45 Manitou Ave.
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Phone: (719) 685-5455
Fax: (719) 685-1433
45 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, CO, US, 80829
- Phone: (719) 685-5455
- Fax: (719) 685-1433
Garden of the Gods is sprawled over 1360 acres (550 hectares). Its unique geological landscape consists of protruding rocks of deep red sandstone. These structures strike a startling contrast against the green swathes of this park. Before embarking on an exploration, a film educates visitors on the geological upheaval of this area, as well as the park's history. One can discover the hidden flora and fauna of this region through nature walks, on a bike or horseback, or by following pathways like the Siamese Twins Trail. Other activities include bird-watching and rock-climbing. One can also engage in interactive exhibits and enjoy refreshments at a café on-site. This pet-friendly venue is also a dog owner's delight.
Spend a day at America's only mountainside zoo. The zoo features endangered species in mountain exhibits that resemble their natural habitat. You can walk the hilly terrain or catch the tram at one of seven stops. Hands-on contact with animals is permitted in front of the Aquatics building - giraffes will literally eat from your hand, and zoo crackers can be purchased at the entrance. Mountain weather changes rapidly, so bring a light jacket.
After a day at the The Broadmoor, take a scenic 1.4-mile drive up the narrow mountain road for a self-guided tour of this popular shrine. Built in the 1930s in honor of the American actor, writer and humorist Will Rogers, the shrine is full of historic information and colorful artwork painted on the walls, taking you back in time. Climb several winding flights of stairs to the top floor of the shrine, located at an elevation of 8136 feet, for a breathtaking view of the city and the surrounding mountains. Admission is included with zoo ticket purchase.