For off-season value pricing, sunny days and cool nights, dry temperatures, and the magnificent scenery of our purple mountainís majesty, you can't beat Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak in the fall.
With aspen leaves quaking in the cool, autumn breezes, the fall is the time to be in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Beginning in mid September, cooler temperatures in the Pikes Peak region are helping to explode a colorful display of glittering aspen tree leaves, which are about to burst into a variety of blazing golds, reds and purples.
Tired of the heat and humidity? Then consider the clear, cool and dry mountain air of the Colorado Rockies, where memories of our magnificent scenery and majestic views are sure to last a lifetime. There's little need for air conditioning here in the Rockies because of our temperate climate and cool mountain breezes.
The number of value hotels has skyrocketed in the past few years from the renowned 5 star Broadmoor resort to over 30 outstanding Bed and Breakfasts, and everything in between, from limited to full service hotel and motels.
When it comes to magnificent scenery and natural beauty, Colorado Springs has it all. It's the home of America's fabulous mountain, Pikes Peak, one of Colorado's highest mountains at 14,110 feet. This "purple mountain majesty" inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write "America the Beautiful" a century ago, and it still excites the six million travelers who visit Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region each year. Lieutenant Zebulon Pike wandered into the region on a cool November day in 1806 and turned away from what is now called Pikes Peak claiming that no man would ever ascend this great mountain. To reinforce this proclamation, he named it "Grand Peak." Though he never made it to the summit, Grand Peak was renamed Pikes Peak in honor of his discovery. And now, Pikes Peak is one of America's most enjoyed mountains - you can hike 12 miles up the Barr Trail to the summit - the trail is lined with the native aspens showing off their regal colors as to give everyone a peek at this once a year experience. You can ride on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highest railroad in the country, or drive the 19-mile scenic highway and enjoy the spectacular view from the road and atop at the new Summit House. One can also enjoy the adventure and thrill of riding down this 14,110 foot mountain on a bicycle!
The Pikes Peak region is home to many "must see" attractions such as the amazing Garden of the Gods park with its massive red sandstone formations and most colorful floral and fauna. This free city park encourages the visitor to hike, bike and even horseback ride through its many trails. Visit the world class Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, a unique natural history museum or the Garden of the Gods Trading Post, the largest gift shop and art gallery in the Pikes Peak region. Don't forget the Royal Gorge, home to the world's highest suspension bridge and ride the new Royal Gorge Route Railroad, America's premier railroad adventure through the "Grand Canyon of the Arkansas." If that isn't enough, come to the ProRodeo Hall of Fame & Museum of the American Cowboy; Seven Falls "the grandest mile of scenery in Colorado;" the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the only mountain zoo in the U.S. starting at 6,800 feet; the Olympic Training Center and the Air Force Academy, the most visited man-made attraction in Colorado. Or venture off to the Flying "W" Ranch for 'rib-stickin', heart-warmin' chuckwagon supper and original western show performed by the nationally-recognized Flying "W" Wranglers. The Pikes Peak region has more than 50 attractions, so there is sure to be something for everyone!
For pure scenic pleasure, take the mountain drive to Cripple Creek, a historic mining town, now a destination for casual gambling. But the real treat here is the entire road, Ute Pass, is lined with aspen trees, and there is not better viewing of these golden wonders. So be sure to have plenty of film in your camera!! While there you can also enjoy a jeep tour in the mountains on Jeep roads passing the old mines and ghost towns around Cripple Creek. Another option would be to experience the gentle, silent flight of a hot air balloon. At the highest flight levels, snow-capped mountains and brilliant colors will excite you.
Our landscape, with its unlimited spaciousness, serves as a stage for many outdoor recreational opportunities, ranging from river rafting, hiking, golf, horseback riding, mountain biking, backpacking, camping, and fishing. With the sun shining 300 days of the year and our clean, mild and dry climate, one can enjoy these sports year-round Colorado Springs is host to such events as the "Colorado Balloon Classic." On September 4-6, 2004, over 125 colorful hot air balloons will lift off from Memorial Park. Pilots from throughout the United States and Canada will bring their balloons to Colorado Springs to participate in the 28th Annual "Colorado Balloon Classic." This event is rated as one of the five largest balloon rallies in the country, as well as the "most prestigious" in the United States as the pilots must be invited each year to participate. Ballooning in Colorado Springs requires special attention to flying conditions because of our close proximity to the mountains and our ground elevation of 6,000 feet.