Area Attractions and Nearby Towns:
The best part about where we live, is that no matter where you need to go, you’re sure to have a scenic drive all the way there! (In order by distance.)
Paradise Cove – 1.5 miles west – Paradise Cove, aka “Guffey Gorge” is a local swimming hole and cliff-jumping location in the summer, and a beautiful, serene, hiking location in the winter. (Link for more info.)
Evergreen Station – 6.8 miles northeast – the nearest convenience store with the basics, beverages, snacks, and essentials.
Guffey, CO – 14 miles west – A very rustic, historical town. Don’t blink when you drive through you’ll miss it! But don’t miss out on the restaurants, preserved historical buildings, and Monster the cat the town’s Mayor! (2010 Census Population: 98)
Florissant, CO – 16 miles north – Florissant is the home of the Florissant Fossil Beds and Pike’s Peak Museum. There’s an antique shop with an old time shooting gallery, a liquor store, a couple convenience stores, and even a drive through burger shop. (2010 Population: 5200)
Cripple Creek, CO – 16 miles east – Casinos, casinos, casinos! Cripple Creek is home to 9 casinos, several restaurants, historical brothels and train stations. Be on the lookout for free-roaming donkeys, too! Did we mention the casinos? (Resident Population: 1200)
Divide, CO – 20 miles northeast – Although the town itself isn’t much to see, Divide is home to Mueller State Park, Dome Rock State Wildlife Area, and a plethora of hiking and Jeep trails that will take you deep inside Pike National Forest for some of the most amazing views you will find. Want to get up close and personal with a wolf? The Wolf Sanctuary in Divide is a must-do! (2010 Population: 127)
Woodland Park, CO – 27 miles northeast –the city above the clouds which sits in the shadow of Pike’s Peak! If you need to do some grocery shopping, pick something up from Walmart or Walgreens, or if you’re just dying for fast-food burger… this is your stop. Plus, with the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, the kids will love it, too! Plenty of entertainment with microbrews, restaurants, and a movie theater, along with several antique shops and all that Pike’s Peak beauty.
Cascade, CO – The North Pole – Santa’s Workshop – a Christmas themed amusement park in the mountains! You’ll never ride a Ferris wheel with views like these anywhere else in the world.
Manitou Springs, CO – 40 miles northeast – if you’re looking for the idealistic, postcard quality mountain town, then you have to make the drive to Manitou for shopping and tourism galore! Weekends are busy during the spring and summer, but if you can think of it, you can find it in Manitou. Manitou Springs is also the closest place to purchase cannabis without a medical card. Feeling ambitious? Take on one of Colorado’s most difficult climbs at the Manitou Incline, which ascends 2000 ft. in less than a mile… that’s nearly 2800 steps all made from railroad ties. Feel the burn! Don’t want to climb, but want the view? Take the Manitou & Pike’s Peak Railway all the way to the top of Pike’s Peak!
The Royal Gorge – 42 miles south – one of the most breathtaking sights in Colorado. Well worth the short drive!
Big Cities, Bright Lights – Colorado Springs is just six miles east of Manitou Springs and has most everything. If you’re looking for the full Colorado experience, and want to make a day trip to Denver, or need to get to the airport, that’s a 100-mile drive and about a 2-hour trip.