Pikes Peak got its name from the early explorer Zebulon Montgomery Pike, but Zebulon’s peak is too hard to say, so it’s just called Pike’s Peak. Though not the tallest in Colorado, Pikes Peak stands at 14,100 feet. It is 1 of the fifty-four “fourteeners” in the State of Colorado which are mountains whose height exceeds 14,000 feet). At Pikes Peak you can hike, bike, or ride the Cog Railway train up to the summit house that extends the Peak’s height about fifteen more feet. Pikes Peak is always a huge tourist destination as it is one of tallest peaks on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Seven Falls consists of seven waterfalls that deluge from a total height of 181 feet. Park admission is $14.00 for adults and $8.00 for children. Along the side of the Falls are 224 steps from the base to the peak. There is also an elevator option to the Eagle’s Nest platform for viewing. The Seven Falls is on National Geographic's top International Waterfalls. Visitors can hike the numerous trails, climb the steps, dine in the Broadmoor, Restaurant 1858, or zip line with the Seven Falls Soaring Adventures.
Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods was nominated as the “Best Free Attraction in the USA” by USA Today. You can gawk at the 300-foot sandstone rocks via free-range rock climbing, Segway and jeep tours, hiking or walking. If you choose to walk the trails, Garden of the Gods Park also offers an interactive nature center and museum. There is also a small cafe that has views of Pikes Peak and the red rocks of the Gods.
The Incline was originally used for a cable car that would transport pipeline materials up and down the mountain. Today with a 2,000 vertical foot climb, it is one of the most challenging hikes in the Springs. It’s recommended for people looking for a vigorous workout or who are more physically active. The cost is free, and the area is open from dawn to dusk. It sometimes closes for maintenance, so check trail reports before planning the trip.
With the Springs right on the Front Range, it offers the perfect launch pad for your mountain adventures.
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