Core Culture Guided Tours

Walking Tour

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, 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

Hour-long guided tours introduce 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 For 17 years, the annual Art on the Streets program has transformed our downtown streets into an outdoor sculpture gallery. Stops 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, one-of-a-kind murals on buildings, in alleys, and even parking garages. (February 14, May 9, August 8 and November 14)

Historic FACES: City of Sunshine Once marketed as The City of Sunshine, 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)

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.

Downtown Photography Walks

Explore downtown Colorado Springs from behind the lens. Join acclaimed photojournalist Bryan Oller for monthly lunchtime photography walks. Different locations and topics each month, 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.

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. at McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon Street. 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 on First Fridays during the summer: June 5, July 3 and August 7.Buy Tickets

Urban Hikes

Bring your hiking or walking group downtown for an urban "art hike." We are happy to accommodate private tours on a variety of topics for groups of 10 or more. Please contact Lara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 719-886-0088 for more information or to schedule a group tour.

Cancellation Policy

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).