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Banning Lewis Ranch Expands and Continues to Grow Community

Led by Oakwood Homes, Colorado Springs’ leading master-planned community continues to create beautifully functional new homes...

Curbside Culture Returns

Bring live music and dance to your backyard. The popular Curbside Culture program is back for 2021 with even more artists and performers.

Promo Days Are Best for Catching a Switchbacks or Vibes Game

Promos, giveaways and lots of fireworks—these are the best times to catch a Switchbacks or Vibes game.

Deals and Drinks with Crafts and Drafts Passport 2021

Here's how to score BOGO beer, wine, coffee, cocktails and more.

Live Music Is Back in 2021

Here’s an overview of shows returning to summer lawns, concert halls, music venues and even the new downtown stadium.

How to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Colorado Springs

Here’s how to make Mom feel special this year, from brunch or spa day to archery, family photo shoots and more.

Fine Arts Center Takes the Arts Outdoors with City as a Venue

Out is in as the FAC’s City as a Venue builds an outdoor stage and takes remote performances to neighborhoods throughout Colorado Springs.

New Adventures Await on Pikes Peak

Experience the restored Cog Railway and newly constructed Summit Visitor Center this summer.

Banning Lewis Ranch Celebrates Life’s Moments With Summer Concerts and More

Life is happening at Banning Lewis Ranch with a full schedule of summer concerts, farmers markets, and family fun, including one of the largest 4th of July fireworks shows in Colorado Springs.

Weidner Field Sculpture Makes a Grand Statement

As the downtown stadium nears its official grand opening, Weidner Field unveils “The Epicenter,”...

Cycling Groups Collaborate to Create New Pump Track

A new pump track where kids can learn and progress bike skills could be reality as early as this summer. Kids on Bikes, Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates and the Cheyenne Mountain Cycling Club are raising money to fund the city-approved project.

Pikes Peak Restaurant Week Delivers Dining Deals

April 9-18 is the time to score multicourse menus at new dining hot spots and old favorites all over Colorado Springs. Plus you support the local dining scene that has been hit hard throughout the pandemic.

Community and Connection Are Key at The Retreat

The Retreat, an OakwoodLife community, is Colorado Springs’ first active adult community, and it’s built to reignite an active, engaged lifestyle.

Street Art Energizes Knob Hill Urban Arts District

How an ongoing series of murals are filling a public art void and reinvigorating a forgotten neighborhood.

Colorado Springs on the Road to Economic Recovery

If you’re looking for a job, Colorado Springs is still an excellent market...

Trails: The Paint Mines

With unique spires, hoodoos and vivid colors, the Paint Mines Interpretive Park is a geological, historical and cultural treasure 30 miles east of Colorado Springs.

Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

From Irish pubs to the annual 5K to live music, here’s how to get Irish for St. Paddy’s Day in Colorado Springs.

Banning Lewis Ranch: Welcome Home to the Leading, Thriving Community

Colorado Springs’ fastest growing, best-selling neighborhood receives national recognition as a place for life and community to thrive.

Trails: Hike the Ute Pass Trail

Forest animals create the most pragmatic trails to food, water, shelter. Man follows. Ancient travelers, followed by the Ute Indians, then homesteaders and prospectors, used this valley to pass...

MeadowGrass Music Festival Returns

Colorado Springs’ biggest music fest is back, signaling the start of summer and a return to some normalcy, community, good times and dancing like you just don’t care.

Unique Outdoor Dining Hot Spots You Must Try Now

What’s a local restaurant to do to survive this pandemic winter? Get creative and make a unique hot spot, something cool that will beat the cold and one that...

Best Trails: Must-Do Hikes in Colorado Springs

We love our trails in Colorado Springs. We hike them, bike them, run them, walk them and roll them. If you put together all 650 miles of trail in...

How to Celebrate Colorado Springs’ 150th Birthday

The Colorado Springs Sesquicentennial is on, celebrating its past, present, future and 150th birthday. Here’s how to party like it’s 1871, January through July.

Inside the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum

So I raced Jesse Owens the other day. Yes, that Jesse Owens. Winner of four gold medals at the Berlin 1936 Olympic Games. Hero of freedom and racial equality...

