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ith a bit of Western flair one would expect from a group of towns that date back to the Colorado Gold Rush Days, Teller County and its surrounding area offers up a lifestyle that suits the old-timer as well as the young family man and woman.

Indeed there is something for everyone in these quiet, mountain towns. From an abundance of trails fit for horseback riding and hiking to a never-ending celebration of the arts to private fishing holes and a town to roll the dice in, no matter where you go America’s Mountain is just a turn of the head away. It’s that mountain and all its surrounding beauty and peace that have brought so many to these communities through the years, yet each community in Teller County

also has managed to stay small as it has stood the test of time, grown and prospered in its own way. And don’t let the locals fool you. While many appear to put up a gruff exterior, there isn’t a one who won’t be happy to stop and answer a question or say hello. After all, it’s the Colorado way. It’s, quite simply, what we do. Inside, we’ve taken the time to list some of the biggest events that will take place in our various communities throughout the year as well as

shed a little light on some of the unique aspects that make each of those communities special. To learn more about Teller County, however, we encourage you to visit for daily news updates and to find out what is going on around the area. You can also get upto-date information in our weekly print publications, the Pikes Peak Courier View and Teller County Extra. Enjoy, and give us a call if you have any questions. ■




This was the April 5, 2011, shot of the day featured in the Pikes Peak Guy’s book, and one thing is for certain, spring just doesn’t get much prettier than this in the Pikes Peak Region.

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What started as a small, quiet journey on June 1, 2010, to create a gallery-quality,

photographic collection of Pikes Peak over a period of 365 days managed to morph into a project which members of the community, both past and present, have latched onto. Known to the masses only as The Pikes Peak Guy – due

The Pikes Peak Guy poses in front of his muse with a first-edition copy of his book, 365 Days of Pikes Peak: The Journey. Photo by Ryan Boldrey

to the desire to remain anony- cannot only see every single mous throughout the proj- photo that appears in his book, ect’s creation – this Woodland but by liking the project they Park artist created a major stir also still receive a new photo through social media, posting each day in their news feed. The Pikes Peak Guy, who his selected photo of the day of the region’s most grandiose has captured his images from landmark daily for the entire a variety of locales and in all duration of the project. weather and light, is no strangHis following on Facebook, er to what the mountain means where one can find him under to others either. Well aware of The Pikes Peak the fact that Guy monibehind Mt. The main photo on the ker, has from Fuji, it is the cover, also pictured second most humble beginabove, is part of The visited mounnings eclipsed Pikes Peak Guy’s “My tain in the 3,500 fans from Peak 365” project. world, he feels around the reFor more information it his job to give gion and world on the project, follow everyone who alike. Despite The Pikes Peak Guy is drawn to the project on Facebook or visit the mountain wrapping up and considers last May 31, it their own, that number still continues to grow daily, something they don’t normally and understandably so, as one get to see.


2012 TELLER COUNTY GUIDE “Everyone has a special connection to it in some way, shape or form,” he said. “Whether it is the business guy who travels and comes home and once he sees that mountain he knows he is home, whether it is the person who has been training to run up it for the Pikes Peak ascent or marathon, or whether it is the race car driver who has been looking at that mountain their whole life dreaming of being in a race, it extends well beyond our local community.” In The Pikes Peak Guy’s own words, he is just an ordinary guy trying to create something extraordinary, capturing the beauty of Pikes Peak in photographs every single day for a year and sharing that with the world. That project is now put together in a beautiful, bound, hard cover collection, called 365 Days of Pikes Peak, The Journey. ■


As the Pikes Peak Guy pointed out in his book in regard to his Sept. 4 location, “how is it that an old animal barn has a better view of the Peak out of the window than most of the homes in our area!?”


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Inspiration & Adventure Abound Pat hill

In the embrace of Pikes Peak, Teller County is the source of inspiration for outdoor adventurers, photographers, poets and artists. A place to experience the beauty, the diversity and the solitude of land that inspires and challenges, Teller County is compelling. For hikers, the weekender or the athlete with a track record, Teller County is known for its trails, up mountains, across streams and into the woods. The most popular trails are Hayden Divide, a 2.6-mile easy trek, and Catamount Ranch Open Space that features a system of trails with varying levels of elevation. “The trails offer the great outdoors experience,” said Fred Clifford, the county’s public works director who also manages the parks division. The open space is 1,320 acres of pristine land preserved in perpetuity by a conservation easement as a result of the purchase by Teller County. Every mile of trail was constructed by the parks division and a team of volunteers who gave their weekends to the project and is now open to the public. “People should be prepared for all types of weather as well as the viewing of wildlife,” Clifford said. Because the property is part of a wildlife migration corridor, the odds of seeing an Lovell Gulch is a popular place for runners and hikers in Teller County, offering up a slice of solitude amidst some beautiful scenery. Photo by Ryan Boldrey


