If you ever find yourself up in the wee hours in the morning with a rumbling in your belly, noting is better then Albertacos. It is on the corner of Austin Bluffs and Barns. They make the best breakfast burritos in town! One warning, it is not a place to go during the day. I have found that it is only good after a long night of drinking and fun.
Monarch Mountain, Colorado
A beautiful powder mountain great for a Colorado hide-a-way from the crowded resorts. This mountain rocks. Plus its one of the more affordable mountains in Colorado. With typical Colorado rates at $70-100/ticket at places like Aspen and Vail, you can get tickets from $27-49 at Monarch. It's where the locals ski. Great trails, great slopes, and good service. Highly recommended. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A pricey, but cute small cave with some the scenic gems of mineral growth in Colorado. Beautiful overlook of the canyon and rich with history, this rustic cave has a short tour and fun stories to go with it. Alternatively you can do the lantern tour to get a taste of what exploring the cave by lantern was like. While I'm spoiled by famous caves like Carlsbad Caverns ... if you're in the area, its worth a gander if you've got the bucks to spend. I would recommend they drop their prices ... but overall me and my daughter had fun. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Palmer Park is one of the cities most prominent landmarks. It is located right in the heart of the city and provides a wonderful variety of hiking and biking opportunities. The area was donated by General Palmer for the enjoyment of all the citizens way back in the early 1900s.
For additional photos visit the website listed below, or go to www.springsgov.com to get more park information.
The road almost turns to dirt when you arrive at the trailhead for section 16, Bear Creek. This is a good trail, with great views of the city. I biked it, of course, and I must say that it does a lot of 'up' and little flat. Of course, going back it's all downhill. But it is steep, rocky in parts. A good trail had I the energy for it. Recommended. Garden of the Gods is visible in this photo.
This is a great trail, close into the city, easily accessible, and very well maintained. It's all gravel. This trail runs, I think, all the way to Pueblo, Colorado. There are problems, including homeless people who have attacked people even in broad daylight, but on nice days there are so many people out that the trail is safe. Unsafe sections would be closer to downtown where there is much less traffic.
Palmer Park offers a great and varied selection of trails. This Park is huge, though in the city. Off one side you see Pike's Peak and downtown. Off the other side, it almost looks like Mexico. It is a great trail system, although some of the people here are ***-retentive morons. Drive in, bike, hike... trails from easy groomed to technical off-road biking. And such a large area too. Lot's of people. Access is either from Austin Bluffs Parkway or, Paseo, which bisects the park. All the trails are good.
As I said, keep your dogs on leashes. They don't, by law, have to be, but if your dogs are not under control, you can get in trouble. I once got scratched and nearly bit by some idiot's big dogs. Had I gotten bit, the dog would have been killed... by me... ok not really :) But the owners would have been in trouble because their dogs weren't under control. They didn't bother to apologize. Palmer Park is great, though I've had some problems with it.
Mueller State Park south of Divide on SH 67 offers great camping, day hikes, picnic areas, and cross country skiing. Across Hwy 67 and 1/2 mile south is National Forest Access to the Crags on the backside of Pikes Peak. The Crags can be reached in 45 minutes to 1 hour by a beatiful hike. Just below the trailhead is an overnight camping area.
Take a balloon flight around the city! For about $100 take a one hour ride. Or get married in the air!
Colorado Springs has many churches. I think it is just one of the features of small towns. Also it is the center of famous religious organization Focus on the Family.
This is where the traffic is low. Stay north! That's Colorado Avenue and Cheyenne Mountain in the background.