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Garden of the Gods is such a beautiful place! Enjoy the majesty of the Red Rocks and learn about the history of the formations by visiting the Visitors Center! The Garden of the Gods Park is a registered National Natural Landmark in Colorado Springs. The park's famous red rocks formed millions of years ago due to upheavals in the earth's surface and erosion. The rocks are conglomerates of red, pink, and white sandstones and limestone. Winter Hours: 9 am – 5 pm Summer Hours: 8 am – 7 pm Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Day Learn more by visiting https://gardenofgods.com/
Garden of Gods
Garden of the Gods is such a beautiful place! Enjoy the majesty of the Red Rocks and learn about the history of the formations by visiting the Visitors Center! The Garden of the Gods Park is a registered National Natural Landmark in Colorado Springs. The park's famous red rocks formed millions of years ago due to upheavals in the earth's surface and erosion. The rocks are conglomerates of red, pink, and white sandstones and limestone. Winter Hours: 9 am – 5 pm Summer Hours: 8 am – 7 pm Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Day Learn more by visiting https://gardenofgods.com/
Did you know you can tour The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee? If you are lucky, you can see some of our Olympians training while they are in Colorado Springs! Winter Tour Hours (Aug. 15 – May 31) Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Winter tours start each hour. The final tour departs at 4 p.m. Learn more about tours, hours and the training facility at the following link: https://www.teamusa.org/about-the-usopc/olympic-paralympic-training-centers/csoptc/tours The Visitor Center will be closed on Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Day.
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U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center
1 Olympic Plaza
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Did you know you can tour The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee? If you are lucky, you can see some of our Olympians training while they are in Colorado Springs! Winter Tour Hours (Aug. 15 – May 31) Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Winter tours start each hour. The final tour departs at 4 p.m. Learn more about tours, hours and the training facility at the following link: https://www.teamusa.org/about-the-usopc/olympic-paralympic-training-centers/csoptc/tours The Visitor Center will be closed on Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Love wolves? If so, the Colorado Wildlife Wolf Center is a great place to visit! The tours are about 45 minutes and a super easy walk - you can pick from multiple types of tours and learn about wolves. A definite must if you have time! One of my favorite places!
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
4729 Twin Rocks Road
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Love wolves? If so, the Colorado Wildlife Wolf Center is a great place to visit! The tours are about 45 minutes and a super easy walk - you can pick from multiple types of tours and learn about wolves. A definite must if you have time! One of my favorite places!
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The Broadmoor Seven Falls
Lake Avenue
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I haven't been yet - but I hear the zoo is AMAZING! At Christmas time, they have lights and decorations hung up! I've seen pictures, looks amazing. Get a birds-eye view of the city while you also see some feathered friends up-close and personal. Get to know countless species of birds, mammals and reptiles on the side of Cheyenne Mountain. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo also boasts the largest reticulated giraffe heard.
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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd
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I haven't been yet - but I hear the zoo is AMAZING! At Christmas time, they have lights and decorations hung up! I've seen pictures, looks amazing. Get a birds-eye view of the city while you also see some feathered friends up-close and personal. Get to know countless species of birds, mammals and reptiles on the side of Cheyenne Mountain. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo also boasts the largest reticulated giraffe heard.
Summit the 14,115-feet of the mountain that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write America the Beautiful. Drive, hike or bike your way up this beloved landmark and enjoy views usually reserved for the heavens.
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Pico Pikes
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Summit the 14,115-feet of the mountain that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write America the Beautiful. Drive, hike or bike your way up this beloved landmark and enjoy views usually reserved for the heavens.
Strap in and soar across the Royal Gorge on the countries highest zip line. Hold on tight as you take in 360-degree views of the Arkansas River, 1000 feet below you. Don't look down doesn't apply here.
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Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
4218 Co Rd 3A
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Strap in and soar across the Royal Gorge on the countries highest zip line. Hold on tight as you take in 360-degree views of the Arkansas River, 1000 feet below you. Don't look down doesn't apply here.
Colorado Springs party bus. Food & drink tours and themed bar crawls. Public events & private party bus rentals.
Local Motion Productions Inc
4815 Spanish Heights
Colorado Springs party bus. Food & drink tours and themed bar crawls. Public events & private party bus rentals.
Glen Eyrie Castle was the home of town founder and Civil War here, General William Jackson Palmer. The Castle is a now a retreat center that offers lodging for guests throughout the year. It is such a spectacular location, vivid green grass, a wild herd of Bighorn Sheep that roam the area (Colorado’s state mammal) and it’s nestled right next to Garden of the Gods Park. Offered year-round, the high teas are held on the patio overlooking the grounds on nice days and held inside the castle during cooler weather.
