You will never know how much cool stuff there is to do and see in the Pikes Peak region until you’re asked to list just 10 of them. Here's a list of favorites:

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

 

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road; 633-9925. More than 950 different animals and about 180 species. See the animals, ride an antique carousel, eat a gourmet lunch at the Grizzly Grill, then ride the Mountaineer Sky Ride to the zoo's summit.

 

Cripple Creek - Take Hwy 24 west to Hwy 67. Old west charm meets the excitement of low-stakes casino gambling.

 

Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center - 1805 N. 30th St.; 634-6666, gardenofgods.com. Nature programs, Junior Ranger program for kids, HD movie on history of the park, gift shop, cafe.

 

Glen Eyrie Castle - 3820 N. 30th St.; 634-0808, gleneyrie.org. Ministry of The Navigators. Tours daily of historic castle, Queen's Tea and Royal Tea, holiday madrigal.

 

Manitou Incline - 515 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, visitcos.com. Cable car track on private property became a challenging, albeit illegal, trail for hikers and runners. It is now public. One mile climbs 2,000 vertical feet. Rated difficult.

 

Olympic Complex - One Olympic Plaza, 1750 E. Boulder St.; 866-4618, teamusa.org. Olympic Training Center, gift shop, Hall of Fame, tours $5, children under 10 free, senior, group and military discounts.

 

Pikes Peak Cog Railway - 515 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs; 685-5401, cograilway.com. The Manitou & Pikes Peak Railway trains travel to the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak multiple times daily, weather permitting.

 

Pikes Peak Highway - U.S. 24 west to Cascade; 385-7325, coloradosprings.gov. Paved toll road to the 14,115-foot summit. Open year-round, weather permitting.

 

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, 4218 County Road 3A, Cañon City, $15-$20; royalgorgebridge.com.

 

 

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