Whenever visiting somewhere new, people tend to play tourist and see the sights iconic to that city. But when we move to a place, we are less likely to visit those same sights unless we have already done so or have visitors in town. While tourist spots are often underwhelming when seen in person, South of Denver near Colorado Springs, there are a number of natural wonders to wow your kids.
Pikes Peak Cog Railway: On Top of the World
Of course hiking a fourteener is on the bucket list of many Coloradans, but this accomplishment isn’t easy without kids and can be quite challenging with little legs in tow. Luckily, there are a number of options to get the view from the top without having to put in all the literal legwork. There are roads that go to the top of both Mt. Evans and Pikes Peak, but parents and kids alike will enjoy the experience of rolling up to the top of the mountain via the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. The ride costs just under $40 for adults and around $20 for kids, but children under the age of 3 can ride for free on a lap. The trains operate both in summer and winter, though there are fewer times available during the winter months. The ride itself takes just over 3 hours, and up top, families can enjoy snacks and the view before riding back down.
Cave of the Winds
Located just outside of Colorado Springs in the small town of Manitou Springs, Cave of the Winds is a destination for kids who are interested in rocks or geology, or those just looking to be wowed by unique formations. The natural caves were formed through a variety of geological time periods and events, and they offer a number of tours to learn about the formation and to see what lies beneath. While some tours are open to every age, there are more advanced caving tours that require crawling and are only available to those who are over the age of 13. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for kids 5 and older.
Garden of the Gods
Colorado is home to beautiful and unique red rock formations. Garden of the Gods is a public park (free admission) that features a number of beautiful red rocks jutting up toward the sky and in different directions. The rocks are made of sedimentary rock and sandstone, and the formations were made through the process of the Rocky Mountains being formed and altered through erosion and glaciation. The park is beautiful and provides opportunities for everyone to enjoy an easy hike, a nice bike ride, or to engage in history and geology.
Every pocket of Colorado seemingly has endless beauty or opportunities for adventure. Living in Denver, it can seem that the list of places to see and explore is never ending, which provides great opportunities for families to help provide kids with a love of nature and a learning experience in the great outdoors.