Colorado Springs Journals

Rock Gardens of the Gods

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A travel journal to Colorado Springs by El Gallo

The Karate Kid Memorial Photo, Colorado Springs, Colorado More Photos
Quote: Back in the fifties, Colorado Springs was probably the coolest town in the country. The incredible setting betwen mountain and plain, the great climate, the small-town feel ameliorated by world-class attractions at the Broadmoor, the wide, tree-lined streets, the clean, bracing air--it was paradise. These days it's grown, been "improved" and continued to draw tourists--but it's still one of the spectacular spots in the country.

Rock Gardens of the Gods

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Overview

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There are a lot of Colorado Springs city parks that would be National Parks anywhere else. Garden of the Gods to name only one. There is a ski slope in town. You can do some very challenging climbing in town, mountain bike in town, ride horses (both equestrienne and rodeo) in town, skate on the most famous athletic rink in the world. You can also visit the Olympic Training Center, the Ice Skating Hall of Fame, the Rodeo Museum. Or just rock around the Garden of the Gods, the canyons up towards Pike's Peak, or the Front Range Road seen up above town to really get a hot hit of the rockies. All without leaving the comforts of a nice town. Quick Tips: The nicest parts of town ...Read More

Broadmoor

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Hotel | "The Broadmoor"

Broadmoor Photo, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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During my High School years (Wasson High 66, Go Thunderbirds, etc.) there were three Abercrombie and Fitch stores in the country--New York, San Francisco, and the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. Since then 'Abercrombies' has devolved into a slightly snottier Gap, but the Broadmoor is still the dowager of the West, as impeccably and obsessively elegant as in the days when the Cripple Creek goldfields gave 'Cattlerattle Springs' more millionaires per capita than any place in the world, yet gracious welcoming of all comers. The Broadmoor is a lot more than just a hotel. It hosts the Bob Hope golf classic. It has its own lake, which Maxfield Parrish moved around to the front when ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2000

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

Michel's

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Restaurant

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When I was in High School, there was a basic litmus test guys had to pass on a date: you either took a girl to Michel's for dessert or you didn't. There was no business in town that so dominated its socio-economic niche; and that niche was luxuriant desserts. Today Michel's is still there, a half block off Acacia park, and still topping off proms and movies and dinners out, like it has since 1952.Apart from a creamy, delicious array of sweets ranging from the tasty to the architectural, Michel's always had a macho challenge going on, a 'Can You Get Around This?' dessert at the top of the food chain. In my day it was the Pikes Peak, but time moves on and now the cream to whip is the "Believe It O...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2000

Michel's
122 N. Tejon
Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 633-5089

The Worst of the Tourist Traps

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The 'uphill' side of town--after Pikes Peak avenue slopes up thorugh Colorado City to Manitou Springs--is crammed with a nutso swarm of tacky tourist traps, most of which are flat-out fakes. Why visitors to this spectacular and dramatic region would need these cheezy sideshows is a mystery: why they would have to be faked in the face of the bedrock integrity of the mountains probably says something negative about our whole species. The 'Cliff Dwellings' are a Mesa Verde knock-off built in 1906 and featuring generic 'Indian' dancers doing Plains Indians dances. Hey, the real thing is only a few hours drive away. The 'Ghost Town' is even stupider--for one thing it's in...Read More
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The Air Force Academy is a sort of triumph of Jetsons architecture, everything built out of lightweight aircraft materials. If you are into the whole aerospace, Jet Jockey scene (we used to call Cadets 'Sugar Jets', but it was obviously because they beat us out for the girls) there are tours. One sight at Birdland stands out for me, and I would recommend it to any fan of church architecture. The Chapel, that famous row of pointed steel teeth, has a gorgeous interior that can't really be evaluated in photographs. The Jewish Chapel downstairs is cozy and somehow manages to feel sort of traditional in an ultra-modern way, but the real show is the main goyim chapel upstairs under those thrusting ...Read More
The Karate Kid Memorial Photo, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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They built this since my time, when the only thing that put the Springs on the world sporting map was ice skating. Well now they have an entire training center in place (and a good place, when you train at 6000 feet you have that much more edge on the rest of the world--a lesson from the Mexico City games of 1968) and it has even become the headquarters of of the U.S. Olympic Committee (despite a bid and big bribe from Salt Lake City). If you dig the Olympics and couldn't get to Australia, there is always a trace of it going on here--and it's a great place to inspire the kids. You can watch a 90 minute film on the Olympics and take a guided tour of the facilities--all for free. And ...Read More

Garden of the Gods

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The Broadmoor Hotel Photo, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Tourism has always been part of the picture in Colorado Springs, from the very first--so it hasn't deformed things much. And if there were nothing else here but the Garden of the Gods, people would flock here to see it. As it is, it's just the biggest headache for the City Parks Department. The sudden upthrust of the Rockies left the entire front range with huge spires of red sandstone. Down in New Mexico, it gives a name to the Sange de Christo range. Up by Boulder you know it as Red Rocks Amphitheater, the most imposing natural music venue in the country and site of U-2's 'Under a Blood Red Sky' video. Around Colorado Springs the rock spires thrust up all over the place--in Glen...Read More