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Collaboration Is Key for Local Filmmaker

The moody music video for Jarrod Gipson’s Clockwise is bathed in stark, contrasting colors, alternating between a saturation of red and blue imagery that unfolds the intercut scenes of...

Springs Magazine and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our economy and business, the publication of future print issues of Springs magazine has been put on hold.  We are deeply...

Kate Perdoni Is a Local Creative Force

Kate Perdoni has always had a big imagination. As a young child, the future journalist scrawled answers to imaginary inquiries asked in invisible interviews. Today Perdoni is here in...

Sustainable Outdoor Gear to Get Excited About

Outdoor Retailer’s annual Summer Market usually fills the Colorado Convention Center in Denver with every sort of gadget, gear and good imaginable for the outdoors. But like so much...

Allison Daniell Moix Processes the Pandemic Through Photos

The photos are emotive portraits and evocative streetscapes that offer human perspective on the uncertainty and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. You might have seen them on social media...

Craft Hard Seltzers in Colorado Springs

In 1993 there was Zima. In 2016, White Claw. Now we’ve reached craft hard seltzer? “Hard seltzer is a flagship beverage at the Black Forest Brewing Company,” says Donovan...

Online Fitness Classes to Keep You Fit and Sane

Don’t let your yoga mat or running shoes sit dejected in a corner. Sure, COVID-19 has probably meant an abundance of Netflix marathons, homeschooling sessions with your fifth-grader, and...

How Green Is Colorado Springs?

Ask a range of residents, from the average citizen to the involved professional, “How green is Colorado Springs?” and the most common first response is, “Wow, that’s such a...

Where to Get Your Quarantine Cocktails To Go

While the clear winning benefit of statewide stay-at-home orders is flattening the curve of COVID-19, the best silver lining has to be the allowance for take-out cocktails. From high-end...

Digging Up the Ancient Past at Corral Bluffs

The paleontological discovery at Corral Bluffs Open Space in eastern El Paso County made national news last fall when Colorado scientists published the discovery of a trove of fossils...

Get Out, Spread Out to Keep Our Outdoors Safe

We Coloradans love our outdoors. And with COVID-19 throwing life as we know it for a loop, going outside has been the key to maintaining health, sanity and a...

Gold Hill Mesa: Creating Community on the Mesa

Drive to the Westside of Colorado Springs, along 21st Street or Lower Gold Camp Road, and into the neighborhood of Gold Hill Mesa. Ease past the community center with...

Takeout From Every Part of Town

Tired of cooking at home? Or just craving a different dish in the midst of sheltering in place? #CarryOutToCarryOn is the mantra restaurants in Colorado Springs are using as...

Local Arts and Entertainment in Your Living Room

“The internet has suddenly become the new stage,” says Andy Vick, executive director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region.  That’s what happens when we’re all staying at...

7 Ways to Support Local Business During the Pandemic

With a statewide stay-at-home order for Colorado, it’s difficult to support local business, but there are ways even without being able to leave our homes. Here are a few...

Where to Find Home Grocery Delivery in Colorado Springs Now

At the beginning of March, before the coronavirus came to our city, I wrote an article for Springs about the convenience of getting groceries delivered to your doorstep. The...

Trails: 52 Hikes in 52 Weeks

Last January I took a little walk in the woods with my friend Tonya. Casually she mentioned an idea she found online called the 52-Hike Challenge: one hike per...

Support the Springs Helping Local Business Thrive

We’ve all felt the effects as COVID-19 has rocked the country—and world—and governments at every level have placed restrictions on businesses and the public. Small, locally-owned businesses have taken...

Books: A Reading Guide to Colorado Springs History

In the Shadow of Pikes Peak: An Illustrated History of Colorado Springs by Mark L. Gardner, 1999 This all-ages read tells the tale of peoples who inhabited this region centuries before...

Downtown Development: Is This Our LoDo Moment?

In the ’80s and ’90s, Denver took its sketchiest urban blight and transformed it into the city’s most bustling neighborhood. Today, Denver’s LoDo boasts a major-league baseball stadium, world-class...

Humor: The Piano Mover

I’m not sure how it happened. I said: “Let’s put our house on the market.” Then it sold. I don’t think the sign was ever fully planted on the...

Divide Mayoral Race Goes to the Dogs — or Goats

The politics of Divide, west of Colorado Springs, have gone to the dogs, literally. Teller County Regional Animal Shelter (TCRAS) in Divide has held a mayoral race every two...

Cheap Eats in Colorado Springs

Who says delicious has to be expensive? These 31 dishes from all over the Springs prove otherwise. Most are under $10. Some are during happy hour; some are all...

Rosie Collins Broke Down Racial Barriers in Colorado Springs

In a time when diversity was planting its roots in Colorado Springs, African American men and women were attending and graduating from Colorado College. But it was in 1935...

