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30 Year’s of Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Fest

It’s the kind of encounter that happens in the movies, the kind completely out of the blue that ends up altering the trajectory of your life. It happened to...

Six-Pack of Fall Seasonals

Whiskey Reaper Take My Mind Paradox Beer Company Inspired by brewer Jeff Airman’s favorite fall condiment, bourbon pepper jam, this complex oak-aged sour will warm your soul as well as your...

Rotary Butterflies Take Flight

You’ve probably noticed the flittering orange of all those butterflies this fall. While it’s normal for many butterflies to fly south for warmer winters, the number of painted ladies...

Coquette’s Bistro: A New SoDo Sanctuary

As you approach the walkway of Coquette’s Bistro, toward the sprawling patio and the eat-in bakery beyond, look down. In the concrete, you’ll find the handprints of Michelle Marx,...

3 Great Fall Color Hikes

That crisp, cool morning air this time of year can only mean one thing: Fall is here. With it comes fall color. The glowing canopies begin to grace some...

A Cozy Collaboration

Lee and Tamzen Fleming’s 10,000-square-foot house could easily be described as a sprawling estate or outstanding manor. And yet the home owners and design team agree that “cottage” is...

Distinguished Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

Come Sept. 24, aficionados of classic and vintage motorcycles will take to the streets of London, Rome, Tokyo, New York—and Colorado Springs. It’s all part of the Distinguished Gentleman’s...

You Rock, We Rock, 719 Rocks

The concept is simple. Paint a rock, and hide it somewhere in the Pikes Peak region for someone else to find. The purpose behind 719 Rocks is also simple, says...

Love and Sculpture: A Q&A with Josh Kennard

Colorado Springs native Josh Kennard makes art to elevate his hometown’s narrative about itself. His Art on the Streets sculpture Nothing Greater Than/Less Than Love is an invocation for...

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...

New Local Tunes: 3 Albums to Get Your Ears On

Late summer is a fertile time for long days of music making, which means an exciting crop of new album releases from Colorado Springs artists. Here are three albums...

5 Food Trucks Worth Finding

The rise of the gourmet food truck is a great addition to the current food-as-pleasure craze we are seeing in the U.S. Food trucks are popping up all over...

Best Hikes: Summer of Colorado Springs Summits

This is Pikes Peak Country, no doubt about it. We bask in the glow of purple mountain majesty in a region named for that monstrous massif. It stakes its...

Road Trip: On the Open Colorado Road

I blame that un-seat-belted, late 1970s family journey across the Mojave Desert for getting me hooked on the classic road trip. Ever since, the drone of late-shift driving, the...

Proper Wines: The Accidental Vintners

On the face of it, it’s an unlikely undertaking: Two Colorado Springs businessmen purchase an orchard, replant it with grapes and manage the winery from 1,150 miles away. All...

Crestone Odyssey

Crestone is one of those spots that many people have heard about, but never actually visited. Nestled against the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at the easternmost edge of the...

Rolling Through Paradise in Crested Butte

All hard feelings from the earlier wrong turns quickly shake free with the trail dust as we begin pedaling across the hillside meadows of the Lupine Trail. It’s past...

Take It Outside: Best Backyard Design Features

Summer screams for hot-tubbing, barbecuing, entertaining and stargazing in the backyard. With the natural beauty of the local landscape and the moderate climate, this is a perfect setting to...

Springs’ Best Burger Competition Winner Announced!

We Have a Winner... Congratulations to Colorado Mountain Brewery for the Best Burger in Colorado Springs! We wish them luck as they move onto the Colorado Burger Summit at Copper Mountain,...

Patios We Love Now

Summertime is the perfect time for outdoor patio eating and drinking in Colorado. Enjoying a cool breeze under a sprawling umbrella or soaking up those last rays of a...

Art on the Streets: Explore Colorado Springs’ Urban Art Exhibit

There’s more art on the local streets thanks to the new collection of Art on the Streets installations. Over the next year, visitors and residents can take a virtual...

Rails and Wails

You won’t find many music festivals exhorting concertgoers not to cross the train tracks along the eastern edge of the event, but the iconic Blues Under the Bridge is...

Summer Rodeo Roundup

Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo This granddaddy of the local rodeo scene boasts classic pro rodeo tradition. Rodeo Days kick off July 11 at 6:30 p.m. with the 77th Annual...

Cerberus Brewing Company Elevates

It’s become a common question around town over the past nine months: Have you been to Cerberus? The brewery opened in fall 2016, in a former veterinary hospital—fitting for...

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...

My Inner—and Outerwear—Festivarian

It began with a mandolin. My wife found it at a garage sale. A week later she played the opening riff to “Jolene” for me. Next it was cowboy...

Summer of Cycling

Cheer The Colorado Classic The pros are back, and Colorado Springs is the chosen launching pad for the new four-stage race. Some of the world’s best cyclists—men and women—will wheel to...

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,...

Festival Season in Colorado Springs

Music Colorado College Summer Music Festival June 4-24 | Colorado Springs Renowned musicians—including Grammy-nominated Carol Wincenc, one of the biggest names in the flute world—gather for 26 concerts in three weeks. Styles...

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...

Explore With Ollie: The Q&A

Born and raised as a Dallas city boy, Stephen Martin joined the Army in 2005. After seven years of service, he decided to make the move from his final...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...