Find the Best Locations for Leaf Peeping in Colorado

There are so many ways to see the fall colors of Colorado. Take a fall foliage tour in Colorado by car, train, or foot.  If you're looking for the best locations to enjoy the leaf peeping season, we have a few suggestions for you to experience this fall.

Take a Fall Foliage Tour by Car, Train, or Foot

SEASONS_AUTUMN_Happy-Couple-in-Autumn-Park-Fall-Family-Having-Fun-Outdoors_SEPTEMBER-2014See the fall colors by car
Pikes Peak Highway will lead you up the mountain, affording you beautiful panoramas of the surrounding trees crowned with color.

Fall foliage in Cripple Creek is a view you shouldn’t miss. It’s an old mining town that’s surrounded with orange and yellow in the autumn. Wander through town and then explore the views at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center.

Fall foliage tours by train
Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad lets you take an old-fashioned “iron horse” – a steam engine typical of the gold mining era – on a 45-minute trip through beautiful countryside and past old gold mines.

Pikes Peak Cog Railway is the highest in the world, as it takes you all the way to the summit. The train chugs up the mountain, passing through spectacular sights like old-growth forests and “Hell Gate,” a natural mountain gateway. As the train climbs above the timberline, you might catch a glimpse of Bighorn sheep along with those expansive views.

Experience the fall colors in Colorado by foot
Cheyenne Mountain State Park has miles of hiking trails that wind through scenic wilderness. Stop for a picnic and drink in the fall scenery.

Vindicator Valley Trail in Cripple Creek is unique – it curves past many gold mines that originated with the gold rush during the 1890s. Learn all about these historic spots along the way, and enjoy views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Choose your own fall adventure when you stay with us at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.





Experience These Museums & Attractions While Visiting Colorado Springs

Come to Colorado for the beautiful mountainous scenery, but don’t forget to fill your trip with some variety.

For instance, why not go underground? Then, catch your breath from your outdoor adventures and see some of the history of the region and the state. Want to know more? Keep reading!

Try These Family Friendly Activities in Colorado Springs

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Take a self-guided tour through the Air Force Academy and see where men and women train to serve in the Air Force. Points of interest on campus to visit include the spectacular Cadet Chapel and the Barry Goldwater Visitor Center, where you can brush up on your cadet history.

Pioneers Museum
Explore the history of the Pikes Peak region at this facility, one of the premier Colorado Springs museums, housed in a restored 1903 courthouse. Collections include art, artifacts, and historic handicrafts, and exhibits focus on regional Native American history as well as the area’s prominence in regard to mining and military training.

Cave of the Winds
Come to this natural attraction to discover a whole new world underground. Discovered in 1881 by two brothers on an exploration, the cave features a network of tunnels and chambers with magnificent rock formations. A Discovery Tour is a great family adventure, while the Lantern Tours are conducted only by lantern light and are for the less faint of heart.

Olympic Training Center
See where some of the world’s greatest athletes come to train. View the grounds and some of the facilities, such as the Aquatics Center and the Sports Center Gymnasiums, on a 45-minute walking tour. Check out the Olympic Hall of Fame Rotunda to see past trainees who went for gold, then grab a souvenir from the Olympic Store.

More family friendly activities in Colorado Springs await you so don't wait to plan your stay with us at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.  Visit our website to book your next getaway to Colorado!



Outdoor Adventures to Enjoy Before it Snows in Colorado

Winter is long, and there are times when you may not be able to head outdoors to enjoy the wide range of activities so why not take advantage of the beautiful fall weather to experience these activities before the snow falls in Colorado.

Here are some outdoor adventures to enjoy before it snows in Colorado, while you’re soaking up every last bit of fall.

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Horseback Riding in Colorado Springs
Experience a classic trail ride on your own mount. A gentle horse will do the walking as you travel through some of Colorado’s most breathtaking scenery in areas like Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak National Forest, and Cheyenne Canyon. Travel to the forest with Old Stage Riding Stables, or choose an outfitter that offers rides for all experience levels for your horseback riding adventure at Tarryall Ranch.   

