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Colorado Springs, Colorado Attractions

Unusual landmarks, museums, roadside attractions, and hidden wonders in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. From the Museum of Colorado Prisons to the maybe-not-so-Authentic Indian Cliff Dwellings to Santa's Workshop, the Colorado Springs region offers a range of oddities nearly as wide as the Rocky Mountains.

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  • Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center

    Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center

    Woodland Park, Colorado

    Museum exhibits the bones of huge prehistoric creatures. Peek through windows into the fossil lab where paleontologists assemble dinosaurs.

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  • Dragon Man's Military Museum

    Dragon Man's Military Museum

    Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Colorful character Mel "Dragon Man" Bernstein owns shooting range, gun store, and vast private military museum with rarities you won't see anywhere else.

  • Museum of Colorado Prisons

    Museum of Colorado Prisons

    Canon City, Colorado

    Features Colorado's gas chamber, murder weapons, and much grim memorabilia. Set inside a former part of a prison, with the rest of the prison next door.

  • Herkimer: World's Largest Beetle

    Herkimer: World's Largest Beetle

    Colorado Springs, Colorado

    A big Hercules beetle nicknamed "Herkimer" draws traffic to a museum of bugs. Built in 1949; restored in 2022.

  • May Natural History Museum of the Tropics

    May Natural History Museum of the Tropics

    Colorado Springs, Colorado

    A huge collection of rare beetles, deadly spiders, wily phasmids from the bug-infested places of the world.

  • Manitou Cliff Dwellings

    Manitou Cliff Dwellings

    Manitou Springs, Colorado

    An imitation cliff dwelling, built in 1907 from pieces of a pueblo -- not a cliff dwelling -- cannibalized from elsewhere in the state.

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