A Stroll Through Old Colorado City

Step onto the streets of the west-side local biz hub, where you'll find an eclectic mix of Wild West ethos, fine to funky galleries, souvenir kitsch and chef-driven dining hot spots.

Illustration map of Old Colorado City
Illustration by Tanya Shaw Jeffrey

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Once the original capital of the Colorado Territory, now it’s a local biz hub. Old Colorado City thrives on an eclectic mix of Wild West ethos, fine to funky galleries, souvenir kitsch and chef-driven dining hot spots. Check out these highlights.

1. Front Range Barbecue
Tangy ’cue, lots of live music and a consistently creative rotation of 10 craft beer taps keep FRB a rollicking OCC hot spot.


2. Simpich Showcase
Since 1953, the Simpich family has been handcrafting character dolls and marionettes. Now the real-life Gepetto, David Simpich, brings them to life in intimate theater productions.

 3. Jives Coffee Lounge
Everything you want in a local coffeehouse: exposed brick, vibrant art, live music, creative caffeine and a full-wall view of leafy Bancroft Park.

4. Sun Mountain Café
The mountain-chic gastropub is a newer kid on the block, blending forward flavors with Colorado comfort food. Go for the goat cheese nachos.

You can feel the love in this authentic Ethiopian eatery—love for the culture of Chef Maya Hetman’s homeland and for the experience of dropping pretense and sharing a delicious meal with your fingers.

shopping street scene Old Colorado City
Photo courtesy of Old Colorado City Association

6. Hunter-Wolff Gallery
The long-time fine arts leader showcases a wide variety of artists and mediums, from oils and pastels to glass, ceramics and standout sculpture.

7. Pizzeria Rustica
The noteworthy pizzas are truly handcrafted, but the upstairs Enoteca Rustica takes the concept to another level with chef-owner Jay Gust’s small plate masterpieces ala sister restaurant Tapateria (Thursdays through Saturdays).

8. Colorado City Creamery
Handmaking premium ice cream for 37 years. Try the Pikes Peak Trail for a local spin on rocky road.

9. Lorig’s Western Wear
Need a real cowboy hat, boots or upscale Western suit? Lorig’s has been the source since 1932. Before that, the Lorig family sold dry goods to mining camps and Indian trading posts.

10. Jake and Telly’s Greek Taverna
Belly up to the bar in the middle of this lively, authentic institution, and you’re likely to find yourself shooting ouzo and shouting Opa! with one of the eponymous chef-owners. Ask for a Greek wine recommendation.

11. Chavez Art Gallery
Kris and Liese Chavez blend funky, interactive touches to showcase their whimsically surreal painting and jewelry. Press the framed doorbell on the wall for a magic trick, origami creation or sage advice.

Upcoming in the Old Colorado City

Christmas Stroll: Nov. 26, Strolling carolers and holiday deals. Bonus: you support local biz.

Santa’s Cabin: Nov. 26, Pictures with Santa in Bancroft Park.

Find more events at shopoldcoloradocity.com