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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...

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...

Run. Fish. Beer at the Rocky Mountain Flyathlon

As fly-fishing casts go, this one held great promise. I simply had to make it work there on the rocky banks of the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. It...

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...

21 Ways to Celebrate Arts Month

The arts are not just for artists. And every October since 2014, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region has encouraged everyone to have at least one new...

Oktoberfest: Where to Celebrate Your Inner German

Cooler evenings and hints of color in the trees mean one thing for beer lovers and Germanophiles: Oktoberfest. There’s no need to hop a plane to Munich. Colorado offers...

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...

In His Words: Switchbacks Jamal Jack

You don’t want to go one-on-one on the field against the Switchbacks hard-working center defender Jamal Jack. But we sat down off the field with the 30-year-old Trinidad and...

So You Want to Be a Backyard Farmer?

On a summer day in Colorado Springs, you may see backyards abundant with bean-heavy vines, rows of kale, pecking chickens or other small animals typically found in a barnyard....

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...

Pedal Power from the Mobile Music Project

Don’t be surprised if you see stationary bikes attached to speakers at outdoor music festivals or events this summer. The Mobile Music Project (MMP) uses human energy to power...

Paddleboard Yoga: ‘S’up?’ and Namaste

I’m perpetually worried about disappointing the cashiers at Trader Joe’s. Mostly I don’t know what to say when the guy bagging my groceries asks me how my day’s going. “OK,...

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...

Eat, Drink and Get Free Stuff With Passport Programs

Just in case you need motivation to sample new craft beverages. Crafts and Drafts Five secret codes in your free digital passport earns a T-shirt. Choose from 24 local breweries, distilleries...

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....

Art on the Streets: Preview the 20th Anniversary

It’s become tradition that new sculptures and public art installations begin popping up on street corners, buildings and open spaces around downtown in early summer. The popular, creative Art...

SUP in the Springs

As I took a few hesitant steps off the beach sand into Prospect Lake heading for the stand-up paddleboard I had borrowed, I admit I was less concerned with...

Inside the Musical Swings at Green Box Arts Festival

When planning for the 10th anniversary of the Green Box Arts Festival, co-founder Christian Keesee discovered that The Musical Swings was the most popular headliner of the previous decade,...

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...

4 Ways to Get Creative in Colorado Springs

Whether your creativity spans the Mona Lisa or Lisa Frank, summer is the perfect time to get hands-on and make something new.  1. Design your next gig poster. Even if you...

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...

Festival Season in Colorado Springs

Music Colorado College Summer Music Festival June 3-23 | Colorado Springs Student musicians gather and perform throughout the two-week span. Styles include classical, chamber, contemporary, children’s and world in venues around the...

Sky Sox: Take Me Out to the Time Machine

In the same year that Theodore Roosevelt ascended to the presidency, professional baseball began in the Pikes Peak region with the Colorado Springs Millionaires. Formed in 1901, the team...

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...

Your Colorado Summer Road Trip Playlist

Summer is one of the best times in the Rocky Mountain State. In that fleeting window, everything is drenched in green and wildflowers, our famous snows have all melted,...

Sounds of Summer: Free Outdoor Concerts 2018

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...

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...

New Restaurants on the Block

Colorado Craft Tejon Street Social Having transformed the former longtime home of The Ritz Grill, Colorado Craft Tejon Street Social conscientiously boasts a variety of locally produced liquors and beers,...

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...

Ramen, A Love Letter

Things were so simple, so instant, when we first met. I'd pull you out of a plastic package, sprinkle on the salty seasoning and eat you raw-sometimes crushed, sometimes...

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...

The Baby Whisperers

There are gentle warriors fighting for the babies in the UCHealth Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Memorial Hospital Central. A team of 33 volunteer cuddlers help babies get...

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.”

Walk with a Doc

It’s 8:00 on a Sunday morning at the old Zio’s Italian Kitchen parking lot, an unusual time and place to see a doctor. But the trim, mustachioed man leading...

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...

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...

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...