It’s no secret that Colorado Springs is an ideal location for explorers to stay active and healthy while discovering the city’s stunning landscapes during our unbeatable 300 days of sunshine—even in the winter months. Activities like skiing, fat-biking, snowshoeing, and trips to Pikes Peak dominate the season, leaving residents and visitors alike craving snow year-round. Ranked among Outside Magazine’s “Cities That Will Be the Next Dream Outdoor Hubs”, Colorado Springs offers an amalgam of outdoor activities and big-city amenities to accommodate all kinds of lifestyles. Coming in at number 13, New York Times recently included Colorado Springs in their “52 Places to Go in 2020” roundup mentioning the renovated Broadmoor and the zero-energy Pikes Peak Summit Complex as major attractions. Thanks to the city’s endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, it’s not a hard decision to spend time in Colorado Springs.
Discovering an active lifestyle locally
Whether you like to get out and explore or simply take in outstanding views, Colorado Springs has an activity for everyone at arm’s reach. The heart of downtown boasts many opportunities to live an active lifestyle, including CityROCK—a theater turned climbing gym with a full fitness center and yoga studio. This indoor playground is perfect for Colorado’s colder days and features no shortage of fun activities to keep you moving during the winter months. What better way to warm up than an indoor hub of adventure?
The Red Rock Canyon Open Space is a great way for residents to enjoy Colorado Springs’ environment and fresh air. Situated on the west side of the city, adjacent to Manitou Springs, this 1,474-acre city park offers numerous winding trails ideal for winter hiking, as well as a large off-leash area for four-legged-family members. If you’re all about breathtaking views, The Broadmoor Seven Falls in South Cheyenne Cañon is home to no less than seven cascading waterfalls leading to dramatic landscapes. But that’s only the beginning—enjoy hiking trails and shops for a jam-packed day of activities for the whole family.
When it comes to discovering hidden gems, Colorado Springs has you covered with the Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Gather your friends for a thrilling day of crawling, climbing, and walking through wet and muddy passages. The activities are never-ending with caving lessons, lantern tours, zip lines, and more fun to satisfy all ages and interests.
Promoting healthy living across communities
Not only does Colorado Springs play hard outdoors, but we also focus on advocating for an active, well-rounded lifestyle. The Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance (PPORA) is on a mission to promote Colorado Springs’ outdoor recreation assets to help shape the future of the Pikes Peak region. Additionally, the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region helps immensely with strengthening the community and guiding people to live healthier lives.
Colorado Springs bares the nickname “Olympic City USA“ for a reason, boasting a rich history of athleticism and national pride. Home to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee Headquarters, Colorado Springs recognizes the feats of professional athletes and coaches from around the globe. The natural training grounds and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum contain enough achievement and historical influence to impact educational, medical, technological, and cultural communities around the city. You can even take a tour of the Olympic proportions to learn more about the facilities and get inspired.
Winding down from your adventures
After an active day, it’s only natural to top it all off with a plate of food and a refreshing beverage. Formerly an elementary school, Ivywild School has found new life as a bustling food hall and brewery – an ideal spot to refresh from a long hike under the sun. If you have a hankering for a pint, Reg Leg Brewery is a lively, veteran-owned brewery with plenty of games and events, such as Seltzer Sundays. Or maybe you’re looking for a more stylish night out; Brooklyn’s on Boulder Street is a speakeasy-style cocktail bar with an array of posh drinks to satisfy even the most complex of palates. Either way, it’s important to take that time to unwind after a long day exploring beautiful Colorado Springs.
Looking to lead an active lifestyle and be surrounded by like-minded people? Colorado Springs is for you! Our communities have no shortage of activities to keep health and wellness front and center all year long. Contact us to learn more about living, working, and being active in Colorado Springs.