Breathtaking scenery surrounds Colorado Springs, starting with Pikes Peak, where Katherine Lee Bates was inspired to write “America the Beautiful.”
The Horticultural Art Society of Colorado Springs has created three gardens in Monument Valley Park on the edge of the Colorado College campus.
Two xeriscape gardens in Colorado Springs show off the possibilities of gardening with little to no added water.
The Flying W Ranch was destroyed by the Waldo Canyon wildfire on June 26, 2012, but the owners plan to rebuild it.
The Theiophytalia was named after the Garden of the Gods, where the dinosaur skull was first discovered in 1878. Confirmation of the find, however, did not come until 2006.
The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center features fossils from dinosaurs, marine reptiles, pterosaurs and carnivorous fish from the Cretaceous period about 100 million years ago.
Staff writer The ruins at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum were moved from southwestern Colorado in the late 1890s to preserve them. The display illuminates the architecture and the lives of the Anasazi Indians who lived in the pueblos 700 years ago, with museum exhibits focusing on their culture and artifacts. Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum 10 Cliff Dwellings Road Manitou Springs CO 80829 719-685-5242 Website
Staff writer The century-old Pikes Peak Cog Railway offers an easy ride to the peak’s 14,115-foot summit, climbing 7,539 feet in nine miles. Visitors can drive to the top on a toll road, but they have a much better view of the scenery from the train, passing through high plains to alpine tundra. They often encounter bighorn sheep grazing high above the city, or smaller animals such as yellow-bellied marmots….
Staff writer Pikes Peak is located in the Pike National Forest about 10 miles west of Colorado Springs and about 8,000 feet in elevation above the city. It is one of Colorado’s most popular attractions. The peak’s 14,110-foot summit can be reached by cog railway or toll road – or by foot on the 11-mile 12.6-mile Barr National Recreation Trail,, which climbs 7,500 feet in altitude from Manitou Springs. Campgrounds…
Staff writer The mineral springs at Manitou Springs, named by Native Americans for the great spirit Manitou, helped give Colorado Springs its name. The springs also brought to the area many people who suffered from consumption, hoping for a cure. They were urged to drink the waters and many patients did recover. It was later discovered that they weren’t cured by the water but by the dry mountain air –…