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    Tour the Olympic Training Center

    by fred98115 Updated Oct 21, 2015

    Admire the dedication of athletes training for the Olympic Games. The tour is given by one of the athletes who are in training at the facility. This makes it a wonderful tour because you have the chance to chat with an athlete who is one of the top ones in their field. Also, before you leave stop at the desk and see if an Olympic flame is available so that you can hold it for a selfie.

    Wrestler Rests with Training Dummies Rifle Shooter Practices
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    Colorado Balloon Classic - FREE!

    by TravellerMel Written Sep 3, 2014

    By sheer luck, I was in Colorado Springs over the Labor Day weekend, and was able to attend the Colorado Balloon Classic - I've always wanted to go to a hot air balloon festival! We attended Saturday night for the Balloon Glow (when they inflate the balloons and illuminate them on the ground - it was beautiful!!) and the mass ascension on Sunday morning, which was impressive.

    I was told that the Colorado Balloon Classic is the largest hot air balloon festival in the Rocky Mountain Region, as well as the State of Colorado. The Colorado Balloon Classic is an annual event (admission is FREE!) held each Labor Day weekend.

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    More to do.

    by Toughluck Updated Apr 1, 2012

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    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.

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    Carriage House Museum

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Nowadays, we take it for granted that we can hop on the interstate and get to a city hundreds of miles away in a few hours. This small but impressive museum reminds us of how travel used to be. It has an outstanding collection of carriages and early automobiles. This collection once belonged to Spencer and Julie Penrose, the wealthy couple who founded the famous Broadmoor Resort nearby. Most visitors to the resort don't seem to know about this, but it's worth the trip to see it. Guided tours are available (they're usually not very busy, even on weekends). And it's free.

    Entrance to the Carriage Museum The main exhibit hall A cigar store Indian The Brougham carriage A 1928 Cadillac Imperial Coupe
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    Old Colorado City

    by basstbn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Founded in 1857, Colorado City became the first capital of the state of Colorado. It is now incorporated into the city of Colorado Springs, but has become a unique and colorful attraction in itself. It's a great place to stroll during the day, but we found that the shops close down in the early evening. We enjoyed some of the art and gift stores; those who are into southwestern jewelry will like that aspect of the district. Features a wide variety of restaurants.

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    USAFA

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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).

    Chapel ceiling Inside of the chapel
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    Visit Glen Eyrie Castle

    by painterdave Updated Feb 8, 2011

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    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.

    View from Parking Lot
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    Cheyenne Mountain State Park

    by leafmcgowan Written Jan 18, 2010

    Colorado's newest State Park, Cheyenne Mountain State Park took over the lands of the old JL Ranch that is nestled in the foothills of Cheyenne Mountain right in front of NORAD. It is roughly 1,680 acres large. It was acquired in June of 2000 by the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado State parks, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the Colorado Lottery, El Paso County, and other local private organizations. It represents protection of one of the last significant open spaces along the southern section of the Colorado Front Range. The environments consist of open space of the eastern flank of Cheyenne Mountain and the borders of Colorado's plains covering the wide variety of landscape, wildlife, botany, and geology the transitional panorama offers. Wildlife consists of deer, elk, mountain lions, black bears, coyotes, foxes, wild turkeys, prairie dogs, red-tailed hawks, and golden eagles. The park first opened in October of 2006 and is currently El Paso county's only State Park. The Park hosts over 20 miles of trails open to hikers and bikers. Dogs and horses are not permitted since many ground-nesting birds are in the area. The Park has a large information center, gift shop, educational displays, interpretive programs, campgrounds, picnic are

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    How the West Was Mined

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 17, 2009

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    The Western Museum of Mining and Industry is not just a collection of static displays, but one of working machines. The guide demonstrates how these contraptions were used to extract the earth's mineral wealth. It was and still is difficult, dangerous work--especially when done underground. The miners in the 19th century didn't have modern safety gear or workman's compensation. There were no disability payments. Many could no longer work after years of exposure to the fumes in the mines; they were just out of luck.

    Other than becoming a miner yourself, this is the best way to learn about the lives of these people. You can even try your hand at panning for gold, as prospectors did in the early Gold Rush era. On the way out, you can visit the two pet goats that live near the gate--a favorite attraction for the kids.

    The Western Museum of Mining and Industry The outdoor exhibits 19th century Corliss steam engine You can try panning for gold Be sure to visit the goats
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    The Pioneer Legacy

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 17, 2009

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    The Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum offers a look at the live and legacy of the state's pioneers. These hardy explorers, fur trappers, ranchers, and others built the city. It's a must-see for any history buff in this city.

    This museum is inside the former El Paso County Courthouse, built in 1903. Its collections contain over 60,000 objects from Colorado's history. These include Indian artifacts, marketing posters, carriages, weapons, clothes, and historical dioramas. Donations are gladly accepted.

    The Pioneer Museum The main lobby Rifles and pistols from the Old West Indian pottery A restored courtroom
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    Ghost Town and Wild West Musuem

    by Suet Updated Sep 23, 2009

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    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.

    The entrance to the museum Inside the museum
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    Celebrations Metaphysical Fair

    by leafmcgowan Written May 17, 2009

    Bi-Annually around April and October. April 17-19, 2009. Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 22 E. Kiowa Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    One of Colorado Springs metaphysical shoppes for the last 20 years has been throwing a bi-annual metaphysical fair each year that grows vividly every year hosted. Their theme is for spirituality, divination, personal growth, and independent thinking. A typical "New Age" fair blending with the metaphysics, they've been serving the Colorado community for 20+ years. Hosted in the 1924 historic Colorado Springs City Auditorium, that they mention is home to many spirits and ghosts, it brings a focal point to the city's history and energies.

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    Rubbish Art Gallery

    by leafmcgowan Written Jan 15, 2009

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    17B E. Bijou * Colorado Springs, CO 80903 * 719-640-5282

    January 6-February 6, 2009: "Altered Pieces and Mythology for the Zeitgeist" Exhibit
    Opening reception: 5:30 p.m.-12 a.m.
    Regular gallery hours are Friday and Saturday from "5-ish to 10-ish." A closing reception will be held February 6 from 5:30-11:30 p.m.

    Attending briefly for the night of January 9th, during the 2nd friday art walk, I got a chance to walk down the dark alley into the little gallery hidden down in-between and across from the cigar bar 15-C. Nice catching up with a few friends over some wine and snacks, while listening to some great music, and viewing some spectacular art of "Alterned Pieces and Mythology for the Zeitgeist" by Neil Fenton. I was impressed. Its definitely a nice collection if you get a chance to drop by before February 6th, do so, its worth the trip. Wonderful assemblages of art. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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    Smoke Brush Gallery (January 2009)

    by leafmcgowan Written Jan 15, 2009

    One of the fine events that represents some of the great events they hold each month, this annual event, brings together Self Exhibition art and performances for all to enjoy in the gallery. I attended the latter part of the night getting to see some musical performances and dances, as well as the spectacular art hanging around the gallery. Hundreds were in attendance, and each art room had snacks. A wine bar was also provided. The warehouse gallery space is phenomenal and normally is a great place to see art from local artists like Bob and Kat Tudor. I enjoyed my brief yet fantastic attendance at Future Self. Next year, I'll be attending for much longer. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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    Miramont Castle

    by Tom_Fields Written Sep 30, 2008

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    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.

    Miramont Castle The main hall A small part of the doll collection Queen's Parlor Tearoom The gardens
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