Nature lovers will find a paradise in two world-class nature centers. The Bear Creek Nature Center was the first of its kind in Colorado and was destroyed by arson in 2000. Today, the rebuild is larger and more celebrated than before. Fountain Creek Nature Center provides the second premier haven for naturalists. Colorado’s legacy bright sunshine and low humidity ensure four distinct and spectacular seasons at an elevation above 6,000 feet. At the same time, the internationally famous playground of the Rocky Mountains lies just beyond the back door. Skiing, snowmobiling, sledding, or ice fishing are all available within a two-hour drive. Golf, fishing, rafting, horseback riding, touring, hiking, mountain biking, camping are among the warm-weather pastimes. For those who desire a rarified view, the Manitou and Peaks Railway will take you to the top of Pikes Peak at an elevation of 14,110 feet.

Other attractions include the Cave of the Winds—a colorful journey beneath the Earth—and Miramont Castle, Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Museum, the breathtaking Garden of the Gods with its visitor’s center and nature center. Colorado Springs has long been favored by those who visit Colorado, combining the slower pace of the friendly Western Slope of the state with the high-energy of Denver—the “sophisticated cowboy.” Wonderful zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, premier recreational sites, acclaimed museums, and first-rate cultural enrichment make Colorado Springs a popular choice for newcomers to the Eastern Slope.

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