The Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society was founded in 1926 by philanthropist Spencer Penrose to house his growing collection of exotic animals. In 1938, after substantial development, Mr. Penrose incorporated Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado as a non-profit public trust for the people of Colorado Springs.
Today, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, America’s ONLY mountain zoo, offers a new experience every time and transforms visitors from passive viewers to active participants. Through comprehensive education programs, exciting conservation efforts, and truly fantastic animal experiences, this Colorado Springs Zoo is able to touch the lives of our guests more than ever before. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado is home to the largest giraffe herd of any zoo. Get up close and personal as you feed the giraffes in the African Rift Valley exhibit.
The Museum is located downtown in the beautifully restored 1903 El Paso County Courthouse at 215 South Tejon street. Normal hours of visitation are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is FREE to the museum. For more information about the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum exhibits and programs call (719) 385-5990. For Saturday visitors, all-day parking is available for $1.00 at the City parking garage directly north of the Museum on Nevada Avenue.
The municipal museum of Colorado Springs, located in the former El Paso County Courthouse (1903), portrays the history and culture of the Pikes Peak Region in exhibits emphasizing the unique character of this uncommon Front Range community. As the focal point of the City’s lovely downtown, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum draws thousands of people to the area annually. Centered in one of two primary downtown parks, this elegant and historic structure is surrounded by inviting green lawns, colorful flowers, outdoor sculptures, and a splendid granite fountain.
The towering red rock formations of the Garden of the Gods Park come alive when you visit the free Visitor and Nature Center and explore the geology, plants, animals and people of this amazing 1319.12-acre regional park, located at 1805 North 30th Street in Colorado Springs.
This incredible city-owned park is truly one of a kind. The site is a National Natural Landmark, having been recognized by the Department of the Interior as “a nationally-significant natural area.” It offers towering sandstone formations, a wonderful view of Pikes Peak, paved and unpaved hiking paths, the historic Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, a living history museum, placed on the National Register for Historic Places in 1971, and many other amenities.
Welcome to Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain! The Pikes Peak Highway entrance is conveniently located 15 minutes west of Colorado Springs on Highway 24. The beauty of being so close to the city is that you can spend your time enjoying the mountain instead of getting to the mountains. Plan for your round trip journey to the summit to take 2-3 hours.
The safe, scenic highway provides you the opportunity to enjoy Pikes Peak at your leisure. From the gateway at an elevation of 7,400 feet, you’ll encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world as you wind your way through an alpine wonderland of scenic beauty, mountain reservoirs, beyond timberline, overtaking the clouds…all along the way to the 14,115 foot summit of America’s most famous mountain.
Along the way, you’ll discover the North Slope Recreation Area, Crystal Reservoir Gift Shop, Historic Glen Cove Inn, and the Summit House. There are three lakes for fishing, picnic areas, hiking trails, and breathtaking views. Stop and watch one of our “Meet the Ranger” Interpretive Programs and learn about the history, myths, flora and fauna on the mountain. All offer visitor services and basic necessities to make your day both enjoyable and memorable.
The US Air Force Academy in Colorado, located north of Colorado Springs, is an institution for the undergraduate education of officers for the United States Air Force. Graduates of the four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree and most are commissioned as second lieutenants. The Academy is also one of the largest tourist attractions in Colorado, welcoming more than a million visitors each year.
The US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is open to visitors daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Visitor’s Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors to the Air Force Academy must enter through the North Gate, which can be accessed from Exit 156B on Interstate 25, 14 miles north of downtown Colorado Springs. Chapel tours are given frequently. Please visit the Air Force Academy Visitor Center for more information.
The US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs is home to athletes and coaches as they train for the next Olympic Games. The facility is the former home of ENT Air Force Base and the headquarters of the North American Defense Command. It officially became USOC administrative headquarters in July 1978. The Olympic Training Center is able to provide housing, dining, recreational facilities and other services for up to 557 coaches and athletes at one time.
Roughly 140,000 people visit the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs each year. Free public tours are available year-round Monday – Saturday. The tour starts with an inspirational 12-minute film and then a 45-minute outdoor walking tour of the training complex, including the weightlifting and wrestling facilities, the Aquatics Center and the Sport Center Gymnasiums. Visitors can then explore the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Rotunda, shop at the U.S. Olympic Store and check out the ever changing art exhibitions found throughout the Olympic Visitor Center.