The Perfect Weekend in Colorado Springs

The Perfect Weekend in Colorado Springs

Located just over an hour south of Denver is Colorado Springs. This beautiful area offers sunny skies and crisp mountain air all year round. Filled with outdoor activities, beautiful landscapes, and adventure this area is perfect for a weekend trip. In January Logan and I visited Colorado Springs for a weekend and celebrated our anniversary.

Here are some of the highlights and must see spots we found during our Perfect Weekend in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is located just over an hour south of Denver. This beautiful area offers sunny skies and crisp mountain air year round. The activities surrounding the area makes for a perfect weekend in Colorado Springs, filled with outdoor adventures.

Best Time to Visit Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs experiences all 4 seasons, with lots of sunshine, low humidity and brilliant blue skies. Throughout the year, temperatures will vary from 20°F to 84°F and is rarely below 4°F or above 92°F.

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Spring in Colorado Springs

season begins at the end of March. However, winter often lasts through April due to the climate. The end of April – May is the perfect time of year to see all of Colorado come to life. You’ll find fields of wildflowers, animals coming out from hibernation, birds chirping, and more.

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Summer in Colorado Springs

Summers are warm, and inviting with comfortable temperatures. The summer season is 3.3 months long from June to September with an average temperature of 76°F84°F the hottest day typically falls on the first week of July. Making summer the best time to visit for white water rafting, hot air balloon rides, and hiking.

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Fall in Colorado Springs

The fall season in Colorado Springs is typically between September and early October above 8,500 feet in elevation in the mountains and late September to early November below 8,500 feet. The brilliant colors of red, yellow, & orange pop up all across the state, and make for beautiful photos. It’s also a great time to go hiking.

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Winter in Colorado Springs

Winter in Colorado Springs can be very cold and dry. Typically partly cloudy for most of the season. The snowy period of winter lasts for a whopping 6.5 months, from October 16 to May 1. If you are visiting Colorado Springs during the winter, the most snow falls during the 31 days centered around March 29, making this a great time to hit the ski slopes in the mountains.

Colorado Springs is located just over an hour south of Denver. This beautiful area offers sunny skies and crisp mountain air year round. The activities surrounding the area makes for a perfect weekend in Colorado Springs, filled with outdoor adventures.

How to Get to Colorado Springs

Fly into Denver (DEN) International Airport & drive a rental car 1.5 hours south to Colorado Springs. You can also fly into the Colorado Springs airport (COS), putting you right in the city. If you choose to do this you can either rent a car, or take public transportation.

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Rent a Car

From Denver Airport drive 1.5 hours south down highway 25 towards Colorado Springs. During our weekend in Colorado Springs we rented a car to have the freedom and flexibility to move at our own pace.

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Colorado Springs hike in Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods Park

Where to Stay in Colorado Springs

Downtown Colorado Springs: Downtown is buzzing with boutiques, parks, eateries, and a lively nightlife scene. Drink at the local breweries, and wine bars, then dance the night away at a club or concert! The area is a designated creative district. Walk around the city and you’ll find sculptures dotting its streets.

West Colorado Springs: This residential area is quiet and laid back. You’ll be close to nature to enjoy outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking and rock climbing. West Colorado Springs is also home to both the Garden of the Gods and the Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

Manitou Springs: A great resort area to stay for the perfect weekend in Colorado Springs. Just outside of the city limits, the town is known for its incredible panoramic views of Pikes Peak. You’ll find The Manitou Cliff Dwellings, a group of reassembled ancient cliff structures and the entrance to Pike Peaks Highway here. Hike up a steep slope on the Manitou Incline Trail or shop on Manitou Avenue, home to art galleries and specialty boutiques.

Camping: Spend some quality time in the great outdoors at one of the many Colorado Springs campgrounds. You’ll find rustic walk on sites, fully equipped RV sites, and even cabins!

Colorado Springs is located just over an hour south of Denver. This beautiful area offers sunny skies and crisp mountain air year round. The activities surrounding the area makes for a perfect weekend in Colorado Springs, filled with outdoor adventures.

Pikes Peak

A new summit complex area began being built in late 2019. Construction of the summit will continue into 2020, with an estimated completion by later this year. Please be aware of your surroundings when you reach the top, as it is considered an active construction site. There are more details about the construction status here. Opening is scheduled for fall 2020.   

There are four main ways to explore Pikes Peak and reach the summit:

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Drive Your Car

Experience the beauty of the mountain as you ascend up the scenic Pikes Peak Highway. There is a $15 per person entry fee to access the road that winds its way up the mountain. More information from visitcoloradosprings.com

  • Location: The Pikes Peak Highway Gateway is located in Cascade, Colorado, just west of Colorado Springs. To get there from Colorado Springs, go west on Highway US-24 and turn left onto Fountain Ave. You will see signs for the Pikes Peak Highway.
  • Time: The round-trip journey takes about 2-3 hours, not including stops for photos, time spent at the summit and other activities.
  • Fuel: There are no gas stations along the highway. Be sure that you have at least 1/2 tank of gas before you start your scenic drive.
  • Elevation gain: The highway’s entrance begins at 7,400 feet and climbs all the way up to 14,115 feet to the summit of the mountain.

