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Colorado is full of tourist attractions to please all.  Every direction from Fort Carson offers a new adventure. Visit Santa's Workshop at the North Pole, enjoy a sporting even in Denver, or trek into the beautiful Rocky Mountains for some hiking or skiing.  There's too much to see and do!  Let us take you on a brief tour of some of what Colorado has to offer.

Please call the location to verify hours and pricing as they are subject to change.

BOULDER-  Celestial Seasonings Tour of Tea-   Located at 4600 Sleepytime Drive.  Take a tour through the headquarters of Celestial Seasonings.   Guided tours:  Mon - Sat 10 - 4 and Sun 11 - 3 except major holidays.  Children under 5 are only allowed limited access.  Tours are FREE.  For information call:  303.581.1202

BOULDER-  U of C Museum of National History-  Located at 15th St and Broadway in the Henderson Bldg.    Exhibits visit the natural history of the American Southwest and Great Plains.  HOURS: Mon - Fri 9 - 5, Sat 9 - 4 and Sun 10 - 4;  closed on holidays.  Cost is Donation.  For information call:  303.492.6892

BOULDER-  Collage Children's Museum-  Located at 2065 30th Street.  Full of hands-on activities for younger children.  Hours:  Mon, Wed - Sat 10 - 5, Sun 1 - 5.  Call for Admission.  303.440.0053

CANON CITY-  Royal Gorge Bridge and Park-  Located off from US 50.   Visit the World's highest suspension bridge.  Call for hours and admission fees.  For information call:  719.275.7507

CENTRAL CITY/ BLACKHAWK-  These former mining towns are again offering visitors a chance to pursue riches;  this time at their many casinos. 

COLORADO SPRINGS-  Bear Creek Nature Center-  Located at 245 Bear Creek Road.  Has nature trails and wildlife exhibits.   Hours:  Weds - Fri 9 - 2 & Sat 9 - 4; closed holidays.  The park and trails are open from dawn to dusk daily.  Cost is FREE.  For information call:  719.520.6387

COLORADO SPRINGS-  El Pomar Carriage Museum-  Located at 11 Lake Circle (in front of the Broadmoor resort).  Collection of old vehicles, coaches, and horse riding accessories on display.  Hours:  Mon - Sat 9 - 5, Sun 1 - 5;  closed some holidays.  Cost is FREE.  For information call:  719.577.7065

COLORADO SPRINGS-  Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site-  Located at the entrance of Garden of the Gods park off from 30th Street.    This is a living history museum/farm that depicts Indian and pioneer life.   Hours:  Wed - Sun 10 - 5 (June - August).  Cost is  Adult:  $8, Over 55:  $5, 6-17:  $4, 5 & Under FREE.  For information call:  719.578.6777.

COLORADO SPRINGS-  Santa's Workshop/North Pole-  Located just off from Hwy 24.   This large Christmas-themed amusement park is located at the foot of Pikes Peak.  Rides, shops, and Santa's house. Hours: 
10 - 5 Fri - Tues (May 19 - May 24, Aug 22 - Nov 15, Nov 23 - Dec 13)
10 - 5 Daily (May 25 - Aug 21)
10 - 5 Fri - Weds (Nov 16 - Nov 22)
10 - 5 Thurs - Tues (Dec 14 - Dec 23)
10 - 4 Christmas Eve
CLOSED Christmas Day
Cost is $18.95, Military Rate is $13.95 (Must have valid military ID), over age 60 & under age 2: Free.  For information call 719.684.9432.

COLORADO SPRINGS- World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame-  Located at 20 First Street.   Exhibits showing the history of figure skating.   Hours:  Tues - Fri 10 - 4;  closed some holidays.  Cost is $5, over age 59 and ages 6 - 12: $3, Under Age 6 & US Figure Skating Members: Free.  For information call:  719.635.5200.

CREEDE-  Underground Mining Museum-  Located north of Jct SR149 and Creede Ave.    The museum is in rooms blasted into the solid rock.  Exhibits follow the history of mining.  Hours:  Daily 10 - 4.  Cost is $6, over age 59 $5, ages 6 - 12 $4.  For information call 719.658.0811.

CRIPPLE CREEK-  Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine-  Located on SR67.  Take a tour 1000 feet underground.  Hours:  daily 8:45 - 6 (May - Sept).  Cost is $18, ages 3 - 12 $10.  For information call 719.689.2466.

