Visiting The Area

History & Activities in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, located right where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, is a gateway to Colorado’s natural beauty. The ancestral home of the Ute, Arapahoe, and Cheyenne peoples, as evidenced by the petroglyphs at the world-renowned Garden of the Gods, the area’s rich history dates back thousands of years. In the 19th century, gold prospectors heading west across the expansive plains were guided by the towering sight of 14,115 feet-high Pikes Peak, settling in the city and heading into the nearby mountains to join the Gold Rush. In Colorado’s early days as a state, Colorado Springs was briefly the state capital, a sign of its expanding influence. Today, it still draws people from around the world. The list of Colorado Springs activities extends from hiking the epic Manitou Incline and exploring the Garden of the God’s stunning sandstone formations to hitting the city’s bustling restaurants and breweries.

Area Activities

Steadily growing throughout the early 20th century, Word War II brought an influx of military personnel and their families to the city with the opening of Fort Carson. The local military presence, still strong today, would expand even further with the formation of the Air Force Academy. The city also established an academic foothold when a private liberal arts school, Colorado College, was formed. It was soon joined by UCCS, a 14,000+ student public research university and part of the flagship state school system, the University of Colorado. And in later years, the Olympic Committee made its headquarters in the Springs in the 1970s, dubbing it “Olympic City, USA,” and even further diversifying the city’s population, which numbers almost 500,000 today.

In addition to the endless hiking trails beckoning in all directions, Colorado Springs is a short drive away from several world-class ski resorts, relaxing hot springs and reservoirs, and some of the highest mountain peaks in North America. With its ideal location in the heart of the city and its views of majestic Pikes Peak from just outside your room, RAD Hostel is the perfect home base to explore all that Colorado Springs has to offer.


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