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Cave of the Winds is a cave in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado. It is located just west of Colorado Springs on U.S. Highway 24, near the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Tours of the complex of caves are given daily.
By far the most famous section of the Cave of the Winds is the Silent Splendor room. Discovered in 1984, the room contains numerous rare crystalline speleothems. Unfortunately, the room must be sealed off from the general public in order to maintain its delicate environment. Other names for the crystal formations are White Beaded Anthodite, Cave Coral, or Cave Flowers; also commonly considered to be Beaded Helectites which appear to defy the laws of gravity by growing in strange directions and not being forced down by gravity like many cave formations. Silent Splendor is sealed from public view by an Environmental Gate, a large tube made of PVC that seals in moisture to allow the area of the cave to continue forming.
Wind Walker Challenge Course
Experience fun and adventure on our unique 3-story obstacle course, the Wind Walker Challenge Course. Balanced atop the edge of Williams Canyon, with a 600 foot drop, the Wind Walker Challenge Course will thrill you with its maze of steel beams, ropes, and ladders.
How hard is the course? This 3-story course is guaranteed to be fun for all ages. There is even a spot where you can venture out and peer directly down into Williams Canyon, if you are up for the extra challenge.
How does it work? After being placed in a full-body harness and attached to an overhead tracking system, you will be able to navigate through the Wind Walker Challenge Course.
The first of its kind anywhere in the world, this ride sits on the edge of a 200-foot cliff in Williams Canyon in Manitou Springs. Those brave enough to ride will be launched over 150 feet into the canyon at nearly 100 miles per hour! The G-forces on this ride will knock you silly and the free-fall drop will have you laughing and praying for your life at the same time!
How does it work? Once you are securely strapped in, you will free fall over 150 feet into breathtaking Williams Canyon. Your shrieks and laughs will echo through the canyon, and as you swing back and forth over the canyon floor, you’ll be planning to ride the Terror-dactyl again!
Requirements: We recommend this ride for our guests who are at least 48 inches tall, between 100 – 250 pounds.