Discover: Attractions in the Pikes Peak region

By: The Gazette
September 20, 2015 Updated: September 20, 2015 at 9:21 pm
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photo - Riders plummet 200 feet into Williams Canyon at speeds of 100 MPH on opening day of Cave of the Wind's newest attraction, the Terror-Dactyl, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
Riders plummet 200 feet into Williams Canyon at speeds of 100 MPH on opening day of Cave of the Wind's newest attraction, the Terror-Dactyl, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette 

Air Force Academy Visitor Center: Exit 156-B off Interstate 25, North Gate, 333-2025, usafa.af.mil. Free. Exhibits, theater, gift shop and nature trail to the Cadet Chapel.

American Numismatic Association Money Museum: 818 N. Cascade Ave., 632-2646, money.org. Free third Saturdays monthly. The history of money, educational exhibits.

Arcade Amusements Inc.: 900 block of Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9815, manitousprings pennyarcade.com. One city block of video, pinball, classic antique games, Skee-Ball, horse derby, kiddie rides.

Bear Creek Nature Center: 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387, elpasocountynaturecenters.com. Free. Hikes, interactive exhibits, interpretive programs, guided and self-guided tours.

Blue Moon Haunted History Tours: Reservations required, 291-2409, manitoulegends.com. Walking tours through Manitou Springs, Haunted History Walking Tours, Halloween Walking Tours.

Cave of the Winds: 100 Cave of the Winds Road, Manitou Springs, off U.S. 24, 685-5444, caveofthe winds.com. Terror-dactyl aerial dive, zip line, cave tours, Wind Walker Challenge Course.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 633-9925, cmzoo.org. Encounter Africa, Rocky Mountain Wild, Mountaineer Sky Ride. Zoo admission includes a visit to Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun that day.

Colorado Springs and Interurban Railway: 2333 Steel Drive, 475-9508, coloradosprings trolleys.com. Project of the Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation. Tours, trolley rides, museum tours, gift shop.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center: 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. Gallery tours with docents, free tactile gallery, Bemis School of Art, Taste restaurant, Museum Shop, Deco Lounge.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum: 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990, cspm.org. Free. History of the Pikes Peak region and local history archives.

Fountain Creek Nature Center: 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745, elpasocounty naturecenters.com. Free. Nature exhibits, interpretive programs, bird watching, guided and self-guided tours.

Garden of the Gods Trading Post: 324 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs, 685-9045, gardenof thegodstradingpost.com. Southwest art gallery, Navajo weavings, gift shop, Balanced Rock Cafe.

Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center: 1805 N. 30th St., 634-6666, gardenof gods.com. Free. Nature walks, museum exhibits, Junior Ranger program for kids, gift shop, Geo-Trekker Theater covering millions of years of local geology, $4-$6, free ages 4 and younger.

Ghost Town Museum: 400 S. 21st St., 634-0696, ghosttownmuseum.com. Pieces of the past preserved in an Old West setting as it might have been.

Glen Eyrie: 3820 N. 30th St., 634-0808, gleneyrie.org. Free. A ministry of The Navigators. Tours, overnight rooms in the historic castle, Queen's Tea and Royal Tea, holiday madrigal dinners.

Manitou Cliff Dwellings: 10 Cliff Road, Manitou Springs, 685-5242, cliffdwellingsmuseum.com. Open daily, weather permitting; relocated Anasazi cliff dwellings, museum.

Manitou Incline: 515 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, visitcos.com. Old railway bed became a challenging trail for hikers and runners. It climbs 2,000-plus vertical feet in about 1 mile. It is now legal to climb. Rated difficult. Free, but you must pay for nearby parking, walk from downtown or take a free shuttle from downtown Manitou Springs.

Manitou Springs Heritage Center: 517 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1454, manitouspringsheritagecenter.org. Free. Popular exhibits include the history of the Manitou Incline.

May Natural History Museum: 710 Rock Creek Canyon Road, 576-0450, coloradospringsbugmuseum.com. More than 7,000 unusual, rare, exotic, tropical insects, butterflies and bugs.

McAllister House Museum: 423 N. Cascade Ave., 635-7925, mcallisterhouse.org. English-style cottage built in 1873 as the home of the Henry McAllister family. Major McAllister was influential in the founding of Colorado Springs.

