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Q&A: Christopher Liedel Gives an Update on the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum

As the striking architecture of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum changes the downtown skyline, we spoke with CEO Christopher Liedel about what to expect from the coming visitor...

The Return of the Beloved Breckenridge Troll

Thousands of troll hunters flocked to see Isak Heartstone last fall when he was sculpted along Wellington Trail in Breckenridge, just a stone’s throw away from residential homes. But...

How to Summit Snowy 14ers This Summer

Colorado weather usually flips like a switch from winter to summer. But last winter’s record-breaking snow has meant snowy conditions are likely to stay put year-round on top of...

Sounds of Summer — Free Concerts

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...

Three New Dog Parks

Falcon Dog Park The 10-acre Falcon Dog Park opened in March with 8 acres for large dogs and 2 acres designated for small dogs, plus a half-mile path for humans....

Three More Trails to Try This Summer

Silver Cascade Falls Trail Type: Easy out and back Length: 0.6 miles round-trip Near: In Cheyenne Cañon, Drive up the cañon to the parking area, building and visible Helen Hunt Falls at...

Summer Sips

Favorite Summer Sipper Aromas Das Castas Vinho Verde “Light, crisp, with just a touch of fruity sweetness, Vinho Verde is one of summer’s great affordable vinous pleasures,” says Duane Johnson, wine...

Where to Find Live Local Music

Back East Bar & Grill Sports bar by day, thriving music venue by night, Back East delivers a regular lineup of local live music on the north side. You’ll find...

Mission Catering: A Different Kind of Kitchen

Step one: Wash your hands. Step two: Pray. Tyler Peoples, director of social enterprise, and Jason Horn, catering manager, have created a unique culture in their kitchen that begins...

Q&A: Mike Bristol on 25 Years of Bristol Brewing

I have only had one real job in my life,” Mike Bristol says with a laugh. That was as a technical field rep for Nissan based in Jacksonville, Florida,...

Pursuing My Vacation, Er, Inner Peace

The first morning, we wake with a start to the roar of howler monkeys. My phone reads 4:22 a.m. “Waaaaaaaaaaaaa! Woooooooaaaaaa!” The howls, deep and resonant, sound like angry—or horny—velociraptors. My wife...

Where We’re Eating Now in Colorado Springs

Cowboy Star Lunch has gone next level at Cowboy Star. “Now you can do the whole experience at lunch time,” says sous chef Nick Ryder. “You can really celebrate and...

Art on the Streets: A New Twist

Downtown Colorado Springs is getting another round of colorful public art installations with the 21st annual Art on the Streets program—but with a new twist. Murals have been added...

Trails: The Red Rocks No One Knows About

For Springs locals, hiking Red Rocks usually means hitting the trail early or late in the day to avoid crowds and traffic getting in and out of the bustling...

Hot Springs Escapes

Looking to soak away your cares in some of Colorado's hot, mineral-laden waters? Here are a few to sample, from Manitou Springs to Buena Vista, Aspen and the San...

Captain Jack Was a Woman

Most mountain bikers, motorcyclists, hikers and equestrians who use Captain Jack’s, the popular Cheyenne Cañon trail, have no idea that its namesake was a woman. Ellen E. Jack’s history...

Go Off the Beaten Path: Joyful Journey Hot Springs

I’m giddy as I pick up one of my girlfriends for a much-overdue two-day road trip. The hot waters of the San Luis Valley are calling on this early...

And the Winning S’more Is …

The Toasty S’mores Tasting Contest came down to the bottom of the ninth, and with a final surge of votes, Till Kitchen claimed victory with a walk-off homer. Congratulations...

Women’s Car Care Clinics: She Goes Under the Hood

My dad always told me …” Over the next few hours, I’ll hear this phrase multiple times during a free women’s automotive clinic at Honest Accurate Auto Service. Sometimes Dad’s...

So. Many. Summer Festivals. In Colorado Springs and Beyond

Summer is high season for festivals in Colorado Springs, up and down the Front Range and in mountain towns all over the state. Go for a day or immerse...

Mud Runs and Obstacle Course Races: Let’s Get Dirty!

Dressed in knee socks, ’80s gym shorts, miniskirts and Richard Simmons headbands, my siblings and I hit the trail at the base of Copper Mountain. We belly-crawled through drainage...

Meet Supansa Banker, Top Chef at Taste of Pikes Peak

When Colorado Springs’ top chefs gathered this April at the Taste of Pikes Peak, aka the 24th annual Pikes Peak Food, Wine and Beer Expo, one came out on...

Q&A: Rock Photographer Larry Hulst

There’s a smile of contagious joy on the face of Larry Hulst in the homepage photo where he stands before the Red Rocks stage, holding his camera, ready to...

Home, Sweet, Rustic Industrial Modern Home

“This is us.”  That is the phrase Phil Parker and Vanessa Johnson choose to characterize their recently completed 5,479-square-foot dream home in the picturesque Upper Skyway neighborhood of southwest Colorado...

Chiba Is the Word

At the time of its 1982 release, the cyberpunk film Blade Runner underperformed at the box office. Today, however, it’s considered one of the sci-fi greats. Similarly, Chiba Bar—after...

