Things to do in Colorado Springs with kids this Christmas break.

Come Denver, Come Colorado Springs, Come Colorado, Come ALL! Check out some great deals at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park this holiday season!

We know it can be a challenge to find fun things to do with the kids and keep your company entertained during the holidays. Cave of the Winds is offering some great deals to keep everyone happy in between shopping and cooking! With three cave tours to choose from, rides, family holiday fun and spectacular views, your family and guests will thank you for a real Colorado experence and the best Christmas season ever!

Also, don’t forget to check out the Mountain Illumination Festival happening now through January 1st! See details here: 

Holiday Discount Specials!

Visit us between 10:00am – 11:00am December 16th, 2019 – January 5th, 2020 and purchase your tickets online to save!

Discovery Tour:

10:15am Tour Only

Adults 13+ = $18          Child ages 6-12 = $12           Child ages 0-5 = FREE

Buy Holiday Special Discovery Tour Tickets


Lantern Tour: (Available December 23rd, 2019 – January 5th, 2020 Only)

10:15am Tour Only

Adults 13+ = $28         Child ages 6-12 = $16           Child ages 0-5 = NOT permitted

Buy Holiday Special Lantern Tour Tickets


Pioneer Package:

Arrive by 11:00am and ride all-day

Per person = $20

Buy Holiday Special Pioneer Package Tickets



Arrive by 11:00am

Per person = $30

Buy Holiday Special Terror-Dactyl Tickets


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The Wait is Over! The 2020 Cave of the Winds Season Pass Is Here.

The 2020 Season Pass

Our Season Pass gives you access to unlimited fun, all season long. It’s our way of saying how much we appreciate our Cave of the Winds Mountain Park friends and family near and far.

Your exclusive 2020 Cave of the Winds Mountain Park Season Pass gives you perks and unlimited access to the following attractions January 1st through December 31, 2020. Visit us as much as you like for one great price! Please keep in mind the Above Ground Adventures are seasonal and weather permitting.

  • $65 per person – Dec 15th through Dec 31, 2019 – buy it early because the price will go up on January 1st! Makes a great stocking stuffer!
  • $99 per person – January 1, 2020 through May 22, 2020

Buy 2020 Season Pass Now!

What do I get with my Season Pass?

  • Unlimited Admission to the Discovery Tour
  • Unlimited access to the Bat-a-Pult, Wind Walker Challenge Course, Cliffhanger Climbing Wall, Geronimo’s Leap, and Magic Lantern VR Theatre!
  • Unlimited access to the Terror-dactyl!
  • Upgrade to the Lantern Tour for only $10 each for adults and children every time you visit.
  • Upgrade to the Via Ferrata Canyon Tour and Frontier Zip Lines for just $45 each, per visit  ($54 dollar savings!) – Reservations Required
  • Upgrade to the Frontier Zip Lines only for just $30 each, per visit ($35 dollar savings!) – Reservations Required
  • $30  for Caving 101 Tours, each visit ($19 dollars savings!) – Reservations Required.
  • 20% discount in the Gift Shop and Canyon Rim Grill on all regularly priced items.
  • Plus, other special perks offered throughout the year!

Please Note:

  • All Above Ground Adventures are available weather permitting.
  • 20% discounts in the Caver’s Café and Gift Shop, excluding all sale items.
  • To redeem your e-ticket(s), please present your e-ticket(s) with a picture ID so we know it’s you. Once your tickets are redeemed we will give you your permanent pass. You will need to show your season pass at each register to receive your discounts and other perks. 

Buy 2020 Season Pass Now!

Give the gift of joy, join the 96th annual Christmas Unlimited Toy Drive and Illumination Festival at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park!

Give the gift of joy, join the 96th annual Christmas Unlimited Toy Drive and Illumination Festival as we team up with Christmas Unlimited!

Celebrate the magic of Christmas high atop Williams Canyon at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park! Enjoy a quarter of a million lights for our 2nd annual Mountain Illumination Festival. Our winter wonderland of twinkling lights, pictures with Santa, the Coca-Cola Bear and warm holiday cheer is a perfect way to help usher in Christmas this year!

Check out our giant animated Christmas tree as its lights dance to some of your favorite holiday songs, climb the Wind Walker Challenge Course, enjoy treats like hot chocolate, hot Dr. Pepper & cinnamon sticks, or s’mores around the fire pit, all included in your admission! Don’t forget to stop by the kids’ ornament craft area!

New this year, we are incredibly excited to be partnering with Christmas Unlimited, serving children and families in the Pikes Peak Region. In keeping with the true spirit of the giving season and to help spread and share the magic of Christmas with families throughout the Pikes Peak region, a portion of the proceeds of pictures with Santa and the Coca-Cola bear will go to Christmas Unlimited. As a bonus, receive a free plush teddy bear or puppy with every Santa or Coca-Cola bear photo, courtesy of Christmas Unlimited, while supplies last.

Receive $5 off your admission when you donate a new stuffed animal!

