Manitou Springs

Barker House in Manitou Springs
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The mineral springs at Manitou Springs, named by Native Americans for the great spirit Manitou, helped give Colorado Springs its name. The springs also brought to the area many people who suffered from consumption, hoping for a cure. They were urged to drink the waters and many patients did recover. It was later discovered that they weren’t cured by the water but by the dry mountain air –…

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World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame

Staff writer The World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame honors the significant role of Colorado Springs in American figure skating through the World Arena, which continues to train America’s finest skaters. Exhibits highlight the history of figure skating ,and a Hall of Fame honors the sport’s champions, such as Sonya Henie, Dick Button and Coloradan Scott Hamilton. Details World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame 20 First…

November 16, 2011
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U.S. Olympic Complex

U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The U.S. Olympic Complex covers 37 acres and includes a training center for American Olympic athletes and headquarters for the U.S. Olympic Committee. Athletes representing nine sports live and train full-time or part-time. Free guided tours feature a film and a walking tour, visiting training facilities including gymnasiums, weightlifting and wrestling facilities, the shooting center and the aquatics center. U.S. Olympic Complex 1750 E. Boulder St. Colorado Springs…

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Seven Falls

Seven Falls near Colorado Springs
November 16, 2011

Staff writer Seven Falls, a short drive up Cheyenne Mountain, features seven 181-foot waterfalls that can be viewed from the Eagles Nest, reachable either by elevator or a 224-step stairway. Dramatic views of Colorado Springs and the plains are available from Inspiration Point. Self-guided audio tours are available. The falls are illuminated on summer evenings and during the Christmas season. Details Seven Falls 2850 S. Cheyenne Canyon Road Colorado Springs…

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Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy offers a look at rodeo’s history, and its champions are honored in the museum, next to the national headquarters of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Tributes to rodeo greats such as Casey Tibbs, whose statue is at the entrance to the hall, appear in exhibits with their trophies and tack. Details Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame…

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Peterson Air and Space Museum

Peterson Air and Space Museum in Colorado Springs
November 16, 2011

Staff writer Exhibits at the Peterson Air and Space Museum tell of Colorado’s Air Force history, including NORAD, the Air Force Space Command and Colorado Springs aviation history. Exhibits include historic aircraft and missiles, model airplanes and military uniforms. The museum is located in the original terminal of the Colorado Springs Airport at Peterson Air Force Base. Visitors without military or U.S. Department of Defense identification should check on the…

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Ghost Town Wild West Museum

Staff writer The Ghost Town Wild West Museum takes visitors back in time to a ghost town in the 19th Century. Lots of hands-on activities are available, including gold panning and a shooting gallery. The museum is located in the 1899 Colorado Midland railroad complex. Details Ghost Town Wild West Museum 400 S. 21st St. Colorado Springs CO 80904 (719) 634-0696 Website

November 16, 2011
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Focus on the Family Welcome Center

Focus on Family Welcome Center in Colorado Springs
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The Focus on the Family Welcome Center, located north of Colorado Springs, gives visitors an overview of the ministry that defines its mission as preserving and promoting traditional values in the home. Guided tours are available, showing the broadcast studio and other operations. Details Focus on the Family Welcome Center 8685 Explorer Drive Colorado Springs CO 80920 (719) 531-3328 Website

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Cave of the Winds

Cave of the Winds near Colorado Springs
November 16, 2011

Staff writer Tours of the lighted caverns at Cave of the Winds reveal stalagmites and stalactites that nature has sculpted beneath the earth. Among its tours, one lit by lantern lets visitors carry their own lights while guides tell stories of the cave. A dinner theater and a windwalker challenge course are also available. Details Cave of the Winds 100 Cave of the Winds Road Manitou Springs CO 80829 (719)…

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Staff writer The unique Cheyenne Mountain Zoo features many Western animals. such as mountain lions, grizzly bears, otters and moose. The zoo houses more than 750 animals as well as a carousel and a chair lift, the Mountaineer Sky Ride, with beautiful views of the region. At the giraffe enclosure, visitors can see members of the large herd face-to-face from an elevated platform. Included in zoo admission is entrance to…

November 16, 2011
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