Downtown Walking 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.

2018 Tours

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).

December 1: 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 2019.  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. 1 tour

 

2019 Tours

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).

January 5: Contemporary Artwork

For 20 years, the annual Art on the Streets program has transformed our Downtown streets into an outdoor sculpture gallery. Sample the currently installed pieces and get firsthand insight into the artists who created them. 

REGISTER FOR JAN. 5 TOUR

 

February 2: The Story of Us

Facilitated by staffers of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, this tour explores the history of the Downtown area by connecting the landscape and geography with the cultural landmarks that help form our community. Through discovery of the physical landscape, we can learn about the people, places and events that make our region unique. Where do you fit in? Come and discover your place in local history through The Story of Us!

Register for Feb. 2 tour

 

March 2: Downtown through the photographer’s lens

Grab your camera or smartphone and explore Downtown through the Photographer’s Lens with local professional photographers. Whether you’re an amateur shutterbug, an experienced photographer or have always wanted to learn, join us for a crash course in capturing the art, architecture, sights and scenes of Downtown Colorado Springs. All ages and abilities welcome.

Register for Mar. 2 tour

 

April 6: CONTEMPORARY ARTWORK

Last chance to see the 2018 exhibit! For 20 years, the annual Art on the Streets program has transformed our Downtown streets into an outdoor sculpture gallery. Sample the currently installed pieces and get firsthand insight into the artists who created them. 

Register for Apr. 6 tour

 

May 4: 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 4 morning tour

 

New for 2019! 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 4 evening tour

 

June 1: Historic Architecture & Murals of Downtown

Past meets future in this behind-the-scenes tour of Downtown’s historic architecture and contemporary murals. Hear the stories of these iconic urban artworks and learn how both contribute to a more walkable, inviting environment for all.

Register for Jun. 1 tour

 

July 6: CONTEMPORARY ARTWORK

First chance to see the 2019 exhibit! For 21 years, the annual Art on the Streets program has transformed our Downtown streets into an outdoor sculpture gallery. Sample the currently installed pieces and get firsthand insight into the artists who created them. 

Register for Jul. 6 tour

 

August 3: 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 Aug. 3 morning tour

 

New for 2019! 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 Aug. 3 evening tour

 

September 7: CONTEMPORARY ARTWORK

For 21 years, the annual Art on the Streets program has transformed our Downtown streets into an outdoor sculpture gallery. Sample the currently installed pieces and get firsthand insight into the artists who created them. 

Register for Sept. 7 tour

 

October 5: Ghosts of Downtown

Hear spooky stories from Colorado Springs’ early days in this interactive tour featuring local storytellers. 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.

Register for Oct. 5 tour

 

November 2: 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.

PLEASE NOTE: This tour starts at 1 p.m., to avoid conflict with the Veterans Day Parade.

Register for Nov. 2 tour

 

December 7, 2019: 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 2020. 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. 7, 2019 tour