Tours and Attractions

Discovery Tour

What will I do on a Discovery Tour? Our Discovery Tour is an easy, educational, 45-minute walking tour for beginning cavers and families. Our knowledgeable tour guides discuss cave history and geology, and answer questions as you explore twisting paths under the mountain. You’ll duck under Fat Man’s Misery, marvel at geological formations like the Giant’s Bleeding Heart, see the Majestic Hall, the Bridal Chamber and the Temple of Silence. It’s a perfect Colorado experience!

Time: 45 minutes
Summary: Our most popular family tour!
Frequency: Daily, every 20 to 30 minutes
Tour Prices:
  • Ages 0-5Free
  • Ages 6-12$12
  • Ages 12 & Up$20
  • Ages 6-12 (Military Discount)$10
  • Ages 12 & Up (Military Discount)$16

How Long is the Tour? Our educational Discovery Tour is an easy, 45-minute walking tour ideal for beginning cavers and families.

How often do you have Discovery Tours? Summertime (June – August): We have tours daily starting at 9 a.m. Discovery Tours leave every 20-30 minutes. Last tour leaves approximately 1 hour prior to closing. Wintertime (September – May): We have tours daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tours leave every 30-40 minutes. Last tour leaves at approximately 4:30 p.m.

What Should I bring for a Discovery Tour? Comfortable walking shoes, a light jacket, and your sense of adventure!

From May 27 - September 5 you can experience our most popular family tour at a discount between 9 and 10 am or 6 and 7 pm, Monday through Friday. See our Deals & Events

Early Riser & Happy Hour Tour Prices:Ages 0-5 . . . Free|Ages 6-12 . . . $9|Ages 12 & Up . . . $15

Lantern Tour

What will I do on a Lantern Tour? Join us on the Lantern Tour for a rugged cave journey to relive the thrilling experience of early explorers! You’ll travel deep into the Manitou Grand Caverns, exploring passageways and formations lit only by the hand-held lanterns you carry! You’ll learn about the spooky ghost stories, folklore, and background history of Cave of the Winds Mountain Park as you travel through the dimly-lit Grand Concert Hall and Spider’s Den caverns. A Lantern Tour is the perfect way to step back in time – and step into adventure!

“Came here to mainly do the lantern tour in the caves. We did it one year ago and came back again because it was so cool.”

JSprad8, CO — Tripadvisor.com
Time: 90 minutes
Summary: A historical adventure.
Frequency: Daily, on the hour
Tour Prices:
  • Ages 0-5Not Permitted
  • Ages 6-12$15
  • Ages 12 & Up$30
  • Ages 6-12 (Military Discount)$12
  • Ages 12 & Up (Military Discount)$25

How Long is the Tour? Our Lantern Tour is a 1.5-hour trek through rugged caverns and is ideal for more adventurous visitors.

How often do you have Lantern Tours? Summertime (June – August): We have tours daily from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tours leave on the hour. Additionally, during the summer, even-numbered hour Lantern Tour tickets (10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.) are available at our ticket office on a first-come, first-serve basis. Wintertime (September – May): Tours are available Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

What Should I bring for a Lantern Tour? Stopping and shuffling is required, and wearing athletic shoes is highly recommended. Please keep in mind your shoes may get muddy while on this tour.

Caving 101

What will I do on the Caving 101? You will explore undeveloped sections of the Manitou Grand Caverns, while climbing and crawling through passageways lit only by flashlight. Whether you are visiting our area for the first time or just looking for things to do in Colorado Springs, you will enjoy this underground adventure like no other! Reservations must be booked at least 48 hours in advance.

How Long is it? Knowledgeable guides provide groups with 2 hours of good clean, yet muddy fun underground!

How often do you have Caving 101? March 5th – May 21st, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. May 28th – September 3rd. 2016 at 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays.

What Should I bring for a Caving 101?

