Cave of the Winds
Discovered in 1881, the Cave of the Winds is one of our nation’s premier show caves, a unique cavern experience atop a mountain that is also one of our nation’s highest! Sitting at 7,000 feet atop Williams Canyon, this cave provides your group with the perfect Colorado experience, giving you the wonders of the underground with the majesty of being on top of a mountain, all at the same time! Your group can choose from a couple different tours, each one allowing you to investigate cave formations, journey back in time, and get an unforgettable history and geology lesson.
The Discovery Tour takes your group through miles of Colorado Caverns, twisting and turning through the Majestic Hall, Bridal Chamber, Temple of Silence, Fat Man’s Misery, and Giant’s Bleeding Heart. This 45-minute tour will give you cave history, ecology, and answer any questions you may have along the way. The Lantern Tour allows you to step back in time with a handheld lantern on a rugged, thrilling journey through Manitou Grand Caverns. On this tour your group will hear ghost tales and folklore for 1.5 hours, exploring the dimly lit Concert Hall and Spider Den Cavern. The last tour available is a 2-hour Caving 101 Tour, one in which your group can crawl through the tightest spaces and get downright muddy with discovery!
After a tour your group will have a chance to explore and soar through the rest of Williams Canyon, with rides such as Terror-dactyl and Bat-a-pult. The first mentioned ride is the only of its kind, taking you 200 feet into the canyon at 100 mph. The latter is a more family friendly 40 mph round trip through 12,000 feet of canyon. You can also take a Wind Walker Challenge course if you are feeling risky, full of steel beams, swinging ropes, and dizzying ladders. Take some time to overlook the 700-foot gorge that gives great views of Pikes Peak at the visitor center or gift shop before you go!