Ziplining in Colorado
Get a unique view of Colorado when you take zip line tours through the landscape at great heights. Soar off cliffs and reach elevations of 6500 feet with Pikes Peak Ziplines, or try out both classic and extreme zip line courses at Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours.

Rock Climbing Adventures Around Colorado Springs
Colorado’s mountains mean that there are plenty of cool places to rock climb. For guided rock climbing out in the wild, try Front Range Climbing Company. For indoor rock climbing and guided instruction (to better prepare for an outdoor climb), turn to CityROCK Colorado Springs. These are some of the best places for rock climbing in Colorado Springs.

For all of these outdoor adventures, stay in the perfect location when you book with us at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. While you’re at it, book one of our special offers, such as our Fall Escapes or Golf Getaways. They include the perfect complements to round out your trip and get you outside.








Learn the Unique Benefits of Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

What’s a fun activity you can do that involves balance, strength, and makes you feel like you’re walking on water? Stand up paddle boarding (SUP)! This is a fun and challenging water sport you should try. Once you get the hang of it, it’s a relaxing pastime and a great workout.

SUP evolved from surfing, which makes sense, because it’s done on a surfboard. However, instead of catching waves, the goal is to remain standing on the board while propelling yourself forward with a paddle. This requires calmer waters, though you can try it in choppy conditions for a tougher challenge. 

The Health Benefits of Stand Up Paddle Boarding

ACTIVITIES_WATER_Stand-Up-PaddleboardingWater sports in Colorado Springs like SUP, give you a great total body workout. In order to stay upright and standing on your board, you have to utilize most of your muscles, including your legs, core, and back. Meanwhile, your arm muscles will be working to move you forward with the paddle.

Another benefit of the sport is that it’s a low-impact workout that eases stress. As you get the feel for gliding across the water, you’ll soak up the serenity of nature.

Find Great Spots for Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Colorado Springs
You might be wondering where to paddle in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area.

For flat water paddling, try Cheyenne Mountain Resort’s 35-acre recreational lake. This is a wonderful spot for beginners to literally get their feet wet.

For whitewater paddling, rent some equipment and try the Arkansas River at Canon City, just south of Colorado Springs.

Stand up paddle boarding in Colorado Springs is a fun sport that will get you stronger as well as test your balance and agility. Find more outdoor adventures at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.





Host a Meeting in Style with Colorado Springs Events and Conference Venues

For a variety of spaces and accommodations for meetings, gatherings, and events big and small, Cheyenne Mountain Resort has the answer.

With over 40,000 square feet of meeting spaces, including ballrooms with terraces and spectacular views, and extensive catering options, there’s a perfect spot for every type of meeting at Colorado Springs events and conference venues.

Choose from a Myriad of Options for Conference and Event Spaces in Colorado Springs

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Ballrooms such as large, airy rooms with views of the surrounding mountains will easily accommodate as many as 450 guests, and the Grand Rivers Terrace boasts over 3,200 square feet of space bordered by gorgeous Colorado scenery.

The white sand beach and pavilion offer unique conference and event space in Colorado Springs to bring nature’s beauty into your gathering.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort amenities provide a total experience for guests attending your event. Just a few of the options include a golf course, 5 swimming pools, and an aquatics center and recreational lake. That’s not to mention the first-rate dining options and our luxurious spa.

Take Advantage of Conference Enhancements and Special Offers
Conference enhancements make executing a business event easy. Choose from a comprehensive meeting package, or work with our audiovisual team to create bold presentations. Our Business Service Center keeps you connected, and our E-Planner Toolkit makes it easy to broadcast event details to attendees.

Take advantage of special offers for our large event space in Colorado Springs. The Crafty in Colorado Beer Tasting Reception is a complimentary add-on to your event when you book a meeting valued over $5,000. The 1 in 10 Comps on Meeting Packages is also a great deal. Book between October and December 2016 and receive 1 complimentary meeting package per every 10 attendees, plus $25 signature experience credit for each guest.

Start planning your event today when you fill out your request for a proposal (RFP) for our event venues in Colorado Springs at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.






5 Dishes to Try When Visiting Colorado

Colorado has a colorful scene for foodies. There are countless amazing dishes to try at restaurants all over the state. So where can you get a truly fantastic meal out of so many options? Here’s our list of 5 favorite dishes to try when visiting Colorado.

