5 days in Colorado Springs, Cripple Creek & Manitou Springs Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Springs, Cripple Creek & Manitou Springs Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Springs, Cripple Creek & Manitou Springs Itinerary

Start: Denver
bus:  1​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cripple Creek
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Manitou Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Denver

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nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs road trip planning site .

Denver to Colorado Springs is an approximately 1-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Cripple Creek.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Trails
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek ©
The City of Cripple Creek is the Statutory City that is the county seat of Teller County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Shelf Rd, then take a memorable drive along Phantom Canyon Road, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cripple Creek road trip planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cripple Creek, with lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Manitou Springs.

Things to do in Cripple Creek

Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine ©
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine

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Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs ©
Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop and then find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Manitou Springs day trip planning site .

You can drive from Cripple Creek to Manitou Springs in an hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cripple Creek in October; daily highs in Manitou Springs reach 64°F and lows reach 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Theme Parks

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

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