Colorado Springs sits at the foot of the southern Sawatch Range, a place where rock, rivers, and forests come together. Adventure is king in the Springs, with world-class hiking, climbing, mountain biking, trail running, cycling, and caving all represented. 14,115' Pikes Peak is the centerpiece of this incredible wilderness, a mountain that offers hikers, trail runners, and climbers a variety of challenges. The rivers that flow from its lofty heights carve out the canyons and shape the land below, creating alpine forests and foothills primed for backpacking, mountain biking, hiking, and exploring. Dozens of peaks and hills await, including Cutler Mountain and the notorious Manitou Incline.
The Garden of the Gods is another special place in Colorado Springs. Natural fins and pillars of rock crack through the land in amazing shapes, giving rise to some of the state's best (and most memorable) rock climbing routes. Nearby Red Rocks is another classic climbing destination, with tall, slabby, domes of stone beckoning. For mountain bikers, the land that surrounds these areas hosts a matrix of excellent trails, some of which are considered the very best in Colorado. Switching to skinny tires and exploring the paved canyons and valleys is just as fun, especially in the cooler autumn months.
Colorado Springs is a busy city, one that has engineered its community to stay in step with all of the natural beauty that surrounds it. Access to adventure is literally right out the door and there's no shortage of wild spaces to explore. Add in close access to the Sawatch Range, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and Shelf Road rock climbing to the multitude of locations where big time fun is waiting. For those ready to ramble in the Rockies, Colorado Springs is at the heart of it all.