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Visiting Colorado from South Africa

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Visiting Colorado from South Africa


We will be in Colorado Springs from the 20th to the 27th of December - What are the must see attractions and how cold am I going to be

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1. Re: Visiting Colorado from South Africa

it is winter so expect cold: "The coldest day of the year is December 29, with an average low of 17°F and high of 40°F." from: weatherspark.com/averages/29950/Colorado-Spr…

There's a ton of museums to enjoy so make sure and catch those. Pioneers Museum is FREE and in a neat old courthouse. There's the figure skating museum, money museum, Pro Rodeo Museum....Visit the Olympic Training Center and the Air Force Academy.

if weather allows/it's running the Cog Railway is a must do: www.cograilway.com

Garden of the Gods is great in any season.

I'm not sure the zoo hours then but the Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo is neat coupled with Will Rogers Shrine to the Sun (that portion I believe was damaged in flooding and may be closed still (?).

Nearby Woodland Park is beautiful and a good place to enjoy a visit too and stop at the Florissant Fossil Beds. The Colorado Wolf Center in Divide (you'll have to check it may be seasonal only I do not know offhand). The Mollie Kathleen Mine in Cripple Creek.

Edited: 04 November 2013, 14:25
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2. Re: Visiting Colorado from South Africa

Hi, Carla V and welcome to the Colorado forums. It looks like you might be new to Trip Advisor, so let me suggest you go to the Colorado Springs forum (found by using the "jump to specific forum box-- tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g33364-i296-Colora… ) and scan through some of the posts and frequently asked questions, where you'll find lots of previous discussions about where to go and what to do. There is a search feature, too. There are many reviews of things to do, too. That tab is located in the green bar at the top of the page. The attractions that most people want to visit are Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak (the cog railway is year round, weather permitting), the Broadmoor Hotel, the U.S. Air Force Academy and Olympic Training Center. Seven Falls, Cave of the Winds, Helen Hunt Falls, Manitou Springs and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo would be some of the others, along with the North Pole/Santa's Workshop for those with kids or kids at heart. The Colorado Wolf and Wildlfe Center is well reviewed.


Cripple Creek, a historic mining town (now home to casino gambling) is not far away and is fun to visit.

There are two state parks nearby, too.

It is helpful for those of us who reply to posts to know a little more about you and those traveling with you in order to give the best suggestions. Who is "we?" Can you tell us a little about your interests and activity level? Is this a family trip with children, or are you a couple of retirees? What kind of vacation did you envision when you decided to visit Colorado in the winter time? Did you want to see mountains and play in the snow? Are you there on business?

The weather is a little difficult to predict. You might need wnter coats and gloves in the morning and by mid-day a fleece jacket might be enough to be comfortable. It could be snowing and cold or it could be sunny and cool, sometimes on the same day! If you're going to be outdoors hiking or snowshoeing, you'll need to dress differently than if you're going to be visiting museums. Dress in layers, don't forget the sunscreen, and drink lots of water. I recommend wearing wool socks, and I carry gloves and a fleece cap or earband with me even if I think I don't need them.





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3. Re: Visiting Colorado from South Africa

The Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek is closed for the season. They hope to reopen in April.

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Hi there

Thank you sssooo much for the info - I will be travelling with my better half, no children, we are going to Colorado Springs for a wedding and that's about all I know bout the state..lol

I would just want to see as much as I can, love the scenic routes and would like to experience the true culture of Colorado, local pubs, real food, real people

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5. Re: Visiting Colorado from South Africa

A lot will be weather dependent at that time.

On a day the roads are fine, you might want to day trip up to Breckenridge or stay a night or 2. Breckenridge is a ski town so if you want to try skiing... Lots more to do even if you are a non-skier from walking the town with the X-vive, dog sledding, dinner sleigh ride...

If you have some days to do a driving tour then post with how many days you might have and others can help out.


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