August 21, 2023

The Best Instagram-Worthy Photo Spots in Colorado Springs

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Colorado Springs offers something for everyone—from the cultural history of Manitou Springs to outdoor recreation of Pikes Peak. It is also a city that offers numerous Insta-worthy photography spots that showcase the stunning landscapes, landmarks, and natural beauty of the high desert and Rocky Mountains.

Whether you’re a seasoned influencer or a social media novice, there are endless backdrops for your next IG story, post, or reel in the El Paso County area. Of course you (and all the tourists) already know about the go-to spots:

…But what if you’re ready to venture off the beaten path? Below, we’ve rounded up some of the most unique, out-of-the-box Instagram photo spots in Colorado Springs. So grab your camera (or phone), and get ready to explore the sights of COS and make some magical memories!

Remember to enjoy your photography adventures responsibly by respecting local regulations or guidelines and to check on hours of operation, parking and other key info before heading out!

Historic Charm

 

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Glen Eyrie Castle is a historic castle dating all the way back to the 1800s. Nestled in the foothills outside of the city, the stunning estate offers enchanting architecture, manicured gardens, and scenic trails, providing a picturesque setting for photography. Channel your inner queen by visiting the pink carriage house and their quaint cafe for afternoon tea service.

Get Directions: 3820 N 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Honorable Mention: Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Larger Than Life

 

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“Urban BioSphere Fragmented” is a mural by nationally-renowned street artist Kim Carlino that was put into place during the city’s 2019 Art on the Streets program. “I abstract the pure essence and fundamental building blocks of nature, reconfigure and rebuild them into new constructed landscapes that are playful, bold and improvisational,” Carlino says in her artist statement. This is a unique and modern mural to make your feed pop.

Get Directions: 19 North Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO, 80903

Honorable Mention: Mountain Side Skate Shop in Manitou Springs has an unexpected surprise outside on one of its walls: a beautiful mural of a cherry blossom tree, ravens, and the lyrics from “Angel from Montgomery,” a well-known folk song. Even more fascinating is that the mural was painted as part of a class project by at-risk teens from the Emily Griffith Center, in collaboration with the Bemis School of Art.

 

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Natural Wonders

 

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Helen Hunt Falls is a captivating waterfall providing a beautiful and serene spot for photography and nature enthusiasts. Located in nearby North Cheyenne Cañon Park, it features a 35-foot cascade surrounded by lush greenery and rocks that are perfect for posing. The base of the falls can be accessed just a few steps from the Visitor Center which sells snacks and gifts. Make an afternoon of it!

Get Directions: 3440 N Cheyenne Canyon Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Honorable Mention: Pulpit Rock or Stanley Canyon

Urban Appeal

 

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America the Beautiful Park provides ample opportunities for capturing urban landscape against the backdrop of Pikes Peak. The focal point is “Continuum,” an awe-inspiring 4-story sculptural fountain. As an extension of the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail, the 16.9-acre park provides a community space where people of all ages can convene in the beauty of the city.

Get Directions: Cimino Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Honorable Mention: Palmer Park

Vintage Flair

 

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The Penny Arcade is a nostalgic arcade and museum in Manitou Springs, filled with hundreds of pinball machines and other vintage games. Get your picture taken in front of the world’s largest penny, then try your hand at one of the old-school arcade games that still cost just one cent. This site is sure to provide a unique, colorful, and retro-inspired vibe for your next post or story.

Get Directions: 930 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Honorable Mention: The Well

Spread Your Wings

 

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Hold Fast Coffee Co (formerly Peak Place) is a trendy café known for its stylish interiors, cozy atmosphere and, of course, its locally-roasted artisanal coffee. Grab your iced matcha or latte, and then head outside the building to strike a pose in front of their several show-stopping murals. Our favorite is the set of rainbow wings placed against a bold red background.

Get Directions: 2360 Montebello Square Dr Suite H1, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Honorable Mention: Loyal Coffee

Home Away From Home

Kinship Landing is a trendy boutique hotel combined with a hostel for wanderers and adventurers. Despite the urban setting, their decor is modern and woodsy, appealing to digital nomads and travel influencers. They offer private suites as well as mixed-gender and female-only locker rooms and dorms and communal kitchens with all of the amenities of home. There’s even an open-sided “glamping room” where you can sleep under the stars without having to worry about any of the stressors of nature.

Get Directions: 415 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Honorable Mention: The Broadmoor

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