Events & Activities to Enhance Any Visit to The Broadmoor
DMOOR is located in the heart of one of the most beautiful and historic places on Earth. The Pikes Peak region abounds with dozens of attractions that are open year-round and appeal to sightseers, nature, sports and adventure-minded travelers of every age. The attractions provide for the perfect family vacation, and for those who arrive by air, The BROA
DMOOR can assist in arranging transportation for sightseeing with numerous local companies, or rental cars are available on site through Hertz.
Here is just a brief glimpse at the world of friendly attractions available in the Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs area:
§ Pikes Peak: America’s Mountain
– Reaching 14,115 feet, scenic Pike’s Peak is accessible via car, year –round (weather permitting) Home of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, the second oldest car race in America, and the Pikes Peak Marathon. Katharine Lee Bates penned “America the Beautiful” in 1893 after visiting the summit. www.pikespeakcolorado.com
§ The Broadmoor’s Pikes Peak Cog Railway
– For 115 years, the Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway (the world's highest cog railroad, the highest Colorado railroad AND highest train in the United States) has taken passengers to the 14,115 foot summit of Pikes Peak. Just 77 miles from downtown Denver and 6 miles from downtown Colorado Springs, this classic Colorado train trip is NOW running year-round. www.cograilway.com
· Seven Falls
– Known as “The Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado.” Drive along a box canyon through amazing rock formations. An express elevator tunnels into the mountainside and goes 130 feet up to the Eagle’s Nest Platform. A 224-step stairway beside the falls leads to panoramic overlooks of Colorado Springs and eastern Colorado. www.sevenfalls.com
§ The Stables at The BROADMOOR
– Experience unique western horseback riding only 20 minutes from the resort. One and two-hour rides are available. A one-hour Wildlife Safari ride is a unique opportunity for the slightly more advanced rider, with the greatest feature being the chance to ride among the elk and buffalo. www.comtnadventure.com
· Cave of the Winds
– The oldest attraction in the Pikes Peak region, visitors can choose from two tours through subterranean chambers to get different perspectives on Colorado’s geological wonders. Be sure to check out their newest attractions, Wind Walker Challenge Course and the Bat-a-Pult Zip line ride! www.caveofthewinds.com
§ Cheyenne Mountain State Park
- is Colorado’s newest state park, was one of the locations that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to pen America the Beautiful. The park offers 20 miles of trails for hiking and biking alongside the scenic Rocky Mountains, a peak to plains eco system. The trails range anywhere from short and easy to long and moderate for any level recreationalist. Recreational opportunities are offered in the park year-round. http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/CheyenneMountain/
§ Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
– America’s ONLY mountain zoo and home to the largest giraffe heard in North America, with more than 700 diverse and exotic creatures. Breathtaking views of the city from the Shrine of the Sun monument above the zoo (weather permitting).
§ Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
– One of the most unique arts centers is right here in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado. Overlooking the purple mountains’ majesty of Pikes Peak, on land provided by Mrs. Spencer Penrose, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center was founded in 1936. Today, the Fine Arts Center continues this grand tradition with its stunning art museum, performing arts theatre, and school of art and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Fine Arts Center is often thought of as one of the top ten most significant buildings in Colorado.
§ Colorado Springs World Arena and Ice Hall
– These nationally recognized facilities for USA figure skating, USA ice hockey, and USA short-track speed skating and home to the Colorado College hockey team. This is also an official United States Olympic training facility. Special events, national and internationally acclaimed concerts and shows are held in the 8,500 seat World Arena. Public skating daily at the Ice Hall. www.worldarena.com
· Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
– Preservation. Conservation. Education. Personalized one hour walking tours through the sanctuary are fun and educational. Guaranteed an up-close view of the beautiful, majestic, and elusive wolf! Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time. Tours are conducted year-round Tuesday through Sunday at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm plus 4pm in the spring/summer seasons. All tours are by reservation only.
§ Florissant Fossil Beds
- Beneath a grassy mountain valley in central Colorado lies one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument boasts 2 different kinds of fossils, massive petrified redwood tree stumps and small carbon impression fossils of plants and insects. It can be a great place to visit any time of the year.
§ Garden of the Gods Park and Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center
– This 1,300-acre park, a Registered National Natural Landmark of towering red sandstone rock formations is set at the foot of Pikes Peak. Walking and horse trails, picnic facilities and a visitor’s center make this a great family experience. Free and open to the public year-round. www.gardenofgods.com
§ Glen Eyrie Castle
- The home of Colorado Springs founder, General William Jackson Palmer, this castle is nestled right next to Garden of the Gods Park. Glen Eyrie is home to over 800 acres of stately pines and whispering aspen, lush lawns, sparkling waterfalls, majestic sandstone rock faces and the area's wild Bighorn Sheep herd that roam the grounds. Take a castle tour or enjoy a Victorian Tea. www.gleneyrie.org
§ Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings
– Opened in 1907, the museum includes some of the finest architecture of the Cliff Dwelling Anasazi Indians. The outdoor preserve demonstrates the Anasazi’s fine stonework with a dwelling of over 40 rooms that can be explored on a self-guided tour.
