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Sounds of Summer: Free Outdoor Concerts 2017

Break out the lawn chairs. Throw a blanket on the grass. Kick off your shoes. If you’re a lover of live music, Colorado Springs has you covered. You can...

DIY Design Tips for Backyard Entertaining

Just northeast of downtown Colorado Springs sits a modest Tudor home with a backyard entertainment wonderland, complete with a hot tub, fire pit, fountain and, no joke, a full-sized,...

Mega Decks Star Garth Hystad: From Brokenness to Beauty

Garth Hystad is passionate about the outdoors—and crafting true outdoor living spaces. His Colorado Springs deck and landscaping firm Mosaic Outdoor Living and Colorado Custom Decks has been going...

Q&A: The Blind Boys of Alabama

It’s no hyperbole to say the Blind Boys of Alabama are living legends. The original members, including current leader Jimmy Carter, began singing together as kids at the Alabama...

Get 14er Fit

Colorado’s 14ers call to explorers from all walks of life to take in the forever views, thin air and bragging rights of “peak-bagging.” According to the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative,...

3 Worthy Waterfall Hikes

There’s just something about falling water. The movement. The mist. The sound. I love it—and so does my dog, Willow. In the summer, I try to incorporate water into...

Living the Resort Life in Cheyenne Mountain

There are five of us in the Hayward family. My wife and I, and three kids who are a mix of teens and preteens. This means our lives bustle...

How Does Your Pikes Peak Garden Grow?

A New York transplant to Colorado Springs, I was a bit naive about local gardening. Let’s just say my early forays into deck gardening here at my second- floor...

Big Ideas: Top Level Health Care for Kids at Children’s Hospital

Children’s Hospital in Colorado Springs Most exciting about the new Children’s Hospital in Colorado Springs is, unequivocally, the opportunity to bring a Top 10-rated level of care that will keep...

Sax and the Springs: Q&A With Tony Exum Jr.

A love of jazz took root early in life for Tony Exum Jr. Raised in a military family, Exum spent his childhood living abroad, but his summers in Colorado....

Women of Rock

When it comes to rock climbing, it’s not surprising that Coloradans would be leaders on the scene. What might be unexpected is that in the typically male-dominated industry, Springs...

How to Run Garden of the Gods

Morning beams of laser sunlight ignite the tips of the massive rock spires in the Garden of the Gods, setting each ablaze like so many birthday candles. The rock...

Inside GOCA’s Cybercy

Just beyond the doors of GOCA 121, there is a giant white cube with a barber chair, a cart with scissors and shorn hair curled on the ground. A...

Behind the Scenes of The River Arkansas “All the Way Down” Video

Following the March 2017 You Animal, The River Arkansas recently released the first video from the album: “All the Way Down.” Check it out, and take a peek behind...

Luke Flowers: Imagination Illuminated

Days on the family farm beneath the Collegiate Peaks could grow long for a second-grader, so Luke Flowers would free his imagination. Reading and drawing became his escapes—and then...

Distillery 291: The Art of Whiskey

It’s a gray-sky morning when I pull up to Distillery 291. Owner Michael Myers sees me from inside and ushers me into the quiet tasting room. As always, it’s...

Must-See Bands of Meadowgrass

Right about the time you need it most, along comes MeadowGrass. Shortly after those last spring snows have (hopefully) gone and you’ve pulled your tent out of its winter...

Where to Eat Next: Your New Favorite Restaurants in Colorado Springs

It’s a great day to be a foodie in Colorado Springs. The dining scene is popping, with local chefs and restaurateurs upping the game of creative cuisine and new...

Spirits of the Springs

Axe and the Oak Distillery  The second local distillery to open, Axe and the Oak began in 2013 and has since expanded to cover the breadth of the Springs, with...

The Boys of Summer Are Back: Switchbacks

SWITCHBACKS FC 2016 Results Regular Season: 14-9-7, 3rd in United Soccer League (USL) Western Conference Postseason: Made an unexpected early exit to Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Western Conference quarterfinals 2017 Outlook “We’ve had good...

