Colorado Springs Attractions While Visiting During Graduation
This week, we are preparing for graduation in a big way, and thinking about all that still has to be done. The excitement of the nearing graduation ceremonies is building. This year, there are a large number of graduating online students and out-of-town guests travelling to NBC. To relax, visitors and locals alike can share unique Colorado locales that provide recreation and the opportunity to explore the Old West.
Like history? There are western-themed museums, like the Western Museum of Mining, the Ghost Town Wild West Museum, and the free Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum. The Pioneer Museum is home to more than 60,000 fascinating western artifacts. Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site is a living museum, providing visitors an authentic experience of the Old West. The national Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and the international World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame are both in Colorado Springs.
Buckskin Joe's is a nearby historic frontier town, with entertainment and western food. It’s so authentic that there have been 21 Hollywood features filmed there. The Flying W Ranch (make reservations – it’s so good it sells out!) has period shops and a mouth-watering Chuckwagon dinner. It includes the Flying W Wranglers, a Cowboy music show that is fun for the whole family. You can descend 1000 feet into the Molly Kathleen Mine, ascend to over 14,000 feet to the top of Pike’s Peak on the Cog Railway, and visit one of the highest suspension bridges in the world, the Royal Gorge, almost 1000 feet above the Arkansas River. There is even a castle you can visit, Glenn Eyrie.
There is wondrous natural beauty, also. Of course, the majestic Rocky Mountains are visible from anywhere in Colorado Springs. Visit a Registered Natural Landmark, Garden of the Gods, which has incredible geologic formations, horseback riding, biking, hiking trails, and a Visitor and Nature Center. There are also numerous other parks, nature trails, and bird walks in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. A premier location is North Cheyenne Canon Park. Start at the Starsmore Discovery Center, and you can explore Colorado’s natural beauty in both flora and fauna. See the Aspens in their spring garb sporting new leaves, traverse birding trails, drive up to the Helen Hunt falls, or have a picnic by a bubbling stream. Colorado's natural beauty is renowned, and can be viewed by car, bike, canoe, kayak, boat, foot, or on horseback.
It is truly wonderful that NBC is in the heart of so many amazing wonders. This week, the lawn has been manicured and treated, graduation supplies are being arranged, and the Alumni/Graduate Banquet is being finalized - remember to RSVP by May 15th if you want to go! With so much that has to be done, remember also to take some time to visit one of Colorado's amazing nearby attractions.
Filed Under: Blog Published: 05/07/2010