Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
314 West Bijou St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Phone: (719) 471-8680
Fax: (719) 471-0894
City founder, General William Jackson Palmer, donated this park in 1871 giving it the dubious distinction of being Colorado Spring's first park. Located downtown, it provides a nice lunch respite for brown-bagging business people. A large band shell has live musical entertainment during the summer, and on Monday's the park hosts the ever-popular Farmers Market. Recreational options abound including horseshoe pits, shuffleboard courts and playgrounds for kids. Rest rooms and public telephones are numerous.
Earlier known as the Penrose Equestrian Center, the Norris Penrose Event Center provides recreation and other facilities to the residents and visitors to the Pikes Peak Region. The center has facilities like meeting rooms, banquet halls, a 51,000 squarefoot stadium and catering service. Events like horse shows, circus, and Hunter Jumper Competition takes place at this venue. A perfect venue for hosting business as well as social events.
This alpine school redefines the term of "higher" learning, and, unlike this bad pun, receives strong praise. Well-trained guides can teach you the skills and techniques needed to scale cliffs of ice, ski the back country and mountain climb. Rock climbing lessons, its most popular offering, usually take place on the rocks at Garden of the Gods and are open to all skill levels. Private lessons are given and all equipment is provided. Also popular are guided technical and non-technical Pikes Peak climbs.
If you want to test your angling skills in Colorado's legendary trout waters, but are unsure of where to begin, this fly fishing outfitting company can help. It offers half- and full-day guided trips on private waters and the South Platte River. The guides will not only take you to the home of Larry the Lunker, but also assist in determining what fly pattern to use. Full-day trips include lunch and free use of equipment. The shop itself carries everything from flies to vests.
This 193-acre park offers more recreation and entertainment options than most cruise ships. Besides the usual park offerings of tennis courts, ball fields, jogging paths and picnic shelters, it also offers swimming, fishing and sailing on Prospect Lake, as well as year round ice skating and hockey in the Sertich Ice Center. The park also plays host to the Colorado Balloon Classic and the annual 4th of July Celebration. Picnic shelters can be reserved in advance for family picnics and such.
Conveniently located in Memorial Park, this indoor ice rink offers year round skating. The ice schedule, which changes monthly, includes public skating, figure skating sessions and adult drop-in hockey. Beginners will find it easy to learn how to skate in a rink environment, for the boards are great to cling to while learning how to balance. Lessons for youth hockey players are provided as well. The rink also sponsors special evening skating events such as Family Night and Teen Night. Rental skates are available.
The grace and beauty of figure skating is matched by the grace and beauty of this museum. Recognized as the only center of its kind in the world, it harbors an amazing collection of trophies, medals, skating outfits and programs. There is even a Skate Gallery that exhibits the first skates used 1200 years ago. As a double bonus, the museum also houses the Skating Hall of Fame, featuring plaques and displays of Sonja Henie, Peggy Fleming and Scott Hamilton.
Whatever extreme adventure you seek, you will likely find it at this full-service outdoor activity center. Everything from llama- and horse-back riding to mountain biking, SUV tours and hot air balloon rides are provided by professionals with more than 30 years of experience. The premier hotel in the city, the Broadmoor, uses this company to provide its guests with recreation events. Packages are available for small or large groups, even on an individual basis. In addition to coordinating the activities, the staff will also make arrangements for food and transportation for your party. Reservations are required.
Regardless if you are a seasoned rider or a beginner whose only horse experience was reading Black Velvet, this riding center accommodates all abilities. Riders can choose from one or two hour rides, or during the winter there is also the option for a three-hour perimeter ride. All horse-strolls are guided and wander through and around he Garden of the Gods. Larger groups can arrange in advance for breakfast or dinner rides. Kids must be over eight to ride.
A heavy indicator that this historical center offers an authentic experience can be gauged by the simple fact that it offers sarsaparilla as a beverage. While most such attractions focus on Colorado's "Wild West" days, this center, which is listed on the National Register of Historical Places, underscores the state's homesteading past with renovated buildings, including a Blacksmith shop, and characters in period clothing. Lectures, military re-enactments and a live 1880s baseball game are some of its educational features.
Garden of the Gods is sprawled over 1360 acres (550 hectares). Its unique geological landscape consists of protruding rocks of deep red sandstone. These structures strike a startling contrast against the green swathes of this park. Before embarking on an exploration, a film educates visitors on the geological upheaval of this area, as well as the park's history. One can discover the hidden flora and fauna of this region through nature walks, on a bike or horseback, or by following pathways like the Siamese Twins Trail. Other activities include bird-watching and rock-climbing. One can also engage in interactive exhibits and enjoy refreshments at a café on-site. This pet-friendly venue is also a dog owner's delight.
North Cheyenne Cañon Park is located at the western outskirts of Colorado Springs and is well known for its evergreen expanse of forests, amazing rock formations, waterfalls and wildflowers. The park occupies a total land mass of 1,626 acres which includes the Stratton Open Space. It is a great habitat for wildlife that includes Mountain Lion and Mule Deer. Among the most visited attractions inside the park are the Helen Hunt Falls - a favored camping site and the Starsmore Discovery Center. The center hosts numerous exhibits related to nature and also conducts educational and adventure programs. The North Cheyenne Cañon Park is a perfect place to indulge in nature walks, hiking and other adventurous activities.