In Colorado Springs, our stunning natural landscape and endless number of outdoor activities easily weave into all aspects of everyday life — from work, to home, to family. Here, it is commonplace to find active residents immersed in nature, whether they are hitting the trails over a lunch break or heading into the Rocky Mountains for a weekend refresh.
With iconic attractions that can’t be found anywhere else, and hundreds of acres of spectacular trails and parks to explore, Colorado Springs offers an entirely unique lifestyle no matter the season.
Colorado Springs is a playground for outdoor adventurers. Camping, biking, hiking and fishing are all standard summer fare. Rock climbing, white-water rafting and other extreme sports are also popular with locals who seek an adrenaline rush. In the winter months, skiing, fat-biking and snowshoeing reign. Residents take advantage of being only a 2-3 hour drive from many of the state’s popular ski resorts, often with less traffic than from other cities. Rocky Mountain National Park and Great Sand Dunes National Park, both a few hours’ drive from the area, also each make for an unforgettable getaway. Because snow melts quickly, and temperatures can rise into the 60’s during the winter season, most outdoor activities in Colorado Springs can be taken advantage of year-round.
One of the region’s most utilized recreational features is America’s Mountain, Pikes Peak. Residents enjoy the luxury of having this alpine treasure right in their backyard whenever they’re in the mood to hike, bike, drive or train on its 14,115 ft. incline. No matter the route, the views from the peak’s summit that inspired “America the Beautiful” never lose their luster.
In stark contrast to the Rockies’ snow-capped peaks, Garden of the Gods Park — the number-one ranked municipal park in the country — presents a striking expanse of 300 foot-high red sandstone rock creations. Because it’s free to the public, residents have access to this National Natural Landmark and its abundance of recreational opportunities 365 days a year. The park plays host to a bounty of activities, from running and rock-climbing, to mountain biking, racing and photography, which allows residents to live out their passions in a breathtaking landscape worthy of its saintly name.
For serious high-altitude action, the Manitou Incline plays a primary role in keeping residents’ hearts healthy. Reopened after renovations in 2014, the Manitou Incline now serves as a popular training spot. The 1-mile, 2,000 foot incline challenges locals ranging from marathon runners to rescue professionals in full gear, or anyone looking for the ultimate leg workout bragging rights.
For families, Colorado Springs boasts a variety of year-round activities. From downtown Manitou Springs, which offers an artistic vibe in a relaxed mountain setting, to the Sunday Market in downtown Colorado Springs, there are many ways to reset after the work week. In the winter months, families flock to the popular downtown outdoor ice rink which is a favorite holiday tradition.
The region is also home to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the only mountain zoo in the country. With 146 scenic acres of exhibits, including the largest giraffe herd in any zoo, and a variety of educational programs, it’s easy to see why this local gem consistently ranks as one of the best zoos in the world.