Colorado Weekend Getaways
Colorado weekend getaways are a great way to experience some fun and relaxation if you dont have time for a week or two vacation.
Colorado Springs has great options, always offering plenty of things to do, from shopping to restaurants to its many attractions.
And if youre willing to drive a couple hours out of town, there are many unique opportunities for a Rocky Mountain escape.
Here are some ideas for excellent Colorado weekend getaways
Colorado Springs - Front Range B&B
Green Mountain Falls - Cabin Escape
Mosca - Great Sand Dunes
Continental Divide - Mountain Retreat
FRONT RANGE BED & BREAKFAST
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
If youre looking for a bed and breakfast experience in the Pikes Peak area, the Cheyenne Canon Inn is a great choice. With themed rooms and a patio overlooking Cheyenne Mountain, this B&B is a nice place for a romantic weekend away or even to have a gathering of friends or family.
Just up the road is the famous Seven Falls waterfall, where water cascades down seven separate steps in a natural box canyon. You can also take an elevator up to the Eagles Nest for soaring views, or feed the trout in their pond.
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is also nearby, the only mountain zoo in the USA. Hand-feed a herd of reticulated giraffes, watch the monkey acrobatics, or study the majestic mountain lions. All on a mountain!
The North Cheyenne Canon Park is also only moments away, offering miles of hiking and biking trails, all of which have high-altitude views of the forests, Pikes Peak, and Colorado Springs. One of our favorite Colorado weekend getaways.
Cheyenne Canon Inn
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
North Cheyenne Canon Park
CABIN ESCAPE IN THE FOOTHILLS"
GREEN MOUNTAIN FALLS, COLORADO
The best Colorado weekend getaways, in our opinion, should involve mountain views, and lots of access to wilderness and wildlife. Thats why we love the Mariposa Cabin in Green Mountain Falls, just 15 minutes west of Colorado Springs.
Within a few minutes walk, you can be swimming in the town pool, soaking up the Colorado sunshine as you stare at the majestic foothills.
Within a 10 minute drive west, you can be in the city above the clouds Woodland Park. Grab some breakfast at The Hungry Bear and make your way to Mueller State Park near Divide, where the views of the mountains go on forever.
If you want to be on top of the mountain, the Mariposa Cabin is in very close proximity to the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, which will take you up to the 14,110 feet Pikes Peak summit. Now thats a getaway.
The Wines of Colorado is also a few minutes from the cabin--a fun/romantic restaurant because of the outdoor creekside seating. You might even see some wildlife by the creek. Make sure to taste a few of their famous Colorado wines at the wine-tasting bar. We liked their honey and cherry wines, and theyre always getting new stock.
The Hungry Bear
Wines of Colorado
GREAT SAND DUNES GETAWAY
Our favorite of these Colorado weekend getaways is definitely a trip to the Great Sand Dunes. Three hours southwest of Colorado Springs, the Sand Dunes could also be a nice day trip, but why not spend the whole weekend?
Surrounding the Dunes in the spring and early summer is Medano creek, complete with surging waves. The Sangre de Cristos mountains are on the edge of the park, with six 13,000 foot peaks looming above you. This is unbelievable scenery.
The Great Sand Dunes Lodge is a great place to stay. Its only a couple of miles up the road from the park, and every room has its own private patio with a view of the Dunes. Hummingbird feeders also attract dozens of hummers, which is lots of fun, especially if you love bird-watching.
With views of the Dunes, hummingbirds, and the entire San Luis Valley, one could spend an entire weekend just sitting on the back patio
But there are also hiking trails nearby, one leading to the hidden Zapata Falls. Walk up a stream and into a cave to see this secret waterfall.
Or partake in some of the zanier attractions
The nearby Colorado Gators has over 400 alligators, as well as rattlesnakes, pythons, and even some ostriches and emus. And the UFO Watchtower (free!) offers lots of UFO souvenirs, and claims to be the sight of two major inter-dimensional vortexes. Watch the skies.
If you like to be close to cities on your Colorado weekend getaways, Alamosa is only a short drive away for your choice of restaurants and other lodging options.
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Great Sand Dunes Lodge
MOUNTAIN RETREAT ON THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE
A trip up to Gold Lake Mountain Resort & Spa is a great way to spend a Colorado weekend. Getaways like this only happen in the Rocky Mountains. This resort is located 23 miles northwest of Boulder, and sits atop the Continental Divide.
They have lakeside hot pools that overlook the Continental Divide, and tipis with hot tubs inside. And yes, they have a spa too. This place will melt away your stress. As Colorado weekend getaways go, this is a winner if you love peace and solitude.
If you like to get out and about, Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is only 35 miles away, with trails and views galore. Or take a trip down into Estes Park, do some shopping, and say hello to the elk that often wander through town. Its your weekend getaway, the choice is yours.
Gold Lake Mountain Resort & Spa
Rocky Mountain National Park
***Don't forget about the many Hot Springs around the state of Colorado! Sometimes the best weekend escape is just soaking in soothing mineral waters***