At the end of August, I visited my relatives in Colorado Springs. It was a beautiful and way too short trip – once again I have to say America is my big love. I’m just so fascinated by this country and gladly call it my second home. These two weeks with my family have made me so incredible happy that I can imagine to live in America one day (maybe when Trump is no longer President ;-)) We stayed for 2 weeks in America, which we spent in Colorado Springs with my family and from there we flew to Arizona and Nevada for a few days. In this post I would like to tell you about what to do in Colorado Springs.
Where is Colorado Springs?
Colorado Springs is the second largest city in the US federal state of Colorado, located about 100km south of Denver. It is comparable to the German population like the City Bochum, only that Colorado Springs is way more beautiful. This place has 300 Sunnie Days a year and is idyllically located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. With almost 1.800 meters it is higher than the highest German city, so it is easy to feel comfortable. Let me show you what you can do in Colorado.
What to do in Colorado Springs?
Garden of the Gods
The “Garden of the God” is a public park in Colorado Springs which is about 520 ha big. It offers incredibly beautiful red rock formations which are like 65 million years old. In the park you can do everything – hiking, biking, climbing or even jeep and Segway tours. For more information or to book tours, you can visit the official website of the “Visitor Center”.
Royal Gorge Bridge
The Royal Gorge Bridge is one of the highest hanging bridges in the world and is about an hour away from Colorado Springs. The car trip was however no problem for us, since my grandfather has a huge mobile home , which is more like an apartment. The bridge is 384 meters long and 5 meters wide, stretching 268 meters above the 1.053 feet lower Arkansas River.
The Royal Gorge Bridge was built in 1929 in just 5 months. The view on top of the bridge is really breathtaking. You can feel every breath of wind and can look through the planks into the ravine. My personal highlight was a cable car trip over the canyon; you have a unique view over the Arkansas River. In addition to the bridge and the cable car, there are other attractions, such as various rides. You even can do bungee jumping 🙂
Cripple Creek was one of the most famous gold mining towns in Colorado in the times of gold rush. With a height of 2896 meters , the high valley around Cripple Creek was long considered a pasture area for castles. Nowadays, the city has many attractions and tours to offer. Since 1991 they even built several casinos.
You can visit the historical goldmines, chase through the wilderness in an old steam locomotive or visit the historical prison museum. In the past, donkeys were bred in Cripple Creek to help with the mining work, today the donkey herds wander through the gold warehouse, through the streets, neighborhoods and hills of the area.
Pikes Peak is a mountain in Colorado with an altitude of 4,301 meters. It is as high as the first base camp on Mount Everest. On the top there is a research camp and a souvenir shop. You can reach the top with the “Manitou and Pike’s Peak Railway”, which is the highest cogwheel railway in the world.
The journey takes about an hour and has a breathtaking panorama view to offer. You can see how the temperature falls further and the air gets thinner, on the mountain it is about 20-30 Celsius colder than in Colorado. You should not miss this trip if you are in Colorado – the feeling of freedom on the summit is simply indescribable.
During our stay in America, we also visited Arizona and Nevada – but a second blog post about that stay will come soon. I hope I could inspire you to go visit Colorado, do not hesitate to write me if you have any questions. In the meantime, feel free to check out my biography and find out more about me!