2012 TELLER COUNTY GUIDE animal or two are pretty good. In the challenging category, the Crags Trails is definitely up there for the hearty hiker. At 12.5 miles to the summit at Pikes Peak through Pike National Forest, the Crags can also be approached with a less-exhausting goal by turning around at will. The hiking options are so vast that decisions may only be made by flipping a coin, assuming that two choices have been made. Hiking is just one of the options available at Mueller State Park, which features 55 miles of trail, half of which are open to mountain biking and equestrian use. “Our trails are not extremely difficult,” said park ranger Parrish Watson. A day at the park might include hiking, horseback riding and a picnic on one of 40 sites at the 12,000-acre park. “People can bring charcoal, have wood fires or bring their own

Manitou Lake, just south of Woodland Park off of Colo. 67, gives visitors a beautiful spot to relax by the water. Photo by Pat Hill

gas grill,” Watson added. After a hike and lunch, the day tripper can go fishing in Brook and Rock ponds, each a four-mile round trip from the visitors’ center. Along with the outdoor adventures, visitors might remember that Mueller State Park is also known as Black Bear Country. The state park is just one of

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many places for horseback riding and fishing. In Teller and Park counties, the Triple B, Tarryall River and M Lazy C ranches are ideal for fishing or just visiting. While the ranch owners offer guided tours, for the independent equestrian who already has a horse, riding free through forest land is about as good as it gets. For fishing, if Mueller

doesn’t fit the bill, opportunities abound in Teller County, at the Catamount Reservoir, Manitou Lake, Rampart Range and Skaguay reservoirs, to name just a few. For information about Mueller State Park, call 687-2366. For information about Teller County’s trails and parks, call 687-8812. ■

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Farmers’ Market, the best in Colorado Norma Engelberg

One might not think of highaltitude mountain towns in terms of farm-fresh food but the Woodland Park Farmers’ Market was chosen best in the state in 2011 in the America’s Favorite Farmers’ Market Survey. The Woodland Park Farmers’ Market has been bringing fresh produce, baked goods and Colorado beef, poultry, dairy and fiber products to locals since 1991, starting with only six vendors. Now, the market is capped at 80 vendors and there is a long waiting list to partake. The Woodland Park

Farmers Markets is every Friday morning from mid-June to late September and parking is free. There are also indoor winter markets in October, November and December. In addition to food, available at the market are shrubs, trees and flowers that are adapted to the local climate and experts are also on hand to answer questions about gardening and food preservation. Next to the farmers’ market is the arts and crafts market where shoppers can get handcrafted jewelry, wood products, fine arts, photography, baskets and other items. The market also has entertainment and is a place where locals can support nonprofit organiza-

tions and young entrepreneurs who set up fundraising and vendor booths. The farmers’ market isn’t

Woodland Park’s only claim to fame, however, and there are plenty of year-round attractions to be enjoyed by locals

This life-sized model of a daspletosaurus greets visitors to the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center with a toothy smile. The dinosaur, one of two life-sized models standing in front of the center under the palms in Woodland Park, is a cousin to the Tyrannosaurus Rex visitors will meet inside. More than 100,000 visitors trek through the center each year, learning about dinosaurs and many other mostly Cretaceous Period life forms. Photo by Norma Engelberg

2012 TELLER COUNTY GUIDE and visitors alike. One of the most popular attractions is the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. More than 100,000 visitors every year get to see full-size dinosaur fossils and cast models of mostly Cretaceous Period dinosaurs, fish and marine and flying reptiles. For more information, visit www.rmdrc. com. Another popular locale is the Shining Mountain Golf Club. Not just for golfers, the county’s only golf destination is also available for special events such as tournaments, weddings, meetings and conferences. Its Mountain View Bar & Grill has a full menu and some of the most spectacular views of “the best side” of Pikes Peak available anywhere. For information, visit Art lovers should also try out the Third Friday Art Walks. On the third Friday of each month, Main Street galleries stay open late and offer snacks and a chance to meet artists and see what’s happening in the local art scene. Many of the galleries also offer wine tasting. Throughout the year there are also indoor concerts at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. In the summer the Midland Pavilion on the Green next to the cultural center plays host to a variety of concerts, performances and other entertainment,


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Donkeys play an important role during Cripple Creek’s annual Donkey Derby Days. This docile donkey is being led easily by a derby contestant but some donkeys have minds of their own and don’t take kindly to running a race. Photo by Norma Engelberg

Donkeys stop traffic in Cripple Creek Norma Engelberg

Most of the nation’s wild burro herds live in national parks but visitors to Cripple Creek

can find a small herd of freeroaming donkeys, Colorado’s name for burros, right in town. In fact, the donkeys will often find them, stopping traffic and sticking their heads in open car windows for snacks.

