A Colorado Springs travel guide is always helpful to have as a go-to reference while youre on vacation.
We like to think our website is pretty nifty, but even if you're armed with a high-tech smart phone, reception can be spotty when you're up in the mountains or down in a cave.
Your best bet is a great book, full of the information youll need at any given moment.
We picked out a few our favorites, the ones we thought could be best used as your portable travel guide to the Springs and beyond
Frommers Denver, Boulder & Colorado Springs By Eric Peterson, Don Laine, and Barbara Laine
The King of Travel Guides again delivers with this up-to-date guide with candid reviews, maps, and suggested itineraries. There is a lot of information here , so if youre looking for comprehensive, this is your best bet.
Moon Handbooks: Colorado
By Steve Knopper
Weve always liked the Moon guides. The authors passion for Colorado makes us pick this one up over other information-heavy guides. Moon Colorado has a personable, honest tone. Lots of photos, maps, and day planners. This one has over 35 pages on the Colorado Springs area.
Fun with the Family Colorado: Hundreds of Ideas for Day Trips with the Kids
By Doris Kennedy
From the back cover: Written by a parent for parents, this opinionated, personal, and easy-to-use guide has hundreds of ideas to keep the kids entertained for an hour, a day, or a weekend-- leads the way to amusement parks, historical attractions, children's museums, wildlife habitats, festivals, parks, and much more.
Best Hikes with Children : Colorado
By Maureen Keilty
86 hikes chosen for kid appeal-- hikes that arent too strenuous or too long, but are full of stuff to look at! Over 15 pages can act as your Colorado Springs travel guide, with many more pages of hikes within 1-3 hour drive.
Oddball Colorado: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places
By Jerome Pohlen
We love this book. Its full of weird adventures and strange attractions all over Colorado. If youre looking for an off the beaten path trip, this is your travel guide to the bizarre. Its a riot.
Colorado Above Treeline
By Jeremy Agnew
Some of the most awesome spectacles in Colorado are above treeline. Feels like another planet up there. This book leads you through scenic drives, 4WD routes, and classic hikes. Also includes: Full color photography, maps, and information on wildlife above treeline.
The Walking Tour : A Guide to Historic Old Colorado City
By Helen Armstrong
This guide book was written by Manitou Springs resident Helen Armstrong focuses specifically on the history and buildings of Old Colorado City. Read this one in the shade of a Bancroft Park tree and walk to the destination. If youre lucky, you might still find a copy on Amazon. If not, see if the Pikes Peak Library has a copy.
*** INSIDER TIPS***
If you visit any of the Colorado Springs libraries within the Pikes Peak Library District (especially Penrose Library right downtown) you'll find over 100 travel books on the shelves. 20 N Cascade Ave. 719-531-6333.
We also highly recommend visiting Poor Richard's Bookstore for a new or used Colorado travel guide. They are located downtown on 320 N Tejon St.