Colorado Springs Journals

CO Springs - Natural Beauty and Human Achievement

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An August 1998 trip to Colorado Springs by Houdini2

Garden of the Gods Photo, Colorado Springs, Colorado More Photos
Quote: Colorado Springs (CS) was to be the precursor for a week in Vail. In many ways, our time in CS won the hearts and minds of us all. CS added greatly to our vacation. In only five days, we took in a lot! Come on in and share our experiences.

Howard Johnson Colorado Springs

Hotel | "Red Roof Inn"

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This particular Red Roof Inn was especially nice. It was well maintained, clean, and the staff was well trained. The Inn had a nice outdoor pool and great views of Pikes Peak. The Inn also offered a complimentary continental breakfast daily. We stayed in one of the suites, which provided adequate room for us to make a home base for our time in CO Springs. The Inn was conveniently located to many of the local attractions: Focus on the Family--1 mile United States Air Force Academy--9 miles Olympic Training Center--12 miles Garden of the Gods--9 miles Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum--12 miles Pike's Peak Cog Ra...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 5, 2003

Howard Johnson Colorado Springs
8280 State Hwy 83
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920
(719) 598-6700

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

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Attraction | "The Royal Gorge"

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park Photo, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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If you have a fear of heights, forget this journal entry, the Royal Gorge is not for you. On the other hand, if you are adventurous and enjoy geology, engineering, trams, trains, the Arkansas River, etc., then a trip to the Royal Gorge is a must. The Royal Gorge is located 12 miles west of Cañon City, CO, on US Highway 50 about an hour from Colorado Springs. Just know that oversized vehicles are not permitted on the bridge. The park is open, weather permitting, from 10am till 4:30pm weekdays and 10am till 5pm weekends and holidays. General admission price for the Park: $18 for adults, $14 for children ages 4 –11, and children under three are free. On weekends and holidays, you get ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 4, 2003

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
4218 County Road 3A
Canon City, Colorado 81215
+1 888 333 5597; +1

US Olympic Complex

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Attraction | "US Olympic Training Center"

US Olympic Complex Photo, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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For the sports enthusiasts in your family, a trip to the US Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs (CS) is a must. The USOTC sits on a former Air Force base and headquarters of the North American Defense Command. Today, the facilities include: a state-of-the-art sports medicine and sport science center and an athlete center, which includes a dining hall and two residence halls. The USOTC is able to provide housing, dining, recreation, and other services for up to 557 coaches and athletes. Being a sports nut myself and having several kids who love sports too, we thoroughly enjoyed our time at the center. As we were touring, we ran across man...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 4, 2003

US Olympic Complex
One Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909
+1 719 578 4618

US Air Force Academy

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US Air Force Academy Photo, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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A visit to the US Air Force Academy can impact a person in many ways. For instance our family (Mom, dad, and four kids ages 8, 11, 14, and 17) liked our visit for a variety of reasons, so here’s a few perspectives. ”The surrounding mountains and the grounds of the campus are so incredibly pretty, wow, who wouldn’t want to go to school here?” ”This place is so incredibly clean, I wonder who makes everything sparkle?” ”The Chapel is one of the most unique and gorgeous buildings that I have ever seen, no less been in.” ”I’m not so sure I would like to march around in uniforms, doing those routine drills, getting yelled at because I turned the wrong way or marched out of ste...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 4, 2003

US Air Force Academy
4102 Pinion Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80840
+1 719 333 8723

Pikes Peak Cog Railway

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Pikes Peak Cog Railway Photo, Manitou Springs, Colorado
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Since 1891, the Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway (the world's highest cog railroad, the highest Colorado railroad AND highest train in the United States) has taken passengers to the 14,110' summit of Pikes Peak.Just six miles from downtown Colorado Springs, this classic Colorado train trip is open from mid April through December. The round trip from the railway station in Manitou Springs to the summit of Pikes Peak and back will cost you about $27 per adult and $14 per child (3-11 years). All major credit cards, travelers checks, and cash are accepted. You can read the history and all about the cog railway on the their website, so I won't bore you w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 4, 2003

Pikes Peak Cog Railway
515 Ruxton Avenue Po Box 351
Manitou Springs, Colorado 80829
(719) 685-5401

Garden of the Gods

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Attraction | "The Garden of the Gods"

Garden of the Gods Photo, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Pike's Peak are the towering sandstone-rock formations that make up the Garden of the Gods. This area provides visitors a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while taking in the impressive scenery. There are hiking and mountain-biking trails, as well as opportunities for rock climbing. There is a visitor center located here, which offers a multimedia presentation. There are also hands-on exhibits explaining the history and geology of the park, and 30-minute presentations (on subjects such as area wildlife) take place throughout the day. The garden is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Though you can see a lot of be...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 4, 2003

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

Focus on the Family

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Focus on the Family Photo, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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If you have ever heard of Dr. James Dobson, Focus on the Family, or have children who grew up listening to the radio dramas Adventures in Odyssey, be sure to take some time to visit Focus on the Family’s headquarters in Colorado Springs. Focus on the Family began in 1977 in response to Dr. James Dobson's increasing concern for the American family, and since that time, it has grown into one of the most well respected and largest family-friendly organizations in the world. You can learn all about its mission, guiding principles, history, and scope of the organization by going to its website: www.family.org. You will want to begin yo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 5, 2003

Focus on the Family
8685 Explorer Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80995