Things to do in Colorado Springs

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.



Ghost Towns in Colorado Springs

If you are looking for something different to do with your family while visiting Colorado Springs, you'll want to check out some of these Ghost Towns around the area. After all, how often do you really get to see a Ghost Town while traveling?

Ghost towns worth checking out in Colorado Springs TRAVEL_PEOPLE_couple looking at a map

Day trips to ghost towns in and around Colorado Springs reflect the history of Colorado when Colorado’s mining boom in the late 1800s brought promises of abundant riches to miners and created town after town for the droves of miners who flocked to the mines.

The miners and the industries and businesses that sprang up around them are long gone, but the ghosts of the towns remain as testimony to the starry-eyed people who raced west to get rich. Wander through the abandoned streets where outlaws and others faced off in showdowns. Step into the saloons that offered thirsty miners a respite from the drudgery of digging, some nourishment to get them ready to dig again, and ladies to keep them company while they rested.

Visit the tree-lined streets of Vicksburg and Winfield and look for the ghostly gold-hunting burros. Founded in 1867 after prospectors camping in Clear Creek Canyon’s burros wandered down the creek to where gold lay in the creek, Vicksburg had a unique water system of ditches.

Carson, 12,000 feet above sea level, was somewhat inhospitable to miners, but was still founded for them. Uptop is not completely deserted, as its 1877 railroad depot is now a museum. Goldfield once held the highly productive Portland Mine.

Come visit the ghost towns in Colorado Springs and stay at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. We offer a wide range of amenities for the entire family to enjoy. After a day visiting ghost towns, you can relax by our pool or enjoy dinner and dessert at one of our on-site restaurants. We look forward to welcoming you!






5 Family Summer Vacation Ideas in the Rocky Mountains

Formed over 55 million years ago, the Rocky Mountains stretch over 3,000 miles. The dramatic scenic views make the Rockies the perfect place for vacations. Here are some summer family vacation ideas for vacations in the Rocky Mountains.

Experience the Rockies with fun activities on your family summer vacation in the Rocky Mountains

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  1. Rafting trips in Colorado down the Colorado or Poudre Rivers or Clear Creek can be whitewater; exciting and challenging, or serene on a meandering river.

  2. Kayaking along the run from the Estes Park kayak course is thrilling, with the course extending all the way to downtown Estes.

  3. The Colorado Ziplining experience for daring adventurers lets you safely fly from Pikes Peak through the air at speeds up to 55 MPH over cliffs and other intriguing terrain.

  4. Hot air ballooning in the Rocky Mountains is a great choice also, as you glide through the air over Colorado Springs and the majestic Front Range of the Rockies.

  5. Wildlife watching and scenic drives can introduce you to an amazing array of animals in the Rocky Mountains. You can see (and hear) male elks bugling to the lady elks, as they call the ladies to mating season.

The best place to stay while you vacation in the Rockies is Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Lounge at the resort’s beach by the lake, let your children enjoy the Kidz Camp and splash pad, and enjoy the resort’s many other amenities.



Summer Festivals Are a Great Addition to Your Vacation in Colorado

If you're planning a trip to Colorado, you'll want to see how we kick off the 2016 Summer Festivals! The summer festivals in Colorado Springs are a great way for travelers to experience a diversity of fun activities all summer long.

EVENTS_FESTIVALUpcoming Events: Something for Everyone

The Colorado Springs Summer Festivals offers a variety of attractions:

Springs Spree Festival: Held on August 13-14 at Memorial Park, Springs Spree is the Pike Peak region’s free community celebration that provides live music, food truck competitions, and a beer garden.

Fiddles and Vino 2016: Set to kick off on Sunday, July 31, at the Rock Ledge Ranch, Fiddles and Vino celebrates its 12th year of offering food, wine, and music to guests in Colorado Springs.

10th Annual Springs Beer Fest: Taking place on August 6 at America The Beautiful Park, the Springs Beer Fest offers fresh samplings from over 55 notable crafts, as well as local fare from restaurants and food trucks.

Tiny House Jamboree: Scheduled from August 5-7, this quirky Colorado Springs event offers tiny houses, workshops, exhibits, educational seminars, and more.

Enjoy your stay in Colorado Springs

When you want to rest from all the festivities, Cheyenne Mountain Resort offers accommodations that put you close to the fun festivals in Colorado. Visit our website and book your summer vacation in Colorado in Colorado Springs!


Enjoy Summer Events Even More with Our Hot Hotel Deals in Colorado Springs!

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Summer Events in Colorado Springs

Why visit Cheyenne Mountain Resort? Not only is it beautiful here, but there is so much to do.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of fun things to do during your summertime stay with us!

Cheyenne Summer Savings Packages for 2016

To give you even more incentives to stay here, let us tell you about our hotel deals we have available this summer in Colorado Springs.

  • Passport to Summer – We offer a parent’s welcome gift worth $200.00 in savings. You will have access to incredible on-site activities like local beer tastings, live music, movies at the pool and much more!
  • Colorado Bed & Breakfast – Do you want to have a relaxing and luxurious vacation? We offer resort amenities, lavish accommodations with a patio or balcony, and a delectable buffet-style breakfast each morning.

