What to do and see in Green Mountain Falls, United States: The Best Places and Tips

September 11, 2017 Russell Mellin

Green Mountain Falls is a statutory town in El Paso and Teller counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. The population was 640 at the 2010 census. On April 5, 2016, Jane Newberry was elected mayor. She ran as a slate of candidates calling themselves Smoother Road Ahead for GMF. The group also included board of trustees candidates David Pearlman, Cameron Thorne and Erin Kowal. The police force resigned in the days following an April 14, 2016 closed-door meeting of the outgoing town board and mayor.
Restaurants in Green Mountain Falls

1. Garden of the Gods

1805 N. 30th St., Colorado Springs, CO 80904-1247 +1 719-634-6666
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5 based on 13 reviews

Garden of the Gods

Located at the base of Pikes Peak, this National Natural Landmark and popular park features stunning geological formations, rock climbing, nature trails and the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.

Reviewed By KARIN D

I have been visiting this wonderful place since I was a child. Back in the 70's, you could actually climb the Ship Rock across from the Balancing Rock. The various trails are wonderful to explore and you can even take your "POOCH" along with you--that's the best kind of hike, as far as I'm concerned. Check out the Trading Post and shop till you drop! They have all kinds of wonderful gifts and jewelry--all locally hand made by the American Indians. It is a bit expensive, but beautifully crafted and worth the price.

2. Pikes Peak - America's Mountain

5069 Pikes Peak Highway, Cascade, CO +1 719-385-7325
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4.5 based on 673 reviews

Pikes Peak - America's Mountain

Welcome to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain! The Pikes Peak Highway entrance is conveniently located 15 minutes west of Colorado Springs on Highway 24. The beauty of being so close to the city is that you can spend your time enjoying the mountain instead of getting to the mountains. Plan for your round trip journey to the summit to take 2-3 hours. The safe, scenic highway provides you the opportunity to enjoy Pikes Peak at your leisure. From the gateway at an elevation of 7,400 feet, you'll encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world as you wind your way through an alpine wonderland of scenic beauty, mountain reservoirs, beyond timberline, overtaking the clouds...All along the way to the 14,115 foot summit of America's most famous mountain. Along the way, you'll discover the North Slope Recreation Area, Crystal Reservoir Gift Shop, Historic Glen Cove Inn, and the Summit House. There are three lakes for fishing, picnic areas, hiking trails, and breathtaking views. Stop and watch one of our "Meet the Ranger" Interpretive Programs and learn about the history, myths, flora and fauna on the mountain. All offer visitor services and basic necessities to make your day both enjoyable and memorable.

Reviewed By juanz564 - Miami, Florida

Took that drive up the mountain and please allow me to say that its beautiful, drive careful and always use a 4x4 vehicle, saw a few cars trying to comedown the mountain hauling rear end and almost fell out the side of the mountain. The summit it’s very high so be careful going up specially if you can’t handle the altitude, but it’s worth it buy one of those oxygen bottle they sell. Go up it’s Gorgeous.

3. Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

Lower Twin Rocks Road, Divide, CO 80814 +1 719-687-9742
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4.5 based on 406 reviews

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

Reviewed By Gordon S - Phoenix, Arizona

A big fan of the wolves, coyotes, and the foxes. Our guide was OUTSTANDING and this is no Fish tail. This place is more like a zoo and a little bit too commercialized. The staff is clearly passionate about the animals and very well educated. The gift shop is very well stocked. The bathrooms are outside, but well maintained. Easy to find and not far from Colorado Springs. Colorado is lucky to have this and other great wolf facilities. .

4. Manitou Springs Incline

Manitou Springs, CO
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4.5 based on 565 reviews

Manitou Springs Incline

Reviewed By Matt B - Kansas City, Missouri

This beast is a must do if you are near Manitou Springs. It is a great metaphor for life: don’t stop trying, one step at a time, know when to rest, be prepared, don’t measure yourself against others.

I would highly recommend bringing water, tunes, a small snack, and slip on traction covers for your shoes, like YakTrax, especially if there is any ice or snow. Sunscreen is a good idea too. There is a false summit about 3/4 of the way up. Don’t get discouraged. Just keep moving. Barr trail at the summit will bring you back down. It is about 3 miles long. In my opinion, going back down the Incline itself is a risky idea, especially after you get past the halfway point. Many folks do it, but I chose the trail.

5. Manitou Springs Adventures, High Country Excursions

Monument, CO
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5 based on 104 reviews

Manitou Springs Adventures, High Country Excursions

Manitou Springs Adventures High Country Excursions will take you on a personalized Jeep tour of the Colorado Back Country and High Country around the Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek! We now include tours to the summit of Pikes Peak, Cripple Creek and the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center! We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel close to Manitou Springs! We are open 7 days a week all year round! Snacks, Beverages, and FUN are provided on each tour - Beautiful Scenery and good times is a certainty. Specialty and Private tours are always available.

