Deep in the heart of Pike & San Isabel National Forests (PSI) are thousands of winding and bifurcating passages resembling an intricate network of arteries and veins. These 2,500-plus miles of trails and roads in forestlands spanning 15 Colorado counties transport nature lovers and recreationists to and from some of...
By Pam Zubeck It’s hard not to miss the progress made on the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum and Hall of Fame at Vermijo and Sierra Madre streets. Officials have previously said it will open in early 2020. Now, the pedestrian bridge that will link the museum with America the Beautiful...
For Pikes Peak-area tourism officials, it’s all about the destination, not the journey. With the region’s population already growing rapidly and — by all accounts — likely to continue doing so, it is a pivotal time to ensure visitor needs are also taken into consideration, according to Visit Colorado Springs’...
Visits to the Pikes Peak region increased slightly in 2017, the latest year for which figures are available from tourism research firm Longwoods International. That increase may have been small, but VisitCOS President and CEO Doug Price will take it. “Every year we’re setting records,” he said. “When you can just...
The new visitor center on the summit of Pikes Peak is expected to host nearly 750,000 visitors and generate roughly $30 million each year when it is completed in fall 2020. But as construction gets underway again for a second season, the project is already providing hundreds of jobs. Around 40...
A bill passed in the waning hours of the Colorado legislative session opens the door to on-premises consumption of marijuana products at licensed businesses, but local officials aren’t jumping at the chance to implement it. House Bill 1230, the so-called cannabis hospitality measure, would allow local jurisdictions to license and...
After protracted negotiations, the owners of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway and representatives of Manitou Springs in November reached an accord on a tax incentive agreement for reconstruction of the 127-year-old railway. The Cog’s owners, The Oklahoma Publishing Co., said in an official statement that the railway would reopen in...
A report produced for Manitou Springs strongly recommends that the city come to terms with the owners of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway to rebuild and reopen the 127-year-old attraction. “We believe allowing the cog to stop operating for an extended period is a grave mistake,” the report by Summit...
Community theater companies have proliferated in Colorado Springs in the past several years. “If you wanted to, you could probably see a live show just about every weekend,” said Emory John Collinson, vice president of the Springs Ensemble Theatre. The biggest companies, the Fine Arts Center Theatre and Theatreworks, dominate the...
The world’s largest collection of Olympic torches and medals reside behind locked doors at U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters in downtown Colorado Springs. Only donors, sponsors and Team USA members currently are allowed to view them. But when the U.S. Olympic Museum opens in the spring of 2020, these remarkable artifacts...
The three letters in SCP Hotel’s name represent soul, community and planet. “We call it holistic hospitality,” said Bill Tremper, co-owner of the hotel. “It’s about helping guests take care of their soul, connect with the local community and help care for our planet.” Tremper, the founder of the hotel’s parent...
Summer’s colorful balloons have landed and festival tents have folded, marking the end of Colorado Springs’ peak tourist season. But many visitors think fall is the best time to come to the Pikes Peak region, and local tourism promotion organizations are stepping up their efforts to bring them here. “With kids...