May 8, 2018
Here in the Springs, we take our native Colorado roots very seriously.
But if you weren’t born in Colorado, don’t worry, there are still ways to earn that sought-after “Native” bumper sticker.
Of course, anyone can buy a simple bumper sticker. So why can’t you, an out-of-state student? But you may as well visit some of the finest places Colorado Springs has to offer while you’re here.
First and foremost, exploring Pikes Peak is a must. Stretching over 14,000 feet high, Pikes Peak can be traversed both by various hiking paths or by driving up the Pikes Peak Highway.
Located less than 15 minutes away from campus, Garden of the Gods is another local attraction that offers visitors the chance to earn that coveted sticker with its 1,300 acres of sandstone rock formations and numerous hiking trails. The Visitor & Nature Center and museum allows you to learn about the history of the park as well as tour interactive exhibits.
If you like animals, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo not only offers visitors the chance to explore various exhibits housing over 170 animal species, but since it is located up in the Cheyenne Mountain, the views of the city below are quite impressive.
If you are interested in exploring local museums, be sure to check out the National Museum of World War II Aviation. This museum features several fully restored, interactive aircraft displays that showcase how American aircraft evolved during the war.
There are also exhibits across the museum that present a collection of over 3,000 artifacts and historical documents. Visitors must pre-register to tour the museum and discounts are offered to those who purchase their tickets online.
If you’re interested in Old West history, the Ghost Town Museum in Old Colorado City, on the eastern side of the Springs
When in doubt, planning and embarking on a hike with friends is always a go-to activity for many of us natives. Check out popular places like Seven Falls, located at 2850 S Cheyenne Canyon Road, Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs or the North Cheyenne Cañon Park located at 2120 S. Cheyenne Canyon Road.
There are many more destinations and activities you can check out all over this city. So, make yourself at home. Enjoy and take your time exploring this city of Colorado.