Beat that Texas heat this summer in Colorado Springs where you and your family can explore the great outdoors and find inspiration to play like an Olympian. Experience stunning, towering mountain peaks, incredible scenic vistas and endless trails. Colorado Springs’ landscape is the perfect playground and natural training grounds for Team USA hopefuls vying for gold—you might even see our athletes on the trails!
It is no wonder Olympic City USA is teeming with athletic talent—just check out the endless adventures waiting around every river bend and trailhead for every level of thrill seeker, whether you’re searching for gold or an unforgettable family memory.
Set in the high-alpine mountain air, Colorado Springs is home to incredible hiking trails perfect for all levels. With more than 350 miles of trails to explore, take your pick from relaxing strolls to down-right heart-pounding challenges. Get your verticals on Barr Trail, a winding, wooded hike full of switchbacks and varying terrain that goes all the way to the summit of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. Rated the #1 U.S. park by TripAdvisor, Garden of the Gods Park offers paved and natural trails that wind through magnificent red rock formations and offer stunning views of Pikes Peak. Nearby, Red Rock Canyon Open Space has plenty of trails for the choosing, two off-leash dog loops, and a free-ride bike park. Both Garden of the Gods Park and Red Rock Canyon are also favorite spots for rock climbers – what better way to get a bird’s eye view of Colorado Springs than from a towering rock formation?
Colorado Springs’ Via Ferrata courses give families a chance to become mountaineers and reach new heights, all while guided from experts. The latest in family-favorite adventures, steel cables and metal rungs assist and lead climbers on a pre-determined course. You’ll feel like a champion after reaching the top of limestone cliffs in Cave of the Winds Mountain Park or traversing the 1,000-foot vertical wall at Royal Gorge Bridge & Park.
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And the adventure doesn’t stop there. Get your adrenaline pumping on a thrilling whitewater rafting trip. Find balance atop a stand-up paddle board as you glide on a glimmering reservoir or find your zen with a SUP yoga class under the guidance of Dragonfly Paddle Yoga. Soar more than 1,200 feet above the roaring Arkansas River at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park on a Cloudscraper Zip Line.
Enjoy the cool mountain breeze on a Colorado Jeep Tour, and grab the kiddos for a Segway tour through unbeatable scenic terrain. Hitch a ride on horseback and mosey through Garden of the Gods Park or Cheyenne Cañon. If you’re looking to give your own two legs a workout, pedal Barr Trail or Pikes Peak Highway to America’s Mountain’s summit. From mountain biking to e-bikes, biking access is abundant for all types of riding. And while we always remind outdoor adventurers to leave no trace, you can leave with a jaw-dropping photo to capture your family’s mountain adventure, no filter needed.
Cap off your experience spending a day learning about Olympic City USA’s athletes who are fueled by the landscapes they call home. Take a tour of the soon-to-open U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, a celebration of athletic achievements of Team USA past and present. You’re sure to find inspiration from the triumphs and trials of the quest for gold. Whether you’re searching for heart-pounding adventures or looking for scenic views sure to leave you spell bound, unleash your family’s inner adventurer in Olympic City USA.