South Central Colorado

We’ve compiled the best of the best in South Central Colorado - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Cave of the Winds

    Nature Sight

    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

  • 2. Pikes Peak

    Viewpoint

    If you want to see the view from the top of Pikes Peak, head up this 14,115-foot-high mountain by shuttle or in a pair of hiking boots if you...Read More

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  • 3. 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

  • 4. Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

    Museum/Gallery

    This five-story tower was dedicated in 1937, after the tragic plane crash that claimed Rogers's life. Its interior is painted with all manner...Read More

  • 5. Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Less than an hour's drive southwest of Great Sand Dunes is a sanctuary for songbirds, waterbirds, and raptors (it's also home to many other...Read More

  • 6. ANA Money Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The American Numismatic Association's fascinating Money Museum has a collection of old gold coins, an exhibit on the history of money, and currency...Read More

  • 7. Buell Children's Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 8. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    Zoo/Aquarium

    America's only mountain zoo, at 6,700 feet, has more than 750 animals housed amid mossy boulders and ponderosa pines. You can hand-feed the...Read More

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  • 9. City Park

    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

  • 10. Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    A favorite with kids, the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad weaves over reconstructed trestles and past abandoned mines to the...Read More

  • 11. Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Take a day trip on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, an 1880s steam locomotive that chugs through portions of Colorado's and northern...Read More

  • 12. El Pueblo History Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    A nicely designed repository for the city's history, El Pueblo History Museum extends its scope to chronicle life on the plains dating back...Read More

  • 13. Ghost Town

    Museum/Gallery

    You can see and hear a real player piano and a nickelodeon at this Western town with a sheriff's office, general store, saloon, and smithy....Read More

  • 14. Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Just west of the Alamosa wildlife refuge is its sister sanctuary, the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, a 15,000-acre park that's a stopping...Read More

  • 15. North Cheyenne Cañon Park

    Trail

    The 1,600 acres of this city park, which is open year-round, manifest nature and natural history without a hint of commercialism—or charge....Read More

  • 16. Old Firehouse No. 1 Children's Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Set in the delightful Old Firehouse Number 1, the museum displays fire-fighting memorabilia, such as a 1947 American LaFrance fire truck (children...Read More

  • 17. Pikes Peak Cog Railway

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The world's highest cog train departs from Manitou Springs and follows a frolicking stream up a steep canyon, through stands of quaking aspen...Read More

  • 18. Pueblo Zoo

    Zoo/Aquarium

    In City Park, this biopark is home to black-footed penguins, ringtail lemurs, and pythons—housed separately of course. Favorites here include...Read More

  • 19. Royal Gorge Route Railroad

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    A ride on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad takes you under the bridge and through one of the most dramatic parts of the canyon. From the Santa...Read More

  • 20. U.S. Olympic Training Center

    Sports Venue

    America's hopefuls come to train and be tested at this flagship training center for the U.S. Olympic Committee and Olympic Training Center programs...Read More

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