There are a number of museums in Colorado Springs including the El Pomar Carriage Museum, the John May Museum Center housing thousands of exotic insects, the Peterson Air and Space Museum, the Pikes Peak Ghost Town Museum, the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, the Western Museum of Mining and Industry and the World Figure Skating Museum Hall of Fame.
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo houses over 500 animals, many endangered. The zoo grounds feature an antique carousel. The Will Rogers Shrine to the Sun is an 8,136-foot stone tower memorial. Excellent views of Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas can be seen from the tower. The Flying W Ranch offers authentic chuck wagon dinners and stage shows. The Focus on the Family Welcome Center provides information on preserving and promoting traditional family values. The center offers publications, films and videos along with interactive displays.
Recreation points of interest include Bear Creek Nature Center, Garden of the Gods where the Great Plains meet the Rockies at the base of Pikes Peak, Gold Camp Road, Seven Falls which are best viewed from the Eagle's Nest up a 185 step stairway, and Pikes Peak. Pikes Peak, called America's Mountain, is the most visited mountain in North America. It stands 14,110 feet above sea level and is the 31st highest peak of the 54 Colorado peaks. At the base of Pikes Peak is the North Slope Recreation Area. Fishing, hiking, biking and picnicking is offered around three reservoirs. Crystal Creek Reservoir has over three miles of shoreline with trails along the lake. North Catamount Reservoir offers over six miles of shoreline, fishing, hiking and mountain biking. South Catamount Reservoir has 4 miles of shoreline with trails for hiking and mountain biking.
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