Beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado, home of the United States Air Force Academy and Pikes Peak, is just an hour's worth of fun from Salida.
Pikes Peak Cog Railway
515 Ruxton Ave.
PO Box 351
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Toll Free: (800) 745-3773
Take a day trip from your Salida Inn and visit the Pike's Peak Cog Railway. The Pike's Peak Cog Railway is the world's highest cog train and runs year round. Completed in 1891, the cog train travels through pine forests and past breathtaking open vistas on its way to the 14,110 foot summit, where it seems all of Colorado is on display. The trip takes approximately 3 hours and 10 minutes and tickets cost between $17.50 and $33, depending on the time of year and the age of the traveler. Pets are not allowed. Reservations are required.
Garden of the Gods
1805 North 30th Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80904-1247
Another great destination is the Garden of the Gods, a natural rock formation park that is a registered National Natural Landmark. The park covers more than 1,300 acres and contains 1.5 miles of easy-rated walking paths. With Pikes Peak framing the park, it's a great place to take photographs and best of all, admission is free. The world class Visitor Center is worth seeing and is the most visited attraction in the area. Group tours are available.
The Pioneers Museum
215 S. Tejon St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Hours: Tues. through Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Venturing from your Salida Bed and Breakfast, you won't want to miss a favorite local museum. The Pioneers Museum contains an extensive collection of quilts, Van Briggle art pottery and hundreds of items from the Cheyenne, Ute and Arapahoe Tribal Native cultures. The museum is located in downtown Colorado Springs in the beautifully restored former El Paso County Court House.
U.S. Air Force Academy
The United States Air Force Academy, home to the majestic Cadet Chapel, is a Colorado treasure. Visitors are allowed access to several sites on campus, including the Cadet Chapel, the Honor Court, Arnold Hall, the Cadet Field House, Falcon Athletic Center, Falcon Stadium and the Visitor's Center. Views of the campus and the nearby mountains are magnificent.
Visitors to the Air Force Academy can enter from the North or South Gates. North Gate: from I-25, take Exit 156B, 14 miles north of downtown Colorado Springs. South Gate: take Exit 150 on I-25. For more information, call the Visitor's Center at (719) 333-2025. The Academy is open to visitors daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Visitor's Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The town of Colorado Springs was founded in 1871 by General William Palmer, who thought the area would make an ideal resort. It was soon nicknamed "Little London", due to the large amounts of visitors who came from England. Spend a little time shopping in the historic downtown area, stop for a draught at the Phantom Brewing Company, or play golf at one of several nearby picturesque courses.
With its backdrop of Pikes Peak, stunning vistas and sunny climate, a day of fun in Colorado Springs will make a vacation to Colorado unforgettable.