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Explore Colorado Springs Like a Local this Winter!

Lace up your skates, grab a sled, and prepare for the tastiest hot cocoa in the world — these eight winter activities will warm your heart this winter season!

Colorado offers amazing attractions and things to do throughout the entire year. But don’t be deceived into thinking that skiing is the only thing to do in the winter – there are plenty more fun activities!

Whether you’re looking for activities for your family, a date, or just want to explore more of what Colorado Springs has to offer, you’ll have several winter-friendly attractions to choose from.

Take strolls down charming streets, explore trails by snowshoe, or explore the town’s best kept culinary secrets…just don’t stay inside this winter season!

Here are our top eight bucket list activities for this winter in Colorado Springs, in no particular order:


1. Crave Colorado Cuisine on a Downtown Colorado Springs Food Tour

Activity Best For: Foodies, Families, Dates, Celebrations, Girls Night Out, Groups up to 34 people

Rocky Mountain Food Tours | Downtown Colorado Springs Thing to Do | Photo by Niki Fields
Rocky Mountain Food Tours | Downtown Colorado Springs Thing to Do | Photo Credit: Niki Fields


Rocky Mountain Food Tours (that’s us!) is here to give you an effortless day of exploring new foods, sipping on delicious seasonal drinks, and learning unique tidbits of Colorado Springs history. Our tours run year-round (yes, even in the snow!).

We tell the story of Colorado Springs through food – and our restaurant partners need our support more than ever during the winter months. Join us for The Original Colorado Springs Food Tour, which launched in 2010, or the newer Cocktail Tour or Brewery Tour.

This activity is also perfect for groups! Discounted tickets are available for children (ages 5-12) and military. Contact us to build a custom itinerary for your group of eight or more.

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2. “Skate in the Park” in Downtown Colorado Springs

Activity Best For: Families, Dates

Photo Courtesy of Downtown Colorado Springs | Facebook | Photo Credit: Stellar Propeller Studio


Lace up your skates and enjoy Downtown Colorado Springs from a new perspective this winter! The annual “Skate in the Park” event in Acacia Park is a tradition every November through January. Whether you’re planning a romantic date for two or surprising your kiddos with a winter adventure, ice skating downtown is the perfect way to spend your day or evening this winter.

Tickets are only $10 (which includes your skates), and children under four are free. They also offer discounts for military and first responders. Purchase your tickets in-person.

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3. See Beautiful Landscapes on a Scenic Train Ride through Colorado’s Royal Gorge

Activity Best For: Families, View Seekers, Holiday Celebrations, Dates

Photo Courtesy of Royal Gorge Route Railroad | Facebook


Embrace your sense of wonder with a winter adventure on The Royal Gorge Route Railroad! For 360-degree views of the gorge covered in snow, the Holiday Train or Santa Express Trains are the way to go. Sit in the Vista Dome for the best views, and enjoy nibbles including a full bar while on board. Take a ride on the train and see the gorgeous Colorado winter landscape in style and comfort!

The railroad is located in Canon City, which is about one hour south of Colorado Springs. The short drive is worth your time and rewards you with beautiful views along the way!

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4. Stroll the Streets for Treasures Including a Visit to a Hot Chocolate Bar

Activity Best For: Dates, Families, Girlfriends, Holiday Shopping

Photo Courtesy of Pikes Peak Lemonade | Facebook


Grab a cup of hot cocoa from our friends over at Pikes Peak Lemonade Co. in downtown Colorado Springs, and take a magical stroll the shopping district. But don’t stop there! Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs truly shine during the winter as boutiques, cafes, apothecaries, book stores, and beyond beckon shoppers in.

Here at Rocky Mountain Food Tours, we’re all about supporting local business, so be sure to get your Holiday shopping done at these amazing local boutiques and shops!



5. Visit a Real Castle and the Original Home of Colorado Springs’ Founding Father at Glen Eyrie

Activity Best For: Romantic Couples Getaway, History Buffs, Families

Photo Courtesy of Glen Eyrie | Facebook


Whether you’re visiting for a winter tea at the castle or staying overnight, there’s nowhere cozier in the winter than Glen Eyrie Castle. And yes — it is an actual castle, built by the founder of Colorado Springs, General William Jackson Palmer, in 1871. Explore the castle grounds and hiking trails or grab a warm beverage from the cafe and learn about the history of Colorado Springs in one of the city’s most enchanting locations.

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6. Camp, Snowshoe, or Sled in Mueller State Park

Activity Best For: Outdoor Enthusiasts, Families

Photo Courtesy of Colorado Parks & Wildlife | Facebook

Located just 45 minutes outside of Colorado Springs, Mueller State Park offers tons of amazing winter activities. While summer provides ample hiking, climbing, and biking, winter brings its own set of outdoor opportunities! Families can enjoy sledding and tubing or explore snowy trails cross country skis or snowshoes. Winter campgrounds are open for the truly adventurous and warm-blooded.

Some of the most beautiful landscapes are seen when you get off the beaten path, so bundle up and head out!

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7. Take a Thrilling Zip Line Over Cheyenne Canyon

Activity is Best For: Thrill Seekers, Families with Teens

Broadmoor Soaring Adventure Colorado Springs
The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure Colorado Springs | Photo Credit: The Broadmoor

Feel the cold air hit your cheeks as you soar high above Cheyenne Canyon and the City of Colorado Springs. But is the zip line really open all year long? Yes, as long as the weather doesn’t create dangerous conditions, this attraction is open all year to anyone brave enough to take the plunge.

With a total of 10 zip lines between two courses, you’ll feel an adrenaline rush like never before!

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8. Go on an Electric Safari at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Activity Best for: Families, Dates, Dates, Animal Lovers

Electric Safari Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Colorado Springs
Electric Safari Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Colorado Springs

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers a world-class experience all year-round, but the winter season is particularly magical. During the month of December, there are thousands of twinkle lights throughout the park including 85 hand-made light sculptures. While exploring the animal exhibits, sip on some hot chocolate, warm yourself on the outdoor heaters, and even pay a visit to Santa. This award-winning light display can be seen for a limited time only!

You must buy tickets in advance, but discounts are available for military, and parking is free.

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We love exploring our home state all year round, but the winter is particularly magical! We hope you enjoy these eight fun things to do in Colorado Springs!

Cheers! Your Rocky Mountain Food Tours Team

(So, what’s a food tour, anyway…?)



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