  • Bring a good flashlight or headlamp
  • A change of clothes, and an extra pair of sturdy athletic shoes – crawling is required and the cave is often muddy.
  • The cave is 54 degrees year round with possibly humid areas so please dress with this in mind.

Time: 120 minutes
Summary: Take an exciting cave trek!
Frequency: 8:30 am, Saturdays only.
Tour Prices:
  • Ages 0-12Not Permitted
  • Ages 13 & Up$45

Online Reservations are required for Caving 101 at least 48 hours in advance

Outdoor Activities
Bat-A-Pult

Get ready to take to the skies on the Bat-a-Pult, an epic, 1200-foot round-trip aerial attraction high along the wild and beautiful Williams Canyon. Unlike traditional zip lines, our ride doesn’t end at the bottom. Instead, our unique system pulls you back to the nest.

How much does it cost to ride? $20 per person, and a Bat-A-Pult Pass includes unlimited rides and access to the Wind Walker Challenge

Is it scary? Anyone who is 48” tall, young or old will love this ride! For little ones, because we’re a family-friendly attraction, you can experience the thrill with Mom or Dad right at your side! Get ready to slice through the air during the day or, if you’re daring, between dusk and nightfall, just like a bat!

Requirements: 48” or taller, under 300 lbs.
Open: March – October, Weather Permitting
Bat-a-pult Prices:
  • Per Person $20

Includes unlimited Bat-a-Pult rides AND the Wind Walker Challenge.

Wind Walker Challenge Course

Experience fun and adventure on our unique 3-story obstacle course, the Wind Walker Challenge. Balanced atop the edge of Williams Canyon, with a 600 foot drop, the Wind Walker Challenge Course will thrill you with its maze of steel beams, ropes, and ladders.

How hard is the course? This 3-story course is guaranteed to be fun for all of our adventurous guests. There is even a spot where you can venture out and peer directly down into Williams Canyon, if you are up for the extra challenge.

How am I strapped in? After being placed in a full-body harness and attached to an overhead tracking system, thrill-seeking visitors can navigate through the Wind Walker Challenge Course.

Requirements: 48” or taller, under 300 lbs. No shoes that can easily fall off your feet.
Open: March – October, Weather Permitting
Wind Walker Challenge Prices:
  • Per Person $20

Includes the Wind Walker Challenge AND unlimited Bat-A-Pult Rides

Terror-dactyl

No other ride in the world comes close to the Terror-dactyl! Perched 200 feet above Manitou Springs’ Williams Canyon, this ride launches you off of the cliff’s edge, at almost 100 miles an hour. Prepare to scream and laugh and love every second of this adventure!

How does it work? Securely strap yourself in, and prepare to free fall over a 150 feet into a breathtakingly beautiful Colorado canyon. Your shrieks and laughs may echo through the canyon, but as you swing back and forth over the canyon floor, you might well be planning to ride the Terror-dactyl again.

Should I do this if I’m scared? Absolutely. We recommend this ride for our guests who are at least 48 inches tall, between 100 - 250 pounds.

Requirements: 48” or taller, between 100 and 250 lbs. to ride.
Open: Weather Permitting
Terror-dactyl Prices:
  • Ages 12 & Up $50

Panning for Gemstones

Experience gemstone panning with your kids in our authentic sluice, and relive what it was like to be a Colorado adventurer during the Gold Rush days. Panning for gold is fun for the whole family, and kids get a kick out of finding their own souvenirs to bring home.

Time Freak

Instead of putting a quarter into a slot and playing a game, Time Freak allows you to actually be part of the game! Time Freak is a life-sized arcade game that promises to be an awesome experience for visitors of all ages at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

Food and Shopping

Caver’s Cafe will save the day whether you need a soda, water, ice cream, or any other yummy snack! Once you have had your popcorn or other yummy snack, stop by Pickett’s Mercantile Gift Shop to pick up some great souvenirs and unique gifts. Established all the way back in 1881, Pickett’s is open year round to the public.