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Glen Eyrie Castle
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Glen Eyrie Castle was the home of town founder and Civil War here, General William Jackson Palmer. The Castle is a now a retreat center that offers lodging for guests throughout the year. It is such a spectacular location, vivid green grass, a wild herd of Bighorn Sheep that roam the area (Colorado’s state mammal) and it’s nestled right next to Garden of the Gods Park. Offered year-round, the high teas are held on the patio overlooking the grounds on nice days and held inside the castle during cooler weather.
Miramont Castle Museum was constructed in 1895 as a private home, but throughout the 1900s was used in many other capacities. Today Miramont is dedicated to preserving the heritage of Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak region. Miramont has four floors (each of which opens onto ground level) with just over 14,000 square feet. It is constructed of now-rare hand-quarried greenstone, and features 30 rooms, nine styles of architecture, five fireplaces, and a lovely Victorian garden. Available year-round, guests can enjoy High Tea, Light Victorian Tea or lunch. Reservations are required for the teas and strongly recommended for lunch. Walk-ins are welcome if space is available. Call 719.884.4109 for reservations, hours and availability. Summer hours are daily 11 am - 3 pm with winter hours running Tue-Sun from 11 am - 3 pm.
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Miramont Castle
9 Capitol Hill Avenue
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Miramont Castle Museum was constructed in 1895 as a private home, but throughout the 1900s was used in many other capacities. Today Miramont is dedicated to preserving the heritage of Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak region. Miramont has four floors (each of which opens onto ground level) with just over 14,000 square feet. It is constructed of now-rare hand-quarried greenstone, and features 30 rooms, nine styles of architecture, five fireplaces, and a lovely Victorian garden. Available year-round, guests can enjoy High Tea, Light Victorian Tea or lunch. Reservations are required for the teas and strongly recommended for lunch. Walk-ins are welcome if space is available. Call 719.884.4109 for reservations, hours and availability. Summer hours are daily 11 am - 3 pm with winter hours running Tue-Sun from 11 am - 3 pm.
Neighborhoods
Enjoy amazing restaurants, fun shops and local bars just blocks away! Old Colorado City was founded in 1859 and was the original capitol of the Colorado territory. It's an easy walk from the house (or an inexpensive Uber / Lyft ride!) and a fun way to spend a day!
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Old Colorado City
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Enjoy amazing restaurants, fun shops and local bars just blocks away! Old Colorado City was founded in 1859 and was the original capitol of the Colorado territory. It's an easy walk from the house (or an inexpensive Uber / Lyft ride!) and a fun way to spend a day!
Another super fun neighborhood to visit! Great shops, bars and restaurants within walking distance of each other. Manitou Springs is only 3.5 miles from the house and there is free parking just as you pull into Manitou, or you can easily get an Uber / Lyft for less than $10 (on a good day!) https://manitousprings.org/ Manitou Springs boasts 7 natural springs full of amazing minerals - bring a few bottles of water and fill up on the amazing goodness! More details can be found here: http://manitoumineralsprings.org/
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Manitou Springs
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Another super fun neighborhood to visit! Great shops, bars and restaurants within walking distance of each other. Manitou Springs is only 3.5 miles from the house and there is free parking just as you pull into Manitou, or you can easily get an Uber / Lyft for less than $10 (on a good day!) https://manitousprings.org/ Manitou Springs boasts 7 natural springs full of amazing minerals - bring a few bottles of water and fill up on the amazing goodness! More details can be found here: http://manitoumineralsprings.org/
There are some great restaurants downtown Colorado Springs, and some nice little shops! (though the shops in Old Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs are more fun!!) Downtown Colorado Springs is very safe, but parking can be a challenge sometimes, so definitely consider Uber / Lyft to get there and back.
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Colorado Springs
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There are some great restaurants downtown Colorado Springs, and some nice little shops! (though the shops in Old Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs are more fun!!) Downtown Colorado Springs is very safe, but parking can be a challenge sometimes, so definitely consider Uber / Lyft to get there and back.
Old mining town that boasts wild donkeys strolling randomly around town and a casino. Don't go for the food or beer though, but pretty neat little town!
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Cripple Creek
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Old mining town that boasts wild donkeys strolling randomly around town and a casino. Don't go for the food or beer though, but pretty neat little town!
Dog Friendly Breweries & Taphouses
Dogs allowed INSIDE & OUTSIDE
Love beer, bar food and your dog? Pub Dog is a must visit then! Dogs are allowed inside, outside, and on the patio (inside / patio dogs must be leashed) and its a fun, friendly atmosphere! Your dog will love meeting other pups to play with in a safe, controlled environment! Let your pup play while you sip on your favorite beverage!
