While I can’t travel to the USA I’m exploring the country through guest posts, with this one about the best things to do in Colorado Springs in winter written by Nikki from Attractions of America.
Just south of Denver, Colorado lies a fun little town full of things to do, beautiful places to visit, and delicious food. Colorado Springs is a town that is a must on your travel list because it has so many options to choose from. Colorado Springs offers incredible outdoor activities and one of a kind adventures that make for an amazing vacation or weekend getaway, especially if you visit Colorado Springs in winter. Here are the best things to do in Colorado Springs during the winter for you to enjoy!
Why Visit Colorado Springs in Winter?
If you are an adventure lover, winter is the best time to visit Colorado Springs, as you will find plenty of winter activities to create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you are looking for ideas for a relaxing weekend getaway or a trip full of winter adventures, Colorado Springs has all the makings of a great winter vacation.
In December and January, Colorado Springs turns into a wonderland full of winter activities to choose from, ranging from outdoor adventures, relaxing spa days, family time, and more! If you are visiting during winter, there are plenty of options to enjoy the beautiful fresh fallen snow while taking in the sites all around you. Here are our favourite things to do in Colorado Springs in winter:
The Best Things to do in Colorado Springs in Winter
Take a Tour of Pikes Peak
Pikes Peak is one of the most beautiful places in the US that people come from miles around to take the drive or hike up this gorgeous mountain.
During the winter, issues may arise with winter weather and snow in Colorado Springs if you go alone, but joining a tour will be safer and easier as your guide will take care of the driving. While you soak up the majestic views, your tour guide will take you as high as they can take you safely and with confidence.
Take in the Sights on a Heated Jeep Tour
When cold weather sweeps through Colorado Springs, being outside may prove a little too chilly for comfort. You can head out in a tour of the area surrounding Colorado Springs by riding in a heated Jeep.
The beauty of taking a heated Jeep tour is that you can soak in the beautiful views of snow from the warmth of your jeep ride. Multiple companies such as Adventures Out West offer heated jeep rides during the cold winter months. You should still wrap up warm for the tour, although blankets are included!
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Go caving at the Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Explore the underground world while staying warm on your visit to this fantastic cave. Cave of the Winds has so many adventures to choose from. You can take in the site from above by booking a zipline tour or decide to complete the high-flying obstacle course.
When it comes to cave tours, you can reserve your spot for the Discovery Tour, where you can learn the cave’s history or decide to take more of an adventure and book the Adventure Tour. In the adventure tour, you traverse through the cave with only the light of a lantern guiding your way, which is sure to add an element of excitement to your journey.
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Walk across the Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge
The Royal Gorge Bridge offers some incredible views of the gorge below and is open year-round. You can take a walk across the Royal Gorge Bridge while taking in the snow-covered scenery below. You can also hop on one of the train rides around Royal Gorge, where you can sit back and relax as you travel around the Royal Gorge.
There are many other attractions at Royal Gorge like zipline, Via Ferrata, Skycoaster that you can take part in, but double check that they are open before you visit!
Soak in the waters of Manitou Springs
Just minutes away from Colorado Springs, lies the town of Manitou Springs. Manitou Springs is known for its hot springs that offer healing powers and allows you to sit back and relax. Manitou Springs offers multiple pools where you can go and simply soak in the heated healing waters or participate in other activities. Sun Wellness offers access to hot pools as well as other services such as facials and massages.
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Take on Garden of the Gods by Horseback
Garden of the Gods is a majestic sight and a must-see while you are in Colorado Springs. During most of the year, you can hike through these giant red rocks capturing pictures and memories. If winter comes your way, hiking through the Garden of the Gods may prove for adventures full of wet socks and cold feet.
However, there is another way to take on the Garden of the Gods during the winter…by horseback. There are multiple horseback riding companies that allow you to soak in the red rock scenery while on the comfort of a horse.
Ice Skating in Colorado Springs
Ice skating is always a great activity for the whole family, allowing kids of all sizes to join in the fun. There are multiple places around Colorado Springs, such as the Sertich Ice Center, that offer ice skating for you and your family to enjoy.
Snowshoe around Colorado Springs
Snowshoeing is a one of a kind adventure that you can be a part of in Colorado Springs. If you are confident, you can go off on your own with many trails to choose from. There are also many tour companies that will take you snowshoeing and teach you the ropes as you travel around Colorado Springs.
Snowshoeing is an incredible activity that allows you to see the scenery around you while getting an epic workout in at the same time. One great place to go snowshoeing while in Colorado Springs is Mueller State Park that is full of different trails to go off on snow-filled adventures.
Visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is open throughout the year and allows you many opportunities to get up close and personal with different animals. The zoo sits on top of a mountain with over 750 animals and 170 species that you can visit, and some you can even feed. There are plenty of animals that can be viewed best in winter, including Rocky Mountain goats, Canada Moose, and wolves.
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Meet a Wolf at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Winter is a prime time to visit the Colorado Wolf Center as many of these incredible animals are active in the winter. There are more than just wolves at this amazing center; you can also see foxes and coyotes during your visit. You can choose to take the basic tour where you learn the backstory of many of the animals or do the up close and personal tour where you can meet some of your favorite animals.
Visit the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum
If the Colorado Springs winter weather gets too much and you want some indoor activities to do in Colorado Springs, then don’t miss the wonderful U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum. USA Today voted it as the best new attraction in the USA for 2020, and the 60,000-square foot museum is one of the best things to do in Colorado.
In December the museum is decorated for the holidays, so you can get into the festive spirit as you learn about Olympic athletes and coaches and take part in interactive sport exhibits. It’s popular with kids and adults alike so be sure to add it to your Colorado Springs itinerary. Book tickets here.
Explore the Manitou Cliff Dwellings
A unique experience just outside Colorado Springs is the Manitou Cliff Dwelling Museum. These cliff dwellings were reconstructed here after being moved from their original location, so although the indigenous people didn’t live here, it still gives a good idea of what it was like. Book tickets here.
Where to Stay in Colorado Springs
There are lots of fabulous places to stay in Colorado Springs. Old Colorado City is where the city was first founded during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush back in 1859, so it has an old-world feel about it, and this beautiful flat has easy access to mountain trails while being close to town. The modern area of Colorado Springs is better suited to a city break, and this colourful guest house in the modern part of town could be a great choice.
However, staying in Manitou Springs or further up in the mountains is the perfect place to get away from it all and have a real winter experience in Colorado Springs! This cozy cottage looks like a perfect place to stay in Manitou Springs, or this cute cabin will help you to feel like you’re away from it all, within easy reach of town.
Take a look at all of the Airbnbs in Colorado Springs here.
Travel Tips for Colorado Springs
I hope this post has inspired you to take a trip to Colorado Springs this winter! To help you to plan your Colorado Springs vacation, check out these tips:
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About the Author
Nikki Ortan of Attractions of America is a travel and camping enthusiast currently based in Milwaukee, USA. She loves exploring beautiful attractions across America which led her to found Attractions of America, a travel site featuring top places to visit in every US state. Be sure to follow along with Nikki’s journies on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter!
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