Things to do in Colorado Springs

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.  

Top 5 Things To Do In Colorado Springs

5.26 Cheyenne Canon 04From museums to outdoor adventures, there are plenty of fantastic things to do in the Pikes Peak Region without spending a dime. Here at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, we have compiled our five favorite free things to do in Colorado Springs.

  1. North Cheyenne Cañon Park

Encompassing over 1,600 acres, North Cheyenne Cañon Park sees nearly half a million visitors each year. Known for the abundance of wildflowers and the flocks of hummingbirds they attract, the park offers amazing bird watching. Additionally, the extensive trail system includes paths appropriate for hiking, biking, running, and even horseback riding. Dogs are welcome in North Cheyenne Cañon Park, but they must be leashed.

  1. Red Rock Canyon

If you’d like to get out in nature and let your dog run off leash, you definitely want to check out Red Rock Canyon. This open space includes nearly 1,500 acres of stunning red rock with two off-leash dog loops. Another truly unique feature of Red Rock Canyon is the freeride bicycle park where you can test your bike stunt skills in a fun and challenging environment. 

  1. Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Rated one of the twelve most colorful natural wonders in the world by the Mother Nature Network, the stunning pigmentation of Paint Mines has drawn people to the area for generations. Erosive forces created the park's vibrant geological formations, including amazing hoodoos and spires. 

  1. Uncle Wilbur Fountain

Colorado Springs is an extremely family-friendly town, and nothing embodies that quite as well as the Uncle Wilbur Fountain. Part of Acacia Park, the fountain is more than just a great splash pad. At least once an hour, the bright blue dome at the top of the fountain rises up to reveal a whimsical horn player and his adorable dog. This joyful musical interlude never fails to get kids of all ages dancing and splashing.

  1. Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

With a mission to collect, preserve, and share the history of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is an ever-expanding collection of art, artifacts, and an archival library. Guided tours and special events are offered year-round, although the museum is closed on all city holidays.

See more and spend less when you include some of these great free activities in your Colorado Springs vacation. Ready to book your next Colorado Springs adventure? Contact us today to make your reservation. 

Easy And Accessible Hikes In the Colorado Springs

4.19 Easy trails for the novice hikerWith hundreds of miles of trails and stunning natural beauty, Colorado Springs offers some of the most accessible hiking in the state of Colorado. Here at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, we provide the perfect home base for visitors who love to explore our beautiful surrounds. Here are a few of our favorite easy hikes in Colorado Springs:

Garden of the Gods Trails

The awe-inspiring red sandstone rock formations at Garden of the Gods can reach an astounding 300 feet tall. Within the park, there are 15 miles of trails to explore, ranging in difficulty. The easiest trail is the Perkins Central Garden Trail, a 1.5-mile round trip hike on a fully paved concrete path. One of the only stroller and wheelchair accessible trails at the Garden, this trail takes you right up to the base of the park’s most impressive sandstone towers.

Cheyenne Mountain Trails

Cheyenne Mountain State Park offers over 20 miles of trails to explore with some of the most family friendly hiking in the area. Our two favorite trails are Acorn Alley and Sundance. Acorn Alley Trail is a universally accessible pathway, just over half a mile long. It has a gentle slope and is a favorite for leisurely strolls and biking with kids. The Sundance Trail is 3.29 miles along an easy, largely flat loop. On this trail you’ll pass through a prairie dog town, giving you the chance to check out some of the cutest wildlife in Colorado Springs. Sundance leaves from the Limekiln Trailhead parking lot where you’ll find restrooms, picnic tables, and even a playground for the kids.

Seven Bridges Trail

Crossing the North Cheyenne Creek seven times over seven separate bridges in less than two miles makes this trail a unique hiking experience. Although it is not wheelchair accessible, the hike is easy and kids love all the different bridges along the way. The lush trees and plant growth shelter the trail from the heat, making it a perfect hike for hot summer days.

Happy Trails

Come explore the great outdoors on the trails of Colorado Springs. Offering universally accessible trails and fun, family-friendly open spaces, Colorado Springs truly is the place for hiking and taking in all that our area has to offer. And, with our deluxe luxury accommodations, three delicious dining options, and an array of onsite amenities, you’ll love coming back to Cheyenne Mountain Resort after a day on the trails. To book your stay, contact us today.

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.

Winter Activities to Enjoy in Colorado Springs

Visiting Colorado in the winter is a whole new kind of adventure. Here are just a few of the winter activities to enjoy in Colorado Springs while you’re visiting and staying at our resort.

Explore the Possibilities for a Winter Getaway

SPORTS_SNOWSPORTS_ men-mountain-climbing-on-snowy-peakSnowmobiling in Colorado Springs
Take an exhilarating ride through Colorado’s winding trails including forests, open plains, and back country. You’ll get equipped with protective gear and ride a Polaris snowmobile through the white stuff on an unforgettable guided tour. Fast or slow, it offers a beautiful, unique glimpse of Colorado.

Ice Climbing Classes
Spend a day learning how to climb spectacular ice falls in the Colorado area. All skill levels are welcome for ice climbing classes. Choose from 4-hour or 6-hour trips, where you’ll learn about technique, equipment, rope set-up, knot tying, and more.

Snow Skiing Classes
Ski in the powdery white snow of a Colorado mountainside. The unpredictability of the conditions is part of the adventure of hitting these slopes, which include expert terrain.

