The Broadmoor Seven Falls is near Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 224 steps to the top can be very intimidating, especially to those of us with asthma. It is well worth the climb (and calorie burn). The fam and I really enjoyed our afternoon here.
A little trick for those of you with asthma. Get a can of oxygen. (You can purchase these at the gift shop but cheaper on Amazon ahead of time.) I got a little winded a few times but a quick puff and I made it to the top in about the same condition as the kids! (Disclaimer: I am in no way a medical professional so you might want to consult your doctor before doing this.)
The view from the top of the stairs is awesome. (I didn’t grab a pic for some reason.) You are able to see the whole way down the falls from the top. The people look like ants! However if the stairs is not in the cards for you, you can also take the elevator up to the platform and catch a good view from there.
The kids had a blast feeding the giant cat fish and the littlest even got to hand feed a squirrel (at least until the staff got on to him lol). They climbed all the stairs and played around so much they were completely quiet for the several hour ride to the hotel that night. Ahhhhhhhhhh!
We stopped at Garden of the Gods on our way back from Yellowstone. For those of you who don’t know it is near Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is a free park that is absolutely beautiful.
Let me start by saying this was not my first time I had been here. It has changed a lot since I had been here almost 20 years prior. (Yes I know I am showing my age.) It was still just as beautiful though. They had just made it more handicapped accessible, with concrete walkways and there were fences to keep the little ones back off the rocks.
This park has many cool rock formations. (My favorite is the kissing camels.) These formations are pretty to even the non geo nerds like me. The best part is there is room to climb around on the rocks. It is really a great place for people who get into extreme rock climbing.
All 3 of my boys (this is including the grown one) climbed around like a couple of monkeys. I am not sure they were supposed to go as high as they did without being tied off, but no one stopped any of us sooooooo…….
We spent several hours just climbing and hiking around the park. It was a little crowded but a great way for the kids to get out of the car and burn off some energy. As an added bonus it was free! I recommend you stopping in here and checking it out if you are in the area.