Increase IconDescrease Icon
Why Active Seniors Love Colorado Springs

Why Active Seniors Love Colorado Springs

Living an active lifestyle doesn’t have a season. For active seniors, a new season just means new activities to enjoy. That’s what makes Colorado Springs such a great place to retire. The city has a mild climate, plenty of things to enjoy all year round and vibrant entertainment and cultural options. So no matter your interests or activity level, there’s a variety of indoor and outdoor activities in Colorado Springs for you.


  • Beer-tasting Tour:
  • With a handful of breweries and microbreweries around town, tasting tours can be found at single or multiple locations.

  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo:
  • Home to more than 750 animals from 170 species (including endangered species), this family-friendly attraction features live feedings, animal encounters, a carousel and educational workshops.

  • Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center:
  • This wildlife rehabilitation center provides a unique opportunity to see wolves, wolf-hybrids, foxes and coyotes up close.

  • Ghost Tours:
  • From the turbulent times when the Spanish Flu wiped out a number of the population, to the historic trials and secret underground tunnels, walk into the past of the city on this 1.5-hour nighttime tour.

  • Jeep Tour:
  • Explore the backcountry and higher elevations on a Jeep tour that’ll take you well off the beaten path.

  • Magic Town:
  • The 1/6th scale miniaturized urban neighborhood is intricately detailed with handcrafted buildings and animated sidewalk scenes. There’s also hidden treasures and secrets to be discovered.

  • Old Colorado City:
  • Lined with 19th-century brick buildings along Colorado Avenue, this centuries-old shopping district features antique stores, restaurants, coffee shops, candy stores, boutiques, galleries and Victorian homes.

  • Pikes Peak Center For The Performing Arts:
  • You’ll find a variety of entertainment options from concerts to comedy shows and everything in between.

  • Royal Gorge:
  • Almost a thousand feet above the Arkansas River, this suspension bridge offers a great view of canyon rimmed by rocks and scrubland below. After admiring the views, the surrounding area is also good for hiking, fishing or white water rafting.

  • Space Foundation Discovery Center:
  • The center offers an interactive experience that takes you on a journey through Earth’s history, and you’ll also learn plenty about our solar system and beyond. Plus, you can take a deep dive into science and technology with a selection of interactive exhibits.

    Hiking Trails

  • Barr Trail:
  • This 13-mile (one-way) hike gains 7,400 vertical feet from Manitou Springs and takes 6-10 hours through the Aspen trees of Pikes Peak. If you’re looking for less of a challenge, a range of pre-organized guided walks are also available.

  • Broadmoor Seven Falls Trail:
  • Located close to the heart of Colorado Springs is a series of seven cascading waterfalls (named Bridal Veil, Feather, Hill, Hull, Ramona, Shorty and Weimer).

  • Red Rock Canyon Open Space:
  • This nearly-800-acre space boasts 11 marked trails, ranging in length from 1.7 to 5.4 miles, and is known for gorgeous red rock formations and stunning views of the Rockies.


  • Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum:
  • Explore Colorado Springs’ past with exhibits showcasing the city’s original Native American inhabitants, the early pioneers who settled in the area and the culture and landscapes of the region.

  • Manitou Cliff Dwellings:
  • Just minutes from Colorado Springs and next to the Garden Of The Gods, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings offer a historical tour through a 40-room site built into a series of cliffs. Transferred from its original location in McElmo Canyon, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings has a nearby museum depicting the daily life, tools and legacy of the Puebloan community.

  • Miramont Castle Museum:
  • This 19th-century mansion is a National Historic Landmark and has been lovingly restored and furnished with antiques and art pieces from the Victorian era.

  • National Museum of World War II Aviation:
  • Covering over 40,000 square feet in an old airport hangar, this museum has 28 fully restored flying warplanes, as well as 4,000 artifacts and historical documents in its educational exhibits. It also has a handful of ground-based military vehicles.

  • Penrose Heritage Museum:
  • Featuring exhibits that are related exclusively to the Colorado region, this museum offer close to 30 carriages, a range of western cultural artifacts, and 15 race cars that competed in the infamous Race to the Clouds.

  • ProRodeo Hall of Fame & Museum of the American Cowboy:
  • This exhibit is home to an eclectic collection of Western-themed memorabilia as well as rotating exhibits diving into specific themes or people. The permanent exhibits include the Hall of Champions, Heritage Hall (focusing on the sport’s evolution) and the rodeo-inspired sculpture garden.

  • Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site:
  • Located within the Garden of the Gods, this non-profit living history museum and farm depicts an array of dioramas and authentic buildings showcasing the lives of Native Americans and early settlers in the Pikes Peak Region.

  • U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum:
  • Offering a ton of Olympic and Paralympic event memorabilia, including medals, items from past events, interactive experiences and a Hall of Fame, this museum is a must-visit for every sports fan.

  • Western Museum of Mining & Industry:
  • Featuring a collection of historic steam engines and mining equipment, this museum offers a range of interactive activities and educational programs from model mining drift to gold panning stations.


  • Cave of the Winds Mountain Park:
  • A family-owned and operated business, this scenic mountain park features a variety of attractions, restaurants, shops and hiking trails. Plus, you can even take a guided tour of the complex cave system.

  • Garden of the Gods Park:
  • Spanning 1,300 acres and filled with vibrant sandstone formations that seem like they’re from another planet, Garden of the Goods offers hiking trails fit for all experience levels, scenic overlooks for photo ops of the Rocky Mountains and plenty of spots to enjoy a picnic.

  • Monument Valley Park:
  • A historic 1.5 mile loop by the Monument River, this inner-city nature park is a popular spot for local walkers, runners and bikers.

  • Mueller State Park:
  • 40 minutes from Downtown Colorado Springs, this 5,000 acre state park features camping, fishing and over 50 miles of scenic hiking trails During the winter you can also go snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

    Aberdeen Ridge, in the Heart of Colorado Springs

    With all the activities to do in Colorado Springs and in our community — swimming, walking paths, fitness center — it’s no wonder active seniors are choosing Aberdeen Ridge. As part of our wellness philosophy, we also feature experiential activities focused on living a more fulfilling life and include educational, recreational, cultural, intergenerational, social, spiritual and wellness programs. You can learn more about our independent living community in Colorado Springs, by contacting us here.