Local Music: Sounds Worth Sampling

Looking for local music? Three local—or locally tied—next-thing bands to catch live and rotate into your playlists.  Nina and The Hold Tight  If you like: Alabama Shakes, The Kills, Led Zeppelin  This affecting...

Hike: Mount Cutler 

Where to Find It: North Cheyenne Cañon Park Distance: 2.2 miles out and back Difficulty: easy to intermediate Know Before You Go: Foot traffic only. Dogs must be on a leash. Watch...

CaveSim at CityRock and Its Manitou Makers

Caving has been called the perfect blend of “fear and intrigue, ” says Dave Jackson, who owns the Manitou Springs-based CaveSim LLC along with his wife, Tracy. I’ll give him...

Great Wolf Lodge: A Howlin’ Good Time

The green beast has been staring me down all morning. I’ve watched countless thrill-seekers disappear down its watery chute. And my 11-year-old son is showing me up, completing laps...

How to Stop Stroke

As Marty Gordon spent time with his wife and grandkids at home, he started feeling more tired than usual, his words turned to mumbling, and when he tried to...

The Peak of Local Cinema

I remember the exact auditorium where I saw certain films at Kimball’s Peak Three Theater. Far from the Madding Crowd screened in upstairs Auditorium Three. The Young Victoria and...

Parker the Snow Dog Lives the Deluxe Dog’s Life

He’s on first-name basis with Von Miller. He opens concerts at Red Rocks, such as Icelantic’s Winter on the Rocks. He has his own signature microbrew—oh, he also has...

Of Beasts and Brews: Butcher Jason Nauert

"I don’t know how I got here,” Jason Nauert says with a laugh. After years of working in construction, law enforcement and landscaping, Nauert, 45, reached his late 30s and...

The Warrior Women of Streetcar520

When Streetcar520 owner Ari Howard re-imagined the former McCabe’s Tavern as a globally-inspired culinary destination on South Tejon Street, she had a clear vision of art for its 22-foot...

Sasquatch Cookies: No Hoax

Reported Sasquatch sightings around Pike National Forest date back to the 1800s. A Bigfoot crossing sign is posted along Pikes Peak Highway, and a wooden statue of the hairy...

Cozy Hideaways in Colorado Springs

The cold closet of wintertime doesn’t mean you have to hibernate. Whether you’re looking for a romantic date or unique girls’ night out, try one of these intimate hangouts. Sopra This...

How to Do Date Night in Colorado Springs

Looking for new ways to make an impression on someone special, kindle (or rekindle) a romance or just get out on the town? We’ve got you covered with these...

4 Fun Dates in Colorado Springs

So you want to make an impression on someone special? Get to know a new interest but keep it casual? Find some new fun with your significant other? Try...

How to Write a Better Dating Profile

While you might spend all of your time swiping right, that doesn’t mean the person on the other side of the screen is doing the same for you. Or...

Neon Alley Lights Up Pueblo

Off South Union Avenue in Pueblo’s Downtown Historic District, the alluring glow of Neon Alley illuminates the eyes and hearts of awed onlookers. The collection of vintage neon signs—currently...

TrueSport Is on a Mission

It’s maddening to see an athlete, at the height of his or her powers, suddenly fall to one of the worst words in sports: cheating. The hero is not...

Amazing Barrel-Aged Beers

Brewers today are creative artists always looking for ways to enhance the beers they produce. And aging beer in wine, whiskey or rum barrels has provided a popular palette...

Tea Time in Colorado Springs

The midafternoon slump hit hard on my first day back in the office after a recent trip to England. “I really want some tea and a scone right now....

Your Best of Colorado Springs Bucket List Events

Maybe you’ve lived here for years. Maybe you’re a newcomer to Colorado Springs. Maybe you go every year to (fill in the blank for your favorite). Maybe you’ve always...

Art-O-Mat Dispenses Creativity

I stand in front of the Art-o-mat at Ivywild School, surveying the tiny artwork for sale from this vending machine for only $5 each. Do I want earrings, a...

Explore Cañon City’s Mountain Biking Gem: Oil Well Flats

Fuel Up: Coyote’s Coffee Den Join the locals at Coyote’s Coffee Den in Penrose for some pre-ride calories and caffeine. Wrapped and ready breakfast burritos and a full breakfast menu...

Theatreworks: The Interviews

Theatreworks has gone through a lot in the last few years. In 2017, founder and artistic director Murray Ross, 74, died unexpectedly after more than 40 years at the...

Local Comedy: A Comic Goes Into Colorado Springs…

It’s 7 o’clock on a Friday, the regular crowd has shuffled in—and they’re killing themselves laughing. This is Loonees Comedy Corner on North Academy, Colorado Springs’ longstanding comedy club. Chris...

Waltz Away

Stepping into a Broadmoor Waltz Club ball is like stepping back into history. Ladies in full-length formal gowns twirl under the chandeliers in the Grand Ballroom at The Broadmoor. Men...

4 Coffee Hot Spots to Go Try Now

The local caffeine scene continues to thrive. Some of the latest coffee hot spots offer a little something for everyone, whether you’re carrying out a cup or settling into...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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:...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...