodrome: bicycle racing track, roller skate racing track. Sports Center: Parks and Recreation’s Sports Division Administrative Office; three baseball/softball fields, 15 football/soccer fields, 12 tennis courts with Tennis Center. YMCA operates the Memorial Park Recreation Center (indoor pool), fitness room, social/play room; swimming lessons.
Hike the foothills, search for mule deer, and discover Bear Creek! Scrub oak thicket, ponderosa pine forests, meadows, a mountain creek, and abundant foothills wildlife attract children and adults to Bear Creek Regional Park and Nature Center.
The visitor center provides an opportunity to learn about the park’s diverse natural resources while taking in an amazing view. The park offers day use picnicking sites, 61 campsites, an archery range and 20 miles of trails open to hiking, biking and wildlife viewing.