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Ask a Bartender

Where bartenders answer your questions on cocktails, bar etiquette or the mysteries of life—and give recipes for DIY holiday cocktails. Should you tell a bartender if you don’t like the...

Last Chance to Visit USAFA Chapel for Years

If you haven’t been to the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel lately—or ever—you may want to make time for it before year’s end. As of Jan. 1, 2019, the...

A Good Time for Taos

Taos is the end of many roads,” says Steven Rose, director of hospitality of The Blake at Taos Ski Valley. The famous Southwestern outpost represents the convergence of the...

Recipe: Butternut Squash Crostini

This time of year “when the frost is on the punkin,” new dishes arise as the leaves fall. “My favorite aspect of autumn is the food.… People break out...

Where to Eat, Shop, Play in Briargate

Created in the 1980s and booming since the ’90s, Briargate has long drawn families looking for the newer suburban amenities of a master-planned community, as well as the high-ranking...

Find Your Perfect Ski Pass

There’s an ancient Colorado proverb that goes something like this: The best time to buy your ski season pass was last spring. The second best time is now. Procrastinating powderhounds...

3 Great Foothills Trail Runs

A preponderance of sunny days is one of the great perks of the Front Range region, no matter the season. While plummeting temperatures and precipitation can make high country...

Extreme Makeover: Kitchen Remodel Edition

Perhaps the hardest thing to accept about life is the fact that one day you will have to remodel your kitchen. Maybe you’ve been there already, or maybe it’s in...

Monse’s Taste of El Salvador: Sweetly Salvadoran

Monse Hines stuffs her pupusas with some classic combinations: mozzarella cheese and black beans, for instance, or pinto beans and Pueblo chiles. But what really makes Monse’s Taste of...

Honoring Fannie Mae Duncan

It’s been 100 years since Fannie Mae Duncan was born, and the centennial of the entrepreneurial businesswoman and social changemaker is being recognized in multiple ways for her groundbreaking...

Disc Golf in Colorado Springs: Disc-cover the Fun

The ca-ching of a hard-plastic flying disc falling into a metal chain basket means you’ve finished a hole in disc golf. It’s also the sound of saving money. A...

Cocktails 101: How to Mix Your Own Craft Libations

So you don’t want to take off your sweatpants or deal with crowds—but you still want a great cocktail? Some Colorado Springs bartenders are making it easier to learn...

Hike: Dixon Trail to the Top of Cheyenne Mountain

Where to Find It: Cheyenne Mountain State Park Distance: 17-plus miles out and back from Limekiln Trailhead covering the entire trail network Difficulty: Advanced / Extreme Know Before You Go: Access to...

Inspiration for Mind and Soul at Local Speaker Series

After listening to poet Richard Blanco speak, I want to run outside and embrace the moon. My mind is alive and my soul inspired. I want to relish in...

8 Great Ways to Celebrate Fall in Colorado Springs

Now that it’s finally fall, and the weather is beginning to cooperate, we can start thinking about flannels, jeans and pumpkin spice lattes — and all the seasonal fun...

Recipe: Impress Your Guests With Elk Strudel

This is delicious served as a hot appetizer or light dinner. In the restaurant we use morel mushrooms and truffles in the sauce, but any mushroom works well. Hearty...

Burro Racing: Gone Donkin’

Hooves are pounding inches behind me. The path continues to drop out below. My legs strain to maintain the increased speed, and my feet bound over loose granite, roots...

Healthy Environments for Everyone

Health for Everyone You may know El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH) for its disease prevention and control, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs, or restaurant inspections, but Public Health...

Don’t-Miss Northside Eats

Atmosphere Gastropub This trendy bar boasts upscale pub fare, and fresh, carefully crafted cocktails. The tuna tartare is our favorite, made with sushi grade ahi tuna and served with wonton...

All Hail the Dixon Trail and Lake Moraine Trail – And the Devotees Who Build Them

Do you see any over there?” I call to my teenage daughter from deep inside a tangle of scrub oak and pine branches. “No … There!” she shouts pointing uphill...

Pete Schuermann: Outsider Art

It catches your eye, that shiny, gold Emmy sitting on a lonely filing cabinet. “Pete Schuermann, Writer,” it says, along with Tell Me Something I Don’t Know, the name...

Project Imagination at the Twine Lab

The 3- to 5-year-old students in Mini Makers Class are playing in the dirt at the Twine Lab. They dig their hands into plastic tubs on the ground, gleefully...

Healthcare Heroes 2018

Talk to these men and women and you’ll hear: “I’m just doing my job” or “We have an excellent team.” But what comes through loud and clear is their...

The Art(us) of Van Briggle

After training in Paris as a renowned young painter, Van Briggle returned to Ohio to pursue his true artistic love: pottery. But at just 30, he was diagnosed with...

