South Central Colorado

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  • 1. Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Taking its own name from the many peaks named after famous universities, the 168,000-acre Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area includes more 14...Read More

  • Garden of the Gods

    2. Garden of the Gods

    Geological Site

    These magnificent, eroded red-sandstone formations—from gnarled jutting spires to sensuously abstract monoliths—were sculpted more than 300...Read More

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  • 3. Pikes Peak

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    If you want to see the view from the top of Pikes Peak, which Katharine Bates described in "America the Beautiful," head up this 14,115-foot...Read More

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  • 4. Royal Gorge

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Cañon City is the gateway to the Royal Gorge, whose canyon walls tower up to 1,200 feet high and were carved by the Arkansas River more than...Read More

  • 5. The Broadmoor


    This pink-stucco Italianate complex, built in 1918, is truly one of the world's finest luxury resorts. Even if you don't stay here, stop by...Read More

  • 6. U.S. Air Force Academy

    Educational Institution

    The academy, which set up camp in 1954, is one of the most popular attractions in Colorado. Highlights include the futuristic design, 18,000...Read More

  • 7. A.R. Mitchell Memorial Museum and Gallery


    This museum celebrates the life and work of the famous Western illustrator, whose distinctive oils, charcoal drawings, and watercolors graced...Read More

  • 8. Adams State University

    Educational Institution

    The campus here contains several superlative examples of 1930s WPA-commissioned murals in its administrative building. The college's Luther...Read More

  • 9. ANA Money Museum

    Financial Institution

    The American Numismatic Association's fascinating Money Museum has a collection of old gold coins, mistakes made at the U.S. Mint, and currency...Read More

  • 10. Barr Trail


    The 11¾-mile hike up Barr Trail gains 7,900 feet in elevation before you reach the summit. Halfway up the steep trail is Barr Camp, where many...Read More

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    11. Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site


    About 8 miles east of La Junta, Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site painstakingly re-creates what life was like in this adobe fort. Founded...Read More

    Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
  • 12. Bishop Castle


    This elaborate creation, which resembles a medieval castle replete with turrets, buttresses, and ornamental iron, is the prodigious (some might...Read More

  • 13. Bronco Billy's


    This longtime, locally-owned casino embodies the atmosphere of Cripple Creek’s main drag with its Western theme and friendly staff. Known for...Read More

  • 14. Buell Children's Museum


    Ranked among the best in the country, the Buell Children's Museum provides fun, interactive experiences for kids of all ages. The 12,000-square...Read More

  • 15. Buena Vista Heritage Museum


    Before leaving downtown, meander through the Buena Vista Heritage Museum in the 1882 brick courthouse. A falling-down stagecoach cabin near...Read More

  • 16. Cave of the Winds

    Geological Site

    Discovered by two boys in 1880, the cave has been exploited as a tourist sensation ever since. The only way to enter the site is by purchasing...Read More

  • 17. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo


    America's highest zoo, at 6,700 feet, has more than 950 animals housed amid mossy boulders and ponderosa pines. You can hand-feed the giraffe...Read More

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  • 18. City Park


    The fine City Park has fishing lakes, playgrounds, a carousel, a mini train ride, and tennis courts and a swimming pool. ...Read More

  • 19. Cokedale

    Historic District/Site

    This entire town is a National Historic Landmark District, and it's the most significant example of a turn-of-the-20th-century coal–coke camp...Read More

  • 20. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center


    This regional museum has a fine permanent collection of modern art and excellent rotating exhibits. Some highlight the cultural contributions...Read More

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