Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, Manitou Springs: Hours, Address, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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, 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!
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Haley M
2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
There are two cave tours, one lit one and one lantern one. We chose the lit one. The tour took 45min to an hour. When we were there it seemed like they had tours every 5 min with groups of 10-15 ish. It didn’t feel crowded at all though. The inside of the cave is ~55 degrees all year. The cave has some really unique things that many caves don’t have apparently and the story of how it was found and the history of it since then is cool. The place where you pay and begin the tour (at least at this time of year) is on the left side of the parking lot. On the right side of the parking lot is where we ended the tour and there was a gorgeous visitors center there with beautiful views, a gift shop, a rock wall for climbing, and a balance beam multi level climbing thing. This would be a beautiful place to eat a picnic at too. We were really glad we went to this.
Written May 31, 2022
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Matthew G
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Jun 2022 • Family
My wife, my daughters (12 and 10), and I did the lantern tour. It was FANTASTIC! Our guide was a guy named Hippie who was so knowledgeable about the cave and its history. He was also extremely respectful with the telling of that history. The dude put so much heart and soul into it, the stories jumped out at you and burned in your mind as if you were watching a theatrical performance. My family loved it, I highly recommend it and I never write a review on anything! Spooky and informative.
Written June 23, 2022
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Meredith J
Griffin, GA1 contribution
Jul 2021
I booked the Haunted Lantern Tour for my friends and I because I've always wanted to do a cave tour! Largely looked over the "haunted" part and assumed it was just dark and lanterns and yada yada. Much to our surprise they definitely mean it is a haunted lantern tour, centered on spooky stories and history and all! Our tour guide greeted us full fledge ahead with the storyline, we all just went with it. And it was AWESOME. And hilariously surprising. And I'll probably never live it down that I made us all accidentally do a haunted cave tour. But our tour guide Hippie absolutely rocked it!! His persona, story telling abilities, devotion to the dramatics, and humor had us rolling with laughter one moment and immersed on the edge of our theoretical seat the next. We believe we definitely got the best tour guide, and would recommend Hippie on the Haunted Lantern Tour for sure!!
Written July 27, 2021
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We’re thrilled you just happened to stumble upon such a great and amazing adventure, you definitely hit the jackpot!! Thanks for sharing your awesome feedback and we want to thank you for your kind recommendation!!
Written July 29, 2021
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Coco M
Philipsburg, St Martin / St Maarten558 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
I’ve been on multiple cave tours in the past. This one was pretty decent enough to do once. They did have lights in certain areas but I do feel like the areas could have been better lit in order to see all the formations instead of having the tour guide turn on their flashlight for 10-15 seconds to point out the various areas. On previous tours elsewhere that I did, all persons on tours had helmets with lights on which helps to see all the formations.

The tour ends in the gift shop and you also have the option to purchase the picture they take of you at the beginning of the tour.

Views from the main building are spectacular. Be aware if you are doing any activities they do have lockers for your bags but bring 25c coins.
Written June 22, 2022
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Julie H
3 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
This is a dead cave - no water flow into the cave means very few cave formations. Essentially you are touring a hole in the ground. They tried (and failed) to make it interesting with fun facts about caves. Our tour guide on the “discovery tour”seemed to be making “facts” up on the fly as many didn’t make sense or contradicted what he’d previously said. Tour groups were run back to back and a good portion of the tour was just waiting for the group in front to finish so we could move on.

They also do a “lantern” paranormal tour (which we didn’t do). That many have been more interesting and the low light definitely would have covered up the fact that there was nothing to see in the cave.

Our teenagers did like like the Terror-dactyl.
Written June 30, 2021
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Thank you for visiting Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. We’d like to take the time to clarify what our cave really is. A cave is a natural void in the ground, (hole in the ground) specifically a space large enough for a human to enter. Caves often form by the weathering of rock and often extend deep underground. Cave with formations are never dead but only dormant, requiring a water source such as rain to form the elements needed for growth to occur. This type of water source can seep into cave ceilings or seep from the ground below. We hope this helps in understanding what kind of an adventure we truly do offer.
Written July 2, 2021
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tamara r
1 contribution
May 2021 • Friends
Horrible experience! We had a very inexperienced guide and she rushed us through the tour. I took my mother who is 80, but very spry. The guide walked us through so fast we werent able to see and enjoy the cave at all. It cost us 25.00 each and we were through the cave in 35 minutes. She pointed her flash light to show us some things that were interesting, but did it so quickly that only the first couple of people behind her were able to see it. By the time the people at the end got up to the point we couldn't see the thing she was trying to show us. Never again!!
Written May 21, 2021
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Rachel W
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Jun 2021
The Haunted Lantern tour had my girlfriend and I a bit skeptical upon first glance, but we decided to give it a go anyways, as it was our last day in Colorado Springs, and we are so glad we did!

The tour is not for those who have asthma or get claustrophobic easily, as the first stretch of the tour is a bit of a doozy, but if you can get through that, the rest of the experience is well worth the money spent.

Our tour guide, Austin, was amazing! He was hilarious but also incredibly knowledgeable about the caves and its history, and was also a fantastic storyteller.

The caves themselves are absolutely beautiful, and just overall it's an incredibly fun experience! 10/10 would go again!
Written June 13, 2021
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We are so very grateful you gave it a chance and loved the experience! Thank you for choosing to spend time with us on your last day here in beautiful Colorado and please do think of us your next time around, we’d absolutely love to have you again!!
Written June 13, 2021
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Shane W
Brooklyn, IA38 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
So if you have kids under 10 or want to explore a beautiful cave with incredible cave formations, then this is not the tour for you. We had seen some beautiful caves in Missouri so wanted to try a different kind of cave tour and this one looked interesting. As in many tours it is the tour guide that makes or breaks it. And we were blessed with the amazing storytelling ability and charismatic personality of Jeremy who nailed it and made this tour so fun and interesting. Using an old tin can lantern made it fun and helped add to the mood of this tour. I’d highly recommend this tour if you want something different and entertaining!
Written June 25, 2022
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Kristen L
Colorado Springs, CO1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Couples
We did the haunted lantern tour, and our guide Katie was knowledgeable and humorous while being a great story teller. This is a dark (literally and figuratively) tour full of stories about the cave system’s history and owners with the added ambience of just a tiny amount of light. It also helps that the caves are totally haunted. Our group experienced lights going out, bangs, light scratches, hair being played with, and more. I am a skeptic believer (I want to be sure things can’t be explained scientifically before being deemed paranormal), and given my own experiences and those of my husband today, this was an extra interesting tour.

It seemed like everyone had a good time. It was a unique experience exploring a cave with just the lanterns, and even if ghosts aren’t your thing, you get to hear about local history from the late 1800s.
Written January 17, 2022
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We truly appreciate you sharing your ghostly experience! It sounds like your tour was indeed full of adventure. Thanks so much for joining us on the Lantern Tour, we sure hope to see you again!!
Written January 19, 2022
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JennyANDJace
San Antonio, TX26 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We went on the haunted lantern tour. Our guide was Jeremy, who did a really great job telling spooky stories, I think everyone jumped at least once (tip: don't admit to being from Texas, they'll sacrifice you to the ghosts first). They also have a Via Ferrata, gravity ropes, and other attractions. My son is 12 and had a blast. I don't know if I would take younger kids, but I think anyone ages 8 and up would definitely have fun. We went to Garden of the Gods in the morning and to the Cave of the Winds in the afternoon, which was a good combination (they're about 15 minutes apart).
Written August 16, 2021
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