5 Favorite Colorado Dishes for Foodies 

1.  Palisade Peach Caprese Salad -- 626 on Rood, Grand Junction
The typical Caprese salad gets jazzed up in this dish. The area is known for Palisades peaches, and fresh ones adorn this mix of crisp basil and mozzarella, topped with a sauce made from tequila aged in a wooden barrel and infused with mint, basil, and smoked paprika.

DINING_Dinner Dining Wine Cheers Party Concept2.  Rosemary Grilled Buffalo -- Laughing Ladies, Salida
Lean cuts of buffalo are grilled and served with polenta, crispy fried onions, and a special poblano chili pesto butter. Poblanos are mild chili peppers that add a distinct southwestern flair.

3.  Colorado Stream Trout – San Luis Valley Brewing Company, Alamosa
Colorado’s favorite fish is baked in the oven and served with seasoned butter and a generous portion of roasted red potatoes, mashed potatoes, or wild rice. This is a classic answer to the question of what to eat in Colorado.

4.  Blackberry Truffle – Mouse’s Chocolates, Ouray
Belgian chocolate - milk, dark, or white - enrobes a blackberry infused chocolate filling. These are luscious little bites of heaven and one of the must try foods in Colorado.

5.  Colorado Springs
A themed buffet of CO comfort foods features a tender prime rib of beef cut to order. It’s complemented by a side of au jus and creamy horseradish.

Eat Your Way Around Colorado
It’s definitely worth it to try out these favorite Colorado dishes for foodies. While you’re eating your way around Colorado, we invite you to stay with us at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Of course, we think enjoying one of the many meals offered at our resort is the perfect dining experience.





Plan the Perfect Fall Getaway in Colorado Springs

Colorado is known for its beautiful scenery and stunning mountain vistas. However, Colorado in the fall is even more breathtaking. Colored leaves crown the hilltops and the mountainsides with gold, rust, orange, scarlet, and yellow. In particular, the Aspen trees native to the region will be changing colors in a brief yet spectacular display. To truly enjoy these autumn sights, read on and discover the best rides and drives to see Aspen fall leaves in Colorado Springs.

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The perfect fall getaway to Colorado Springs should include taking a jaunt through one of nature’s best shows, the changing leaves. Some of the best drives through the area include Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway in Southeast Colorado; Grand Junction to Grand Mesa in Northwest Colorado; Southwest Colorado’s Kebler Pass; and South Central Colorado’s Cottonwood Pass. The latter route in particular has the most Aspens in various stages of change throughout the season.

Fall Bike Tours
A great way to get out in nature and see the spectacular fall color in a leisurely manner is with fall bike tours. Kebler Pass needs to be mentioned again for its gorgeous and thick Aspen stand; meanwhile, the Scenic and Historic Byways that cross the state are also excellent biking opportunities. For fall-lovers who are also adventure-seekers, Vail Mountain has trails for mountain biking that let you travel down through the trees. Easier paths are also available for those who wish for a carefree ride in the crisp autumn air.

Whether you bike or drive through the gorgeous Colorado scenery in the fall, you’re sure to enjoy your trip. Stay with us and book our Fall Escapes Package at Cheyenne Mountain Resort to complete your autumn adventure.




Our Favorite Local Hangouts in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is full of great attractions, but if you’re looking for something slightly off the beaten path, search no further. Here are some of our favorite local hangouts in Colorado Springs.

How to Enjoy Colorado Springs Like a Local

Cheyenne Canyon Cheyenne View
Explore a stunning landscape at Cheyenne Canyon. Winding trails give a view of beautiful wildflowers, evergreen forests, rock formations, and waterfalls. Hike, bike, or ride on horseback. Various visitor centers dot the park that offer exhibits about this majestic area.

Ivywild School
Ivywild School is both a marketplace and communal gathering spot. Housed in a renovated school building circa 1915, it’s now a place for eating, drinking, events, community gardening, and more. Dining spots abound, including places for coffee and a pastry or bagel, lunch offerings, and dinner and beers from the resident brewery.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort Aquatics
Cheyenne Mountain Resort not only features four different pools; there’s also a private, 35-acre lake for all of the classic summertime activities in Colorado Springs you love: hanging out at the beach, boating, swimming, and more.