Reviewed By Kpaula01

I’m so glad I booked this trip for Pikes Peak! My husband and I had a great time! Amanda made our trip memorable. She brought us on spots of the mountain where we can take perfect photos. We didn’t have to worry about anything. All...MoreThank you for your review!! We don't always get to the summit, but we sure try, and have fun doing it. Thank you for taking time to review us, we really appreciate it!

6. Colorado Wolf Adventures

Woodland Park, CO 80863
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5 based on 66 reviews

Colorado Wolf Adventures

Just a few of the Adventures: •Wolf Walks We offer exclusive educational Wolf Walks in the Pikes Peak region. We will stop along the trail to take photos of you with the wolves. The scenery is breathtaking with the towering Red Rock and Pikes Peak as your backdrop.

Reviewed By traveler_dac - Alexandria, Virginia

One of the most amazing experiences of my life! Let me caveat that I'm a wolf-lover and can still remember my first ever report for school about wolves. I love their approach. Walking through the garden of the gods is awesome already and to do it with wolves and people who can share a great deal of information is just incredible. They take a couple hundred photos and really ensure that you have an amazing and personal experience. Great team with a great philosophy.

7. Crystal Falls

Green Mountain Falls, CO
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Crystal Falls

Reviewed By Becki T - Monument, Colorado

Crystal Falls has several layers of falls. A little close to a couple of houses but a nice viewing bench. Very serene...I highly recommend going from Crystal Falls and hiking the Thomas Trail to Catamount Falls. Probably should wait closer to a true summer but the ice wasn't too much but enough to make you very cautious. This can be done as an out and back and it is very easy. Park at the Gazebos on Ute Pass and walk through a cute neighborhood to trailhead. Enjoy!

8. Mueller State Park

21045 Highway 67 South, Divide, CO 80814 +1 719-687-2366
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4.5 based on 213 reviews

Mueller State Park

A scenic park.

Reviewed By Texasmom04 - Arlington, Texas

Wonderful hiking trails. We were there on a Sunday afternoon at the height of the summer season and yet had the short hiking trail totally to ourselves. It was posted that the campsites were full but it didn't feel overly crowded. We loved visiting this park and wish we'd had time to camp here. Very well laid out park with beautiful facilities.

They are the only Colorado state park with fully furnished luxury type cabins you can reserve. There are three cabins and they said they generally book up six months ahead.

9. Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

100 Cave of the Winds Rd., Manitou Springs, CO 80829 +1 719-685-5444
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4 based on 2 reviews

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

Discovered in 1881, Cave of the Winds has been a premier Colorado attraction for more than a century. Explore amazing caverns, experience total cave darkness, and marvel at the beauty of formations hundreds of thousands of years old. Then step outside and walk on the wind on the Wind Walker Challenge Course, fly like a bat on the Bat-a-Pult Zip Line, and dive into Williams Canyon on the one of a kind aerial dive ride, the TERROR-Dactyl. Lots of family fun, amazing views and memories to last a lifetime!

Reviewed By chjeme - Colorado Springs, Colorado

I have recently gone on 2 different tours, one was a caving 101 tour and the other was a combination ghost story/grand cavern/lantern tour. Both tours were lead by John "The Hippie". John was an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable about the history of the cave and how caves are formed. He is a great story teller, and really seems to enjoy giving tours and making sure that each person had a good experience. He also has great respect for preservation of the cave. With the caving 101 tour, you will get dirty! There are tight spaces and some climbing involved. I had a "fanny pack" style holder for my water, but it got in the way. A camelback style would have been better. I thought it was great fun! There is an industrial style sink for cleaning up afterward. The lantern tour/ghost story tour was also fun. You get a little more of an idea of what it was like touring the cave back in the early days. We have it easy compared to the early days! John acts out some of the stories of the history of the cave. I recommend both tours!

10. Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center

201 S Fairview St, Woodland Park, CO 80863-1154 +1 719-686-1820
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4.5 based on 238 reviews

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center

Travel back in time -- The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center is a new 20,000 square foot museum located in Woodland Park, Colorado (only 30 min. from Colorado Springs). We feature fossils from North America's Cretaceous Period including marine reptiles, pterosaurs, dinosaurs, a working fossil lab viewable by visitors, children's play area and hands-on educational activities. Open all year.

Reviewed By Kristin S - Austin, Texas

I am a dinosaur fanatic and I absolutely loved this place. We were fortunate enough to be the only people on the early morning tour and got in-depth information on all of the exhibits. I absolutely loved it. Greg, Lindy and Crystal were wonderful guides and answered all of my questions about all aspects of dinosaurs. We even got to see where the fossils and casts are prepared, which I thought was a fantastic addition to what was already a really fun tour. I've never seen so many dinosaurs in one place, and was just blown away by the quality of the displays. I hope I get to come back some day!

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