DENVER-  Black American West Museum & Heritage Center-   Located at 3091 California Street.  Museum is housed in the former home of the first female African-American doctor in Colorado.  Exhibits look at the history of African-American pioneers, soldiers and cowboys in the Old West.  Hours: Tues - Sat 10a - 5p.  Closed some holidays.  Cost is $8, over age 65 $7, ages 12 & under $6.  Call for information:  720.242.7428

DENVER-  Museum of Nature & Science-  Located at 2001 Colorado Blvd.  This 3-story museum is one of the largest natural history museums in the country.  Has a variety of exhibits.  There is an IMAX theater and planetarium on site.  Hours:  daily 9 - 5;  closed on Christmas.  Cost is $13, over age 65: $10 and ages 3 - 18 $8.  Additional fees for the IMAX and planetarium.  For information call:  303.370.6000.

DENVER-  Four Mile Historic Park-  Located at 715 S. Forest Street.   Tour this pioneer farm which at one time served as a stage coach stop.  It features the oldest remaining house in Denver.   Hours: Weds - Fri: Noon - 4 & Sat - Sun: 10 - 4 (Apr 1 - Sept 30); Weds - Sun: Noon - 4 (Oct 1 - Mar 31).  Cost is $5, over ages 64 and ages 7 - 17 $3, ages 6 & under: Free.  For information call:  720.865.0800.

DENVER-  Six Flags Elitch Gardens-  Located off I-25 at exit 212A.  This theme park features over 50 rides, shows and attractions.   Call for hours and admission.  303.595.4386.

DURANGO-  Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum-  Located at 479 Main Ave.  Take a ride on a coal-fired steam locomotive through the beautiful mountains.   Visit the museum in the roundhouse to see displays of locomotives and railroad art.  Call for hours and admission.  970.247.2733.

ESTES PARK-  Enos Mills Cabin Museum-  Located on SR7.  Visit the historic cabin of author Enos A. Mills.  There is a gallery of photographs taken by Mills and some nature trails.   Call for hours and to set up a tour appointment.  Cost is donation.  For information call 970.586.4706.

ESTES PARK-  Rocky Mountain National Park-  Follow signs from Estes Park.  Beautiful views and great areas for wildlife viewing.    Call for hours.  Cost is $20 per private vehicle.  For information call 970.586.1206

FAIRPLAY-  South Park City Museum-  Located at 4th and Front St.  Walk the streets of this restored Colorado gold-mining town.  There are 35 buildings which are either on their original site or were moved from the surrounding towns.   Hours:  daily 9 - 5 (May 12 - Memorial Day), 9 - 7 (Memorial Day - Labor Day), 10 - 6 (Labor Day - Oct 14).  Cost is $9, ages 6 - 12 $4, Children under age 6: Free.  For information call 719.836.2387.

FRUITA-  Museum of Western Colorado's Dinosaur Journey-  Located at 550 Jurassic Ct.  An educational and research facility with animated recreations of dinosaurs. For families with food allergies, please note that the Kid's Dig Pit is filled with crushed walnut shells. Hours:  daily 9 - 5 (May 1 - Sept 30), Mon - Sat 10 - 4 and Sun Noon - 4 (remainder of year).  Cost is $8.50, over age 54 $6.50, ages 3 - 12 $5.25, family rate of $24.50.    For information call 970.858.7282.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS-  Iron Mountain Tramway-  Located at 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road.  Travel 4300 feet to the top of Iron Mountain via gondola.  Call for hours.  Cost is $10, over age 64 $9, ages 3 - 12 $7.  For information call:  970.945.4228.

GOLDEN-  Clear Creek History Park-  Located west of Washington Ave on 11th Street.  This 19th century homestead depicts Colorado pioneer life.  Historic buildings include a schoolhouse and blacksmith shop.  Hours: Tues - Sat 10 - 5 & Sun 12 - 4.  Cost is $5 suggested donation, children 6 & under: Free.  For information call 303.278.3557

GOLDEN-  Heritage Square-  Located South of US 6 on US 40 (there are signs directing from I-25).  This amusement park is built around the theme of a 1880s town.  There are rides, an alpine slide,  shops and restaurant.  Call for hours and cost.  303.277.0040.

GOLDEN-  National Renewable Energy Laboratory Visitors Center-  15013 Denver West Pkwy.  Interactive exhibits about solar, wind and other renewable energy.  Hours:  Mon - Fri 9 - 5.  Closed major holidays.  Cost is FREE.  For information call 303.384.6565.

