Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs
February 1, 2015

Breathtaking scenery surrounds Colorado Springs, starting with Pikes Peak, where Katherine Lee Bates was inspired to write “America the Beautiful.”

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Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Manitou Springs cliff dwellings
November 16, 2011

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

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Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Pikes Peak Cog Railway
November 16, 2011

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….

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Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs
November 16, 2011

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…

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Manitou Springs

Barker House in Manitou Springs
November 16, 2011

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 –…

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