During the Cripple Creek Gold Rush, which started in 1891, local donkeys led different lives than the lives their descendents lead now. Gold prospectors and their donkeys are icons of the Gold Rush. The donkey

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Cripple Creek’s donkey herd roams free during the spring, summer and fall but the donkeys spend their winters in their own paddock, slimming down with a special diet replacing the junk food they cadged from tourists. Photo by Norma Engelberg.

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Donkeys aren’t Cripple Creek’s only attraction, of course. Starting in 1991, gaming came to town and now there might be more gold in the casinos on historic Bennett Avenue than there was in the mines that once surrounded the town. Besides games of chance, including slots, poker, Black Jack, craps and roulette, the casinos also offer lodging and good restaurants. The town also has two historical entertainment venues. The Butte Opera House and the Thin Air Theatre Co. offer mining-camp-style melodrama, a summer musical and community theater, while the Gold Bar Room Theater in the newly restored Imperial Hotel & Casino offers music, magic and comedy acts. For those who want more than slot machines, Cripple Creek flaunts its Western and

2012 TELLER COUNTY GUIDE mining heritage with five museums. Located at Fifth Street and Bennett Avenue, the Cripple Creek District Museum is a complex of three buildings showcasing six floors of history. Outdoor exhibits at the museum include mining artifacts and two completely outfitted, early 20th-century cabins. For more information about the museum, visit Other Cripple Creek museums include the Cripple Creek Heritage Center, which covers local history from the days of the dinosaurs to the end of the Gold Rush era; the Outlaws & Lawmen Jail Museum, where some of the town’s heroes and shady characters come to life; the Old Homestead Parlour House Museum that used to house one of the town’s premier gentlemen’s clubs; and Fire Station #3. Cripple Creek’s outdoor activities include the Trails of Gold between Cripple Creek and Vic-

tor and the Golden Loop Historic Parkway driving tour. For information and trail maps, go to Finally, Cripple Creek is known for its many festivals and celebrations. The big event every June is Donkey Derby Days, the city’s annual celebration of its mining heritage and famous donkeys. Other events include the Once Upon a Time in the West Art Show in June, the 4th of July celebration, the

Salute to American Veterans Rally and Teller County Fair in August, Cruise Above the Clouds Car Show in September; aspen-viewing , Mt. Pisgah Cemetery and Ghost Walk tours in October; Gold Camp Christmas and headframe lighting in December and the Ice Festival two weekends in February. For more information including dates and times, visit www. ■

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Victor, A place like no other Pat Hill

The city of Victor is like no other place in America. Pulsing with history, of the grand old days of gold mining in the late 20th century, as well as the architecture that glorifies the Victorian age, Victor is a study in contrasts. Charming, with a certain sense of time passing by, yet perked by signs of progress, Victor is an artistic paradise for photographers and artists, a place where scenic beauty reflects the natural magnificence of Colorado. Close to 10,000 feet in altitude, the city’s 455 residents are fiercely independent but more than willing to help out a stranger, offer directions to the city’s hiking trails or talk about the most famous resident of all, the late Lowell Thomas, the radio broadcaster whose sign-off farewell was “So Long Until Tomorrow.” Thomas, who began his journalism career as the editor of the Victor Daily Record when he was 19, is memorialized in the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, one of the city’s many attractions. The townspeople like to remember that Thomas

Lowell Thomas, the town’s most famous resident, was a radio broadcaster and newspaperman in New York City. The Victor Lowell Thomas museum honors his memory and contains historic memorabilia from the go-go days of newspaper and radio journalism. Photo by Norma Engelberg

came back to his hometown two weeks before his death in August, 1981, in New York City. The main benefactor of the city is the Cripple Creek & Victor Mining Co. which offers tours as a benefit for the museum while adding to the lore of mining with regular tours of the mining property. The main

office is in one of the historic buildings and is located at 3rd Street and Victor Avenue. Included in the mine’s plans for expansion is a plaza downtown, a kind of resting area with bits of mining history, for a combination of the new with the old. While CC & V is engaged in

