Colorado Springs
The Best of Colorado Springs
From descending into a working gold mine to standing on the summit of Pikes Peak, from exploring historic towns to learning about the Garden of the Gods, this adventure has it all.
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Program No. 17740RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Nestled in the shadow of 14,110-foot Pikes Peak sits an American city rich in Old West history and geological magnificence. Join local experts and historians in Colorado Springs as they spin the tale of this city’s past from ancient times to our own. Visit significant sites like the Broadmoor Hotel, Glen Erie Castle and U.S. Air Force Academy, and learn about geologic history at a true natural wonder, the Garden of the Gods.
Activity Level
Walking up to two miles over varied terrain, some rough. Climbing steps on/off motor coach and train. Elevations of 6,000-14,110 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • With local experts take the historic Cog Railway to the summit of 14,110-foot Pikes Peak and experience the view that inspired “America the Beautiful.”
  • Journey through the amazing, 1,200-foot-deep Royal Gorge of the Arkansas River, then cross over the gorge on the world’s highest suspension bridge.
  • Delight in the preserved Victorian architecture of the historic mining town of Cripple Creek and descend into a working gold mine for a firsthand look at how a miner’s work is done.
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Al Dunton
For more than four decades, Al Dunton has been sharing his knowledge and passion for railroads with thousands of eager rail students and enthusiasts. He has lectured for Colorado State University (CSU) history classes, the CSU American West Lecture Series, and CSU continuing education courses. Al is the owner and managing editor of Centennial Publications, specializing in U.S. railroads, Colorado and western history. Al and his wife, Lynne, live in Fort Collins in their restored 1878 building.
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