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Top Adventures in Colorado Springs

1.27 Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, and Cave of the Winds adventuresLooking for outdoor adventure on your next vacation? Situated at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs offers the perfect home base for a variety of fun and exciting outdoor recreation. From exploring underground caves to scaling America's favorite mountain summit, there's something for everyone here.

Pikes Peak

At 14,115 feet above sea level, Pikes Peak is one of the most popular mountains in the United States. Visitors drive, bike, hike, and even ride the Cog Railway to the summit. Hiking Pikes Peak is a difficult, but amazing excursion. Barr Trail, the most popular hiking trail at Pikes Peak, is the length of a full marathon round trip and includes an altitude gain of 7,800 feet. This challenging hike offers spectacular views, especially once you reach the summit. Visitors who prefer to bike or drive can take Pikes Peak Highway, a 19-mile paved highway with stunning scenery. The highway will take you all the way to the summit, where you can taste for yourself why the gift shop's most popular souvenir is a delicious donut.

Garden of the Gods

A registered National Natural Landmark, Garden of the Gods includes over 1,300 acres of breathtaking Colorado wilderness. The park includes 15 miles of trails across a range of difficulty and accessibility levels. Guided nature walks are offered twice daily, and full-color trail maps are available at the Visitor's Center if you would prefer to explore on your own. For those visitors who see the towering red sandstone rock formations and want to climb – you can do that too. Garden of the Gods offers unforgettable rock climbing experiences in one of the country's most historic climbing venues.

Cave of the Winds

Since 1881, guided tours have led visitors underground to explore the Cave of the Winds. Today, the Cave of the Winds offers three different tour options as well as thrilling attractions and family-friendly games and activities. The half-mile Discovery Tour is perfect for families. During the tour, you will explore the underground caverns and get to experience complete cave darkness. The Lantern Tour offers more adventure as you explore deep into the mountain, with only hand-held lanterns to light your way. For those who want a real spelunking adventure (and don’t mind getting muddy), the Caving 101 tour is perfect. Crawl and climb your way through the undeveloped sections of the Manitou Grand Caverns. This guided excursion lasts two hours and is lit by flashlight only.

If you are looking for a Quintessential Colorado getaway filled with outdoor adventure, come stay with us at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. We are conveniently located less than 30 minutes from these and other fantastic Colorado Springs attractions. Visit our website for more information or contact us to book your Colorado Springs vacation today.

Do Your Kids Aspire To Be Future Olympians?

1.23 Do your kids aspire to be future OlympiansAt the Olympic Games, the top athletes from across the globe come together to compete on an international stage. Olympic athletes inspire and amaze the world with their dedication, skill, and talent. If you have an aspiring Olympian in your family, a visit to the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs is a must during your stay at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

US Olympic Training Center

Spanning more than 35 acres, the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center can house over 500 athletes and coaches at a time. This elite facility is designed to help athletes train as they work to achieve their goals and Olympic dreams. The Center offers guided public tours beginning in the newly renovated Visitor Center. Young Olympic hopefuls can learn about the vital role the Olympic Training Center plays in preparing many Team USA athletes for the Olympic games.

Tour Packages

The Olympic Training Center offers a few different guided tour options. Although there is no age requirement, all tours are recommended for children 8 years and older.

General Public Tours: Beginning with a video presentation, this tour is about an hour long. Along the walking tour of the facilities, guests will see the pool, the men’s gymnastics training gym, the teaching kitchen where athletes learn to prepare healthy meals, and the sports medicine room.

VIP Tours: This three-hour tour gives guests a peek behind the scenes at the Olympic Training Center and lunch in the athlete cafeteria. With only 20 spots available per day, it's best to purchase tickets for this exclusive tour opportunity in advance. You’ll get an inside look at how the Center supports Team USA athletes.

Show your aspiring Olympians where some of the best athletes in the world come to train. No matter which tour experience you choose, you’ll leave inspired by the stories and achievements of Team USA athletes and their coaches.

At Cheyenne Mountain Resort, we are conveniently located less than 15 minutes from the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Park. Your future Olympians can enjoy swimming in our spacious pool, as well as many other recreational activities on property and in the vicinity.  For more information or to book your stay, contact us today.

