Anyone with an interest in mechanical things that leave the ground will enjoy this museum. It is located in the original art deco-styled Colorado Springs Passenger Terminal Building. With its military setting, it looks exactly like one of those buildings used in 1950s sci-fi movies when horrible, giant ants terrorized man. The focus of the museum is on early aviation history, with an emphasis on World War II. Since it is inside Peterson Air Force base, you will need identification to enter and access is restricted. Entry to the museum is free.
The only nature reserve in the county of El Paso, the Cheyenne Mountain State Park boasts a series of diverse landscapes. It features vast expanses of rugged mountainous terrain, interspersed with pristine Colorado plains, that entirely span 679.8 hectares (1,680 acres). Brimming with wildlife, this is where one can spot the likes of black bears and prairie dogs, as well as birdlife that includes species like wild turkeys and golden eagles. Opened to the public in 2006, the park also features over 32 kilometers (20 miles) of beautiful hiking and biking trails.
Situated at the foothills of Rocky Mountains' famous Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs has found its calling in adventure sports like mountain biking, climbing, trekking, horseback riding, river rafting and other outdoor activities. This city is also home to the US Olympic Training academy and the US Air Force Academy. Its various parks offer world-class attractions like the breathtaking nature-wrought sandstone pinnacles of the Garden of the Gods and lush Manitou Incline, and are popular with eco-tours that allow visitors to discover nature in its uninhibited splendor.
Apart from the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, another way to reach the 14,115-feet high Pikes Peak is by the Pikes Peak Highway. The journey to the top along this scenic 19-mile highway takes you through the pristine and scenic locales of the alpine landscape. Built in 1915, the highway is maintained by the council of Colorado Springs and is used for an annual event known as the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. Outdoor enthusiasts will relish opportunities to embark on adventurous excursions as they traverse this route which snakes through picturesque sloping inclines.