GRAND JUNCTION-  Cross Orchards Historic Farm-  Located at 3073 Patterson Rd.    Learn about early social and agricultural history at this turn-of-the-century apple orchard.  Tour the buildings and visit the agricultural exhibits.  Hours:  Thurs - Sat 9 - 4 (mid-April - mid-Oct). Please call to confirm hours.  Cost is $4, over age 59 $3, ages 3 - 12 $2.50.  For information call 970.434.9814

GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE-  Located 38 miles northeast of Alamosa on US 160 and SR150.   Walk the dunes, some which are 750 feet high.  Call for hours.  Admission is $3, under age 16 is Free.  For information call 719.378.6399.

JULESBURG-  Fort Sedgwick Museum-   Located at 114 E. 1st Street.  Houses exhibits of the history of the Fort and Julesburg.    Call for hours and admission.  970.474.2061.

LA VETA-  Francisco Fort Museum-  Located at 306 S. Main St.  The 1862 fort features displays of fort life, fossils and Indian pottery.  Hours:  Tues - Sat 10 - 4 & Sun 12 - 5.  Cost is $5 (Over 12 years of age).  For information call 719.742.3676.

LEADVILLE-  Leadville National Fish Hatchery-  SR300.  One of the oldest fish hatcheries in the federal system.  The visitor center offers information on the history of the  hatchery and other educational information.  Hours:  daily 7:30 - 4.  Cost is FREE.  For information call 719.486.0189.

MANITOU SPRINGS-  Pikes Peak Cog Railway-  Located at 515 Ruxton Ave.   Take a beautiful ride to the top of Pikes Peak.  Call for hours.  Cost is $35, ages 3 - 12 $19.  RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.  For information call 719.685.5401.

MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK-  Located 9 miles east of Cortez.  600 cliff dwellings and 5000 archeological sites in this 80 square mile National Park.    Call for hours.   Cost is $10 per private vehicle (Sept 4 - Dec 31 2012).  For information call 970.529.4465.

MORRISON-  Morrison Natural History Museum-  Located at 501 SR8.  Interactive exhibits showing local dinosaur finds and local geology and ecology.  Dig for fossils and view the live reptiles and amphibians.  Call for hours.  Cost is $7, Seniors 65+ and ages 13 - 17 is $6 and ages 4 - 12 is $5, under age 3 is Free.  For information call 303.697.1873. 

OURAY-  Bachelor-Syracuse Mine-  Follow the signs from CR14.  Take a mine train 3350 feet into Gold Hill.  Hours:  daily 9 - 4 (May 20 - June 30 and Aug 1 - Sept 15), daily 9 - 5 (July).  Cost is $16.99, ages 6 - 11 $8.99, under age 6 is Free.  For information call 970.325.0220.

PAGOSA SPRINGS-  Fred Harman Art Museum-  Located at 2560 US 160W.   See the art of famous Western painter and illustrator Fred Harman (illustrator of the famous "Red Ryder" comic).  Hours:  Mon - Sat 10:30 - 5, Sun noon - 4 (Memorial Day - Labor Day), Mon - Fri 10:30 - 5 (remainder of year).  Cost is $4, under age 6 is .50 cents.  for information call 970.731.5785.

PLATTEVILLE-  Fort Vasquez Museum-  Located at 13412 US 85.  Replica of the original fort.  The museum features exhibits about the fur trade, American Indian culture, and the history of the fort.  Hours:  Daily 9 - 4 (Memorial Day- Labor Day), Wed - Sat 9 - 4 (remainder of year).  Cost is $2 & children ages 5 and younger are Free.  For information call 970.785.2832.

PUEBLO-  Rock Canyon Water Slide-  Located at 640 Pueblo Reservoir Blvd in Lake Pueblo State Park.  Enjoy a beach, waterslide, bumper boats and paddleboats.    Call for hours and admission.  719.561.2111.

SALIDA- Mount Shavano State Fish Hatchery-  Located on CR154.   Produces more than 2 million fish each year.  Hours:  Daily From Dawn to Dusk.  Cost is Free.  For information call 719.539.6877.

SILVERTON-  Mayflower Gold Mill Tour-  Located on SR110. Former miners demonstrate the mill's original equipment.  Hours:  daily 10 - 5 (Memorial Day - Labor Day).  Cost is $8.50, under 13 Free.  For information call 970.387.0294.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS-  Yampa River Botanic Park-  Located at 100 Pamela Ln.  See plants native to the Yampa River Basin.  Hours:  daily from dawn - dusk (May - Oct).  Cost is Donation.  For information call 970.846.5172.

VAIL-  Betty Ford Alpine Gardens-  Located at 530 S. Frontage Rd in Ford Park.   Beautiful garden with waterfall.  Hours:  daily from dawn - dusk.  Cost is Donation.  For information call 970.476.0103.

 

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