Visiting Colorado – The Cave of the Winds

I’m going to let you in on a little secret – I’m obsessed with rocks. It’s an obsession that has caught me for at least 20+ years and I seem to have passed it on to my children! Rocks, fossils, caves….it all falls into my obsession. So while visiting my sister in Colorado last week I was dying to go to Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs.

Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs, Colorado

In the past 6 months I think we’ve been through 3-4 different cave systems in at least 2 different states (see my post on Ruby Falls and Raccoon Mountain Caverns) and I want go more. Yes, caves all sort of look the same, but it’s just some obsession I have – don’t judge me! 🙂

Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs, Colorado

The Cave of the Winds was a great tour – we had a fantastic tour guide that told us the entire history behind different parts of the cave and the boys who discovered it!

Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs, Colorado

I will warn you – there are some tight places to walk and some steep steps to climb. It was a bit difficult with my 3 year old but my 5 year old was just fine.

Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs, Colorado

I loved that there was enough lighting to get family pictures. We actually got family photos in several different locations in the cave.

Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs, Colorado

And this cave even had a small waterfall which is always fun to see under the ground!

Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs, Colorado

We went on the last tour of the day but there are a few things I wanted to note as of the time that I am creating this post.

Children 5 and under are FREE! That’s a big deal if you have several younger kids!

The gift shop has GREAT prices! When we went there was a 40% OFF all rocks sale – and I was in heaven! Each of my boys picked out beautiful nice sized quart crystals for about a quarter each. There were also a nice selection of fossils there too which I was drooling over! 🙂

It’s a STEEP road to drive up the mountain to get to the Cave of the Winds. I was in an accident recently where our car drove off the road into a steep ditch so I was terrified – just petrified on the road going up the hill. So just a note – if you have an older car that can’t handle steep inclines or if it’s icy out – be forewarned that you might want to take a different vehicle!!

 

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