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Pub Dog Colorado
2207 Bott Ave
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Love beer, bar food and your dog? Pub Dog is a must visit then! Dogs are allowed inside, outside, and on the patio (inside / patio dogs must be leashed) and its a fun, friendly atmosphere! Your dog will love meeting other pups to play with in a safe, controlled environment! Let your pup play while you sip on your favorite beverage!
Super dog friendly and very tasty beer. The atmosphere is fun and relaxed, albeit small. Craft brewery pouring small-batch beer in a spartan space featuring barrel-shaped chairs.
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Storybook Brewing
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Super dog friendly and very tasty beer. The atmosphere is fun and relaxed, albeit small. Craft brewery pouring small-batch beer in a spartan space featuring barrel-shaped chairs.
Tiny but mighty! Very dog friendly atmosphere, and SUPER close to the house! Fossil is within walking distance of the house - about 4 blocks, less than 10 minutes! It's a small, very quaint DOG FRIENDLY brewery that allows your pup to come inside with you! The beers are tasty, the atmosphere is good, and is right next door to Rudy's BBQ. So if you are hungry and the food trucks are not there, you can swing next door for some Texas BBQ!
Fossil Craft Beer Company
2845 Ore Mill Rd
Tiny but mighty! Very dog friendly atmosphere, and SUPER close to the house! Fossil is within walking distance of the house - about 4 blocks, less than 10 minutes! It's a small, very quaint DOG FRIENDLY brewery that allows your pup to come inside with you! The beers are tasty, the atmosphere is good, and is right next door to Rudy's BBQ. So if you are hungry and the food trucks are not there, you can swing next door for some Texas BBQ!
Lost Friends is one of the newer breweries in town - and one of the most dog friendly! You can have your dog inside with you or outside on the patio. The atmosphere is fun and relaxing and they always have a food truck available for good eats! It's about 20 minutes from the house by car.
Lost Friend Brewing Company
2458 Montebello Square Dr
Lost Friends is one of the newer breweries in town - and one of the most dog friendly! You can have your dog inside with you or outside on the patio. The atmosphere is fun and relaxing and they always have a food truck available for good eats! It's about 20 minutes from the house by car.
Fun atmosphere, and very good beer. Dogs allowed inside and out at both locations: - 660 Peterson Road - 3352 Templeton Gap
Dueces Wild Brewery
660 Peterson Road
Fun atmosphere, and very good beer. Dogs allowed inside and out at both locations: - 660 Peterson Road - 3352 Templeton Gap
Located in Woodland Park, Bierworks allows dogs both inside and outside. It's a nice stop after hiking in the area, but otherwise, the food is a bit lacking and there aren't a lot of beer options.
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BierWerks
121 East Midland Avenue
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Located in Woodland Park, Bierworks allows dogs both inside and outside. It's a nice stop after hiking in the area, but otherwise, the food is a bit lacking and there aren't a lot of beer options.
Peaks N Pines Brewery
4005 Tutt Blvd
Local Breweries (Dog Friendly Outside Only)
Dogs are allowed outside on the patio.
If you are a big fan of craft beers - you'll love Goat Patch! It's located in an old elementary school, Lincoln Elementary, and has a very fun, welcoming atmosphere! They always have food trucks and there is a nice restaurant next door that serves delicious flat bread pizzas and other yummy snacks that they will deliver to you at the brewery!
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Goat Patch Brewing Company
2727 N Cascade Ave
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If you are a big fan of craft beers - you'll love Goat Patch! It's located in an old elementary school, Lincoln Elementary, and has a very fun, welcoming atmosphere! They always have food trucks and there is a nice restaurant next door that serves delicious flat bread pizzas and other yummy snacks that they will deliver to you at the brewery!
Super cool atmosphere located in a converted elementary school, Ivywild Elementary. They have a full kitchen. Lots of room on the patio for you and your furry friend.
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Bristol Brewing Company
1604 South Cascade Avenue
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Super cool atmosphere located in a converted elementary school, Ivywild Elementary. They have a full kitchen. Lots of room on the patio for you and your furry friend.
Very nice patio with a fireplace outside. They also have a wonderful and super tasty menu!
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Colorado Mountain Brewery at the Roundhouse
600 South 21st Street
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Very nice patio with a fireplace outside. They also have a wonderful and super tasty menu!
Women-owned, with a Day of the Dead theme! Super good beer and a great little atmosphere. Dogs may be allowed inside - not sure.
Atrevida Beer Company
204 Mt View Ln
Women-owned, with a Day of the Dead theme! Super good beer and a great little atmosphere. Dogs may be allowed inside - not sure.
Decent food, decent service - but they have a huge beer menu of their own beers, some guest taps, but it's a pretty cool atmosphere. If you like sours, this is a good brewery to go to.
