Southern Exposure at Cheyenne Mountain

Stay south and chase the sun at Cheyenne Mountain State Park to fight off winter's chill. Your three-stop itinerary for an in-town daytrip.

Olde World Bagel & Deli

Stay in your warm bed a little longer; then kick-start your chasing-the-sun mini adventure with Olde World Bagel & Deli’s Red Eye espresso. Expect a passionate riff from owner Ken Kennard on the importance of from-scratch recipes. That’s how Olde World’s great New York-style bagels and pastries are made, and the Kennards love to evangelize for why true bagels are boiled, not baked. Rouse your taste buds like a true New Yorker with a lox and cream cheese bagel combo. Then stuff an extra jalapeno cheddar and everything bagel in your pack for later fuel on the trail.
1670 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Any good Coloradan knows the key for outdoor winter warmth is to stay in the southern sun. Cheyenne Mountain State Park offers plenty of solar exposure on 21 miles of trails that roll among open prairie, scrub oak stands and pine forest. Whether hiking, biking or even horseback riding, you’ll find multiple trail options from the Limekiln Trailhead parking lot. Aim toward the sun along the easy 3.3-mile Sundance loop trail, then connect the moderate 2.6-mile Talon to reach the park’s highest elevations. If you still want more, tack on either or both of the North and South Talon loops. Leave the pooch at home; no dogs are allowed on the trails. And come prepared to pay the $7 per vehicle admission fee.
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd.

The Public House

Shake off the crisp air at your unassuming warming hut, The Public House, tucked into a reviving strip mall along State Highway 115. The pub and grill is a perfect spot to share your balmy winter trail tails with friends or bartender Missy. Choose from 25 local Colorado brews. Or order this blood-rewarming combo: a Devil’s Head Red from Pikes Peak Brewery and a pub favorite Rough Rider Reuben or widow-making Mountain Burger. The Public House’s happy neighborhood vibe fits the mantras of living and loving local.
445 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.

Aaron McHugh
Writer, blogger, podcaster and career liberator Aaron McHugh recently accomplished a life list dream of mountain biking the entire 500-mile Colorado Trail from Durango to Denver. His latest book is Fire Your Boss: Discover Work You Love Without Quitting Your Job. @aarondmchugh

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