Woodland Park

Just a 20-minute drive up lovely Ute Pass from Colorado Springs, Woodland Park is known as The City Above the Clouds and is popular with those who love the outdoor activities of the Pikes Peak region and a quick mountain getaway. During the summer, in particular, Woodland Park bustles with outdoor concerts and festivals and a Friday farmers' market.

Woodland Park's premier attraction is the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, a terrific new museum with lots of hands-on activities for children. Also explore the nearby Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, where you'll see giant petrified redwood stumps and learn about the prehistoric times when this high country was under the ocean. Also check out the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center, which features rescued wolves, hybrids and foxes. A paved path takes mountain bikers from town to Manitou Lake, a scenic fishing-hole eight miles away. The Pike National Forest is a major hub for outdoor recreation in the area.

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