How will you spend your summer vacation? We know you will have the time of your life when you take advantage of all that Colorado has to offer. Come visit us at Cheyenne Mountain Resort and book your Summer Savings Package today! 

Hear the Magic With Colorado Springs Summer Symphony

When you’re searching for a new and exciting vacation destination this season, consider coming down to the Colorado Springs area. It serves as a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and this year, it’s hosting the 2016 Summer Symphony. 


Local parks will put on a series of free summer concerts performed by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Taking inspiration from the concerts of other historical acts and figures, this series sets out to provide culture and entertainment to the whole community.

Concert Events

The Colorado Springs Summer Symphony is scheduled to provide a wide variety of events for everyone in the region, so book your stay today. Just a few upcoming events this summer include:

  • A big 4th of July event at Memorial Park. The family fun starts at 5:30 p.m. and includes a beer garden and food
  • Symphony Above The Clouds in Woodland Park on July 5, 2016

Be Comfortable During Your Vacation

When you come down to listen to the CO Springs Summer Symphony, make sure you look up Cheyenne Mountain Resort for all your accommodation needs. We provide:

  • More than 300 rooms and suites
  • 200+ scenic acres just waiting to be explored
  • Dozens of indoor/outdoor tennis courts
  • 5 indoor/outdoor pools
  • And so much more!

The Summer Symphony in Colorado Springs offers fun for the whole family, so visit soon to experience the magic for yourself!

4th of July Celebrations in Colorado Springs

Make your trip to Colorado extra memorable over the patriotic holiday with these local 4th of July 2016 Celebrations in Colorado Springs. Visit the state parks, Pikes Peak on 4th of July, and more.


Here are some great ways to celebrate the 4th of July in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs 4th of July Philharmonic Concert

Enjoy activities and a beer garden along with live music from the symphony at Memorial Park. Don’t forget to stay after the show for fireworks!

2016 Pikes Peak Art & Music Festival

Soak in this fest that features a juried art show, live music, hands-on activities, food, and local brews. Stroll through America the Beautiful Park and discover local culture and talent. One of the most popular 4th of July Events in Colorado Springs.

Tri-Lakes 4th of July Celebration

A day of fun in nearby Monument starts off with a pancake dinner. Then enjoy the fanfare of a parade, and check out the street fair. Finish things off with the Music Festival.

Ft. Carson’s 4th on the 3rd

Head to Iron Horse Park in nearby Fort Carson on the 3rd for activities (bounce houses, bungee jump and trampoline, a corn maze) as well as live music, food vendors, and fireworks.

Western Heritage Day Celebration

Celebrate Western heritage on July 3rd at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Enjoy crafts, horseshoes, steer roping, and other fun activities. Settle in for live music, and stay afterward for an excellent view of the fireworks from Ft. Carson.

4th of July Flag Flying Festival

Bring your own flag and wear it with pride as you enjoy a morning session of zip lining over the Manitou foothills at Adventures Out West.

Western Museum of Mining and Industry

Come for the history; stay for the interactive exhibits and guided tours that showcase a legacy of the American frontier.

Come and stay with us at Cheyenne Mountain Resort to ensure you’re close to all of the things to do for 4th of July in Colorado Springs.


Top 3 Things to Pack For A Trip To Colorado Springs

Colorado is famous for its beautiful parks to adrenaline-filled outdoor sports and attractions. There is so much to enjoy while here so we want to share this list of the Top 3 Things to Pack when visiting Colorado Springs.


Packing for Colorado: 3 Things That Should Occupy Space inside Your Suitcase
Packing the most suitable clothes, accessories and gear for your trip will depend mostly on the time of year you visit Colorado Springs. No matter the season, it is a great idea to bring a variety of options to ensure you are comfortable throughout your trip.

Here are three essentials that you should pack while planning the details of your upcoming trip to Colorado Springs.

Sunscreen. Given the high altitude of this state, you will want to pack your lip balm and sunscreen. Year-round protection from the elements and preventing the chance of Sunburn, is important when visiting Colorado. Whether you have a wide-brimmed hat or sunscreen that will work during the most active excursions, this should be one of the first things to add to your suitcase.

Lightweight Clothes. They say layers are the best when traveling. Temperatures in Colorado Springs can vary from day to night so you'll want to have a variety of options to ensure you remain comfortable throughout your visit. During the day, temperatures rise and the heat of the day will have you reaching for hats and clothing to help you as you are enjoying the area. Night time temperatures can dip so it's great to have that extra jacket or sweater ready in a pinch. Of course, there is always a chance for rain so remember to pack a poncho or a raincoat.

Camera. It goes without saying that the views and landscape of Colorado Sprigs are truly breathtaking. You definitely don't want to forget to bring your camera or cell phone to snap those shots that will make your trip to Colorado Springs memorable.

Plan Your Stay at Cheyenne Mountain Resort
Now that you know what to pack for Colorado Springs, you just need to book your stay with us at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Our Colorado Springs vacation destination is the perfect way to round out your next vacation.