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Thrilling Outdoor Adventures In South Central Colorado
Spending time on outdoor adventures in South Central Colorado could be the most exciting part of your vacation. Whether you’re into white water rafting, fishing or hiking, you’ll find plenty of ways to enjoy the breathtaking surroundings. Garden of The Gods, west of Colorado Springs, is situated in the Pikes Peak Forest. Sprawling over 1,367 acres, the park is famous for its towering red sandstone rock formations including Balanced Rock, Kissing Camels, and Siamese Twins. Royal Gorge Bridge & Park features the highest suspension bridge in America. Cross the bridge on foot or by Segway. Fly over the gorge on a zip-line, or navigate the rapids below on a river raft. Explore hiking and biking trails around Pikes Peak and challenge yourself on the Manitou Incline. The notorious incline has 2800 steps ascending 2000 feet. The reward is a spectacular view and a satisfying feeling of triumph. Buena Vista is the capital of whitewater rafting in the United States. Winding through the Browns Canyon National Monument, the Arkansas River delivers rafting thrills from mild to wild. The Buena Vista area is also a popular destination for fly-fishing, ice fishing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Garden of the Gods
Make plans to visit Colorado Springs and be sure to check out the Garden of the Gods. A top attraction south of Devner metro, you'll found it west of downtown Colorado Springs within the Pikes Peak Forest, the Garden of the Gods is a public park featuring some famous red rock formations, including the very popular Balanced Rock – imagine a large boulder, balanced on a smaller red rock.
Established in 1909, the Garden of the Gods features 1,367 acres, and it was designated as a U.S. National Landmark in 1971. You'll find a host of things to do and see within the Garden of the Gods – historic exhibits, natural formations (ideal for photo opportunities), and each year in early June, the park hosts the Garden of the Gods 5K Run.
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
Whether you walk or drive across the highest suspension bridge in America at Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, you'll be viewing "Colorado's Natural Wonder".
While visiting, consider riding the World's Highest Skycoaster, the steepest Incline Railway in America, or the longest Aerial Tram.
Located in Cañon City, the bridge was built in 1929 and is listed on the National Historic Register.
Towering 150 feet over the Arkansas River, the view into the gorge is breathtaking.
Spend at least a day in southern Colorado's "Grand Canyon of the Arkansas River," to experience all there is to do.