7 Reasons the Pikes Peak Region is an awesome year-round destinationDecember 7, 2017 5:46pm

Dec. 02-- The Pikes Peak Region is one of Colorado's most scenic destinations. Boasting 300 days of sunshine and mild temperatures, it also has some incredible ways to get out there and enjoy the landscape any time of the year. Have you ever been Jeeping in winter or to the summit of the 14,115-foot Pikes Peak? Winter, spring, summer, or fall, here are 7 of our favorite activities for the whole family to enjoy in Colorado Springs in all seasons.

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1. Get into the high country on a Jeep tour

Experience the best of Colorado every day of the year in a customized Jeep modified with your comfort in mind, and view the spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife that call Colorado home. From fall colors to snow drifts, each tour provides guided, high quality, scenic Colorado adventures. Pets are welcome. For more information, visit coloradojeeptours.com.

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2. Take an historic train ride to 14,115 feet above sea level

Whether traveling the tracks of the world's highest cog railway up Pikes Peak or trekking along the Arkansas River, train rides are the perfect way to spend a day taking in Colorado's scenic beauty and immense history. For more information, cograilway.com.

Sometimes in winter, the Cog Railway can't make it all of the way to summit due to heavy snowpack. If you're looking for an alternative train adventure, check out the Royal Gorge Route Railroad.

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3. Climb the iconic red rocks at Garden of the Gods

Climbing season is year-round in the Pikes Peak region. With beautiful sunny skies 300 days of the year and mild temperatures, climbers can take on the tallest of rock walls whenever they want inside Garden of the Gods (with permit) or jump on a guided trip with Front Range Climbing Company's guided tour and personal ice wall for ice climbing. For more information, visit frontrangeclimbing.com.

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4. Go caving with the whole family

Embark on a day of family fun and adventure: Choose between three adventurous cave tours or enjoy the thrill of outdoor attractions. The Cave of the Winds is the perfect place to spend a day with family learning about geological history. Because the cave is underground this attraction is not limited to only good weather days, it's a constant 54 degrees Fahrenheit, no matter what it looks like outside. For more information, visit caveofthewinds.com.

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5. Explore America's only mountain zoo

Rain or shine the zoo is always divine! America's only mountain zoo is home to over 900 animals from around the world and is open 365 days a year. Hand-feed the largest reticulated giraffe herd in captivity the world, watch grizzlies swim with trout, hop next to red-necked wallabies, and get hands on with some of the Zoo's smaller residents in The Loft. For more information, visit cmzoo.org.

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6. Visit the Highest Bridge in the Country

A visit to the Royal Gorge is the perfect day trip from Colorado Springs. This incredible bridge is the highest in North America, stretching 956 feet above the Royal Gorge Canyon and the Arkansas River. You can take a gondola to view and cross the Gorge or walk the 1,260 feet across. For more information, visit royalgorgebridge.com.

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7. Zipline across some of Colorado's most scenic landscapes

Zipline through aspens, along waterfalls, and over the raging rapids of the Arkansas River. Ziplining is a fun and thrilling way to explore Colorado's true beauty. For more information, visit broadmoor.com.

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