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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...

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...

Where to Celebrate July 4 in the Pikes Peak Region

Here’s where to find some red, white and boom in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region to celebrate Independence Day. There are lots of fireworks displays to choose...

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 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...

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...
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