Core Culture Guided Tours

Walking Tour

A variety of guided walking and biking tours let you explore the art and history of Downtown Colorado Springs! Special thanks to presenting sponsor, KRCC.

Choose from art and history tours, photography walks and even urban hikes.

Tours are offered year-round, and each lasts about an hour. Private tours for groups of 10 or more may also be reserved by calling 719-886-0088.

Core Culture Art and History Tours

Hour-long guided tours introduce the historic landmarks, contemporary artwork, and cultural highlights of downtown. A rotating schedule allows you to choose one, two, or all three of the tours in the series, in any order.

Tours are held the first Saturday of each month, and depart at 10 a.m. from the Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St.). Pre-registration is advised. Participants are encouraged to arrive at 9:30 a.m. to enjoy a free coffee beverage of their choice (included in ticket price) before the tour begins promptly at 10 a.m.

2017 Tours:

Art on the Streets: For 19 years, the annual Art on the Streets program has transformed our downtown streets into an outdoor sculpture gallery. Stops sample the currently-installed pieces and offer insight into the artists behind them. (Jan. 7, Apr. 1, Jul. 1, Oct. 7) 

The Story of Us: Facilitated by staffers of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, this tour takes you back in time to understand how neighborhoods, businesses, climate and transportation have shaped our community. Where do you fit in? Come and discover your place in local history through The Story of Us! (Feb. 4, May 6, Aug. 5, Nov. 4)

Wild Card Tours: Take a walk on the wild side! Every third month in 2017, join staffers from the Downtown Partnership and the Pioneers Museum for an insider's view of Downtown history and culture. From cuisine to murals to the history of tuberculosis, each Wild Card tour is designed to give Core Culture mavens an in-depth understanding of a particular topic of interest. Each topic will be offered only once, so don't miss out: mark your calendar for all four Wild Card dates and prepare to be surprised and delighted! (Mar. 4, Jun. 3, Sept. 2, Dec. 2)

Tickets: $10. Free for 17 and under. Ticket price includes one free coffee beverage for each paid reservation. Space is limited, so register now to reserve your spot! Buy Ticket.

Downtown Photography Walks

Explore downtown Colorado Springs from behind the lens. Join acclaimed photojournalist Bryan Oller for monthly lunchtime photography walks. Different locations and topics each month, all levels of photography and camera types are welcome. Participants should bring their own camera.

The hour-long walks are held monthly on the third Thursday at noon. 2017 dates coming soon!

Meeting locations and themes change monthly. Check back soon for a downloadable schedule of 2017 meeting locations and themes.

Tickets: $5 (cash only). Free for Downtown Partnership members (members call 719 886.0088 for details). No reservations required, but participation is limited to 15, and sign-up is first-come, first-serve at the tour. Tours are generally held regardless of weather, rain may cancel. In case of inclement weather, call Downtown Partnership at 11 a.m. the day of to confirm. 

Urban Hikes

Bring your hiking or walking group downtown for an urban "art hike." We are happy to accommodate private tours on a variety of topics for groups of 10 or more. Please contact Claire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 719-886-0088 for more information or to schedule a group tour.

Thank you to Presenting Sponsor KRCC KRCC logo


Cancellation Policy

Once a tour reservation has been made, you can reschedule your reservation for another future tour for no charge. Should you need to cancel your reservation, we are able to provide a refund less a 10% administrative fee, which will be deducted from your refund amount.

If a tour is cancelled by Downtown Partnership for severe weather or other unforeseen circumstances, a full refund of your ticket price will be provided.

Pictured: Tour group with Stranger Reduction Zone by Timothy Flood (inset).