More details:

  • $25 for cars up to 10 people/$30 for vans with over 10 people
  • December 5th through December 8th
  • December 12th through January 1st. 
  • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • FREE plush teddy bear or puppy, courtesy of Christmas Unlimited, when you purchase a photo with Santa or the Coca Cola bear. While supplies last. One stuffed animal per photo.
  • Weather Permitting
  • Please, no tour busses or RVs
  • Cave of the Winds and the Mountain Illumination Festival will be closed on Christmas day


Frontier Zip Lines Open at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

Try out our two zip lines totaling over ¼ mile long and 80’ above the canyon floor! Zipping at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park is our newest addition to our aboveground adventures! The Zip line is a part of the Via Ferrata Canyon Tour, but can also be purchased separately. 

Requirements: Zip line riders must be at least 12 years old and ages 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult. The minimum height to ride is 48 inches and the maximum height is 6 feet 6 inches. The minimum weight to ride is 90 pounds and the maximum weight is 250 pounds.

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Zip Lines

New Colorado Attraction Opens Today At Cave of the Winds Mountain Park in Manitou Springs

Via Ferrata Canyon Tours at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

You won’t need nerves of steel for the Via Ferrata at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. What you will need is an adventurous spirit for outdoor climbing fun! Created in the mountains of Europe, the Via Ferrata is a system of cables and ladders that helped World War 1 soldiers navigate the front line between Austria, Hungary and Italy! You will be connected to our Via Ferrata track cable for an exhilarating climbing activity through spectacular mountain terrain on a guided tour under the close supervision of our experienced guides. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you around limestone cliffs and mountain paths high above the canyon floor. The excitement of vertical canyon walls and amazing views will make for a perfect Colorado Adventure!

Our course is geared toward the inexperienced climber. Our safety equipment is designed to keep you on course. Each climber will be provided with a specially designed Via Ferrata harness system, helmet and gloves. You must wear sturdy hiking /climbing footwear. 

Requirements: Participants must be 48″ tall and weigh between 90 & 260 pounds and must be ages 12 and up. Guests 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult.

What should I bring for a Canyon Tour? You must wear sturdy hiking/climbing footwear.

Tickets available at

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Read Angelica’s winning story below!

Nick and I grew up in Houston, Texas. We have known each other since we were in 4th grade. We attended the same elementary school, middle schools, and high school growing up. We even “dated” in middle school when we were in band together. You know how those middle school crushes go. But I like to think that even way back then, we knew that there was something special about each other. I did end up moving away in high school and we lost touch. Not for long though.

We both ended up attending Texas A&M for college. On a campus of over 60,000 students and being in completely different areas of study, we somehow managed to run into each other quite a bit. The first time we ran into each other we had not seen each other for at least three years. I still turn red when I think back on it. I had just finished a biology lab exam and was furiously pedaling on my bike when I saw someone waving at me from the corner of my eye. It took me a bit before I recognized him. It was Nick! He looked quite different since I saw him last and let’s just say, I liked what I saw. I was so taken off guard I nearly ran him over. This allowed us to re-connect. After many study dates (more talking and catching up than studying if we are being honest), evening walks, and movie nights, Nick eventually got the courage to finally admit that he had still had feelings for me over the years and other relationships along the way. No one else had given him the same excited feeling and connection he felt with me. Luckily, the feeling was mutual. In his typical romantic style, Nick asked me out at a nice restaurant where we were greeted with champagne, flowers, VIP seating and a question at the top of my menu: “Angelica, will you be my girlfriend?”. How could I say no, right?!

Fast forward three and half years and we found ourselves as college graduates. I was working full time in Houston at a genetics lab and Nick was all over the country for Army training. We started to feel the stresses of life and were wondering where our relationship would go from there. I joined Nick on a road trip from Arizona to Colorado Springs to his first duty station at Fort Carson. We decided to take it as an opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon and other national parks in Utah. One beautiful day, as we were hiking the Narrows at Zion National Park, he popped the question as we posed for a picture on top of a rock! I was completely surprised (as you can see in the picture)! I was completely blown away. It was perfect timing for us and will always be one of the best moments of my life.

I moved to Colorado Springs in August of 2016 and we got married at the end of September. I absolutely fell in love with Colorado Springs because of all of the amazing outdoors activities and spectacular views it has to offer. I cannot wait to get back there after I graduate! Since I moved to Houston last August for school, we have tried to keep the flame burning strong despite the distance. I would be so appreciative if you could help me make sure these last couple days we have together will be extra memorable for him to think back on when he is missing home! 


Fall with friends and family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

Fall is such a busy time of the year for all of us! The kiddos are busy with school and activities, the holidays are approaching and the weather is changing. We can all appreciate the cooler nights and beautiful crisp days and all of the spectacular views here in Colorado.

When you visit Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, just 10 minutes from downtown Colorado Springs, you’ll see some of the most impressive views in the region. The property is home to a host of outdoor activities, including the exhilarating TERROR-dactyl! With three cave tours to choose from, it’s a toasty 54 degrees year-round and the park is open 364 days a year. Cave of the Winds Mountain Park is a must see for travelers and neighbors alike!

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