I've always enjoyed visiting caves and getting to see the different formations and learning about the history each cave had behind them. So, for me, it was only natural when we went to Colorado Springs that visiting the caves made it onto our agenda. In this post, I'm sharing information and tips to consider when visiting the Cave of the Winds.
Legend has it that the cave originated its name, Cave of the Winds, from the Apache. The wind blew so strongly that they felt the Great Spirit of the Wind there. For more details on the history of the cave and how it evolved into an attraction, click here.
The cave sits against a gorge, providing a beautiful view of the Colorado Springs terrain and Pike’s Peak, by just standing in the parking lot. The natural beauty doesn't stop on the outside of the cave, inside the cave are some amazing features to look at, including speleothems and flowstone.
What Do You Do at Cave of the Winds?
There are several tour options as well as an array of other activities, including a Wind Walker Challenge Course, Bat-A-Pult, the Cliffhanger Climbing Wall, Geronimo’s Leap, and a Magic Lantern Theatre.
Are the Cave of the Winds Family-Friendly?
Aside from the beautiful landscape, being family-friendly was one of the first things I noticed when walking up to the entrance. You're immediately greeted by their Wind Walker Challenge Course, and there are other kid-friendly activities such as panning, zip-lining, and more mentioned above. Plus, let's not forget the main attraction of touring the caves. There are tour options for all ages. If you have kids with you, you can easily plan a half-day or more at the cave of the winds.
How Much Does it Cost to do the Cave of the Winds?
When we went, it was just over $20 each for the discovery tour. For the price, it made for a fun one-time activity to say we did and get my cave fix. The tour guide was well versed in the history of the cave and kept us entertained.
For a full pricing list, visit the Cave of the Winds Mountain Park website.
How Should I Dress for the Cave of the Winds?
If you are planning to participate in activities such as the Wind Walker Challenge Course or the Cliffhanger Climbing Wall, you may be more comfortable in workout or hiking clothes and closed-toe shoes.
If you are just taking a tour or going into the movie theatre, I would wear good walking shoes and bring a light jacket. It gets cold in the caves.
How Long is the Cave of the Winds Tour?
The discovery tour we did was about an hour long. There are other tour options for longer lengths of time. The amount of time you spend at the cave of the winds is completely up to you and the number of activities that pique your interest.
If you're like us and not traveling with kids, I'm sure you've gathered that the Cave of the Winds is not an all-day event. We paired it with seeing the garden of the gods, not ten minutes from the caves, and a short road trip to the royal gorge. Watch my full 3-day itinerary below.
Visiting Cave of the Winds is a must when in Colorado Manitou Springs. Full of activities and attractions, this Colorado cave tour is wonderful and great for all ages. Be sure to share your favorite part of the caves in the comments below.
Until next time,