Top 5 Family Attractions In Colorado Springs

1.18 Top 5 Family Attractions in Colorado SpringsCreate memories to last a lifetime with a family vacation at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Although our scenic 200-acre property makes it easy to feel far away from the rest of the world, we are conveniently located near some of the best family-friendly attractions in Colorado Springs. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of our five favorite things to do with families in Colorado Springs.

  1. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

America’s only mountain zoo, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo houses close to a thousand animals at 6,800 feet above sea level. Kids of all ages will love the opportunity to hand feed the giraffes and get hands-on experience with other animals at The Loft, a unique kid-focused space within the zoo. Dedicated to sharing the wonders of nature with families and kids of all ages, the zoo is open 365 days a year.

  1. Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center

Located 30 minutes from Cheyenne Mountain Resort, the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center is one of the top dinosaur museums in the country. See fossil skeletons of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures as well as an actual working fossil laboratory. There’s even a children’s area where kids can unearth fossils and make colorful rubbings to take home.

  1. May Natural History Museum

Home to the largest private insect collection in the world, the May Natural History Museum is also known as “the bug museum.” From beetles and butterflies to spiders and scorpions, there are over 7,000 species of bugs preserved here. Specializing in tropical bugs, the museum is perfect for anyone interested in exotic insects.

  1. Garden of the Gods

Fifteen minutes from Cheyenne Mountain Resort is Garden of the Gods, the most visited regional attraction. The park is filled with spectacular red rock formations, including the iconic Balanced Rock. Children aged 7 to 12 can become a Garden of the Gods Junior Ranger. The park regularly hosts special events with activities for the whole family.

  1. Ghost Town Museum

1n 1954, the Ghost Town Museum was created to preserve the history of Colorado’s Wild West. The buildings of the museum were salvaged from a number of the area’s abandoned mining towns. From these ghost towns, thousands of artifacts have been preserved and are available for hands-on exploration. Kids will love panning for real gold, cranking a butter churn, and sipping an old-fashioned sarsaparilla.

Take your next family vacation to new heights at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. From exploring the breathtaking scenery of Garden of the Gods to discovering the Wild West at the Ghost Town Museum, there’s something for every member of your family in Colorado Springs. For more information or to book your stay, contact us today.

Planning Your Ultimate Valentine Celebration

1.13 The Ultimate Valentine CelebrationWith breathtaking, panoramic mountain views and luxurious accommodations, Cheyenne Mountain Resort is the perfect place for an intimate getaway for two. Leave the hustle and bustle of daily life and escape to beautiful Colorado Springs with the one you love this Valentine's Day. Customize your romantic escape with one of our signature love-inspired packages: The Romantic Affair or A Rendezvous for Two Package.

Rendezvous for Two

Start Valentine’s Day off right with champagne and petite fours awaiting you upon arrival. Settle in with a glass of bubbly on the private patio or balcony of your deluxe guestroom accommodations. Share a romantic meal for two at our Mountain View Restaurant, renowned for its grand dinner buffet. Awake rejuvenated and enjoy an elegant breakfast buffet at Mountain View Restaurant. The Rendezvous for Two package is perfect for guests who want to wine, dine, and stay awhile.

A Romantic Affair

All Romantic Affair packages include overnight accommodations in a deluxe guest room and late checkout at 2 pm. Our experiential add-ons give you the opportunity to personalize the heat level of your romantic getaway.

Mild: Romantic Turndown

If a quiet night in is an ideal evening for you and your sweetheart, our Romantic Turndown package is for you. At the end of the day, we’ll deliver a bottle of champagne and a delicious platter of locally sourced cheeses and fresh fruit to your room.

Moderate: Mountain View Dinner Buffet for Two

Indulge in a delectable dinner at our signature dining establishment. The nightly buffet menus are inspired by global flavors and created with local ingredients. Each evening highlights a different cuisine theme from various countries and cultures across the globe. 

Hot: Boudoir Portrait Session

Turn the heat up with a seductive boudoir portrait photo session for her. She’ll be pampered with professional hair and makeup before a private 1.5-hour photo shoot. Complimentary champagne, image retouching, and a DVD of all photos set to music is included in this package that is sure to spice things up.

This Valentine’s Day, choose the romance-inspired package that’s right for you and your sweetheart at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Whether you select the tender Rendezvous for Two or turn up the heat with the Romantic Affair package, you can have the ultimate Valentine’s Day celebration at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. To book your romantic escape, contact us today.