Colorado Springs: 5 Fun Activities Other Than Climbing Pike's Peak

In honor of the Winter Olympics, this is the closest I'll get on the podium stand in South Korea this year!

In honor of the Winter Olympics, this is the closest I'll get on the podium stand in South Korea this year!

My wife and I wanted to explore a different part of Colorado.  We have been to Boulder, Estes Park, and Denver numerous times and I yearned to make a visit to Great Sand Dunes National Park.  Since Colorado Springs is only a few hours away we stayed in the city all week before heading south to the dunes for the weekend.
We had a fun time, snagged a great AirBnB, and explored the area to a large degree.  It's famous for housing Pikes Peak but today I share 5 Fun Activities that aren't climbing Colorado's Famous 14'er that has donuts for sale at the summit!

Photo cred:  Jill G

Photo cred: Jill G

5. The Olympic Training Center. 
Fun tour, interesting information, and amazing complex.  Definitely neat to visit. Plus you can get your picture on medal podium like I did above!

Entry to the training center!

Entry to the training center!

4. HOT On Yoga.
This is where I fell in love with the 104 degree heat that is created during the Bikram yoga practice.  It's a precise, deliberate, and structured class and I sweated my butt off here every single morning while being taught by incredible teachers.

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3. Seven Falls.
What seemed like a tourist trap to me actually turned out to be a pretty delightful place.  It certainly has a theme park feel to the wilderness but the falls are still amazing, it had some nice hiking trails, steep grades, and we got to watch a momma bear and her cubby play from a safe distance of up 150 feet and across a river bank.  It beats the yoga studio because of the bear sighting.

Top of one of the Seven Falls. Photo cred:  Jill G

Top of one of the Seven Falls. Photo cred: Jill G

Momma Bear at Seven Falls!

Momma Bear at Seven Falls!

Window view of Pikes Peak at Garden of the Gods

Window view of Pikes Peak at Garden of the Gods

2. Garden of the Gods
If this were my "city park" I would be elated. Free entry, beautiful landscapes, tons of hiking trails, and of course a little peak through the "window" to see the amazing Pikes Peak!
We went over here two of our five late afternoon and evenings to explore, hike, and relax in one amazing "city park."

Seems stable enough. Photo cred:  Jill G

Seems stable enough. Photo cred: Jill G

Almost to the top of the Incline!

Almost to the top of the Incline!

1. Hike the Manitou Incline.
Although technically located a few miles away in the neighboring town of Manitou Springs this epic workout will leave you gasping for air.
It is a one mile each way 2,000 foot elevation gain/loss hike.  It was some of hardest 40 minutes of hiking I have ever done.  But it is a blast and recommended for all looney tune hikers out there who get a thrill out of pouring with sweat, feeling their heart thump against their sternum, and enjoy a race to the top that gravity believes should not be happening.

PS: Why does this crazy trail even exist? It used to be a track for a cable car to carry materials up to Pikes Peak to build pipelines.  

PSS: The hike is free but parking won't be!

That was my version of the best of Colorado Springs! I threw in some runs, coffee shops, and breweries and enjoyed my time there.  It's a military town in the mountains and is a bit more conservative than most Colorado cities but I found everyone to be friendly and kind.

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