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2012 TELLER COUNTY GUIDE study. A walk around the city is bound to entice curiosity. As well, visitors are encouraged to stop in and chat with the local shopkeepers. Along with history, the city features two marked trails, the Little Grouse Mountain and another one that takes off from Sunnyside Cemetery. In the brisk mountain air, a hike offers an invigorating interlude as a


tourist stop or a destination. The trails were designed and built by mine employees as well as members of the Southern Teller County Focus Group and the parks and recreation department in Cripple Creek. In the past decade, Victor has established itself as one of the nation’s premier locations for plein air painting. In a weeklong event that culminates on During Victor Celebrates the Arts Week, artists use every occasion to paint in and around Victor, from the pubs to downtown streets to fields outside of town. Photo by Suzanne Core

The Victor Daily Record was once a thriving newspaper whose editor at one time was Lowell Thomas. While the building is empty today, it remains as a tribute to the city’s great architecture. Photo by Norma Engelberg

Labor Day weekend, Victor Celebrates the Arts features artists from various parts of the country who relish the natural beauty as inspiration for painting on location. Another march to progress is the renovation of the Doyle Block Building on Victor Avenue to house a brewery and an art gallery. Built in 1899, the Doyle Block is a project head-

ed by Danny Bielz, a member of the family known around these parts for their generosity and civic spirit. Along with the microbrews and artistry, Bielz is adding affordable-housing apartments on the second level of the building. For information about Victor, refer to www.victorcolorado. com or call 689-2284. ■

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Some of the most captivating activities and sights to see can be found in two unincorporated towns in Teller County. Redwood trees may not be a common sight in Colorado, but Florissant happens to be home to several. Petrified Redwood

stumps measuring 14-feet wide can be seen right in Teller County’s own backyard. The Florissant Fossil Beds is open year-round and is just one of many activities for visitors to enjoy while visiting Florissant. Self-guided walks around the Petrified Forest Loop, guided ranger walks and ranger-led programs for kids are just a few

of the ways visitors can learn about a volcanic eruption that occurred 34 billion years ago. The Florissant Fossil Beds offers 14 miles of walking trails and the temporary visitors’ center will soon be housed in a permanent location. Call 719748-3253 for additional information. Florissant is also home to the Pikes Peak Historical Society Museum. Admission is free

and visitors can find out information on the Pikes Peak Region and see exhibits of gems and minerals, including the largest smoky quartz crystal ever found in North America, weighing in at 439 pounds. Once a year the residents of Florissant also celebrate their history by a special event called Heritage Days. The day’s festivities start with a pancake breakfast. Other activities in-

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2012 TELLER COUNTY GUIDE clude cowboy poetry, vendors, that the only one fit to be a leather craftsman and even mayor was a jackass,” Celinda butter churning. Much of the Kaelin, president of the Pikes day’s events are sponsored by Peak Historical Society Musethe Florissant Grange 420. um, said. The Grange is a fraternal orFor hours of the Pikes Peak der known as Historical Order of PaSociety MuDivide Elevation: trons of Husseum or ad9,165 ft. bandry that ditional inFlorissant Elevation: formation on was started in the 1800s and the area visit 8,200 ft. was founded www.pikefor farmers speakhsand ranchers. The Florissant Grange has been in existence Now if it’s isn’t quirky enough since 1934 and operates out to have a donkey as a mayor, of the Historical Schoolhouse. the town of Divide, at time of More than just a fraternal order, press, had a dog as its unofficial in addition to Heritage Days mayor. Spright, however, was the Florissant Grange sponsors not up for re-election in 2012, many community activities so after April 3 there could be such as a Thanksgiving dinner, a cat, a bird, a donkey, a wolf, Christmas and Easter parties or another dog as the new sitfor children, monthly flea mar- ting mayor of Divide. The biankets and bi-annual craft shows. nual elections in Divide, put on The public is invited to all of by the Teller County Regional these. Animal Shelter are fundraisers Other things to do while in to help homeless pets and supFlorissant include a visit to the port TCRAS, which is a no-kill new library – which replaced shelter. Votes cost $1 each. Talk the old library six years ago – about buying an election! Divide, aside from its poputhe Florissant Cemetery, the Hornbeck Homestead and, by lar mayors, is often referred to appointment only, the School- as “The Center of the Known Universe” and while it’s not achouse Museum. Florissant even has an un- tually the center of the universe official mayor – a burro. Cur- it offers a wide range of activirently the mayor pro-tem is ties that any outdoor enthusiast Birdie after acting Mayor Paco will enjoy. The Colorado Wolf and WildBell died last spring. Paco Bell once made an appearance on life Center is a must-see while visiting Divide. One can obMartha Stewart. “The people in the area felt serve rescued wolves, foxes and