Michael Garman Museum and Gallery: 2418 W. Colorado Ave., 471-9391, michaelgarman.com. Free. Sculptures include cowboys, firefighters, soldiers and aviators. Tours, reservations required. Miramont Castle Museum: 9 Capitol Hill Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1011, miramontcastle.org. Built in 1895 as a private mansion, the museum offers a look at how life might have been in early Manitou Springs, including the volunteer fire department's display, "Hose, Hook and Ladder Company," a tea room and military exhibit. Tours and special events.

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial: Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Walls with the names of union firefighters who died in the line of duty. The newest names are added each September. National Museum of World War II Aviation: 755 Aviation Way, 637-7559, worldwariiaviation.org. Working museum with multiple aircraft being restored. Tours by docents. Old Colorado City Historical Society & History Center: 1 S. 24th St., 636-1225, occhs.org. Free. Walking tours by reservation, research library, bookstore, special events.

Olympic Complex: One Olympic Plaza, 1750 E. Boulder St., 632-5551, teamusa.org. Free tours. Olympic Training Center, gift shop, Hall of Fame.

Penrose Heritage Museum: 11 Lake Circle, The Broadmoor hotel, 577-7065, elpomar.org. Free. Horse-drawn and motorized carriages, The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race cars, presidential carriages, Native American artifacts, antique firearms and vintage riding equipment. Peterson Air & Space Museum: 150 E. Ent Ave., Peterson AFB, 556-4915, petemuseum.org. Free. The aviation and space history of this region. Aircraft, missiles, Cold War exhibits, satellites, World War II displays.

Pikes Peak Cog Railway: 515 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5401, cograilway.com. Multiple times daily, weather permitting. Reservations required. The railway trains travel to the summit of Pikes Peak, elevation 14,115 feet.

Pikes Peak Highway: U.S. 24 west to Cascade, 385-7325, visitcos.com. A 19-mile paved toll road to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak. Open year-round, weather permitting.

ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy: 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, 528-4764, prorodeohalloffame.com. Multimedia presentations, historical cowboy gear and clothing, rodeo Hall of Champions, memorabilia, trophies, sculpture garden, Western art and retired rodeo animals.

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site: 3105 Gateway Road, 578-6777, rockledgeranch.com. Living history museum of the Pikes Peak region. Costumed interpreters tell the stories and demonstrate work, tools and abilities of people through four time periods.

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center: 201 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park, 686-1820, rmdrc.com. Dinosaur and other prehistoric fossils, educational programs, tours.

Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame: 5867 N. Nevada Ave., 487-8005, themotorcyclemuseum.com. Free. Collection of motorcycles dating from 1913. Motorcycle memorabilia.

Serenity Springs Wildlife Center: 24615 Scott Road, Calhan, 347-9200, serenitysprings wildlife.org. Tours available most weekends; call for reservations. Big cats and exotic animals.

Seven Falls: 2850 S. Cheyenne Canyon Road, 476-6708, sevenfalls.com. Seven cascading waterfalls dropping 181 feet into a canyon, Restaurant 1858, gift shops, walking and hiking trails, Broadmoor Soaring Adventure zip lines.

Simpich Showcase: 2413 W. Colorado Ave., 465-2492, simpich.com. Free; tickets required for theater performance. Simpich character doll figures displayed in more than 50 diorama settings. Puppet theater productions.

Space Foundation Discovery Center: 4425 Arrowswest Drive, 576-8000, spacefoundation. org. Educational center developing and promoting an understanding of space. Classes, special events, teacher training.

Starsmore Discovery Center: 2120 S. Cheyenne Canyon Road, 385-6086, parks.colorado springs.gov/starsmore. Free. Self-guided hikes, children's programs, nature programs.

Venetucci Farm: 5210 S. U.S. 85, 391-8102, ppcf.org. Free. Historic family farm now maintained by Pikes Peak Community Foundation. Farmers market, urban homesteading, classes, community supported agriculture, pumpkin patch tradition.

Western Museum of Mining & Industry: 225 North Gate Blvd., 488-0880, wmmi.org. The history of Western mining, mining equipment and demonstrations, guided tours, special events.

World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame: 20 First St., 635-5200, www.worldskating museum.org. Honoring the greatest in figure skating. "Ice Follies" and "Olympic Gold" exhibits.

COMPILED BY JENNIFER MULSON, THE GAZETTE, 636-0270, JEN.MULSON@GAZETTE.COM

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