Colorado Springs Tourism

The city of Colorado Springs located at a height of approximately 6000 feet above sea level is a paradise of sorts for its local residents and the millions of visitors that flock to the city for its lush green forests, pleasant weather and countless religious monuments. Tourism in Colorado Springs is a major source of revenue and employment for the local population.

The city was founded by General William Palmer in 1871, with the motive of creating a resort town, because of the area’s high altitude and dry climate. Soon he saw his vision becoming a reality as the city started attracting a large number of English tourists because of which it came to be known as “Little London”. Colorado Springs also attracted famous inventor Nikola Tesla, who set up his laboratory here because of the frequent lightning storms witnessed here.

The city especially attracts tourists, who love a slice of Mother Nature’s gems like the trails, parks, rock formations and other various geological features. One can witness a huge variety of flora and fauna in the parks and can easily plan long hikes and treks through the mountains and park areas. The city is also home to the United States Olympic Training Center and a number of Christian Evangelical institutions.

Also present in the area are a number of military installations and facilities like the U.S. Air Force Academy and North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) which have led to the spread of many conspiracy theories linked to military operations.

All in all it is the perfect tourist destination and there is no dearth of fun things to do in Colorado Springs that would keep a visitor fully occupied, irrelevant of his/her preferences. It is the perfect blend of natural beauty with the sweet pace of a modern peaceful city and doesn’t fail to charm anyone who once tours it.

Essential travel information and Colorado Springs tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: UTC -7 hours
  • Currency: American Dollar (USD)
  • Electricity and Internet: Standard output is 110-120V. WiFi connectivity is present almost everywhere and cellular connectivity provides 3G and 4G services.
  • Languages: Predominantly English speaking population.
  • Security: Dial 911 or emergencies.
  • Tipping: Tipping is highly appreciated everywhere on good service but is not compulsorily.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Colorado Springs

  • JEEP TOUR - Foothills & Garden of the Gods
    JEEP TOUR - Foothills & Garden of the Gods1 Reviews

    Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins

    Take a ride in a customized Jeep 4x4 and discover some of the Rocky Mountains' most breathtaking sites. Enjoy the beauty of t...

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  • Save 1% JEEP TOUR - High Country
    JEEP TOUR - High CountryNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Enjoy the rugged beauty of the Colorado Rockies on this guided 4x4 tour on the back roads high above Colorado springs. Well s...

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  • Garden of the Gods Segway Tour - Juniper Loop
    Garden of the Gods Segway Tour - Juniper LoopNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 1 Hrs 30 Mins

    A great way to experience one of nature's greatest treasures: Garden of the Gods!! This tour includes sights such as Kissing ...

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  • Save 15% Outdoor Trivia Race in Colorado Springs
    Outdoor Trivia Race in Colorado SpringsNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 1 Hrs 30 Mins

    The Springs is being ravaged by a massive outbreak of the "playgue" and only you and your friends can stop it. In t...

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  • Know the pollution level of Colorado Springs before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 13.1 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 28.57 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 39.29 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 32.14 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 14.29 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 17.86 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 13.89 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 17.86 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Colorado Springs for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Colorado Springs.

    • Burglary and Theft 36.25 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 30 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 38.75 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 35 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 27.63 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 42.5 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 23.75 (Low)
    • Drug offense 46.25 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 87.5 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 52.5 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 25 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 7.5 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Safety Index 64.85 (High)
    • Climate Index 51.44 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 21.54 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 33.06 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 56.94 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.47 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Colorado Springs

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 28.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 64.79 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 39.75 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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