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Jason Hackenwerth invites children and adults to enter his balloon sculpture during the 2011 Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls. Photo by Pat Hill

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well as games for children. However, thanks to tradition, the Bronc Day parade clings to A mountain community its historic roots as spectators revered for its hiking trails gather along Ute Pass Avenue, and natural ambience, Green most of them in lawn chairs, to Mountain Falls offers a contrast cheer on the marchers. They’ve in experiences. been doing that for 73 years, As the annual Bronc Day fes- friends and strangers united in tival enters its 74th year in 2012, a community celebration. the Green Box Arts Festival, Besides the spectators, almost founded just four years ago, is everybody else in town marchrelatively young in compari- es, rides or drives in the parade, son. Yet as one pays tribute to with some even joining in durthe town’s western and cowboy ing the walk through town. And roots the othwhile the paElevation: 7,800 ft. er catapults rade may be Population: 935 the commuthe signature nity into an Town Clerk/Treasurer event, the fair artistic and » 719-684-9414 continues cultural ad- Web Site to get more » venture. popular every year, especialBronc Day, as many longtime festivals do ly the dunking booth. On the other hand, the arts over time, has changed its ways over the years. No longer exclu- festival is a cultural blizzard sively about horses and riding of experiences. Launched by the range, the festival today in- Christian Keesee, who spent cludes an arts and crafts fair, as summers as a child in Green

Mountain Falls, the festival combines whimsy with music, art and theatre. Keesee adjusts the lineup by the year as he gauges audience interest. This year’s festival features Ballet Oklahoma, Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, Keigwin + Company and violinist Kyle Dillingham. The centerpiece of the festival is a dramatic artistic creation in the park on Ute Pass Avenue. This year’s piece is artistry crafted from beetle-kill trees by Ben Roth.

“I think it’s important that there be an intellectual and cultural component to Green Mountain Falls,” said Keesee, president of the Kirkpatrick Family Foundation, the nonprofit organization that helps fund the festival. The 2012 festival is from June 24 to July 1 and includes a hike from the town to Crystal Creek Reservoir. Along with the festivals in the town drawing outsiders in are the trails that wind through

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This scene from near the River Bench in Green Mountain Falls, paints a picture of serenity for hikers on a daily basis. Photo by Ryan Boldrey

Pike National Forest. Four of the 16 are suitable for mountain bikes and two for horses. The terrain is steep and the scenery exquisite, nature’s gifts to Green Mountain Falls. An added note of interest is that the American Discovery Trail, a 6,800-mile trail that winds through America, from coast-to-coast, passes through Green Mountain Falls on the bicycle-pedestrian trail on Ute

Pass Avenue. So, too, does the Ute Pass Regional Trail, a 40-mile route from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek. Because of its terrain, challenging and thrilling for hearty hikers, the town has been selected by Big Mountain Adventure Racing for one of its summer events June 22 and 23. For information, call town trustee Dick Bratton at 684-9811. ■

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Cascade’s Ralph Murdock set a new record in his vintage class in 2011. Many records are expected to fall this year as the track, for the first time in the race’s 90-year history, will be fully-paved. Photo by Courtney Kuhlen

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America’s second oldest car race, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, turns 90 this year. And with an expected record crowd on hand for the race’s monumental birthday on July 8, 2012, fans will have the opportunity to witness, for the first time in the hill climb’s storied history, an all-paved track. Mind you, that’s a track that

features 156 turns on a 12.42 mile course that for years has shifted between pavement and gravel, back again and back again, while climbing 4,720 feet in elevation to the very peak of America’s Mountain at 14,110 feet. Everything else stays the same with the storied race, except this year, drivers will be able to get their cars and tires ready for just one type of surface, which will no doubt make the times at the finish line a lot quicker as records

are expected to fall faster than hail comes down in Teller County in July. Last year the race − which is only eclipsed in longevity by the Indianapolis 500 − saw its elusive 10-minute barrier at long last shattered by Japan’s iconic Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, the unlimited division superstar, who will make yet another return trip to the mountain this year. Another icon of the mountain, who no doubt will be racing after a record this year

is Woodland Park’s own Clint Vahsholtz, the local stock car legend, who last year matched his dad, Leonard Vahsholtz, for the most all-time wins on Pikes Peak with 18 and can own the record books outright by snatching up his 16th win in the last 17 years this July. From motorcycles and quads to sidecars and stockcars, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb has it all, right down to semitrucks and vintage vehicles; just be prepared to get there early and stay late and make