Colorado Springs Philharmonic: Raising the Baton – and the Bar

In 2011, Josep Caballé-Domenech burst upon the Springs classical music scene like a fireball: smart, passionate, deeply knowledgeable about the repertoire, and perhaps most important, determined to propel the...

Jay Gust Goes Scandi With Smorbrod

There’s been a lot of buzz since the summer opening of Colorado Springs’ first Scandinavian restaurant, Smørbrød. And there’s a good chance you’ve seen social media photos of its...

Upgrade Your S’mores

Campfires are one of the most beloved traditions of trail-trekkers everywhere. A source of light and warmth. A place to cook and share company. Nostalgia and experience merge in...

She Brews: Jessica Fierro of Atrevida Beer Company

Jessica Fierro discovered her love for beer while living in Europe for five years with her husband, Rich. When they returned to the United States in 2007, Fierro began...

5 More Food Trucks to Go Find Now

The Colorado Springs food truck just keeps rolling as more and more food trucks pop up around town. Whether you’re stopping in for Food Truck Tuesday at the Pioneers...

Baamaste: Getting Into Goat Yoga

Under a hot, clear sky, we shift from Tabletop pose to Downward Dog. Pikes Peak is shrouded in a bluish haze above the neighborhood near Goat Patch Brewery. Between...

Previewing Dos Santos and Denver Biscuit Company, Fat Sully’s, Atomic Cowboy

The revival of South Tejon Street’s 500 block is underway. Streetcar520 is now open, and Denver exports Dos Santos Taqueria and the Atomic Provisions trio of Denver Biscuit Company,...

Ask a Bartender

One of my regulars used to say, “If you have a good bartender, you will never drink alone.” One of the things I valued most when I was behind...

3 Favorite Road Cycling Routes

Colorado Springs has a strong cycling community that includes all types of riders, from casual enthusiasts and commuters to Olympians, world champions and Tour de France veterans. Keep an...

47 Ways to Play on Pikes Peak

Hike to the Top 1. Barr Trail: The classic, popular route out of Manitou Springs is quick to reach and long to travel, at 13 miles one way, with about...

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...

Forever Yours, The Land

If the land around the Pikes Peak Region could talk, what do you think it would say? Perhaps it would tell you about the eons it has borne witness...

Dr. House: Rolling Past Limitations

Dr. House—no, not the one on TV—grins when he talks about the action sports he loves. That’s not an uncommon statement in Colorado perhaps, but there is a twist....

How to PikeRide

Bike sharing arrives in the Springs this summer, meaning you’ll be able to hop on a high-tech, purple PikeRide bicycle for short rides around downtown. “It is a transit...

Mountain Chalet: 50 Years of More Than Gear

On a recent spring day, a customer walks into Mountain Chalet, the long-running outdoor equipment store to report a problem with a pair of skis he had purchased elsewhere....

Home Design Secrets: The Architect

Harboring visions of building that dream home? Longing for some stylish upgrades to your current space? Desperately seeking creative tips on a budget? We’ve got you covered—or at least...

Home Design Secrets: The Landscaper

Harboring visions of building that dream home? Longing for some stylish upgrades to your current space? Desperately seeking creative tips on a budget? We’ve got you covered—or at least...

Where We’re Eating Now: New Restaurants

Looking to mix things up for a meal out? Here’s a handful of newly opened restaurants we’ve been sampling. You’ll find options all over town, with fare ranging from...

Q&A: Sculptor Pard Morrison

I first met Pard Morrison a decade ago. I asked him what he did for a living and his reply was simple: "I'm a sculptor." A kind of local...

Doughnut Domination

You might need both hands to eat a burger doughnut from Horseshoe Donuts. It’s a big one—in size and popularity. “It’s got quite a following,” says Liz Schulze, co-owner...

Saved by the Barber

It is a universal truth that there comes a time in every man's life when he settles on a haircut. This usually happens in one's 20s. You get a...

Perfect Alignment: US Air Force Academy Polaris Hall

Looking toward the Air Force Academy, you've likely notice a slanted tower that looks like the tail of an airplane rising from the Cadet Area. There's a running debate:...

Easy DIY Tips to Keep Your Bike Running Smoothly

Colorado Springs has lot of great bike shops, but there are a few key areas of bike maintenance that are easy to learn and do at home. Taking care...

Spas: Feeling Adventurous?

Walk On The idea of someone standing on your back, pressing her cold, bare feet into your body might not sound comfortable, but an ashiatsu massage relieves tension and is...

Hike: Dome Rock State Wildlife Area

Where to Find It: Between Divide and Cripple Creek, southwest of Mueller State Park Distance: 11 miles for a loop around Dome Rock; other options vary Difficulty: Easy to intermediate Know Before...

Relax. Renew. Repeat. Find Your Perfect Spa

As winter gives way to spring, spas are the perfect place to help you reset and embrace optimal health for the warming season and all year long. Whether you...

