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The last time Gray Line of Colorado Springs ran tours up the Pikes Peak Highway was in 2008. In the wake of the closure of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Gray Line is preparing to hit the road again. “We’re ready to start daily sightseeing tours on April 14,” President Chuck Murphy Jr. said. The […]
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The tourism industry in the Pikes Peak region enjoyed a record-setting year in 2016 — and this year might be even better.
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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, on shaky financial footing two decades ago, is now a thriving nonprofit organization that is breaking attendance records almost every year. A marketing campaign targeted potential customers in the Denver and Pueblo areas, and that’s paid off, said zoo CEO Bob Chastain. “The real market that is growing is Denver,” Chastain said. […]
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Hundreds of Colorado Springs city officials, local leaders and advocates converged downtown last week to witness a groundbreaking for the 60,000-square-foot, $75 million U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame. The crowd gathered June 9 at the intersection of South Sierra Madre Street and Vermijo Avenue to celebrate the kickoff of construction of the museum, […]
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A few years ago when then-Mayor Steve Bach revived the long-deferred Pikes Peak Summit House Project, preliminary estimates of project costs were between $15-20 million. That figure has ballooned to $47.5 million, leaving a $10 million funding gap. But help might be on the way. “The Broadmoor is very excited about the prospects of a […]
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The Springs will be a special destination for thousands of out-of-town guests this summer because of two much-anticipated events.
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Tax revenue for hotel rooms and car rentals is up 15.6 percent; hotel occupancy rates are up 7 percent and passenger numbers at the Colorado Springs airport jumped 43 percent last year. The statistics point to one thing: Tourism is on the rise in Colorado Springs, mirroring the rest of the state. But the increase […]
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David Leinweber’s formula is simple: Create an umbrella organization to amplify the voice of the local outdoor recreation industry; use that collective voice to grow the number of outdoor recreation enthusiasts; and create more jobs in the industry while planting seeds for future economic development. Leinweber is the owner of Westside fishing retailer Angler’s Covey, […]
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This month the U.S. Travel Association is asking Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year as part of a national observance — and some Colorado Springs businesses have already marked their calendars. U.S. Travel’s initiative called Project: Time Off will host National Plan for Vacation Day Jan. 31, which encourages […]
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Is Colorado Springs ready to join the dozens of American cities that have resurrected streetcars? It’s more likely than ever before. The city and the Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation are working together to acquire two miles of railway right-of-way along North Nevada Avenue from the Burlington, Northern and...
The summit of Pikes Peak as viewed from Colorado Springs appears to be a steep and rocky ridge with a defined high point. But the millions who have reached the summit know that it’s a high-altitude plateau, less a mountaintop than a staging ground for inventive businesses, delightful scams and feats of derring-do. Prior to […]
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After a banner year for the tourism industry in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region, Mayor John Suthers confirmed Nov. 3 at the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau’s annual tourism dinner that Frontier Airlines will add more routes at Colorado Springs’ airport in 2017. Suther’s said the airport’s Commercial Aeronautical Zone continues to track […]
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