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Private & Group Tours

If you’re short on time and want to make the most out of your weekend in Colorado Springs you can find private and group tours HERE that will take you to the summit of Pikes Peak as well.  

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Pikes Peak scenic roadway in Colorado

For The Really Adventurous

For the really adventurous visitors, try biking or hiking to the peak. There are tour companies that will drive you to the top and provide a guided bike tour down the mountain.

Go hiking on one of the many trails in the Pikes Peak area. If you plan on hiking your way to the top – Barr Trail is the most popular route to reach the summit. No matter which method you choose you will not be disappointed with Pikes Peak – “America’s Mountain” is stunning.

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Colorado Springs is located just over an hour south of Denver. This beautiful area offers sunny skies and crisp mountain air year round. The activities surrounding the area makes for a perfect weekend in Colorado Springs, filled with outdoor adventures.

 

Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Red Rock Canyon Open Space is a 1,474-acre city park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Here, exposed layers of sedimentary rock have been turned upward at the base of Pikes Peak. Deep canyons filled with gorgeous colored rocks in gold, salmon and other colors. The Red Rock Canyon Open Space Park was privately owned until 2003, when it was bought by the City of Colorado Springs as open space. The land was divided into five separate tracts, and each track has specific restrictions as to how it can be utilized.

Red Rock Canyon Open space in Colorado Springs

Location

Red Rock Canyon Open Space is located along Highway 24. 

3550 W High St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

This striking park in Colorado Springs is DRONE and DOG FRIENDLY!! Other activities in the park include a campground, hiking trails, horse trails, a bike park, mountain bike trails, a large fenced in dog park, and more!

 

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Hiking Trails in Red Rock Canyon

  • Contemplative Trail
  • Sand Canyon Trail
  • Mesa/Greenlee Trail loop
  • Roundup Trail
  • Upper and Lower dog loops (off-leash dog areas)
  • Quarry Trail
  • Hogback Trail/Lion Loop

Download the Red Rock Canyon Open Space trail map here!

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Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Paint Mines Interpretive Park is Colorado’s BEST KEPT SECRET. Just under an hour drive east of Colorado Springs will take you to Colorado’s most unique open space. The Paint Mines are given their name for their beautiful, bright colorful clays. The clay was once collected by American Indians to make paint in various colors.

Paint Mines Interpretive Park in Colorado
Paint Mines Interpretive Park, Colorado Springs, USA

The bright rainbow colored bands get their colors from oxidized iron compounds. The Paint Mines Interpretive Park contains evidence of human life from as far back as 9,000 years ago! The parks geological formations are spires and hoodoos, formed through various erosive actions. Creating gullies and layers of colored clay you see along the hike.

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Learn more with my post about the Paint Mines Park HERE!

Colorado Springs is located just over an hour south of Denver. This beautiful area offers sunny skies and crisp mountain air year round. The activities surrounding the area makes for a perfect weekend in Colorado Springs, filled with outdoor adventures.

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods Park is a registered National Landmark of 1,300 acres of stunning red sandstone formations. The park is free to enter, making this a budget friendly activity! Make sure to bring your camera, you’re going to want pictures for this stunner of a park.

 

Garden of the Gods Park is a registered National Landmark in Colorado Springs, USA

You won’t want to miss this gem during your perfect weekend adventure in Colorado Springs. There are 15 miles of hiking trails spread throughout the Garden of the Gods Park. The park is family friendly with difficulty levels that vary from easy, paved paths to scrambling. There are trails for all everybody. Stop at the Visitor Center and pick up a free trail map. While you’re there you can ask a volunteer what trails they suggest for your skill level.

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The Balance Stone in Garden of the Gods park, Colorado Springs, USA

Park Information

Length: ½ mile – 4 miles depending on trail

Duration: 20 minutes – 4 hours depending on trail

Trail Difficulty: easy to moderate depending on trail

Scenery: gorgeous views of the unique rock formations found in Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain

Recommended for: Hikers, Dogs, Horses, Mountain Biking

Cost: Free

The park is open year round 

May 1 – Oct 31 5am – 11pm
Nov 1 – Apr 30 5am – 9pm

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Join a small group tour that takes you to both the Garden of the Gods AND Pikes Peak. If you’re looking to sit back and relax, take a full day tour and enjoy those PLUS a city tour.

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More Things to do in Colorado Springs

These activities will complete your adventure to Colorado Springs. Depending on which season you visit, these additional experiences will add even more to your perfect vacation.

