Towering 14,110 feet (4,300 meters) above Colorado Springs, this mountain serves as one of the nation's most famous landmarks. Believed to be the sacred home of the Ute people, this summit vaults wondrously above mosaicked landscapes, and can be seen at its majestic best from the Garden of the Gods balcony. The Barr Trail, a 13-mile (20.9-kilometer) path meanders itself along precarious slopes, providing an arduous yet rewarding way to reach the summit. The Pike's Peak Cog Railway, and the Pikes Peak Highway, alternate paths that lead to the summit, wind through stands of pine and aspen before cresting above treeline. A soul-stirring experience for many, Pike's Peak is best known for having inspired Katherine Lee Bates to pen the utterly patriotic America the Beautiful.
If you lack the time to wander into the mountains for a hike, this city park provides a quick and surprisingly bucolic alternative. Hiking, biking and horseback riding trails fan throughout the park's foliage-thick hills and bluffs. Some portions of the trails yield little hint that downtown is just minutes away. In addition, there are plenty of baseball, softball and soccer fields, as well as volleyball courts. Picnic shelters and restrooms make it conducive for summer gatherings.
The Garden of the Gods is a public park and United States National Natural Landmark that was deemed a "fit place for the gods to assemble" by Rufus Cable, one of the two surveyors tasked with identifying a site for Colorado City in 1859. With its towering spires of red sandstone pitted against the incongruous greenery of its surrounds, Cable's inspired choice of name is an apt summary of the wonders that it contains. The jagged pinnacles, mammoth needles, and precariously balanced rocks strewn across the landscape are glorious monuments thrust upward, sideways and slanted by tectonic undercurrents, subsequently whipped by the wind into curious shapes. From the biological perspective, the Garden of the Gods is a remarkable merger of the vegetation typical of both highlands and lowlands creating a kind of chronicle of the evolution of planet earth. The land was bequeathed to the City of Colorado Springs by the children of Charles Elliott Perkins who originally owned this parcel of land. The only stipulation was that it must remain “free to the entire world.” Riddled with nature trails and hiking paths, the Garden of the Gods is a popular spot for outdoor activities like horseback riding, rock climbing and hiking that is always free, in keeping with Perkins' wishes.
Anyone with an interest in mechanical things that leave the ground will enjoy this museum. It is located in the original art deco-styled Colorado Springs Passenger Terminal Building. With its military setting, it looks exactly like one of those buildings used in 1950s sci-fi movies when horrible, giant ants terrorized man. The focus of the museum is on early aviation history, with an emphasis on World War II. Since it is inside Peterson Air Force base, you will need identification to enter and access is restricted. Entry to the museum is free.
This scenic pine filled campus with a Rocky Mountain backdrop is home to America's future Air Force officers. Enter Colorado's third most popular attraction at the North Gate for a glimpse of a B-52 bomber. Travel six miles to the visitor center, chock-full of exhibits, short films and a gift shop. Tour the stunning Cadet Chapel with 17 magnificent spires reaching 150 feet into the sky. Or check out Falcon Stadium where the Air Force Falcons Football team plays, and keep an eye above where the skies are colored with cadets practicing parachuting and flying Thunderbird jets.
The grace and beauty of figure skating is matched by the grace and beauty of this museum. Recognized as the only center of its kind in the world, it harbors an amazing collection of trophies, medals, skating outfits and programs. There is even a Skate Gallery that exhibits the first skates used 1200 years ago. As a double bonus, the museum also houses the Skating Hall of Fame, featuring plaques and displays of Sonja Henie, Peggy Fleming and Scott Hamilton.
Originally known as the Colorado Springs High School, the school was renamed after the city's founder, General William Jackson Palmer. The school has a theater called the Palmer High School Theater which is a venue for theatrical events of 'Capitol Steps', which is a musical comedy show. The theater is also used for local events and rehearsals for various plays and musical shows. Call for related details of the facilities and shows.
City founder, General William Jackson Palmer, donated this park in 1871 giving it the dubious distinction of being Colorado Spring's first park. Located downtown, it provides a nice lunch respite for brown-bagging business people. A large band shell has live musical entertainment during the summer, and on Monday's the park hosts the ever-popular Farmers Market. Recreational options abound including horseshoe pits, shuffleboard courts and playgrounds for kids. Rest rooms and public telephones are numerous.
Founded in 1871, the First United Methodist Church is the city's largest and most active church. The main focus is on practicing and following the teachings of Jesus Christ. The church is available for weddings, for both members as well as non-members. There are regular choir recitals and concerts like the Chancel Choir Spring Concert taking place in the church and also classes for learning the spiritual path of life and the teachings of Jesus, for adults as well as youth. Sunday classes are specially conducted for children.
Disciples of Jesus Christ, the First Christian Church aims to teach the people to follow and devote their lives to the Lord. The church provides Bible Study courses for children as well as adults. Various concerts and choirs focusing on Christian Music are held here. There are solo as well as group performances by local and national artists from time to time. Sunday services are regularly held at 8:15am and 11am.
Located in the bustling downtown district, The Modbo is an art gallery and event venue wrapped in one package. The gallery is host to art exhibitions showcasing the up-and-coming artists of the city. However, art shows are not all that this place has to offer. Poetry readings, live music gigs, cabaret performances are also hosted here on a regular basis. For those interested in learning different art forms, the art classes which are held here are of a special interest.
This white hulk of a building, with its "Classic Revival" architecture, looks like it should belong in Washington DC rather than Colorado. Built in 1923 for the amazingly low sum of just over $424,000, it, over the years, has brought entertainment to the masses. With a seating capacity of over 8,000, it still attracts concerts, lectures, boxing matches and auctions. Dining options during the day can be found in the City Auditorium Cafe (7am-2pm Tue-Sun).