The website for the USAFA as of Oct 2001 says: "In response to heightened national security conditions, access to the Air Force Academy is now limited to official business.
"Personnel holding a valid Department of Defense identification card, including military and dependent ID cards, civilian employee ID cards and USAF Academy contractor ID cards will be allowed access."
I have not been there recently.
In the chapel, the tetrahedrons form the walls and the 99-foot-high pinnacled ceiling of the Protestant Chapel. Stained glass windows with eight basic colors graduate from cool to warm, moving from liturgical colors of Advent to Easter, from the narthex (entrance) to the chancel (altar area).
My favorite place in Colorado Springs is the Garden of the Gods. It is free to the public.
How did it get its name you ask? Well back in 1859 two surveyors saw this place. One of the guys named M. S. Beach, who related this incident, suggested that it would be a "capital place for a beer garden" when the country grew up. His companion, Rufus Cable, a "young and poetic man", exclaimed, "Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods." It has been so called ever since.
In the 770 acres of this great land there rock formations that have names as: Kissing Camels (which one of the camels lost their hump due to lightning), Siamese Twins, Balanced Rock, Gateway rocks and much more.
Visitors can rock climb, have guided nature walks, mountain biking, road biking, self tours and horeback trails. (which we did once but it was so many years ago I can not remember who we did it through. But it was a blast!!)
The park is open from 5am - 9pm from November 1- April 30 and from 5am to 11pm from May 1 to October 30.
IMPORTANT: If you do want to climb make sure to register at the Gods Visitor and Nature Center.
This 1,600-acre park includes North Cheyenne Creek, which drops 1,800 feet over the course of 5 miles in a series of cascades and waterfalls. Helen Hunt Falls is a must see. The heavily wooded park contains picnic areas and hiking/biking/horseback riding trails. The small visitor center at the foot of scenic Helen Hunt Falls has exhibits on history, geology, flora, and fauna. Free.
Father Jean Baptiste Francolon emigrated from France to the US in 1878. As a priest, he was assigned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help here in Manitou Springs in 1892. A few years later, he built this palatial home.
He hired a team of architects, the Gillis Brothers, and others. They worked together as a committee, and came up with this curious melange of styles. Altogether, nine different styles are evident in the structure of the house.
Father Francolon donated the home to the Sisters of Mercy, for use as a sanitarium. In 1946, the church sold it to a private owner. It went through a series of changes, at times being subdivided into apartments.
The Manitou Springs Historical Society acquired the property, restored it, and re-opened it as a museum in 1976. It's now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Inside are restored rooms, a nice Victorian tearoom, and a museum with a dollhouse collection. Be sure to see the gardens around back.
This is a wonderful collection of things from the old Wild West set out in a *town* within the building. It's just like one of the old cowboy movie streets, clapboard houses, a saloon, sherriff's office, town jail (containing a rather unsavoury looking character). I spent a good two hours here wandering round and taking pictures.
If you go to the website, you can get a money off coupon. Actually, I would look at the website, if you have time, it gives you more of a feel for the place. I thought it was such a good museum, I would go back there again.
Manitou Springs has 9 named Mineral springs in downtown that is fed by the snow from Pikes Peak. Used long ago for "what ails ya" You can go on a tour downtown either guided or by yourself to taste the water from the 9 different springs. Remember to bring a cup! Some of the water sweet, some bitter. A fun thing to do while walking about downtown.
This sight is located in the middle of the city. Here, you can see the training facilities for the folks who represent the US Olympic team in many of the summer sports. There's a free tour of the complex. The tour begins with a short film about the US Olympic effort, then a guide leads the group around the grounds. You only really get to see one or two facilities, but you are allowed to look in any windows of the various buildings within the complex. The tour itself is about a half hour, but you are allowed to wander around a little bit on your way back to the front desk. There is a pretty good sized gift shop on the grounds, with proceeds going to support the athletes.
For an adventurous time, take the "Guided Lantern Tour". I missed it and had to take the regular one, but it was still cool. It was about an hour long tour and this is the first cave I'd ever been in where I was in TOTAL CAVE DARKNESS. It's amazing.
If you like hiking, this is the place to go. I took a small hike, but still saw amazing sights. There were tons of people on the drive, but only a few on the hike. Its beautiful and I definitly recommend it to any hiker.
Mozart’s painting (20 foot by 70 foot) on In-Sight Optical store wall at 12 E. Pikes Peak Ave by Kim Polonka.
It was an idea of a store owner to place Mozart’s picture on the wall in 2006, the year of 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. The funny thing is that that owner, Dave Fernolz, admitted that although he appreciates classical music, he couldn’t name any of Mozart’s works. :-)
Article in Colorado Springs Business Journal
Bring your children and yourselves to the Uncle Wilber Fountain, and don’t forget swimming suits. The Uncle Wilber Fountain is a statue of a musician who pops out of the fountain with some music. While he does that, water pumps start shooting from the ground. I didn’t see much adults running under water, but I wish to do that.
10 am to 7 pm Sunday-Thursday and
10 am – 9 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Much of what Colorado Springs has to offer is just up the canyon in Manitou Springs. There, you'll find the Cave of the Winds, the Pike's Peak Cog Rail, and the resort town of Manitou Springs.
There is a castle that was built by General Palmer who founded Colorado Springs. It is located just off the entrance to Garden of the Gods,near the headquarters. If you are lucky it will be a day where they will let you drive in to view the castle. Somedays they are having conferences and do not want to be disturbed. Once in the castle area, you can park and go into the shop.
The Castle is now owned by the Navigators. They have these conferences and have guests stay overnight in the castle.
Yes, there are secret passages, and even a bowling alley. You can see from the castle some caves where the Indians used to build fires and watch the activities.
When you come to the little "check in" house, make sure they understand you just want to look, sometimes this works to gain entrance.
You will enjoy this place, I am sure, so give it a shot and try to get in.
For dogs lovers as me, it will be fun to see sculpture of a Great Dane puppy near intersection of Pikes Peak Avenue and Tejon Street. This sculpture was even in Great Dane Magazine. I like because it is cute :-)))
Would you ever think about buying a piece of art from Colorado Springs’ streets? This one with name “Cacti” by Doyle Svenby is for sale. Frankly speaking, I don’t know for how long it is on Pikes Peak Avenue, but it looks very rusty. I liked it for original idea: metal sculpture of cactus stuffed with stones. Who knows, maybe somebody else will like it as I do, and when you are reading this tip, the statue is in someone’s back yard.