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Colorado Springs Nature & adventure

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Colorado Springs: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

1. Colorado Springs: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

Experience breathtaking sights from a hot air balloon as you fly serenely in the wake of the Rocky Mountain Front Range at sunrise. Travel over the Spanish Peaks to Longs Peak and discover the country where deer and antelope play. Each hour-long flight is a journey guided by the winds and the skill of your pilot. Enjoy spectacular views for 100 miles in all directions and take a moment to relax and relish in the unforgettable experience of flying in a hot air balloon. Your post-flight celebration features a continental breakfast and champagne toast along with orange juice served in glass stemware. Be sure to dress in layers with closed-toe shoes. Your tour includes a Flight Certificate for each new aeronaut, and the best pilots and crew in the west. 

Colorado Springs: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

2. Colorado Springs: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

After meeting your guide, head to the launch point, where you will see the 9-story-tall hot air balloon for the first time. Climb inside a woven basket as the enormous fabric above you swells with air. Listen to the dramatic sounds of the burner as the inflation process continues, gradually lifting you off the ground and taking you to the heavens above. Feel the thrill of drifting 5,000 feet (1,524 m) over the mountains as you raise your glass of champagne in a celebratory toast while ascending high over Colorado Springs. Your knowledgeable and FAA-certified pilot will identify some of the mountains in view as the sun rises higher in the sky, painting the world before you with rich golden hues. Keep an eye out for native birds flying nearby, such as downy woodpeckers, northern flickers, and white-breasted nuthatches.  You'll have the chance to take breathtaking aerial shots of the Rocky Mountains throughout your flight, so be sure to take a few snaps from the air.

Colorado Springs: Garden of the Gods and Foothills Jeep Tour

3. Colorado Springs: Garden of the Gods and Foothills Jeep Tour

Enjoy a Jeep ride in Colorado that will literally take your breath away. Marvel at the panoramic mountains, Colorado Springs, and other iconic sites as you enjoy a thrilling ride. Enjoy the Pikes Peak region on this historic sightseeing adventure. Get taken through time along the foothills of Pikes Peak by entertaining and informative cowboy guides, who will highlight the scenery and some of Colorado Springs’ most famous historical sights. Attractions include North Cheyenne Canyon, Helen Hunt Falls, the Shortline Railroad and its 100-year-old tunnels, Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs, and the spectacular red rock park Garden of the Gods.  In the open-air Jeeps, your photo opportunities are unobstructed. This tour is about 70% on paved roads and 30% on dirt and is offered year-round. Be sure to dress in layers with closed-toe shoes. Includes bottled water, sodas, light snacks, wool blankets, and the best cowboy Jeep guides in the west.

From Denver: Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods Guided Tour

4. From Denver: Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods Guided Tour

Check out some of Colorado's most beautiful scenery on this full-day tour departing from Denver. See the stunning sandstone rock formations at the Garden of the Gods and head to the Pikes Peak Summit and take in views of Colorado Springs and the rest of the Rocky Mountain ranges Admire the variety of red, pink, and white sandstone formations as you explore the Garden of the Gods. Make the most of the scenic photo opportunities as you wonder at the beauty of these ancient geological formations. Be sure to check out the Balanced Rock and the Kissing Camels formations. Head to the Pikes Peak, the tallest mountain in the southern front range of the Rocky Mountains. As you stand at the summit, admire views of Colorado Springs and the rest of the Rocky Mountain range. With the right conditions, you can see for miles into the distance. Descend the mountain and continue the tour with a drive through Manitou Springs, a small resort town located to the west of Colorado Springs. Finally, finish up back in central Denver.

Colorado Springs: Pikes Peak Jeep Tour

5. Colorado Springs: Pikes Peak Jeep Tour

The drive up this historic highway is one you won't forget. You'll make several stops above and below the tree line to really soak in all the views that makes the experience so unique. Take in the incredible smell of the fresh air of large forests, the changing pine trees as we ascend the mountain, and the stunning views above tree line. You will walk around the summit while your guide points out interesting facts and information, and then allow you to explore the summit house. And of course, there are world famous Pikes Peak donuts at the summit house! Wildlife spotting is likely but not guaranteed. There are lots of wild flowers in the summer.

Colorado Springs: Old West High County 4x4 Tour

6. Colorado Springs: Old West High County 4x4 Tour

Enjoy the rugged beauty of the Colorado Rockies on this guided 4x4 tour on the back roads high above Colorado Springs. You will spend almost the entire tour on dirt roads high in the mountains of the Pike National Forest. Admire the views from as high as 11,200 feet above sea level. Join this remote and scenic activity, punctuated by breathtaking views of alpine meadows, wildflowers, beaver ponds, and streams. Peer across stunning landscapes where eagles, deer, cougars, and bears may be sighted.  Relax, take in the clean mountain air, and enjoy the splendor of the Rocky Mountains. Be sure to dress in layers with closed-toe shoes. You tour will include: bottled water, sodas, light snacks, wool blankets, and the best cowboy Jeep guides in The West! This tour only runs on weekdays to give you the best possible experience.

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What people are saying about Colorado Springs

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 26 reviews

I have taken 2 tours. Both times the guide was extremely knowledgeable and kind. Would recommend 10/10 to anyone looking to get a little more out of their visit to the springs! *Also recommend for locals, was great opportunity to ask questions and learn about the city we live in.

We had an awesome time with Prairie Dog as our guide. It was a memorable time we will keep for a lifetime. We we also treated very kind by the whole staff and even received help with our vehicle before heading home. Thanks again . Keith and Wendi Burch of Tx

Very nice trip seeing the sites in Colorado Springs. We saw the Garden of the Gods, some of the best restaurants in town, mountains and one of hotels Very pretty and informative drive

Our guide, Sidewinder, was exceptional. Knew the area, the history, the geography and geology. Was a gentleman and very personable.

We saw things you couldn’t see any other way! Our guide was great!