Colorado Springs Family Adventure – Pikes Peak, Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo, Garden of the Gods

Our family recently was blessed to spend a few days with my in-laws in Colorado Springs. Even though we've lived in Colorado 12 years we've never done any of the tourist-like things that Colorado Springs offers. We are so very grateful to those in-laws who made the arrangements and showed us a great time.

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods is a no-cost park in southwestern Colorado Springs that features amazing large rock formations.

According to Lucy:

It was beautiful. There were so many rocks and each one was different. There were so many shapes and sizes. There were also so many animals. Bighorn sheeps, caterpillars, and lizards. There were all adorable.

Here are some pictures we took:

We were there about 2 hours, and another hour might have been nice, but we were running out of daylight and ready for dinner. I think an adventurous type of person could spend a solid half or even a full day there.

That night we ate at nearby Front Range BBQ which took a little longer than we would have liked but was very delicious. The brisket was especially good.

Cog Railway Manitou-Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak was wonderful. Lucy said, “If there's one thing I learned from coming up here, it's that it's cold and windy. The visitor center was nice, and at the top, I saw a wonderful view. On the way up, I could see parts of Colorado, Kansas, and New Mexico. This part of the trip was something that I would've gladly done again.”

Some pictures from this experience:

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Our family hasn't been to dozens of zoos around the country or anything but we've been to the Denver Zoo about 40 times. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is something you always hear people around here rave about. I think that there are a few things that make it unique. Certainly, the placement on the side of the mountain helps with the views but also creates animal enclosures in which animals are more likely to be viewable for the same reason that movie theater seats are setup on an incline.

Here are some pictures from the Zoo:

Simon said he really liked seeing the wolf. None of us had seen a wolf so close up before.

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