The Boys of Summer Are Back: Sky Sox

SKY SOX 2016 RESULTS 67-71 (41-27 at home, 26-44 away) 2nd in Pacific Coast League American Northern Division 2017 Outlook It’s the 30th season for Sky Sox baseball, and the third season as the...

Japan Style: Pueblo Celebrates Culture

Pueblo is known for its strong Hispanic heritage, but the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center is celebrating one of the Steel City’s lesser known cultures in its...

American Eclipse: The Path of Totality

The mystery began several months ago, when a writer named David Baron visited my class at Colorado College. An admitted umbraphile, or eclipse chaser, Baron is about to publish...

Big Ideas for Colorado Springs: Skiing, Urban Water Park, New Tech, Arts Collaboration, More

Skiing in Our Backyard The proposed Ormes Peak Ski Area on the northern slopes of Ormes Peak would put all of Colorado Springs within 30 minutes of a ski resort....

Chef Mark Henry Is Having a Moment

Chef Mark Henry is having a moment—or a whole string of them. In March 2016, he won Food Network’s Cooks vs. Cons. Then in December, he notched a championship...

PlanCOS: What’s Your Big Idea?

Have you got a vision for our city? What does the future Colorado Springs look like to you? Don’t keep it to yourself. PlanCOS is a two-year process by...

Big Ideas for Colorado Springs: Creekside Renaissance, Diversified Workforce, Space Hub, Trail Connections, More

Spurring a Creekside Renaissance Picture walking out of the new hotel on South Nevada and walking over a bridge to Prime25. The trail follows Cheyenne Creek, and all around it...

Urban Living on the Rise

Ten years ago, I sold my house near the Powers corridor and traded shopping at big box supercenters, noshing at Texas Roadhouse and hitting afternoon matinees for a cozier...

Big-Screen Whiskey

For film director Thomas Kolicko, American whiskey calls for the following ingredients: art, science, agriculture, time, passion, tradition, focus, branding and education. These tenets he’ll show in his forthcoming...

More Big Ideas for Colorado Springs

Realizing an Age Friendly City At Innovations in Aging, we work to ensure that the Springs is welcoming and open to people of all ages—a place where someone who is...

Springs Beer Bracket: The Champions

The concept was simple: Gather 16 brews from the multitude of high-quality craft brewers in town; have a panel of average Joes and Janes blind taste them head-to-sudsy-head in...

At the Heart of Monument

Eats and Drinks 1. Pikes Peak Brewing Company One of the region’s leaders, well worth the drive to the foot of Monument Hill for whatever locally named brew is on tap. 1756...

Come Wail Away

Oh, the feeling of sweaty palms and that thing in your tummy that usually only happens on roller coasters. Yep. That thing. The Rush. It can induce nail biting...

On the Taco Trail: Top Tacos in Colorado Springs

The idea was simple enough. Search the Springs; find our favorite tacos. There should be some definitive ruling on the subject—or at least an article in which a couple...

Favorite Irish Pubs in Colorado Springs

As a former Chicagoan, I can’t help but think of my hometown whenever St. Patrick’s Day approaches. Most people know about the big parade downtown and that the city...

Into the World of Wine in Colorado Springs

Before written records and histories, there were legends surrounding the origins of wine. One ancient Persian fable attributes the discovery of wine to a princess who had fallen out...

Chef Maya: The Heart of Uchenna

Chef Maya Hetman, owner of Uchenna in Old Colorado City, has been sharing her Ethiopian and Mediterranean cuisine with Colorado Springs since 2009. But Chef Maya is giving locals...

Don’t-Miss Tacos

In “On the Taco Trail”—from our Winter 2017 print issue—we sent an intrepid pair of writers to scour the city in search of the perfect taco. Their research is...

Flowing With The River Arkansas

“You can’t step into the same River Arkansas twice,” a fan commented on a recent Saturday night at Front Range BBQ in Old Colorado City. There the band played...

Local Hard Cider: Cheers to Johnny Appleseed

John Chapman has been credited for the apple trees that popped up from the East to the Midwest, but what many don’t know is why. Hooch. To simplify history, the English...

8 Great Running Clubs and Group Runs in Colorado Springs

A little peer pressure can be a good thing when it comes to running and fitness. Rather than braving the trails alone, you can find plenty of sweat-filled comradery...