Downtown Walking Tours

2022 Tours

Presented by Maggie Turner, Realtor with Springs Homes

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 email info@downtowncs.com 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.

STARTING TIME & LOCATION

Tours are held the first Saturday of each month*, departing at 10 a.m. from various Downtown coffee shops (check individual dates for location details). Participants are encouraged to arrive 30 min. early to enjoy a free beverage of their choice (included in ticket price). *November tour is second Saturday.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

Downtown Walking Tours are conducted in compliance with all current public health orders. Safety precautions include:
– Tour groups of no more than 20
– Tour participants encouraged to maintain physical distancing of 6′ or more
– We encourage participants to enjoy their pre-tour beverages outdoors or order to-go

CANCELLATION POLICY

Tickets are non-refundable. Given 24 hours cancellation notice (call 719-886-0088 or email info@downtowncs.com), tickets may be transferred to a later tour date.*

JANUARY 2022: ART ON THE STREETS

Starts at the Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St.)

Please note: This tour will take place on the second Saturday, Jan. 8. Happy New Year!

Get to know the art and artists of the 23rd annual Art on the Streets temporary public art exhibit. Each year, this program transforms the streets of Downtown into an outdoor gallery of works from around the world.

Register for Jan. 8 morning tour

Image courtesy Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

February: Making History Downtown

Starts at Story Coffee (120 E. Bijou St.)

From the colorful displays of Hispanic heritage at La Fiesta Bonita in Acacia Park, to the anti-Vietnam War protests on the steps of City Hall, history is made Downtown. Facilitated by the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, this tour explores the meaning of Downtown for previous generations and tour participants’ own lives, as they consider stories of celebration and protest, identity and belonging, entrepreneurship, and traditions.

Register for Feb. 5 morning tour

MARCH: ART ON THE STREETS

Starts at the Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St.)

Last chance to tour the 23rd annual Art on the Streets temporary public art exhibit before this year’s sculptures and murals are removed to make way for new ones! Each year, this program transforms the streets of Downtown into an outdoor gallery of works from around the world.

Register for Mar. 5 morning tour

Image courtesy Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

APRIL: Making History Downtown

Starts at Story Coffee (120 E. Bijou St.)

From the colorful displays of Hispanic heritage at La Fiesta Bonita in Acacia Park, to the anti-Vietnam War protests on the steps of City Hall, history is made Downtown. Facilitated by the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, this tour explores the meaning of Downtown for previous generations and tour participants’ own lives, as they consider stories of celebration and protest, identity and belonging, entrepreneurship, and traditions.

Register for Apr. 2 morning tour

May: Historic ARCHITECTURE & MURALS

Starts at the Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St.)

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 May 7 morning tour

JUNE: INTRODUCING ART ON THE STREETS

Starts at the Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St.)

Get to know the art and artists featured in the 24th annual Art on the Streets temporary public art exhibit, launched June 2, 2022. Each summer, this program transforms the streets of Downtown into an outdoor gallery of sculptures and murals from around the world.

Register for Jun. 4 morning tour

JULY: Law & Disorder

Starts at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.)

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 law enforcement, 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 Jul. 2 morning tour

Image courtesy Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

AUGUST: Making History Downtown

Starts at Story Coffee (120 E. Bijou St.)

From the colorful displays of Hispanic heritage at La Fiesta Bonita in Acacia Park, to the anti-Vietnam War protests on the steps of City Hall, history is made Downtown. Facilitated by the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, this tour explores the meaning of Downtown for previous generations and tour participants’ own lives, as they consider stories of celebration and protest, identity and belonging, entrepreneurship, and traditions.

Register for Aug. 6 morning tour

SEPTEMBEr: ART ON THE STREETS

Starts at the Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St.)

Get to know the art and artists featured in the 24th annual Art on the Streets temporary public art exhibit. Each year this program transforms the streets of Downtown into an outdoor gallery of sculptures and murals from around the world.

Register for Sept. 3 morning tour

OCTOBER: Ghosts of Downtown

Starts at Loyal Coffee (408 S. Nevada Ave.)

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 untold stories of historic buildings and get to know the Ghosts of Downtown.

Register for Oct. 1 morning tour

Image courtesy Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

NOVEMBER: Making History Downtown

Starts at Story Coffee (120 E. Bijou St.)

From the colorful displays of Hispanic heritage at La Fiesta Bonita in Acacia Park, to the anti-Vietnam War protests on the steps of City Hall, history is made Downtown. Facilitated by the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, this tour explores the meaning of Downtown for previous generations and tour participants’ own lives, as they consider stories of celebration and protest, identity and belonging, entrepreneurship, and traditions. Note: this tour is the second Saturday, November 12.

Register for Nov. 12 morning tour

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December 2022: What’s Up Downtown

Starts at Loyal Coffee (408 S. Nevada Ave.)

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 2023.

Register for Dec. 3 morning tour

Thanks to our partners

Downtown Walking Tours are sponsored by Maggie Turner, Realtor with Springs Homes.

History tours are conducted in partnership with the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

Downtown Partnership would also like to thank Pikes Peak Writers Guild, The Perk Downtown, the Wild Goose Meeting House, Loyal Coffee and Story Coffee for their ongoing support.

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