The Pikes Peak region is blessed with high desert beauty from the 14,114-ft. summit of Pikes Peak “America’s Mountain” to the breathtaking 300′ towering sandstone rock formations at the Garden of the Gods Park, a registered National Natural Landmark. The region enjoys myriad attractions from rustic to refined and all guaranteed to enhance your vacation or weekend getaway at Old Town Guesthouse B&B.
Attractions in and around Historic Old Colorado City
Old Colorado City – at an elevation of 6,100 ft. – invites you to soak up the history of the Wild West and the gold rush days that started right outside the Guesthouse’s front door in 1859. It’s now a bustling historic district with numerous shops, galleries, boutiques, and restaurants that invite you to explore the streets, soak up the history and check out the fun.
There are dozens of more areas in Colorado Springs, CO to investigate. We’ve put together a shortlist of our personal favorites. Explore!
Pikes Peak - Amazing Adventures And AttractionsVisit Website
America’s Mountain stands 14,114-ft. at its summit and invites you to drive, ride along, hike, or bike trip to the top. From there, you’ll see why it’s the mountain that inspired the song “America the Beautiful.” We’re pleased to introduce you to the spectacular new Summit House at the top of Pikes Peak as well.Read More...
Take a fun historic guided ride on the Pikes Peak COG Railway. On your way back, put on your hiking shoes and climb up the famous Manitou Incline, which reaches over 2,000 vertical feet in less than a mile with sections as steep as 68% grade and 2,744 steps. Dozens of other fabulous attractions are at home in the Pikes Peak region. Click the link for details.
U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum And Hall Of FameVisit Website
Colorado Springs is Olympic City USA, now home to the fabulous new 1.7 acre U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum and Hall of Fame.Read More...
Haled as “one of the 52 Places to Go by The New York Times,” the 60,000-square-foot museum is dedicated to U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and their compelling stories, with the artifacts, media, and technology behind the athletes who make the United States proud.
Easy access! The museum is just two miles down Colorado Avenue from Old Town Guesthouse B&B.
Garden Of The Gods ParkVisit Website
Explore this unique and outstanding little slice of paradise. A registered National Natural Landmark, Garden of the Gods attracts more than two million visitors a year, and TripAdvisor ranks it the No. 1 city park in the country and No. 2 in the world!Read More...
The Garden of the Gods Park is popular for hiking, technical rock climbing, road and mountain biking, and horseback enthusiasts with 21 miles of trails.
You’ll find yourself in a wonderland of dramatic views, 300′ towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. Don’t miss the world-class Visitor & Nature Center and museum with many exciting interactive exhibits.
Just 2 miles northwest of Old Town Guesthouse B&B, you can see it from your room!
The Michael Garman Museum & GalleryVisit Website
For over 50 years, Michael Garman’s gallery has displayed his amazing sculptures honoring extraordinary American Heroes.Read More...
The Michael Garman Museum is also the home of his extraordinary work: Magic Town. Constructed over the course of 40 years, it’s a 3000 sq.ft. 1/6 scale miniature city after dark, featuring dozens of different scenes, hundreds of fascinating characters, and unique elements – like holograms, secret rooms that transform as you watch, and more. Enjoy the museum and a fun stroll in Bancroft Park directly across the street. Just two blocks from our front door, this is a must-see for children and adults alike.
Cheyenne Mountain ZooVisit Website
Get up-close to feed and risk getting licked by the wonderful giraffes! Then spend a great day visiting over 750 other animals at America’s ONLY mountain-side zoo, which offers a truly spectacular view of the plains, and provides entrance to the inspiring Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun.Read More...
Visit 365 days a year for family fun – from face-to-face experiences and animal demos to taking a ride on the carousel or on the Mountaineer Sky Ride. Ranked as one of the top zoos in the country by USAToday’s “10Best” and on Trip Advisor, you’ll get to explore unique exhibits, eat at one of the outdoor restaurants and find innovative attractions to keep you entertained.
Cave Of The Winds & Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Cave of the Winds has tours underground, breathtaking scenery, rides, and activities.
Next door, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings take you back in time with a self-guided tour to climb, walk through the cliff dwellings, touch, and explore ancient history in these authentic native dwellings in the cliffs above Manitou Springs. The artfully designed museum and gift shop are uniquely built into the cliffside and are worth a visit.
May Natural History MuseumVisit Website
Visit the World’s Largest Private Insect Collection, the Bug Museum!Read More...
One of our favorite attractions. For over 80 years, May Museum Founder James May traveled worldwide, finding over 100,000 fascinating specimens. It’s one of the world’s largest private collections of insects, related creatures, and rare artifacts.
You’ll be amazed at the different varieties from across the continents, displaying over 7,000 species of beautiful butterflies, moths, bizarre beetles, giant spiders, deadly scorpions, and more. Entomologists and students from around the world travel here to study these rare and often now-extinct creatures.
Broadmoor Seven FallsVisit Website
“The Grandest Mile of Scenery” is the entryway to seven cascading mountain waterfalls at Seven Falls.Read More...
Just a short drive from the Guesthouse, Seven Falls is one of Colorado’s most captivating natural wonders. This magnificent series of waterfalls is situated in a 1,250-foot-wall box canyon between the towering Pillars of Hercules.
As you climb up the challenging 224 steps (an elevator is also available), you will enjoy stunning natural vistas of rich valleys and striking rock formations. At the top are hiking trails and the banks of glistening streams that feed Seven Falls, and its 181-foot drop of falling water.
Space Foundation Discovery CenterVisit Website
The Space Foundation and Discovery Center is an unexpected but fascinating museum, education center, and advocate on behalf of the global space community.Read More...
The Space Foundation, founded in 1983, has its headquarters here and provides a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring the spectacular Science On a Sphere®, and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center.
The Center invites you to enjoy an excellent collection of authentic space equipment and interactive displays that are a delight for guests of all ages.
Western Museum Of Mining And IndustryVisit Website
An educational and experiential museum all about gold mining, gold panning, enormous machines that chew through rock like butter and acres of mining history will keep you interested for hours.Read More...
The mission of the Western Museum of Mining and Industry is to educate the public about the history and continuing contributions of mining, ranching, and other supporting industries in the American West. There are ongoing and changing exhibits about the gold mining industry, past and present. In late 2019 they unveiled “Cripple Creek: “The World’s Greatest Gold Mine.”
We were somewhat shocked and astonished at the standard practices for mining “back then” and came away with a new respect for miners and the industry in its early years. Truly an eye-opening experience.
Find yourself in real mines at the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine and the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company.