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Trinity Brewing
1466 West Garden of the Gods Road
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Decent food, decent service - but they have a huge beer menu of their own beers, some guest taps, but it's a pretty cool atmosphere. If you like sours, this is a good brewery to go to.
Nice menu, beer is tasty - and you can have your pup outside on the front patio. They also have a very large pool hall if you like playing pool.
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Phantom Canyon Brewing Company
2 East Pikes Peak Avenue
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Nice menu, beer is tasty - and you can have your pup outside on the front patio. They also have a very large pool hall if you like playing pool.
Great beer, super good food - service is always pretty mediocre, but if you are a patient person, it's worth the visit.
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Cerberus Brewing Company
702 W Colorado Ave
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Great beer, super good food - service is always pretty mediocre, but if you are a patient person, it's worth the visit.
Hot Springs
If you enjoy hot springs, this one is a must! Mt Princeton is about 1 1/2 hours from the house, but the drive is beautiful and the soak is well worth it if you have the time! You can soak in one of the pools, or an easy short scramble to sit in the hot springs in the river. Beautiful views and one of the most relaxing things ever!
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Mt Princeton Hot Springs Resort
15870 County Road 162
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If you enjoy hot springs, this one is a must! Mt Princeton is about 1 1/2 hours from the house, but the drive is beautiful and the soak is well worth it if you have the time! You can soak in one of the pools, or an easy short scramble to sit in the hot springs in the river. Beautiful views and one of the most relaxing things ever!
Don't have time to go for a long drive to sit in some hot springs? Then Sun Water Spa just may be the right answer! Just 3 miles from the house, you can soak for about $25 for 2 hours in tubs that pipe in hot spring water. Enjoy the sitting in soothing hot springs and watch the stars in the evening! They also offer massages and yoga classes!
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SunWater Spa
514 El Paso Blvd
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Don't have time to go for a long drive to sit in some hot springs? Then Sun Water Spa just may be the right answer! Just 3 miles from the house, you can soak for about $25 for 2 hours in tubs that pipe in hot spring water. Enjoy the sitting in soothing hot springs and watch the stars in the evening! They also offer massages and yoga classes!
Hiking
The Paint Mines are about 45 min drive from the house, but well worth it! Enjoy white, pink, yellow hoodoos and what nature and wind has created! Not much else out there, but it's an amazingly beautiful hike!
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Paint Mines Interpretive Park
29950 Paint Mine Road
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The Paint Mines are about 45 min drive from the house, but well worth it! Enjoy white, pink, yellow hoodoos and what nature and wind has created! Not much else out there, but it's an amazingly beautiful hike!
Scenic views and hikes range from easy to hard.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park Visitor Center
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Scenic views and hikes range from easy to hard.
Red Rock Canyon Open Space is a 1,474-acre city park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is situated on the west side of the city, adjacent to Manitou Springs and south of U.S. Route 24. Red Rock Open space is located 0.2 miles from the house! https://redrockcanyonopenspace.org/
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Red Rock Canyon Open Space
3550 West High Street
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Red Rock Canyon Open Space is a 1,474-acre city park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is situated on the west side of the city, adjacent to Manitou Springs and south of U.S. Route 24. Red Rock Open space is located 0.2 miles from the house! https://redrockcanyonopenspace.org/
So many nice hikes! Dogs are allowed on all trails, but they can be off-leash on Yucca Flats, and must be leashed on all other hikes. Templeton Trail is definitely worth the time, super pretty with amazing rock formations.
Palmer Park leash-free dog trails
So many nice hikes! Dogs are allowed on all trails, but they can be off-leash on Yucca Flats, and must be leashed on all other hikes. Templeton Trail is definitely worth the time, super pretty with amazing rock formations.
Food scene
Great place for brunch! They have amazing green chile and the BIGGEST cinnamon roll ever! So worth the visit. On a nice day, dogs are always welcome on the patio.
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Mountain Shadows Restaurant
2223 Colorado Avenue
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Great place for brunch! They have amazing green chile and the BIGGEST cinnamon roll ever! So worth the visit. On a nice day, dogs are always welcome on the patio.
Delicious BBQ! Fun atmosphere. On Wednesdays, they always have live music and it's a blast to go!
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Front Range Barbeque
2330 West Colorado Avenue
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Delicious BBQ! Fun atmosphere. On Wednesdays, they always have live music and it's a blast to go!
So delicious!
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Four by Brother Luck
321 N Tejon St
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So delicious!
Personally, I think this is the best burger in town! Old fire station with lots of charm and great service!
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N3 Taphouse
817 Colorado Ave
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Personally, I think this is the best burger in town! Old fire station with lots of charm and great service!