Another thing on our Bucket List was to visit the Cave of the Winds. As you drive towards Pike’s Peak, you see these mysterious signs “Come see what 2 brothers found in 1881…” Very intriguing so we added it to the list. Nearly a year later, we finally went. I read that it was chilly in the cave so we all tracked down some pants and long-sleeves, except Nugget, who had to wear pjs and off we went.
They have 2 types of tours, one is a walking tour and family friendly while the other one involves climbing down into the cave. We obviously chose the family one. No strollers are allowed and your kids have to be front carried but we could manage that. We got there a little early and had some popcorn before since the tour is 45 minutes long! Once it was our turn, they took a picture of us. I am usually the person who literally pushes past people at theme parks asking to take a picture but we couldn’t refuse this dude but the picture ended up cute so we bought it.
Caves are dark (duh) and a little creepy so the kids were unsure at first. Hubs decided to wear Nugget because he thought it would be easier but I ended up having to carry Mac through a lot of it and he is heavy. The tour guide we had was really great and made for an entertaining tour. The group size was about 15 which is great, not too big, not too small. I guess they don’t want people getting lost in the cave.
Fun fact, this quote has nothing to do with caves. A benefactor donated money to extend the tour past this area and his only request was that this line from his favorite poem was put on the way. Man, it must be nice to be rich. lol
At one point in the tour, you experience total darkness. They turn off every light and ask people not to use cell phones and holy crap, it was dark. The kids got a little freaked out and I experienced vertigo but it only lasted a minute and when the lights came back on, Mac goes “oh phew” LOL
From the outside of the cave, there are a few zipline type rides and a ropes course. The kids were too small for those things so we left pretty much after our tour was over. But it was a cool trip and I’m glad we went. I mean, I’ve been in a cave twice in my life – once as a field trip in elementary school and once at summer camp in high school but Hubs had never really been in one before. I love that we are able to give our kids these experiences.
Have you ever gone on a cave tour? Would you do it in the future?