We look at must-see attractions for any fans of fantasy in Colorado Springs, CO!
When you think of Colorado Springs, CO, you probably think of the Rocky Mountains, lots of hiking trails, and a high altitude. All of those are accurate! But for fans of fantasy, there is also plenty to enjoy. You don’t have to be an athlete used to the mile-high life to enjoy these attractions. And two of them are completely free!
Garden of the Gods
If you are looking for an inspiring landscape, Garden of the Gods is one of our top spots. It is so beautiful that it simply evokes another world. If you are an avid hiker, there are large and rougher trails you can enjoy. But if you are less experienced in hiking, the central garden area has plenty of sidewalk paths . There are also multiple scenic spots to park and enjoy. Best of all: it’s free!
Traveler tip: It is best not to visit on weekends, evenings, or during summer / spring breaks. The Garden of the Gods is already an incredibly busy place, but those times will find you waiting in a line to park. A morning weekday was our go-to for quick parking and more space to enjoy.
1805 N 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
This one is a bit of a drive from Colorado Springs. You are looking at close to two hours into the mountains. But is it worth it? I definitely think so! Quirky, strange, and it has its own dragon. What is better for a fantasy fan? This “castle” was built by one man over a time, and its architecture, tight staircases, and towers all offer fun photo opportunities.
Traveler tip: This castle is . . . well, not the safest. Some ledges lack rails, and some pieces of the floor have broken away. Please be cautious. Climbing around is plenty of fun so long as you test your weight before going.
12705 CO-165, Rye, CO 81069
Colorado Mountain Brewery
Colorado Springs is definitely not short on interesting places to eat. But if you are visiting the state, you probably want something that combines a fantasy feel with a great mountain view. Colorado Mountain Brewery is the spot for you! With gorgeous sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains, this restaurant offers indoor and patio seating. It has a comfy lodge feel inside along with a display of their brewery. The food is delicious and fun. If you have never had bison before, now is your chance! There are also vegetarian options if that is more your style. It is not the cheapest place to eat, but well worth the cost!
1110 Interquest Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
If you are like us, any new place you visit you want to do a bit of shopping for your fantasy horde. We visited plenty of shops during the year we lived in Colorado Springs, but our favorite was Gamer’s Haven. Tucked away but with plenty of merchandise, we went there time and again for our D&D game supplies.
5730 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80918