Endless Adventure: Summer in the Mountains

Summer Guide to Colorado Springs

Sunny skies, mountain breezes, and rugged adventures—summer in Colorado Springs is pure magic. Make this vibrant city your home away from home. Whether escaping the Midwest heat or cruising down from Denver for some R&R, find just what you’re craving in the Springs. From lively 4th of July festivities to awe-inspiring natural wonders, scenic trails, and local breweries, plan your stay at the Mining Exchange Hotel and let the adventure begin.


Hit the Trails

Colorado Springs sits at the eastern foot of the Rockies. If outdoor adventures are what you speak, we have a few ideas to peak your interest.

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Garden of the Gods

4.8 Miles | ​ 9 Minutes

Start your summer adventure with a visit to Garden of the Gods. This iconic park offers breathtaking red rock formations and numerous trails for hiking and photography. Don’t miss the Kissing Camels and Balanced Rock.

Hiking Tip: Try the Perkins Central Garden Trail for an easy, scenic walk or the Palmer Trail for a more challenging hike.

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Seven Falls

4.1 Miles | ​ 9 Minutes

Head to Seven Falls, a series of cascading waterfalls in a stunning natural setting. Hike the 224 steps to the top for a rewarding view or take the in-mountain elevator to Eagle’s Nest for a different perspective. After the hike, you’ve earned the bison chili or a hearty sandwich at Restaurant 1858, located at the base of the falls.

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Red Rock Canyon Open Space

4.1 Miles | ​9 Minutes

Wind through canyons and ridges sculpted by erosion at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, just south of US 24 and Manitou Springs. Pack some sandwiches from BLK MGK to enjoy after a short scenic hike, or spend the whole day here, taking in great views of the Colorado Front Range.

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Cultural Immersion & Sights to See

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Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

1.1 Miles | ​ 4 Minutes

Spend a morning exploring this comprehensive arts center, which features art galleries, a theater, and a museum. On July 5th, the First Friday Art Party at the center is not to be missed. Make a night of it back at the hotel, with The Vault by Auric Gallery Art Walk reception continuing until 9pm.

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Manitou Springs

6 Miles | ​12 Minutes

Explore the charming town of Manitou Springs. Sample water from the natural mineral springs, soak in a mineral springs spa, browse the Penny Arcade, and visit local art galleries.

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Pikes Peak Cog Railway

8 Miles | ​16 Minutes

Take a scenic ride on the world’s highest cog railway to the summit of Pikes Peak. The journey offers stunning views and a chance to relax as you ascend to 14,115 feet. The famous high altitude donuts will have you on cloud nine.

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

5.9 Miles | ​15 Minutes

Visit America’s only mountain zoo, named the 4th best zoo in the nation. Ride the Mountaineer Sky Ride for panoramic views, feed the giraffes, elephants and rhinos.

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Grab a Bite

Experience Colorado Springs' culinary scene just steps from your guest room.

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Golden Hour

When the sun dips below the horizon, head to our hotel bar to order a high-craft cocktail, a perfect pint or sip our house champagne on draft. Catch live Jazz music every Thursday evening.


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Our full service coffee bar located in the lobby, features freshly baked pastries, hearty breakfast and lunch items and mood boosting beverages. Add a daily dose of magic to your stay.



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