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Colorado Springs

Located at the base of famous Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colorado's second-largest city, offers easy access to the Front Range Mountains as well as ample cultural diversions.

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  • Colorado Springs is located along Interstate 15 east of the Front Range Mountains about 4 hours from Crested Butte.
  • Colorado Springs is a bustling city with a thriving cultural scene, several natural attractions and ample services and amenities.
  • Hike Pikes Peak and amble around Garden of the Gods for a true locals' experience.


Routinely heralded as one of America's most-livable big cities, Colorado Springs' proximity to the Front Range Mountains means easy access to natural beauty. 


Colorado Springs is located at the base of the Front Range Mountains south of Denver along Interstate 15.


Colorado Springs is a big city with all the amenities you'd expect from a thriving metropolitan area. The city has plenty of shopping and tourist services as well as Colorado's second-busiest airport.


When not shopping, eating or checking out the city's burgeoning arts and music scene, locals love to get outside into the nearby mountains. Pikes Peak is an imminently climbable 14,000-foot peak that even has a road to the summit for the high-elevation challenged.


Colorado Springs has plenty to see and do. Check out the Air Force Academy campus. Seven Falls waterfall in Cheyenne Canyon is an indescribable place that must be experienced. Garden of the Gods, a natural formation of red sandstone monoliths, is a rock climber's delight and a great place to picnic.

Getting Here

From Crested Butte, drive to Gunnison and head east on Highway 50. Once out of the mountains, hook up with 115 north, then 85 north. Follow Pikes Peak Avenue into downtown.

Spend some time hiking, skiing or sightseeing on Monarch Pass while on Highway 50.