Red Rock Canyon Open Space
At Red Rock Canyon Open Space you’ll find beautiful rock formations without the crowds you might get at Garden of the Gods. Trails here feature wonderful overlooks, as well as the majestic beauty of the Colorado landscape.

Brooklyn’s on Boulder
The only speakeasy-style bar in town, Brooklyn’s on Boulder is naturally unique. Come for the finely-crafted cocktails and stay for the intimate atmosphere. You’ll be transported back to the Roaring 20’s and underground watering holes. Locals especially love the gin cocktails. For drinks, this is one of the favorite places to go in Colorado Springs.

Visit any of these spots to discover how to enjoy Colorado Springs like a local. While you’re at it, stay with us at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.




Things to See at Colorado Springs Fine Art Center

The Colorado Springs Fine Art Center is the place to get inspired. When you visit this cultural mecca, you’ll find out why it’s one of the best in the state and fantastic for indoor activities in Colorado Springs. For rainy days and sunny days alike, gather up the family and feast your eyes and ears on this must-see institution.

Upcoming Events for Family-Friendly Museums in Colorado Springs

Theater Performances

TheaterShear Madness – This is a whodunit show with interactive elements. It’s also hilarious. The plot follows the murder of an old lady who lives above a hair salon. The audience is invited to help put together clues and narrow down the suspects. The show is different for each performance, so watching it is always a unique experience.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales – Fairy tale characters that everyone will recognize are given new twists in this funny musical production based on the beloved book of the same name.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind – The famous 30 plays in 60 minutes are performed randomly with the audience invited to interact. Two minutes isn’t a lot of time to tell a story, but genres run the gamut from comedy to tragedy to abstract stories.

Featured Exhibits

A Reservoir of Occurrences – A collection of Stephen Batura’s work, which reinterprets historical photos from Charles Lillybridge into unique paintings.

All New Women – An exploration of portraits and self-portraits featuring the work of John Singer Sargent juxtaposed with that of modern artist Cindy Sherman.

Under the Big Top – See how the spectacle of the circus has inspired artists from various backgrounds and time periods in different mediums.

Book your stay at Cheyenne Mountain Resort to enjoy some time with friends and family this summer and experience great local attractions, including museums in Colorado Springs. We have a variety of hotel packages and amenities available for the entire family to enjoy!



2016 Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off

EVENTS_FESTIVAL_Balloon-Festival-Hot-Air-Balloons-launchingWatch a mass of hot air balloons ascend into the morning sky at the 2016 Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off. The sight of the brightly colored balloons floating into the sky against the backdrop of the beautiful Colorado scenery is a view you will not want to miss – it’s a postcard-worthy event that will take your breath away. Join the event on Labor Day Weekend, September 3rd – 5th, 2016.

Events at the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Colorado Springs

This hot air balloon festival in Colorado Springs is a wonderful chance to get out and experience something majestic. The balloons on display will be rainbow-colored, checkered, striped, shaped like animals, and more. Read on for some of the activities you can enjoy during this Labor Day family-friendly event.

Balloon Rides

Check in bright and early at 6 a.m. to hop aboard a balloon for a 45-minute ride you’ll never forget. You’ll be escorted to the launch field, watch your balloon inflate, and go on a jaunt in the air among a bevy of other hot air balloons. The experience is one that requires a camera, for the views will be nothing like you’ve ever seen.

Lift Off and Glow

At 7 a.m. each morning during the weekend, arrive to watch the balloons lift off in a spectacular display. Families are invited to walk among the balloons as they inflate, too, starting at 6:30 a.m. Come back each night at 7 p.m. to watch the balloons light up their burners and glow as they rise into the night sky.

These Labor Day family-friendly events in Colorado Springs is not one to miss. In addition to all the balloon excitement, there will be entertainment, including music and skydiving, as well as lake activities to enjoy and vendors to check out.  Cheyenne Mountain Resort wishes everyone a fantastic weekend in Colorado Springs at the balloon festival.