Colorado Springs Bucket List

  •  Get up in the morning, throw your kayak in the car and enjoy an hour on the Catamount lakes on Pikes Peak before work.
  •  Bike down Pikes Peak and stop at the Colorado Wines restaurant, sit creekside and enjoy a yummy veggie burger. (They have other tasty food too.)
  • Release your inner child by playing in the Penny Arcade in Manitou Springs
  • Dance in the water at the Uncle Wilber water fountain in downtown Colorado Springs (Acacia Park)
  • Eat breakfast at the famous King’s Chef Diner (cash only!)
  • Hike around Garden of the Gods, take a selfie at Balance Rock, hunt for The Scotsman and find the infamous “window” photo op at the Siamese Twins formation.
  • Run a 5k on a Tuesday night with the Jack Quinn’s Running Club.
  • Watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks from the Peak.
  • Climb the Manitou Incline.
  • Hike Barr Trail to Pikes Peak
  • Fish in 11-Mile-Canyon for the best Brown Trout Fishing in the country!
  • Pack a cup and enjoy a taste of the free-flowing spring waters in Manitou Springs.
  • Attend the annual Territory Days Festival in Old Colorado City. Enjoy funnel cakes, vintage gunfights, music, shopping and giant turkey legs.
  • Enjoy the Rodeo Days Western Street Pancake Breakfast
  • Don’t miss the Longhorn Cattle Drive on Tejon street.
  • On a Sunday morning, load up the kayaks or a canoe, drive to Woodland Park, stop at the Hungry Bear Restaurant for breakfast, then spend a lazy afternoon on Rampart Range Reservoir.
  • Shop the summer farmers market in Old Colorado City.
  • Attend a Simpich marionette show.
  • Listen to the Symphony Above the Clouds in Woodland Park on July 5
  • Stroll the Folk Art Festival at Rock Ledge Ranch. Make sure to stop by the blacksmith, watch them at work, visit the homestead and enjoy the smells of freshly baked cookies or applesauce.
  • Drive out to the Paint Mines Interpretive Park
  • Visit the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel.
  • Tour the Olympic Training Center.
  • Take the day off for the AFA graduation in May. Pack a picnic and find a spot on the eastern side of I-25, across from the Academy and watch as the Thunderbirds buzz your head
  • Visit the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.
  • Plan a night at the Broadmoor during the holidays. Admire the giant gingerbread house, walk around the lake and then sit by the fire at Bar del Largo while sipping your favorite hot beverage.
  • Plan a brewery tour with your friends
  • Hike up to Helen Hunt Falls.
  • Drive Gold Camp Road (make sure you have 4WD)
  • You have to attend at least one night at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo!
  • Descend 1,000 feet into a mountain during the Mollie Kathleen Mine Tour.
  • Drive up to Divide, Colo., to the Wolf Wildlife Refuge and then hike the Fossil National Monument.
  • In the fall, spend the day driving to Cripple Creek for the views and amazing aspen leaves!
  • Enjoy the history of the Manitou Cliff Dwellings.
  • Pick the hottest summer day and go to Cave of the Winds.
  • Rent costumes at Zeezo’s and attend the Renaissance Festival.
  • Eat brunch at the Broadmoor.
  • Have a drink of whiskey in the Principal’s Office. (Shhhh! Actually, it’s ok)
  • Pack a blanket and a bottle of wine for the St. Stephens Jazz in the Garden or at Hillside Gardens.
  • Get fresh roasted chilies and fabulous wine tastings at the Holy Cross Abbey Harvest Fest.
  • Sign up to run one of the many races around the city.
  • Enjoy a winter day at the Cripple Creek Ice Fest
  • Get up early on Labor Day to watch the hot air balloon launch
  • Attend a Murder-Mystery dinner at the Briarhurst Manor
  • Gather a group of friends and race with a coffin through Manitou Springs.
  • Participate in a wild donkey race at Donkey Derby Days
  • Bike the Santa Fe Trail
  • Go ahead and fall down The Rabbit Hole.
  • Experience the Gold Room.
  • Take a train ride through the Royal Gorge.
  • Plan a day trip to Bishop Castle.
  • Drive one hour west on a cold, snowy day and soak in the mountain creek at the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs.
  • Mark your calendar for some good ‘ol summer music festivals like Bands In The Backyard.
  • Raft the Arkansas River.
  • Experience the quaint shopping and whitewater park at South Main, Buena Vista.
  • Attend a Sky Sox baseball game on a Friday night.
  • Sing a few tunes and enjoy a yard of beer at the Golden Bee.
  • Experience high tea at the Glenn Eyrie Castle.
  • Have a latte in a tiny house at Story Coffee Co.
  • Admire the Big Horn sheep through binoculars at the Garden of the Gods Visitors Center.
  • Attend a free concert at Stargazers.
  • Drive through Independence Pass
  • Valley View – see the alien lady along the way
  • Hike Pulpit Rock
  • Hike North Cheyenne Canyon Park
  • Have a beer at Mother Muffs while walking along Old Colorado City
  • Hike Red Rock Open Space
  • Mueller State Park
  • Have a meal at Casa Bonita
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • See a concert at Red Rocks Ampitheatre
  • Devils Head
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Visit Gunnison
  • Black Canyon
  • Telluride
  • Ouray
  • Glenwood Springs – hanging lakes hot springs
  • Mount Muscoco
  • Louds Cabin in Cheyenne Mountain
  • 7 Bridges
  • Mount Herman
  • Section 61
  • Gamble at Cripple Creek
  • Black Hawk Casino (near Denver)