Core Culture Guided Tours
A variety of guided walking and biking tours let you explore the art and history of Downtown Colorado Springs!
Choose from art and history tours, photography walks, happy hour tours, urban "hikes" and even art tours by bike. Tours are offered year-round, and each lasts about an hour. Private tours for groups of 10 or more may also be reserved by calling 719-886-0088.
Spaces, Faces & Places Tours
Three separate hour-long guided tours introducing the historic buildings, contemporary artwork, and cultural highlights of downtown. A rotating schedule allows you to choose to one, two, or all three of the series, in any order.
Tours are held the second Saturday of each month, and meet at 9:30 am at Wild Goose Meeting House, 401 N. Tejon Street. Pre-registration is advised. Participants are invited to arrive at 9:30am, enjoy a free coffee beverage of your choice (included in ticket price) with the tour beginning promptly at 10 a.m.
2015 tour topics include:
Creative SPACES: Art on the Streets Public art has a proven track record for its ability to create a sense of place, tell unique stories, and engage our community. For 16 years, the annual Art on the Streets program has transformed our downtown streets into an outdoor sculpture gallery. Come learn about this year’s new works, with stops that sample the currently installed pieces and offer insight into the artists behind them. (January 10, April 11, July 11 and October 10)
Artistic PLACES: Downtown Murals Downtown's urban landscape is home to dozens of artist-created murals. These one-of-a-kind works represent a wide variety of content, from representations of historic figures to modern day artistic visions. Learn the stories behind the painted works that enhance downtown buildings and add vibrancy to our alleys and parking garages. (February 14, May 9, August 8 and November 14)
Historic FACES: City of Sunshine Explore the history of Colorado Springs on a downtown tour led by Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Once marketed as The City of Sunshine, Colorado Springs' past is alive in the built environment of modern day downtown Colorado Springs. Hear stories about downtown's historic architecture, and the people, businesses, health industry, and recreational opportunities that built our city. (March 14, June 13, September 12 and December 12) Please note, the March 14 tour is the same time as St. Patrick's Day races and parade downtown. Please allow additional time to find parking, as Tejon Street will be closed to traffic.
Tickets: $10. Free for 17 and under. Ticket price includes one free coffee beverage for each paid reservation. Space is limited, so register now to reserve you spot! Buy Ticket.
click! Photography Walks
Explore downtown Colorado Springs from behind the lens. Join acclaimed photojournalist Bryan Oller for monthly lunchtime photography walks. Oller will highlight different locations and topics each month, and will offer photography tips along the way. All levels of photography and camera types are welcome. Participants should bring their own camera.
The hour-long walks are held monthly on the third Thursday at noon. (January 15, February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19, and December 17, 2015).
Tickets: $5 (cash only). Free for Downtown Partnership members (members call 719 886.0088 for details). No reservations required. Tours are generally held regardless of weather, rain may cancel. In case of inclement weather, call Downtown Partnership at 11am the day of to confirm. Tours meet outside the South entrance to Plaza of the Rockies at 121 S. Tejon Street.
Happy Hour Art Walk
The Happy Hour Art Walk offers an introduction to the contemporary art of downtown Colorado Springs. 2015 tours will focus on works included in the annual Art on the Streets sculpture exhibit. Happy Hour Tours are held on the third Thursday of each month. Tours meet at 5:30pm to enjoy a happy hour beer or wine (included in ticket price) before the tour leaves at 6pm. Dates and location will be announced soon!
Tickets: $10. Free for 17 and under. Ticket price includes one free happy hour beer or wine for each paid reservation for persons 21 and older, or a non-alcoholic beverage available for those under 21. Space is limited, so advance registration is preferred. 2015 dates to be announced soon.
First Friday Downtown Bike Tour
Two Wheels, Unlimited Arts and Culture! Join UpaDowna’s outdoor adventure expert guides for a bike tour of downtown’s arts and cultural highlights on First Fridays. New routes each month feature stops at a variety of arts, history and cultural venues including gallery receptions, art openings, performances and more! These seasonal tours are held through the summer months, and the 2015 schedule will be announced soon!
Tickets: $10. Ticket includes use of an UpaDowna bicycle and helmet (or bring your own). Space is limited, advance registration is required. All bike tours begin at 5:30 p.m. Riders should plan to arrive by 5pm to allow time for preparation for a 5:30 tour departure. Bike tours are held rain or shine. 2015 dates to be announced soon.
Once a tour reservation has been made, you can reschedule your reservation for another future tour for no charge. Should you need to cancel your reservation, we are able to provide a refund less a 10% administrative fee, which will be deducted from your refund amount.
If a tour is cancelled by Downtown Partnership for severe weather or other unforeseen circumstances, a full refund of your ticket price will be provided.
Pictured: Tour group with Stranger Reduction Zone by Timothy Flood (inset).