Popping the question is all about timing and location. Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region are full of scenic beauty and stunning places to propose that are bound to wow the soon-to-be betrothed.
Whether the plan is to wine and dine at an extravagant restaurant, watch the sun set over the mountains, or make the ask after an intense hike, these very romantic places will provide an unforgettable setting to get down on one knee.
- Breathtaking sunset overlooking Garden of the Gods Park
There is a perfect spot to watch the sunrise and sunset overlooking the beautiful red rocks of Garden of the Gods Park, including the famed Kissing Camels rock formation. There is a small parking lot off Mesa Road called the Mesa Overlook, north of the Garden of the Gods Collection. This inspiring spot has a breathtaking view of Garden of the Gods with Pikes Peak towering in the background.
- Romantic train ride through the Royal Gorge
The Royal Gorge near Cañon City is a sight to be seen and even more romantic when seen from the windows or open-air car of the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Enjoy a delicious wine dinner onboard and pick the perfect time to make the ask alongside the Arkansas River.
- Gorgeous views after an extreme workout on the Manitou Incline
Many couples enjoy burning some calories as a duo. Outdoor enthusiasts rave about the unique Manitou Incline that offers an exceptional view at the summit. Hikers gain 2,000 feet in elevation in less than one mile. Be sure to take a breath before asking the big question.
- Wine and dine at Colorado’s only five-star restaurant
The Penrose Room at the Broadmoor Hotel is sure to impress. Enjoy a five-course meal and, after a delectable dessert, take a stroll around The Broadmoor Lake. A private bench or secluded tree cover is a sweet place to ask for someone’s hand. Find more fine dining restaurants in the Colorado Springs region.
- The 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak
If the view from the summit of Pikes Peak can inspire Katharine Lee Bates to pen “America the Beautiful”, it will surely inspire someone to say yes before putting a ring on it. There are four ways to reach the breathtaking summit of Pikes Peak:
- Enjoy a romantic weekend getaway
Spend the weekend in one of the area’s rustic cabins or quaint B&Bs for the weekend. Make sure the owners are aware as they’ll often help orchestrate a remarkable moment or offer an extra-special package.
High above The Broadmoor Seven Falls
Known as the “grandest mile of scenery in Colorado”, the cascading waters are the ideal Colorado soundtrack to get on bended knee. Take a moment at the base of the falls, or elevate proposal at the top of the 224-staircase overlooking the box canyon below.
After they say YES! You can take in all the beauty and fun that the area has to offer
Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Area Attractions
Pikes Peak Country Attractions Association invites visitors to return to some of Colorado’s most beloved visitor destinations, including Pike’s Peak Cog Railway, Garden of the Gods and Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. The region is safe, the air is clear, the highways are open and 25 Pikes Peak Country Attractions are open!
Things to do in Colorado Springs / Pikes Peak area:
- Academy Riding Stables
- Cave of the Winds
- Challenge Unlimited – Pikes Peak by Bike
- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
- Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
- Cripple Creek Heritage Center
- Echo Canyon River Expeditions
- Garden of the Gods Trading Post
- Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center
- Ghost Town Museum
- Historic Manitou Springs
- Historic Old Colorado City
- Iron Springs Melodrama Dinner Theater
- John May Museum
- Manitou Cliff Dwellings
- Miramont Castle Museum
- Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
- North Pole – Santa’s Workshop
- Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain
- Pikes Peak Cog Railway
- ProRodeo Hall of Fame
- Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
- Royal Gorge Scenic Railway
- Seven Falls
- The Western Museum of Mining & Industry
- Hike Barr Trail
- Ride the Cog Railway
- Bike up the Pikes Peak Highway
- Drive the Pikes Peak Highway
These Pikes Peak Country Attractions Association members are ready to greet visitors and usher in the summer season. To take a look at our clear skies and weather conditions, be sure to check out the live webcam at Pike’s Peak Cog Railway.
Colorado Springs Lodging
Colorado Springs offers an array of lodging and overnight options. Discover the beauty of the Rocky Mountains from high-end luxury suites, vintage, themed campers and rooms frequented by celebrities past. Enjoy views of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain and nearby hikes in Garden of the Gods Park. Find more unique places to lay your head at http://www.visitcos.com/colorado-springs-lodging.
The Antlers, Colorado Springs first hotel, sits in the middle of bustling downtown. Originally built by town founder, General William Jackson Palmer in 1883, it is also the site where Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write America the Beautiful after a trip to the top of Pikes Peak. The hotel, a former Hilton, is now locally owned and undergoing a $34 million renovation. It’s the perfect place to channel purple mountain majesty.
Starlite Classic Campground takes RVing to the next level. Owners Sylvia and David are experts in collecting and restoring classic campers. Kick back and relax in themed airstreams like the Lucille Ball or Flamingo Lounge. They also offer comfortable cabins and are minutes from the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park and awesome whitewater rafting.
The Mining Exchange served as the stock exchange for early 20th century mining companiesuntil 1929. Each of the 117 guest rooms have all modern conveniences while embracing the hotel’s historic roots. The hotel details range from a spectacular Italian marble fireplace to an original safe in the lobby. The basement, which contained multiple vaults, has recently been revamped to feature the onsite MX Spa.
The Broadmoor, built in 1918, is the longest running consecutive winner of both the AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star awards. Stroll the man-made lake, dine in one of nine onsite restaurants, tee-off 54 holes of championship golf and find some of the most coveted art pieces in the world. Nearby must-sees include The Broadmoor Seven Falls and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
The Cliff House at Pikes Peak was built in the winter of 1873 and has been open to guests longer than Colorado has been a state. Frequent visitors included American presidents, Buffalo Bill, Clarke Gable, Thomas Edison and many more. Stay in one of the celebrity suites modeled after former guests, dine in the four-star restaurant and enjoy the Manitou mineral springs nearby.
Beautiful Waterfalls in Colorado Springs
A cool spray, serene places to picnic, and inspired backgrounds for your next post are easily found at these beautiful waterfalls in and around Colorado Springs. Find more ways to cool off with free splash parks or navigate the waters of the nearby Arkansas River.
Helen Hunt Falls, named after author Helen Hunt Jackson, is a popular hiking and picnic spot. A fairly easy ascent, families and pets can enjoy the less than one-mile hike. Located inside North Cheyenne Cañon, there is also a Visitor Center with snacks and more information on the area. Make sure to pick up a free map.
The Broadmoor Seven Falls is the only Colorado waterfall included on National Geographic’s list of international wonders. Take 224 steps up a magnificent series of waterfalls located in a 1,250-foot-wall box canyon. These steps lead to hiking trails and the banks of the glistening streams that feed the 181-foot drop of falling water at the falls. For an added cost, dine in Restaurant 1858 or take the Soaring Adventure zip line.
St. Mary’s Falls are also located in North Cheyenne Cañon Park. A moderate hike totaling 6.1 miles, the trailhead for these falls are past Helen Hunt Falls. Avid hikers can continue the trail that leads to Mount Rosa.
Rainbow Falls, also known as Graffiti Falls for the various tag art displayed on the walls and bridge, sit on Manitou Springs’ Fountain Creek. Now owned by El Paso County, it has seen extensive restoration with a parking area, trailhead, interpretive signs and picnic benches.