Downtown Walking Tours

2020 Tours

Hour-long guided tours introduce the historic landmarks, contemporary artwork, and cultural highlights of Downtown. Catch a public tour for $10 on the first Saturday of each month, or call 719-886-0088 to reserve a private tour for 10 or more. Student and corporate tours also available.

Pre-registration strongly recommended; tours frequently sell out in advance! Click individual dates below to purchase tickets.

Tickets are non-refundable. Given 48 hours cancellation notice (call 886-0088 or email info@downtowncs.com), tickets may be transferred to a later tour date.

Tours are held the first Saturday of each month, and depart at 10 a.m. from the Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St.) unless otherwise noted. Participants are encouraged to arrive at 9:30 a.m. to enjoy a free coffee beverage of their choice (included in ticket price)

 

February 1: City of Sunshine

By 1900, over 20,000 health-seekers emigrated to Colorado Springs searching for a cure for tuberculosis. Through the streets of Downtown Colorado Springs, discover the history of our region’s greatest asset-turned-industry – stunning scenery, abundant sunshine and mild climate. Visit the locations of notorious TB treatment centers and explore the economic and social impact of the “white plague” on the City of Sunshine.

Register for Feb. 1 tour

March 7: Becoming Heroes

To kick off the Colorado Springs Philharmonic’s “Becoming Heroes” Festival (March 28-May 17), Downtown Partnership offers this special walking tour featuring lesser-known hometown heroes and their poignant stories of selflessness, service and sacrifice. Taking its cue from composer Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem and the work of WWI poet Wilfred Owen, the “Becoming Heroes” walk spotlights Colorado Springs luminaries and landmarks that stand against violence and injustice. The presenting organizations would like to thank the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum for the educational research and resources that informed this tour.

Register for Mar. 7 tour

APRIL 4: Art on the Streets

For 22 years, the annual Art on the Streets program has transformed our Downtown streets into an outdoor gallery of sculptures and murals. Sample the currently installed pieces and get firsthand insight into the artists who created them.

Register for Apr. 4 tour

May 2: Law & Disorder

Facilitated by staffers of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Law & Disorder explores how Colorado Springs officials fought to remain a “dry town” in “wet times;” the captivating story of how local law enforcement, concerned citizens and the Gazette newspaper worked to run the KKK out of town in the 1920s; and an infamous gun battle with train robbers in the streets of Downtown.

Register for May 2 MORNING tour

MAY 2: LAW & DISORDER & SPEAKEASIES

This special evening edition of the Law & Disorder tour begins at 3:30 p.m. and concludes with a custom Prohibition-era cocktail at a Downtown speakeasy, included in price of tour admission ($18). PLEASE NOTE: THIS TOUR IS ONLY FOR GUESTS AGE 21 AND UP.

Register for May 2 EVENING tour

JUNE 6: Art on the Streets

FIRST CHANCE TO SEE THE NEW EXHIBIT! For 22 years, the annual Art on the Streets program has transformed our Downtown streets into an outdoor gallery of sculptures and murals. Sample the currently installed pieces and get firsthand insight into the artists who created them.

Register for Jun. 6 tour

July 4: NO TOUR — HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

August 8: Women’s Voices, Women’s Lives: Celebrating the 19th Amendment

NEW TOPIC FOR 2020! What did suffrage mean to the lives of women in the Pikes Peak Region? Facilitated by staffers of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, this tour highlights women’s stories of work, activism and philanthropy in the historic working-class neighborhood of Southwest Downtown. Discover how the 19th Amendment – which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year – paved the way for women to actively advocate for themselves, their families and their community. PLEASE NOTE: THIS TOUR WILL TAKE PLACE AUG. 8, NOT AUG. 1, TO AVOID CONFLICT WITH THE COLORADO GROWN FESTIVAL. THE TOUR WILL START AT LOYAL COFFEE (408 S. Nevada Ave.), NOT THE WILD GOOSE.

Register for Aug. 8 tour

SEPTEMBER 5: Art on the Streets

For 22 years, the annual Art on the Streets program has transformed our Downtown streets into an outdoor gallery of sculptures and murals. Sample the currently installed pieces and get firsthand insight into the artists who created them.

Register for Sept. 5 tour

October: Ghosts of Downtown 

Hear spooky stories from Colorado Springs’ early days in this interactive tour featuring local storytellers from the Pikes Peak Writers Guild. Some stories are real; some are fake – can you tell which is which? Hear the untold stories of local historic buildings and get to know the Ghosts of Downtown in this special offering from Downtown Partnership.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a VERY popular tour! Multiple dates are available, but don’t wait to register.

Register for Oct. 2 EVENING tour

Register for Oct. 3 MORNING tour

Register for Oct. 9 EVENING tour

Register for Oct. 10 MORNING tour

November 7: Law & Disorder & Speakeasies

This special evening tour begins at 3:30 p.m. and concludes with a custom Prohibition-era cocktail at a Downtown speakeasy, included in price of tour admission ($18).
PLEASE NOTE: THIS TOUR IS ONLY FOR GUESTS AGE 21 AND UP.
Facilitated by staffers of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Law & Disorder explores how Colorado Springs officials fought to remain a “dry town” in “wet times;” the captivating story of how local law enforcement, concerned citizens and the Gazette newspaper worked to run the KKK out of town in the 1920s; and an infamous gun battle with train robbers in the streets of Downtown.

Register for Nov. 7 EVENING tour

December 5: What’s Up Downtown

What’s that crane in the sky? What new business is coming to your favorite block? Where did that piece of public art go? Get the answers with What’s Up Downtown, an interactive experience of all the exciting changes coming to the heart of the city in 2021. Impress your friends with the inside scoop on Downtown, everyone’s neighborhood – and be the first to know about all the great things coming soon!

Register for Dec. 5 tour

Downtown Walking Tours are sponsored by KRCC and are conducted in partnership with the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.