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No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll discover an amazing selection of attractions in Colorado. Ride a historic narrow gauge railway, tour a gold mine, look for dinosaur tracks, or enjoy a day with the family at an award-winning zoo. Wander through beautifully restored historic districts, tour Ancestral Puebloan sites, or see where medal-winning athletes train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. There is so much to see and do, you’ll be hard-pressed to do everything in one trip.
Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs is a unique Southern Colorado destination. Discovered in the late 1800s, the natural cave features stalactites and stalagmites, frozen waterfalls and other incredible formations carved out of limestone over time. Several fun tours are offered including an evening Eco/Venture Tour by flashlight.
Four Corners Monument is one of the most photographed landmarks in the United States. Where else can you stand on the borders of four states at the same time? The historic spot marks the intersection of the Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona borders. Managed by the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department, the monument also designates the boundary for the Navajo Nation and the Ute Mountain Indian Reservation.
Madonna of the Trail Monument is located in Lamar. Situated on the historic Santa Fe Trail, the monument is a tribute to the 800,000 pioneer women who endured countless hardships on their trek to the West. Identical monuments are placed in 12 other states along the trail.
The Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour, near Silverton, lasts one hour and takes visitors into Galena Mountain to observe a vein and mining equipment. The mine tour is accessible by car or through a train connection shuttle via the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway. After the tour of the mine, try your luck panning for silver, copper and gold at the sluice box.
Take a side trip to Quray, nicknamed “Switzerland of America.” After enjoying the scenic route into town, explore the charming Victorian buildings downtown, tour the Ouray Museum and stop at the Honeyville Factory for a taste of locally made premium honey and jams.
Sapphire Point is considered one of the most scenic overlooks in the entire Denver metro area. Situated six miles from Dillon and overlooking the Blue River Arm of the Dillon Reservoir, it’s a popular picnic area and often used for outdoor wedding ceremonies. Keep your eyes open for bighorn sheep and elk milling around the rocks.
Seven Falls, accessible from Cheyenne Canyon Road, southwest of Colorado Springs, is one of the most beautiful scenic wonders in the state. Two hiking trails leading to the seven cascading waterfalls are open from May through October. The Trail to Midnight Falls is the shortest and can be navigated in 30 minutes. The Trail to Inspiration Point takes approximately an hour to complete.
Located a short drive from Lamar and Pueblo in eastern Colorado, the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site pays tribute to the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes. Interpretive exhibits and ranger-led tours educate visitors on the history of the area. Hike to the top of Overlook Hill for incredible views, or enjoy a picnic at the Dawson Homestead.
Yucca House National Monument is situated just outside Cortez and west of Mesa Verde National Park. Notable as one of the world’s largest archaeological sites, the area features Puebloan mounds including a lower house and upper house. The historic site is situated at the base of Sleeping Ute Mountain and offers excellent views of the Montezuma Valley.
Fans of the Olympics will want to visit the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Built in 1978, the 35-acre complex features an athlete center, housing, and a sports medicine center. The training center includes two swimming pools and facilities for gymnastics, weight lifting, wrestling and more. Several tours, offered daily, give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to become an Olympic athlete.
The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs boasts a beautiful campus. Over 4200 students attend the academy to complete academic studies and military training. The Visitor Center features exhibits on the academy’s history, a snack bar and gift shop. A 14-minute movie is shown in the theater to provide visitors with an overview of the academy and cadet life. Self-guided tours of the campus, chapels and athletic center are permitted.