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The best Colorado Springs weekend itinerary including things to do in Colorado Springs, where to stay, and more!
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Be sure to check out the Seven Falls and Cave of the Winds Park if you have time!



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40 comments

  1. I love Colorado Springs and got a chance to visit the city several times. We ventured to Paint Mines three summers ago and it was a beautiful trip. But I haven’t got to visit the Red Rock Canyon Open Space yet. Hopefully next year.

  2. We definitely have Colorado on our travel wish list. And Colorado Springs at any time of year sounds lovely. We are actually driving across the country this fall so maybe we will make a stop here on this trip. We would certainly drive the scenic Pikes Peak Highway. But won’t be doing that by bike!

  3. What a great post! Looks like a beautiful place to explore in all four seasons honestly and Red Rock Canyon looks amazing. I also love any drone friendly locations haha. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love all the tips, I really need to go back to Colorado Springs for all these amazing experiences!

  5. My friend just moved to Colorado Springs so I’m so excited to visit her soon and use this guide! Thanks for all the information.

  6. I always wanted to visit Colorado Springs, known for its beauty. Paint Mines looks so amazing. Hope can visit someday and enjoy the hikes.

  7. I can’t wait to visit Colorado. I would be staying with family but the resort looks great. I would probably go zip lining again . I would definitely visit Red Rock Canyon.

  8. This looks like such a beautiful area to visit at any time of the year. I really would love to explore this part of the states more.

  9. Great article! I am fortunate to live in Colorado Springs. Just for your information, the cog train up Pikes Peak is expected to re-open in May. I heard the Summit House will open this Summer, but you should double check the status before going up so you know what to expect. For local skiing many people like Monarch. Also, the new Olympic & Paralympic Museum is open. I hear it is very well done. Come and enjoy all Colorado Springs has to offer!

    1. Wow!! Your city is just BEAUTIFUL, so far my favorite city in CO. Great info Terri, thank you for sharing it! We plan on coming back again as we were unable to make it all the way up to Pikes Peak and missed the museums due to time constraints. We also went to the Dinosaur Fossil park and that too was closed 🙁

  10. We are considering a trip to see family in Colorado Springs and this list gives us a great outline for activities to consider. I had no idea of the canyon and can’t wait to explore that! Can you advise on nearby skiing in March during Covid? Thx!

  11. Love this post! My husband works in Colorado Spring a few times a year, so we will have to use this guide to explore the next time he travels for work! Thank you for sharing

  12. This has me dreaming of going back to Colorado! Looks like the perfect weekend trip to me. Would love to see Garden of the Gods and the Paint Mines in person one day!

  13. Denver and Colorado Springs are still waiting for me. In fact, most of the US national parks are still waiting. So much to see, so little time..! Thank you for the inspirational post. Hopefully I get to travel there next year.

  14. It is good to go for a weekend getaway to Colorado Springs which is just an hour drive from south of Denver. The air really looks clean and this has wonderful landscape. Garden of the Gods Park really looks photogenic.

  15. We delivered cars across the States years ago, and considered relocating to this part of the country. The landscape was like nothing we’d ever seen before. It was so dramatic and different, and the air seemed so clean after living in NY for a year. But we got offered another car deliver from Denver to Phoenix, and ended up living there instead.

  16. What a beautiful place! I particularly love the look of the Paint Mines & who wouldn’t want to visit a place called Garden of the Gods? 😉 It looks like an amazing place to hike & the perfect one to celebrate your anniversary.

  17. This looks like the most awesome place to visit! Sadly, I’ll not be flying to the US in the near future, but I have trips like this firmly on my bucket list!

  18. We are within a day’s drive from Colorado Springs and have yet to go there! Perhaps we will make a long weekend out of it one of these days and visit the places mentioned in your post.

  19. The Paint Mines are beautiful! They make for lovely photos. I hadn’t heard of them. I love al the rock formations in this area of Colorado.

  20. As I have said before, hiking is not really my thing, but this looks like a beautiful place for a walk. So I will go for a walk instead of kiking 😛

  21. It’s so important we remember to visit the places outside the big cities. Colorado Springs looks beautiful for lovers of the great outdoors.

  22. Colorado Springs seems to be a beautiful place ! The craggy peaks and the rainbow colored bands are simply out of the world. I would love to go here someday for some hikes. 🙂

  23. Oh wow! I had heard of Colorado Springs before but I had no idea how beautiful it was and there are so many ways to see it. I hope to visit the US next year I will need to see if I can find a couple of days to visit Colorado Springs.

  24. Visited Colorado Springs years ago, when my brother was living in Denver. Loved it. We hiked a few of the trails in the Garden of the Gods – happy memories!

  25. Very timely information for me as I may be doing a coast-to-coast road trip in the late Spring which will take me through this neck of the wood. So much to see and do! The NY Times 52 Places to Go in 2020 list put Colorado Springs (#13) on my radar and your post has further enticed me.

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