Visit Santa Workshop
This theme park will make you think you’ve reached the North Pole. Amusements include over two dozen rides, like the Christmas Tree Ride, and an antique carousel. Wander through the village of alpine shops, take the tram overlooking deep green pines, and have a special visit with Santa himself.

Book your stay at Cheyenne Mountain Resort for a winter getaway. Just some of the amenities and hotel features you will love include our top-notch on-site dining, our variety of picturesque room options, the relaxing spa, and the fitness center. Plus, our accommodations are perfect for cooler weather – cozy up by the fire pit, take a dip in the indoor pool, and more. Stay with us and see for yourself!






Celebrate the Holidays at Cheyenne Mountain Resort

A resort holiday experience may be just what your family needs to end the year. Join us for our Holiday Happenings at Cheyenne Resort.

Holiday Special Offers in Colorado Springs

HOLIDAYS_CHRISTMAS_ people-relaxing-together-at-partyUnwrap the Magic
Great for family fun, Unwrap the Magic gives you access to holiday resort activities along with deluxe accommodations and our “elf turn-down” on one night of your stay.

The elf turn-down service brings holiday magic to bedtime. A real elf will deliver milk and cookies and a holiday gift for your little ones.

Your holiday getaway in Colorado Springs includes:
Gourmet hot cocoa station
Build-your-own caramel apple bar
Live holiday music, including acoustic guitar and classic Christmas songs
A grand holiday dinner buffet with delectable offerings such as carved prime rib of beef, roasted butternut squash bisque, or an elegant dessert
A sumptuous Santa Sunday Brunch with delectable foods, and a chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus

In the Midnight Hour
Make the New Year memorable with our In the Midnight Hour package. Not only will you get deluxe accommodations, there’s also a party waiting!

Enjoy a New Year’s Eve buffet for two with a spread of decadent delights. Then, after dinner, head to the exclusive Adults-Only New Year’s Eve Party. Dance the night away to live music, try your luck at casino games, countdown to the new year as we live stream the NYC Ball Drop, and toast to fresh beginnings with complimentary champagne. The next morning, you’ll appreciate a 2 p.m. checkout.

Bed, Bash and Brunch
The Bed, Bash and Brunch package is another excellent way to ring in 2017. You’ll get tickets to the Adults-Only New Year’s Eve Party, a New Year’s Day brunch for two, and a late check-out at 2 p.m., along with our deluxe accommodations.

Holidays at Cheyenne Mountain Resort are a magical experience. Our Colorado Springs holiday special offers make the season bright, and our additional amenities mean you’ll relax in comfort: kick back at the spa, try fitness classes, and enjoy wireless internet access in guest rooms and public spaces.















Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Cheyenne Mountain Resort

Thanksgiving is the time to gather around the table with friends and family to celebrate everything you are thankful for! This holiday season, we invite you to join us at our table so you can enjoy this time together and let us do all the work.

Turkey buffet CheyenneCheyenne Thanksgiving Day Brunch

Thursday, November 24, 2016

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Adults $59.00 - Children Ages 6 - 11 $29.50 - Children ages 5 and under are complimentary

Reservations are highly recommended and seating fills quickly

Call the Mountain View Restaurant at 719-538-4060 to reserve your table or reserve online at

We look forward to welcoming you to Cheyenne Mountain Resort for the holiday season and hope you will have the chance to experience one of our many dining options.

Holiday Buffets at Cheyenne Mountain Resort

Brunch with Santa, Christmas Day brunch
Holiday Dinner Buffet, New Year's Eve Dinner Buffet
New Year's Day, Sunday Brunch

For complete details on our menus and to make your holiday dining reservations, please visit our Dining page.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Cheyenne Mountain Resort!






Colorado Springs Romantic and Relaxing Getaway Packages for a Unique Retreat

Sometimes all you need to rejuvenate is a peaceful haven from the world. Grab your significant other, spouse, friends, or family, and enjoy any of these romantic and relaxing getaway packages in Colorado Springs at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

Recharge and refresh with our spa services in Colorado Springs, or indulge in a romantic rendezvous for two.

Feel the Love with a Romantic Getaway in Colorado Springs
PEOPLE_COUPLE_romanceThe Romantic Rendezvous package is your ticket to an intimate retreat with your loved one. It includes everything you need for a special trip just for the two of you.

Upon your arrival, champagne and petit fours will be delivered to your room to welcome you. Your deluxe accommodations will include a balcony or patio for taking in that fresh mountain air. Finally, a delicious dinner buffet for two at the Mountain View Restaurant will be waiting in the evening, and a scrumptious breakfast buffet for two will grace your morning.

Soothe Your Senses at a Spa Retreat in Colorado Springs

Girlfriends Spa Getaway
The Girlfriends Spa Getaway is just the right package for a pampered weekend with your best pals. You’ll get a selection of spa services, a light and healthy lunch, drinks, and great spa products to take home with you.

Spa Retreat for Two
You and a guest can relax together and enjoy the royal treatment. You’ll get a side-by-side Swedish massage, scalp therapy, and a foot therapy treatment, followed by complimentary champagne in the Sanctuary Room. You’ll also get deluxe overnight accommodations, breakfast for two, and a late 2 p.m. check-out.

If you are looking for the ultimate resort getaway in Colorado Springs with spa packages for couples, Cheyenne Mountain Resort is the perfect location to enjoy your downtime. We have three delicious dining venues, a golf course, tennis courts, a private 35-acre lake and more to make your stay exceptional.