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Activities for the Thrill-Seeking Traveler

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To us, every activity in the Pikes Peak region brings a thrill. But the real adrenaline junkies, who want to feel their heart race with every leap, are probably seeking something beyond a “walk in the park,” shall we say. Fortunately, we’ve got plenty of those opportunities, too! And in this post, we’re sharing some of our favorites.

Let’s start in the rapids. Whitewater rafting is a favorite Colorado pastime, and Echo Canyon River Expeditions can help you check this adventure off your bucket list right here in the Pikes Peak region. The Arkansas River is the most popular river for rafting in the United States, offering both family-friendly and high-adventure experiences. Those seeking the ultimate in world-class whitewater, however, may choose the scenic splendor of the famous Royal Gorge. And if you’re planning your visit for June and July, your timing couldn’t be better. The intensity of the rapids will change throughout the season as the snow melts from nearby mountains. In June, when snowmelt is at its peak, the rivers run faster for a more thrilling adventure. Heading into August and September, the flow is more mild and subdued. Choose from half, full, and even multi-day excursions for a heart-pounding good time. Rafting outfitters will be able to advise you on the best time for your trip according to your group’s ages and levels of expertise. Check with your guide for the latest conditions and advice. 

From the water into the dark, Cave of The Winds Mountain Park is another must-see for thrill-seekers. Exploring the mysteries of underground caverns is an exciting adventure, and Cave of the Winds takes show caves to a whole new level–7,000 feet deep! Discovered in 1881, this must-see Colorado Springs attraction has been thrilling travelers for more than a century, and now it’s your turn!

Conveniently located near Pikes Peak and Manitou Springs, Cave of the Winds offers three unique cave tours: the Discovery Tour offers an easy and fun look at all the coolest cave features, the spooky Lantern Tour tells ghost stories and folklore, and the Caving 101 Tour takes you in the undeveloped, behind-the-scenes sections of the caverns. Whatever tour you choose, you’ll see stalactites, stalagmites, and underground geological features, plus learn tons of cool science facts and history.

On the surface, you’ll find an outdoor park loaded with adrenaline-packed fun, surrounded by some of the most stunning mountain scenery in Colorado. Try flying through Williams Canyon at 100 miles per hour on the Terror-Dactyl or take a slightly gentler leap on the round-trip aerial Bat-a-Pult. Bring your bravest friends so you don’t have to go it alone!

If you need to take your foot off the gas for a bit, take on the Cliffhanger Climbing Wall, Wind Walker Challenge Course, Geronimo’s Leap, or the Stalactykes Adventure Side that allows you to climb, jump, run, and test your inner champion in a variety of ways that are a little more laid back. Finish your day panning for gemstones and grab a cone at Caver’s Café. Reservations recommended.

Out of the dark and into the sky, a trip to the Royal Gorge Bridge lifts you nearly 956 feet above the Arkansas River on one of the world’s highest suspension bridges that connects visitors from one side of the millions-plus-years-old gorge to the other. Don’t just take our word for it; the view of the gorge and surrounding region is breathtaking, and worth a visit, just to look. But there’s more! The Royal Gorge Park is packed with fun ways to spend a day, like the thrilling Cloudscraper ZipRider zip line or the pulse-pounding Skycoaster that drops you deep into the gorge, at speed. For a more in-depth and hands-on way to experience the Gorge, try the Royal Gorge Via Ferrata, or Iron Way, a mountaineering experience on the gorge walls! A reservation is required for this one. You can recline in a gondola ride across the canyon as well.

Bring lunch from home to enjoy one of the many picnic areas or you leave the cooking to the folks at Café 1230, Bridge View BBQ, or Grill on the Hill.

Want more? Hit the road or take to the skies with Adventures Out West. This tour provider and outfitter offer hot air balloon rides for awesome views of Pikes Peak, some of the best zipline experiences in Colorado, off-road jeep tours, rafting trips, guided hikes, and more. We’ll be happy to help you realize your “thrilling” goals; speak with our concierge once you’ve checked in to your stay at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.