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Colorado Springs for Night Owls

6-19 Beer Flight PhotoThe fun doesn’t have to stop at dusk when you’re in Colorado Springs. Visitors are pleasantly surprised by the bounty of nightlife here, from cocktails at Cheyenne Mountain Resort to shows and pubs in our vibrant downtown corridor. There’s plenty to experience after a day of sightseeing at Seven Falls, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo or one of Colorado Springs’ other major attractions. If you’re looking for something to do after dark, check out one of these nighttime haunts.

Elevate Your Evening

Watch the big game with friends or wind down with a glass of wine at Elevations restaurant and bar inside the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. The lodge-like den features pool tables, a projection TV and plenty of comfortable seating for late-night chats. No one under 21 is allowed here without a parent/guardian after 9 p.m., so it’s a great place to chill after putting the kids to bed. Resort guests can also order room service up to 11 p.m.

Art of the Matter

May through October, historic Manitou Springs hosts an Art Walk every 3rd Friday from 5-8 p.m. Look for food vendors, live music and displays from hundreds of local painters, potters and other artists. Closer to home, the Fine Arts Center is part of a similar downtown First Friday art walk in Colorado Springs. The center’s chic Deco Lounge hosts guest artists for free talks and demos from 5-7:30 p.m. during the art walk.    

The Park After Dark

More than two million people annually flock to Garden of the Gods, a 1, 367-acre park known for its massive sandstone columns and precariously balanced rocks. During the day, guests can get hands-on with exhibits in the National Landmark’s Visitor & Nature Center, see a film or dine in a glass-walled café. While the free visitor’s center closes around sunset, the park remains open until 11 p.m. May 1-October 31. If you’re in town during the peak season, stay after dark for a trail hike or picnic. The park is quieter and less crowded, and the darkness makes for excellent stargazing.

Cinema with a Twist (of lime)

A vintage marquee and full bar make Kimball’s Peak Three Theater a top nightspot for couples. It shows current and indie flicks including foreign and animated titles, and was voted the best theater in town by readers of Colorado Springs’ most popular newspapers. Order a glass of vino or a draft beer at the bar and carry it directly into the theater for an at-home experience. Final show times are around 7:45 p.m., but moviegoers often go for a nightcap at the nearby Rabbit Hole or Jack Quinn’s Irish pub afterwards.

In Colorado Springs, there’s not just one tourism season. Vacationing can happen year-round, whether you’re seeking the thrill of summertime hikes, water activities and festivals or the chill of winter snow sports. Because the Pike’s Peak region draws crowds throughout the year, nightlife is constantly changing and new venues opening near Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Contact us today for information on setting up the perfect Colorado Springs vacation for you and your family.


July 4 Sparks Off in Colorado Springs

6-3 July 4th iStock_000002566648MediumWith blissful summer sun in the forecast, and local activities from fireworks to campfire cookouts, Independence Day is the perfect time to practice family togetherness. Here at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, families can enjoy dive-in movies on July 4 weekend, or roast marshmallows for gourmet s’mores over a roaring campfire while watching for sparkling lights on the horizon. In town, Independence Day promises awe-inspiring pyrotechnic displays and wholesome events for the entire family.

Songs of Freedom

Get in the spirit of the season with our National Anthem and other All-American tunes as the Colorado Springs Philharmonic presents its annual July 4 Summer Symphony at Memorial Park. The free, family-friendly event features food, fireworks and performances by The Liberty Belles; a classically trained trio of vintage, bomber-era style singers. The dedicated troops from nearby Fort Carson will also make a guest appearance. The festivities start at 5:30. Stop by early to ensure prime seats for the area’s largest light show.

Make Living History

History books come to life at the Rock Ledge Ranch Family Fourth, where costumed reenactors showcase the red, white, and blue glory of our nation’s birth. Kids get a dose of education, wrapped in an entertaining package, as Abe Lincoln reads the Gettysburg address and Patrick Henry’s daughter recites the revolutionary’s famous “Give me Liberty” speech. From carnival games to period encampments complete with cookouts and military maneuvers, this annual tradition offers something for every history enthusiast. Kids can also cool off with refreshing summer picnic treats like lemonade, watermelon and old-fashioned sodas. The magic of history comes alive starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 seniors, $4 children 6-17. Children 5 and under are free.

Small Town Celebration

It’s about an hour’s drive to Cripple Creek, but worth it if you’re looking for a quiet, traditional holiday in a picturesque setting. The town’s annual 4th of July Celebration has been running since 1900, and is recognized as having one of the best pyrotechnic displays in the state. Listen to live bands from noon until 10 p.m. (with a break for dinner), visit the beer garden and take in the gorgeous, bucolic scenery. The festivities culminate with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free admission. Main events are located in the parking lot at Bennett Ave. and Third St.

After experiencing the historical re-enactments and live entertainment Colorado Springs has to offer, return to Cheyenne Mountain Resort refreshed and ready to feast on our July Fourth Dinner Buffet. Served from 5-10 p.m. on Independence Day, this sumptuous supper includes prime rib and steamed snow crab claws served alongside regional American favorites such as green chili with cornbread, brined chicken and barbecued baby back ribs. Finish up with chocolate firecracker pops and apple pie to rival Mom’s (shh… we won’t tell her). Click here for full menu.