2012 TELLER COUNTY GUIDE sure you are ready for all kinds of weather. July 7 will also mark the only night of the year one can camp legally on Pikes Peak. You just need to have a ticket

for the race and a camping permit to do so. Visit www. for more information on the race, camping and tickets. ■

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Woodland Park racing legend Clint Vahsholtz will look to be all alone in the record books this year as he aims for his 19th class title on Pikes Peak. Currently he is tied up top with his legendary father, Leonard Vahsholtz. Photo by Courtney Kuhlen

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Nearby Attractions Historic Manitou Springs

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Manitou Cliff Dwellings


Take a step outside Teller County and head down Ute Pass and there is plenty to do in the surrounding area, starting with Historic Manitou Springs at the foot of Pikes Peak. Manitou Springs, CO 80829, 719-685-5089 or www.

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Offering visitors a glimpse into the past, with more than 40 rooms, including a ceremonial Kiva, a lookout tower and sleeping quarters. Head east on U.S. 24 from Woodland Park. Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Manitou Springs, CO 80829, 719-685-5242, www.

Pikes Peak Cog Railway

All aboard the world’s highest cog railway to Pikes Peak – 14,110 feet. Open year-round. Reservations required. Pikes Peak Cog Railway, 515 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, CO 80829, 719-6855401,,

Cave of the Winds

Combine science and scenery on a tour of this extensive and beautiful natural cave. From Woodland Park, take U.S. 24 east to Manitou Springs, 719-685-5444,

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

There’s a place in Colorado where looking down is even more breathtaking than looking up. The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is eight miles west of Cañon City on U.S. 50, Cañon City, CO 81215, 719-275-7507,

The spirit of Christmas reigns every day at Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole. Open mid-May through Christmas Eve. East of Woodland Park on U.S. 24. North Pole, CO 80809. 719-684-9432,

Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center

This is where the garden comes alive … with state-of-the-art exhibits that bring to life the area’s cultural history, Native American heritage and unique ecology. 1805 N. 30th St., Colorado Springs, CO 80904, 719-634-6666,

Garden of the Gods Trading Post

The Trading Post offers a worldclass art gallery, gift shop, the Balanced Rock Café and the Peak View Conference Center. 324 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs, CO 80829, 719-685-9045, www.

America’s only mountain zoo has breathtaking mountain scenery and nearly 700 animals from around the world. Open daily. 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, 719-633-9925, www.

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Ride the train that made the Royal Gorge famous on a spectacular two-hour, 24-mile journey through the gorge. 401 Water St., Santa Fe Depot, Cañon City, CO 81212, 303-569-1000,

Since 1978, Echo Canyon River Expeditions has provided worldclass river experiences to people of all ages and abilities. 45000 U.S. 50 West, Cañon City, CO 81212, 719-275-3154, info@raftecho. com.

Drive the safe, scenic, spectacular Pikes Peak Highway all the way to the 14,110-feet high summit of Colorado’s most-famous mountain. From Woodland Park, take U.S. 24 east to Cascade and follow the signs. Toll Road, 719-684-9383,



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Seven Falls

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A journey along South Cheyenne Canyon to Seven Falls takes you through the 42-foot-wide Pillars of Hercules with 1,000-foot cliffs above and a 181-foot waterfall cascading down seven distinct steps. South Cheyenne Canyon, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, 719-632-0765, www.sevenfalls. com.

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John May Museum Center

U.S. Air Force Academy Visitor Center

high Pikes Peak, the Summit House offers visitors spectacular views of the surrounding National Forest, Rocky Mountains and the city of Colorado Springs. 719473-0208,


Other Area Attractions Ghost Town Museum ProRodeo Hall of Fame 710 Rock Creek Canyon, Colorado Springs, CO 80926 719-576-0450

Miramont Castle & Museum 9 Capitol Hill Ave., Manitou Springs, CO 80829 719-685-1011

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Academy Drive, USAF Academy, CO 80840 719-333-2025

Western Museum of Mining & Industry 1025 N. Gate Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80921 719-488-0880


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