Cave of the Winds
    Wind Walker Challenge course and Gold Panning!
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Adam's Review:
   What can I say? I love caves. There is just something about a dark, mysterious place that is so cool. There were abunch of cave tour options, and I hope to go back to do the more scary one at another time. We took the family tour and it was fun. You could see what the tour guide told us was stalagmites.

   We learned so much about the history of cave and the different types of formation in cave. You learn about this kind of stuff in your science class, but it doesn't seem fun until you actually get to witness it firsthand. The family tour lasted almost an hour. It took us through alot of areas. One part even let us see what total darkness is like. Trust me, it's not even close to when the electric goes out at your house. I went on the Wind Walker Challenge course. It was hard, but I got through it.

Christine's Notes:
   This particular cave is more than just your average cave. There are other activities to participate in, so there's definitely something for every member of a family to do. We opted to do the family tour, since children under the age of five are not allowed to do the lantern tour, and my youngest was with us. My oldest son was not completely satisfied with doing the family tour because he was looking forward to the scarier tour, but he still enjoyed himself.

   Claim Jumper Gemstone Panning is a great place for smaller children. It's a designated area that is safe, but still educational and interactive. My toddler had a blast climbing and crawling. He even had the opportunity to pan for gold just like the real miners did when the gold rush was occurring. On the other hand, my oldest was quite entertained on the obstacle course. My personal favorite wasn't the activities, but the splendor of a natural formation.

   The Bridal Chamber was my personal favorite room to see, but surprises like having to duck underneath the Fat Man's Misery was very interesting to say the least. The Giant's Bleeding Heart is a can't-miss for anyone touring the cave. It's just such a unique formation. The caves were first discovered back in 1881, and they're still wowing visitors to this day. The cave is actually one of the highest caves in the United States, at 7,000 feet.

100 Cave of the Winds Road Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Admission (subject to change):
Adults $18
Children Ages 6-11 $9
Special Tours available (more $)

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Hours(subject to change):
The cave is open 364 days per year.
Summer Hours: 9am-9pm
Winter Hours: 10am-5pm

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