Fun and Games

Overdrive Raceway The Scene: Fuel your Indy car dreams at the nation's first two-story, indoor, electric go-kart track. Kids and adults (13 years, 56 inches tall) can rev it up...

Colorado Vegan Springs

There’s a wave of vegan restaurants opening in Colorado. No, not in Boulder. Nope, not Denver either. Colorado Springs is going vegan. OK, not exactly, but the city is having a...

You Have an Engagement: How to Photograph Your Proposal

If there’s a moral to the love story of AJ and Emily Tumminello, it’s that first dates probably don’t matter as much as you might think. That, and the...

Floyd D. Tunson Is Not Done Yet

At 42-feet wide, Untitled 147 goes and goes and goes. Order nips at the heels of chaos as color and form swoop and drip, chug and zip, explode, bubble,...

New Breweries in Colorado Springs

The end of 2017 was dry in Colorado Springs, with no breweries opening after Goat Patch Brewing opened its doors in July. But pints have been pouring at three...

Enter the Rage Room

Rage rooms are a thing, popping up around the country over the last year. The idea is simple. The rage room is a place where you pay to break...

Home Design: A Beautiful Blend

"Prepare to be amazed," says the most charming 12-year-old as she walks into her bedroom. It is a dream for sure: Pink jewels on the headboard reflect the hot...

3 Great Trails for Fun Family Hikes

From the youngest trail tykes to the fit and fast adventure rippers, these family-friendly trails are sure to keep your whole hiking family happy. Siamese Twins Garden of the Gods Rating: Easy Want...

Delicious Dishes to Go. Eat. Now.

by Craig Anderson, Frank Frey, Warren Epstein, Steven Hayward, Jeremy Jones, T.D. Mobley-Martinez, Micah Redfield, John Sawyer, Meagan Thomas What’s your favorite meal in town? What are the specific dishes...

Mountain Living in Woodland Park

Inspired by the same views that inspired “America the Beautiful,” Charlie and Kelly Gerszewski wanted a break from city living. For them, the crowded streets and long commutes of...

3 Great Trails for Year-Round Mountain Biking

Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but Colorado Springs is perfect for year-round mountain biking. Forget stashing your steed for ski season. Thanks to plenty of sunshine and mild weather, you...

Trivia Night in the Springs

Everyone has a friend (or two) who knows the artist and name of every song, the name of obscure historical figures and why they're important, who was in which...

An Insider’s Guide to First Fridays

Looking for an opportunity to explore the local art scene? First Friday is the perfect start to each month: a night of art shows, performances and social gatherings. "The...

Elevated Pizza

Growing up in Colorado Springs, it was a given that school-party pizza was coming from Louie's-thanks for that cash-only discount! While I still love a good order of Louie's...

Ent Center: At the Center of the Arts

If you've driven the Pulpit Rock corridor of North Nevada Avenue in recent months, your eye has certainly been drawn to the sleek metallic curves of the new building...

Sexy Cocktails and Where to Find Them

Sexy is in the eye of the beholder, especially when it comes to cocktails. Some people want a boozy drink to help them loosen up, while others prefer a...

10 Romantic Dates in Colorado Springs

Looking for ways to set the mood or impress someone special? It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to take your sweetheart on a special date. If you need...

Epic Runs and Rides: Your Colorado Springs Bucket List

Pikes Peak country is big country. And when it comes to running and cycling, you can go big on beautiful mountain courses that make your heart thump with the...

Climbing the Manitou Incline

Where to Find It: Manitou Springs Distance: 3.5 miles roundtrip: about .9 miles to the summit and 2.7 miles to return on Barr Trail. Difficulty: Extremely tough, but doable for almost...

Inside the Pikes Peak Market

In the Art Deco building of downtown Colorado Springs is a new haven for local food and products: the Pikes Peak Market. Inside, exposed brick and soft lighting creates...

Home Design: Full (Midcentury Modern) Circle

Sponsored by: In 1970, as the Colorado Springs housing market was becoming saturated with ranch-style and split-level suburban homes, one local architect was using the city’s southwest side as a...

Faces of Health

Our tall peaks, extensive hiking trails, networked cycling routes and clean mountain air all get props for making Colorado Springs a great place to live. But it’s also the...

3 Perfect Peak Hikes

The November weather has stayed friendly. The snow has been minimal even on our nearby Front Range peaks. And you’ve got to do something to work off that turkey...

The DisInclined: A Lazy Day Guide to Colorado Springs

Exercise is overrated. Here’s a guide to “A Lazy Day for the DisInclined in the Springs.”

4 Ways to Play at the AFA

For a non-service member, I’ve spent an unusual amount of time on the U.S. Air Force Academy. It comes from growing up in Colorado Springs as the daughter of...

6 State Parks to Explore Near Colorado Springs

One of my favorite things about Colorado is the abundance of managed, wild places. The Centennial State is not lacking in the parks department. But with four stunning national...