Music: A Conversation With Nicholas Payton

Nicholas Payton is a force to be reckoned with. A multi-instrumentalist, visionary composer, iconoclast, Payton resides firmly at the forefront of contemporary music, pushing ensembles and audiences in new,...

Talking About the Colorado Springs Weather

You don’t have to live in here long to know that Colorado weather can be fickle. Sure, we get all that sunshine, but it’s also not unusual to get...

The Philharmonic Gets Heroic

This year marks a big birthday for Beethoven and a heroic lineup for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. To celebrate the master composer’s 250th, international superstar violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman...

Brewing 101: A Day With Phantom Canyon’s Head Brewer

It’s easy to learn about beer in a community like Colorado Springs. Just visit any of the local breweries here, ask some questions, try some sampling flights and you’re...

Modern Architecture Roots in Colorado Springs

After the end of World War I, a movement began in central Europe that would radically alter the course of art, design, craftsmanship and architecture throughout the world. In 1919,...

Colorado College Goes Carbon Neutral

Colorado College has achieved carbon neutrality, the school announced this week. After more than a decade of work, the achievement makes CC just “the eighth institution of higher education...

Take a New International Tour for Tasty Ethnic Cuisine

You won’t find fancy decor at all of these relatively new eateries—but you will find authentic and delicious ethnic cuisine worth seeking out. Taste of Brasil Eating at this Garden of...

Humor: Turned On to Turntables

It began with a simple question from my son. “Dude,” he said. “Do we have a turntable?” Normally, my son calls me dad, but the fact that he was addressing...

30 Bucket List Events in Colorado Springs for 2020

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 just...

The Man Behind the Maps: Ski Artist James Niehues

If you ski or snowboard, then it’s most likely that James Niehues has been your guide. Over the course of nearly three decades, Niehues has illustrated more than 200...

Where to Get in the Local Rec League Hockey Game

You’ll find the likes of the Hooligans, Vicious Pickles, Donut Bumpers and other uniquely named teams on local ice rinks. Adult rec league hockey is alive and well in...

Prospect Lake: Historical Recreation Hub

With the mountainous backdrop of Pikes Peak and its central location just east of downtown, Prospect Lake has been a longtime centerpiece of Colorado Springs recreation. General William Jackson...

Favorite Trails for the Out-of-Town Guests

You’ll find something for everyone among these local trails, from icons to less-crowded alternatives, where you can satisfy the ambitious visitors or torture the ones driving you crazy. For...

Leading Couples of Colorado Springs Theater

Have you noticed how talent seems to come in pairs? Theater couples. They’re as common on local stages as blocking tape. They’re actors, directors, producers, often collaborating to bring...

How to Pamper Your Pets

When you’re putting together your holiday gift lists, don’t forget the four-legged members of your household. Just remember that grabbing a random bag of chewies from a register line...

MuttRuk Packs for People With Pups

Sometimes pampering your pets means treating yourself too. One of the newest dog-friendly items on the market arrives courtesy of local company MuttRuk. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in...

Q&A: UCCS Chancellor Venkat Reddy

With more than 12,000 students, funded partnership with the National Cybersecurity Center, and the state-of-the-art William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center opening next year, Chancellor...

Trails: Hiking Pulpit Rock

Where to Find It: Beside the I-25 and N. Nevada intersection. The small trailhead parking lot is at 6411 N. Nevada Ave. just north of the small shopping center....

Give the Gift of Experience

Know that person who’s just so hard to buy for? Want to create memories that will last much longer than another sweater? This is the year to give the...

Hazel Miller: Colorado’s Queen of Jazz, Soul and R&B

If you take the underground transport after landing at Denver International Airport, there’s a chance you’ll hear a soulful jazz singer welcoming you. “I haven’t heard it myself …...

Weird Beer You Have to Try in Colorado Springs

Who doesn’t like variety at least once in a while? I admit I’m not the most discerning beer drinker. But as a recent craft beer convert, I don’t have...

Where the Spirits Lead on the Colorado Spirits Trail

In 2004, George Washington’s—yes, that President Washington’s—commercial distillery was about to get a historic face-lift in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Just as one important chapter in America’s distilling history was...

Colorado Craft Spirits Gems and Limited Releases

Take a journey on the Colorado Spirits Trail, follow the map of distillers around Colorado, and you'll discover some hidden treasures among Colorado craft spirits. Here are some of the best gems along...

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 New Namaste With Yoga and Brews

Of all the quirky yoga classes around Colorado's Front Range—from stand-up paddleboard yoga to yoga with wolves, goats or kangaroos—there is a class where yogis find their asana amid...

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....

Midtown Collection Delivers Modern Versatility

The old adage that “necessity is the mother of invention” seems to be true in real estate too. At least it has been particularly salient for Colorado Springs’ market...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Single in the Springs

I’ve been on many first dates. And that’s not something to brag about. I’ve spent most of my 27 years being single, and being single in Colorado Springs isn’t...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...