Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs) — free visitor center and tour stops

Dragonmans Military Museum (Colorado Springs)

Fort Garland Museum (Fort Garland) — army fort from 1800s, probably not worth a special trip, but interesting if you’re in the area

National Museum of World War II Aviation (Colorado Springs)

Peterson Air and Space Museum (Colorado Springs)

Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum (Pueblo)

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (Eads)

       Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum (Denver)

Mining and Industry

Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum (Golden)

Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine tour (Cripple Creek)

Steelworks Center of the West (Pueblo) — small museum about the local steel industry

Vindicator Valley Trail (Goldfield) — trail past ruins of several gold mines

Western Museum of Mining and Industry (Colorado Springs)


Money Museum (Colorado Springs) — exhibits on the history of money and samples of U.S. gold coins.

United States Mint (Denver) — free tours on weekdays

Old Houses

McAllister House Museum (Colorado Springs) — first permanent house in Colorado Springs.

Miramont Castle (Manitou Springs) — tours of an old mansion

Molly Brown House Museum (Denver) — home of millionaire activist and Titanic survivor Margaret Brown

Rosemount Museum (Pueblo)


Colorado Railroad Museum (Golden) — decent size collection of railroad equipment and a model train layout

Cussler Museum (Arvada) — antique cars from Clive Cussler’s collection

Dr. Lester L. Williams Fire Museum (Colorado Springs) — museum of fire fighting in Colorado Springs

Forney Museum of Transportation (Denver) — interesting collection of cars, train cars, bicycles, and motorcycles.

Penrose Heritage Museum at the Broadmoor (Colorado Springs) — carriages and an exhibit on the Pikes Peak Hill Climb race

Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation (Colorado Springs) — history and restoration of trolleys and train cars

The West

Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site (La Junta) — old trading post on the Santa Fe Trail

Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum (Golden) — small but interesting museum

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (Colorado Springs) — local history and a 1903 elevator that you can operate

Colorado State Capitol (Denver)

Cripple Creek District Museum (Cripple Creek)

Cripple Creek Heritage Center (Cripple Creek)

El Pueblo History Museum (Pueblo) — tiny museum with a one-sided perspective of history

Fort Vasquez (Platteville)

History Colorado Museum (Denver) — nicely arranged but shallow

Limon Heritage Museum (Limon)

Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings (Manitou Springs) — reproductions of Native American cliff houses

Museum of Colorado Prisons (Cañon City) — located next to an operating prison

St. Elmo — ghost town near Buena Vista

Trinidad History Museum (Trinidad)