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Woodshed Red’s Jam

It’s opening night under the striped tent of MeadowGrass festival last Memorial Day weekend, and as headliners Woodshed Red take the stage, fans in the front are already dancing...

A Wine Lover Learns Beer

In my 20s I was a Budweiser gal. What can I say? It was the beer of choice for my Monsignor Murphy’s dart team, and I’m a team player....

The Haunted Arby’s: A Side of Spooky

Barely a day goes by when Colorado Springs does not make its appearance atop some listicle: Best Places to Live, Best Mountain Bike Trails, Worst Places to Lose Your...

Children’s Hospital Opens a New Era of Pediatric Care

When 9-year-old Jalen Thompson grows up he wants to be president. He expects that by then there will be a cure for cancer—if not, he will donate to help...

Dutch Clark: The Legendary Flying Dutchman

In 1963, 17 athletes were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s inaugural class, including a quarterback from rural Colorado named Earl “Dutch” Clark. Born in 1906 in...

Climbing Over Fear on the Springs’ Via Ferrata

"Grab the top of that ledge, latch your chili bean and let go!” says Alex Hesler, outdoor attraction manager at Cave of the Winds. He’s encouraging me to hang by...

Under the Dome at the USAFA Planetarium

Ask Judy Cara what her favorite film currently playing at the United States Air Force Academy’s planetarium is and her eyes brighten as she smiles and says, “Humpback Whales.” “It’s...

Ski Season Is Here – Colorado Ski Resort Opening Dates 2019

The snow has been flying — in Colorado Springs and in the high country — making conditions prime for snowmaking and all the more realistic for ski resorts to...

6 Things We Love About Air Force Football

With retired Air Force parents, I’ve been attending Air Force Academy football games for years. Sure, there’s the traditional tailgating and pregame fun outside the stadium similar to other...

FAC 100th Anniversary: A Century of Significant Art

When the Broadmoor Art Academy began 100 years ago and grew into the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center ( FAC ), it was big news covered by national publications...

Touring the Haunted History of Colorado Springs

On Sept. 17, 1911, a malevolent subject under the cloak of night silently entered the Wayne family’s Colorado Springs home, where husband, wife and daughter slept. Standing over them...

Find Your Best Season Ski Pass Now

Those mountain landscapes of glowing aspen will soon be covered in snow. And with the approach of that fun, white fluffy stuff, it’s time to buy your ski pass...

10 Favorite Fall Hikes In and Around Colorado Springs

There’s an added beauty when those golden aspen groves light up the trail and hillsides. These 10 trails will take you into the seasonal color show, or in some...

26 Ways to Celebrate Arts Month in Colorado Springs

Now’s your chance to get out of a rut and explore the local arts scene. October is Arts Month in the Pikes Peak Region, coinciding with National Arts and...

Giddyup at the Gallop 5K

Fun and quirkiness were always the hallmarks of the beloved Waldo Waldo 5K, so it comes as no surprise that creator Chelise Foster’s locally-minded fun run 2.0 features a...

Favorite Colorado Fall Color Drives

Warm sun lingers, but a slight chill in the air whispers the inevitable: Change is coming. The new season beckons us to the high country where Colorado’s iconic aspen...

Healthcare Heroes Celebration 2019

Each year we celebrate Healthcare Heroes, men and women nominated by their peers, associates, colleagues or patients who are making Colorado Springs a healthier, safer, better place. Their stories...

Pumpkin Patches and Fall Family Festivals Around Colorado Springs

It’s time for those golden autumn days and weekends, the perfect time for harvest season festivities. Break out the matching flannels, pour the spiced cider, and get outside for...

Healthcare Heroes 2019

If you ask the men and women in these pages what makes a hero, they point to their teams and teammates and those faithfully serving others. They seem genuinely...

Doggy Day Out

You hear the howls, the barks, the whimpers of dogs in their chainlink kennels when you walk into an animal shelter. Then you lock eyes with a dog and...

Fall Fitness Hacks from Local Trainers

Between the end of summer and the approach of the holidays, it might be easy to let fitness fall to the wayside in favor of pumpkin spice lattes and...

3 Grilling Recipes from Colorado Springs Chefs

We’re standing at autumn’s door, but before it opens to peak views of golden aspens, there are plenty of prime days ahead for backyard grilling and patio chilling. Here...

Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Colorado Springs and Beyond

It’s that time of year when everybody’s German—or wants to be. There are lots of traditional Oktoberfest festivals all around the region, and with a full schedule, you can...

Fly High at the National Museum of World War II Aviation

The stars of the show at the National Museum of World War II Aviation are the 35 aircraft, 24 of which can still fly. Visitors can self-guide their way...

Colorado Springs Museums: Tour the Town

Think of museums as stuffy, static and boring? Think again. Colorado Springs is home to a rich collection of organizations and assemblages that bring to life history, science, technology,...

More to Training Than the Mileage

Whether you’re a runner, cyclist, hiker or just plain active Coloradan, summer is prime time for that big race, ride or trek. But there’s more than just putting in...

The Modbo: A Decade of Dedication

"You need art. Art needs you.” This potent motto has fueled the Modbo gallery since it opened in a small storage outbuilding in an alley off Bijou and Tejon streets...

The Magical World of Cosmo Solano

You’ll never see Cosmo Solano on America’s Got Talent. Not for lack of skills or talent—the magician has trained with industry legends and produced magic products for other professionals....

Cars of Colorado Springs

What's your ride? What do your neighbors drive? Here are some popular cars and vehicles you're likely to see a lot of on local streets. Sure we're stereotyping, but...

Finding the State of Slim

For five years I didn’t go to the doctor. I got busy, and, if I got sick, by the time I got around to making an appointment I was...

Tom Hirt: Cowboy Hat Maker for the Movies

You could say that Tom Hirt began his career as a dead guy. Cast as Mark Harmon’s stand-in in the 1978 Western Comes a Horseman, Hirt took the role...

New Location, Same Mountain Chalet Spirit

Sometimes even an icon needs a little change. After 51 years in its original Tejon Street storefront facing Acacia Park, Mountain Chalet has moved.  Colorado’s longest-running independent outdoor retail shop...

Trails: Blodgett Peak and Blodgett Peak Open Space

Where to Find It: Northwest Colorado Springs, Blodgett Peak Open Space Distance: 5.2 miles out-and-back to summit, other trails available Difficulty: Advanced Peak Elevation: 9,423 feet Know Before You Go: Lower trails in...

100 Things to Do in Colorado Springs Before You Die

Have you ever been to the Western Jubilee, National Museum of World War II Aviation or Paint Mines Interpretive Park? There’s no shortage of things to do in Colorado...

Cocktail Insider: Champion Bartender Stephen Winchell

If you’re a cocktail aficionado in the Springs, you’ve likely enjoyed Stephen Winchell’s handiwork. Winchell has been immersed in the local food and beverage scene since 19 years of...

Where to Play Bocce in Colorado Springs

When Springs asked me to write about bocce, they had no idea they couldn’t have asked a more uncoordinated person. However, I have played bocce before. Well, to clarify,...

We Got the Sauce: New York Pizza in Colorado Springs

New York transplant Phil Ginsburg peers into the window of a local pizzeria, sees a young hipster with a long, meticulously manicured beard tossing dough, and shakes his head. “They...

Riding the Rapids: Whitewater Rafting the Arkansas River

Let’s get one thing straight: The summer of 2019 will be epic on Colorado’s waterways. The wettest winter on record in the Lower 48 and a cool, damp spring...

Broadmoor Dream Home: So Much Light and Luxury

When builders fashioned a typical midcentury 2,400-square-foot home in the Broadmoor area in 1957, no one could have envisioned what it would look like six decades later. Today, it’s...

Thai Rolled Ice Cream Is the New Cool

I consider myself a connoisseur of ice cream. But my mind was blown when I first discovered Thai rolled ice cream in Breckenridge last year. How had I not...

Splash Into Summer at Colorado Springs Splash Parks

When the heat of summer hits, it’s time to head for the water. “Our city’s fountains and splash parks represent free family fun at its finest,” says Kim King,...

Pick Your Perfect Mountain Getaway

Colorado Springs is a summer paradise, but we all know that when the mountains call, it’s time to go. Fortunately we’re surrounded by amazing destinations within easy road-trip distance....

Prime Patios

Summer is perfect for patios! Here's a handful we're loving right now, whether you're looking for hot bites or cool beverages. Atomic Cowboy + Dos Santos + Cork and Cask Take...

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...

Take a Museum Day to Denver

Interested in art, history or culture? Sometimes it’s worth a day trip north to explore Denver’s nearby cultural treasures. Head for these six to combine a multimuseum itinerary or...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...