Where to Eat Local: Outdoor Dining, Heated Patios

The last few years have seen a renaissance in the local dining scene as both the quantity and quality of restaurants has boomed. And then came COVID. It’s no...

Blackpacker Hikes the Colorado Trail, Diversifies Outdoors

It was somewhere near the end of the Colorado Trail (CT), with hundreds of miles of trekking behind her, that Patricia Cameron, finally felt like a thru-hiker, one of those...

50 Days, 50 Ways Challenge to Explore Colorado Springs

The temperatures are getting cooler, but there are still plenty of ways to nurture your physical and mental well-being here in Colorado Springs and El Paso County. There is...

Trails: Hike St. Mary’s Falls

Where to Find It: North Cheyenne Cañon Park Distance: approximately 6.5 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: approximately 1,350 feet Difficulty: Intermediate / Difficult Know Before You Go: The ascent starts flat and busy, and...

Nina de Freitas: Local Artist to Watch

Colorado Springs singer-songwriter Nina de Freitas had just recovered from COVID-19 last April when she remembered the deadline for NPR’s Tiny Desk contest. Problem was, she was at her...

FAC Theatre Company Launches Audio Play Series

What’s a theater company to do when it can’t fill its live stage venue due to COVID? If you’re the Fine Arts Center Theatre Company, you go a little...

Best Schools in Colorado Springs

Where will our child get the best education? How are our schools measuring up? While no school will be the perfect fit for every individual student, it can be...

Restaurant Bingo Blends Local Food and Big Prizes

At this time in a normal year, Restaurant Week would be highlighting local dining with discounted prix fixe menus and specials, but this is 2020. Instead of the usual...

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 bailout points. Once you are...

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 mountain biking race Colorado Springs...

Sneak Peek Inside The Mae on Cascade

Standing on the sixth-floor deck on the northwestern corner of The Mae on Cascade, I can see the future of downtown Colorado Springs unfolding in real time. There’s the...

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 to maintain social distancing and...

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: Difficult Peak Elevation: 9,505 feet Know Before...

Curbside Culture Brings the Arts Live to You

If you’re missing live music and dance, why not bring the artists to you? Curbside Culture is taking the show on the road—literally—to connect local performing artists and audiences...

Now Is the Right Time for Art on the Streets

Colorful murals and detailed sculptures have been cropping up all over downtown since May. As part of the Downtown Partnership's annual Art on the Streets exhibit, art from around...

Colorado Ski Pass Deals and Pandemic Guarantees

Planning—and hoping—to hit the slopes next year? Season pass deals are running longer, but some deadlines are looming. Here’s the rundown on season pass prices and potential refunds in light of pandemic uncertainties.

Free Crafts and Drafts Passport Delivers Deals on Local Drinks

Looking for deals on your favorite local drinks, from beer and wine to craft spirits and coffee? The Colorado Springs Crafts and Drafts Passport is back.  The free digital passport...

Dine Out Downtown Brings Expanded Patio Dining

It took a pandemic, but part of Tejon Street is now a pedestrian-only zone filled with extended patios for on-street dining—at least on Friday nights and Saturdays. Organized by...

Your PPLD Library Card Has Superpowers

If your idea of the public library is the antiquated knowledge repository of yore, then you probably haven’t been paying attention. But all the COVID-19-induced isolation at home has...

Faces and Photos of the Black Lives Matter Protests

Shortly after 46-year-old George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer over Memorial Day weekend, crowds of Black Lives Matter protestors took to the streets. What began in...

Stellina Pizza Is a New Neighborhood Favorite

Opening a small business during a pandemic seems a bit intimidating, but that didn’t stop Stellina Pizza Cafe from opening in mid-May. As the fourth concept by the Blue...

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...

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...

How Green Is Colorado Springs?

Exploring sustainability in our city, where there are positives to celebrate and plenty of areas for improvement.

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...

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...

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

After more than a decade of work, CC becomes the first educational institution in the Rocky Mountain West to achieve the noteworthy goal of carbon neutrality.

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...

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...

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...

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

Beer and yoga make a great pairing. Here’s the inside scoop on where to find your Yoga & Brews class and what to expect.

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...

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...

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 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...