Travel & Outdoors

Travel & Outdoors

We are Coloradans. Sitting indoors just isn't our style. From best local trails to the best ski deals, we have you covered.

Pineries Open Space trail through open meadows

Trails: Pineries Open Space

Where to Find It: Black Forest Distance: 9 miles Elevation Gain: approximately 500 feet Difficulty: Easy to intermediate  Know Before You Go: The Pineries 9-mile loop has no...
Mountain biker on Pikes Peak APEX course

Pikes Peak APEX Is Springs’ Biggest Mountain Bike Race

If you race it, they will come—and help fund improvements to our world-class trails. That’s the idea behind the Pikes Peak APEX, the biggest...
Hot air balloons launch with Pikes Peak on the horizon

Colorado Springs Hot Air Balloons Rise Above

The Labor Day Lift Off is one of Colorado Springs best and most beautiful annual traditions. And while things will look different this year...
Mt Esther overlook above Ute Pass, outside of Colorado Springs

Trails: Hiking the Mt Esther Trail

Where to Find It: Chipita Park, Ute Pass west of Colorado Springs Distance: About 3.5 miles one way from the trailhead to Crystal Creek Reservoir Difficulty:...
COVID-19 skiing at A-Basin earlier this Spring. Ski pass deals are in the works for next season, even with pandemic uncertainties.

Colorado Ski Pass Deals and Pandemic Guarantees

What will the ski season look like this year? Will there even be a ski season? As with everything during the COVID-19 pandemic, uncertainty...
Crane building Pikes Peak Summit Complex

What’s Up on the Pikes Peak Summit Complex?

It has been two years since the cranes and construction crews moved in at the summit of Pikes Peak to build a new, state-of-the-art...
Whitewater rafting Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River

It’s a Great Summer for Arkansas River Rafting

By the time we reach Zoom Flume rapid about halfway through Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River, I’d swear our guide is dousing me...
On top of Pikes Peak.

How to Play on Pikes Peak This Summer

No matter where you look in Colorado Springs, there’s Pikes Peak, sending out its reassuring welcome to get out and enjoy the great outdoors....
day camp at city rock

Summer Day Camp Is Open in Colorado Springs

Summer’s here, and kids are clamoring to get their adventures started. Now they have something to cheer about. Even though COVID-19 has thrown a...
RMFI Trail Maintenance

Trail Maintenance in the Summer of COVID-19

I had been in Colorado Springs no more than two months when I found myself in the Garden of the Gods parking lot on...
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