Colorado Springs Journals

The Foot of the Rockies

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A travel journal to Colorado Springs by Tate

Quote: Here's an insider's view of the best places to check out on a trip to Colorado Springs, CO -- from someone who lived there for four years.

The Foot of the Rockies

Overview

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A few highlights of Colorado Springs: go to a CC Tigers hockey game, a Sky Sox baseball game, check out Garden of the Gods, hike Pike's Peak, eat a meal at the Broadmoore, try and get your picture on the wall at Mountain Shadows, or just sit in a park and watch the sun set over the Rockies

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Best Way To Get Around:

Public transportation here is terrible, and walking is out of the question because the town is physically huge. You'll have to drive or take a taxi.

Broadmoor

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Hotel | "The Broadmoor"

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The Broadmoor is one of the nicest hotels in the Western United States. Period. You could stay for a month at motel six for the same price as 2 days at the Broadmoor, which I find a little absurd, but it's still worth visiting for dessert of an all you can eat breakfast buffet, or for a walk around the grounds. The Broadmoor is mostly a golfing resort built around a little lake and surrounded by greens. The insides of the hotel are immaculate, and the food is superb. Since I've never had an extra hundred dollars to drop on dinner, I haven't eaten a full meal there, but on special ocassionas I have been known to go to dessert or breakfast at the Broadmoor. Dessert: Yum...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 10, 2000

Broadmoor
One Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906
(719) 634-7711

Mountain Shadows Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Mountain Shadows"

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Normally, I wouldn't say anyone should bother going here, but if you're goal oriented or like doing bizarre things, here's a good little-known place with quite a history. Mountain Shadows. On their menu, there's caption below the pancakes: eat 3 and you're immortalized with a picture on their wall and a free t-shirt (sized XXL). Easy enough, right? I figured I'd try it one day after skiing. I was up for some nighttime pancakes, so I stopped in there with some friends. We were hungrier than we'd ever been. I ordered three pancakes -- how hard could it be, right? 'Yes, I'd like three pancakes, please.' She told me I didn't know what I was getti...Read More

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Mountain Shadows Restaurant
2223 W Colorado Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904
(719) 633-2122

Garden of the Gods

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Attraction

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If you're in Colorado Springs, by all means, you have to stop at the Garden. GOG is literally one of the most bizarre geological formations in all of Colorado, and rightfully so. Here's the deal: There was a lot of sandy deposit, and then some more and some more. Over the years, it was smashed into sandstone, and then some sort of uplift occured, so this entire horizontal layer of sand was now a vertical layer of sand. As time passed, the softer sand eroded away until what you see at the Garden was left over: the hardest of the hard sand layers, sticking straight up in the air, up to 400 feet. What's even more bizarre is that these plates are sometimes as narrow as 6 feet! It lo...Read More

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Garden of the Gods
1805 North 30th Street
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904
(719) 634-6666

Colorado College Hockey

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Attraction | "Tigers Hockey"

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Tigers Hockey is an event. Colorado College is a tiny liberal arts college set in the heart of Colorado Springs, part of El Paso County. El Paso County is the fourth most Republican county in the entire nation. This says something about the relationships between the townfolk and the college kids. However, all differences are set aside during the hockey season, because Colorado College is home to one of the very best collegiate hockey teams in the entire nation. In 1995, my freshman year, we lost by one point in overtime in the NCAA finals to a school with 20 times as many students. Not too shabby! The players are excellent, and usually wind up being signed to major N...Read More

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Colorado College Hockey
14 East Cache La Poudre St (office)
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
+1 719 389 6475

St Mary's Falls/Captain Jacks/Chutes

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Attraction

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Here's one of the best mountain bike rides in Colorado Springs, which is famous for great biking. May I remind you that the Olympic Training Center is in the town, so there are lots of professional cyclists all over everywhere. Begin your ride anywhere, and go to Cheyanne Canyon. It's a steep uphill grunt, probably will take between 20 and 40 minutes depending on your fitness, to get to the parking lot at the top. From there, follow a fire road straight towards Pike's Peak and loop it around until you go up and over a tunnel. Directly after the tunnel, veer off to the right and follow a single track up about 2 or 3 miles till you get to a huge waterfall -- St. Mary's Falls. Turn ar...Read More

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St Mary's Falls/Captain Jacks/Chutes
Top of Cheyanne Canyon
Colorado Springs, Colorado