Heading to the northwest means mountains, cliffs, national forests and stunning waterfalls. Colorado Springs sits at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains and provides students with an opportunity to connect with nature in a place unlike any other. Students immerse themselves in arts and culture one day and then escape to the gorgeous natural beauty of the mountains the next. This modern city features the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museums, where students get a chance to get their hands on some unique gems from the local area. The views from Pikes Peak and the surrounding mountains will certainly be a highlight of this trip; a visit here allows students to experience the adventure of the west first hand.