§ Historic Manitou Springs
– A historic Victorian town nestled at the foot of Pikes Peak offering boutique shopping, mineral springs, casual or fine dining and art galleries. Home of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the Cliff Dwellings, Miramont Castle and the Iron Springs Melodrama Dinner Theatre.
§ Western Museum of Mining and Industry
– Over 4,000 artifacts are on display at the 27-acre indoor/outdoor exhibit site; which includes a ten-stamp ore mill, a multi-purpose center with exhibits, a theater and a 5,000-volume research library. The entire exhibit complex is an exciting and exceptional tool for learning about Colorado history, mining and industrial technology, geology, and the environment. http://www.wmmi.org/
§ Miramont Castle Museum
– Miramont Castle was constructed in 1895 as a private home for Father Jean Baptist Francolon, a French born Catholic priest. The castle features nine styles of architecture ranging from English Tudor to Byzantine and all crafted from locally quarried greenstone and yellow pine framing. Today Miramont is a museum dedicated to preserving the Victorian heritage of Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak region. www.miramontcastle.org
§ Money Museum
– The museum includes exhibits
in three main galleries, where visitors can find spectacular rarities and learn about the history of our nation and the world as seen through money.
§ Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
– Discovered by Mollie Kathleen Gortner in 1891, it was shortly proclaimed “The World’s Greatest Gold Camp.” Visitors can descend the country’s only 1,000-foot vertical mine shaft and gold mine tour. The mine is located halfway between Pikes Peak and the Royal Gorge. (Open daily April through October) www.goldminetours.com
§ Historic Old Colorado City
– Blocks of diverse shops featuring handcrafted and imported items, boutiques, antiques, toys and a magic emporium along with restaurants serving everything from family fare to fine dining. Located at 21st
St just north of Colorado Avenue and west of I-25.
§ Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts
- Built in 1982 to serve as a regional entertainment and cultural center, the Pikes Peak Center's downtown Colorado Springs location has achieved international acclaim for its design and acoustical qualities. Artists and critics alike have been lavish in their praise of the Center which hosts more than 200 performances annually.
§ Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy
– Located adjacent to the national headquarters of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, this is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to the sport of rodeo. www.prorodeo.org
§ The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
- This is a new museum in Woodland Park, Colorado, with exhibits of huge marine reptiles, pterosaurs, dinosaurs, a working fossil lab viewable by visitors, educational activities, interactive children's area, theatre, and a great gift shop.
§ Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
– Opening in late summer 2014 the world-famous highest suspension bridge in North America soars 1,053 feet above the Arkansas River. Come see breathtaking views from their all-new Visitor’s Center (opening soon).
§ Serenity Springs
- Serenity Springs Wildlife Center is home to over 120 big cats, including lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, genets, servals, caracals, and a coatimundi. Summer Tour times are Saturdays and Sundays at 9 am, 11 am, and 3 pm. No reservations are needed to attend tour. Large group tours and specialty tours also offered. www.serenityspringswildlife.org
§ U.S. Air Force Academy
– Colorado Springs is the proud home of the U.S. Air Force Academy. The base is free and open to visitors year-round. Enjoy the history of the Academy at the Visitor Center, view the stunning architecture of the Cadet Chapel or even root for the Falcons at one of their many sporting events. Also during the school year, catch one of the Noon formations that take place Monday, Wednesday and Friday (weather permitting) www.usafa.af.milv
§ U.S. Olympic Headquarters and Training Center
– Year-round facility for Olympic training of summer and winter athletes with specific training facilities and equipment for 17 major sports including swimming, shooting, karate, boxing, gymnastics, volleyball, basketball, cycling and skating.
§ The World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame
– Collection of world figure skating memorabilia, films, books and history of inductees. Located at the United States Figure Skating Association national headquarters adjacent to The BROA
DMOOR. Open Monday through Friday from 10AM to 4PM. Group and private tours may be arranged in advance. www.usfsa.org
§ Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun
– Located above the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the shrine is accessible by a scenic drive. Offers striking vistas of the surrounding Colorado Springs area, weather permitting. Admission to the Zoo is required for access to the road.
· Penrose Heritage Museum
- Julie Penrose, widow of entrepreneur Spencer Penrose who built The BROADMOOR in 1918, built the original Carriage Museum in 1941. The Museum features the many carriages that Mr. and Mrs. Penrose collected throughout their lifetime. Opening in June 2014, The Broadmoor’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb wing features 4,000 sq. ft. of artifacts and memorabilia of the history of The Broadmoor’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, including the first motorized vehicle to climb the mountain. Digitized video dating back to the first running in 1916 will tell the race's story, along with that of the Pikes Peak highway. Cars and motorcycles will be prominently featured, including a 1906 Readings Standard motorcycle and the first motorcycle, a Ducati Multistrada, to finish the race under the 10-minute mark. Open daily and free to the public.
· Pikes Peak International Raceway
- Pikes Peak International Raceway is a legendary motorsports entertainment venue located south of Colorado Springs in Fountain, CO. With a variety of track surfaces, including a banked one-mile oval, a professionally designed 1.3-mile interior road course and a 12-acre paved autocross lot, PPIR, the “Exhilaration Destination,” provides endless options for professional testing and motor sports events, and serves as an excellent venue for corporate driving programs. www.ppir.com
Information, directions, reservations or travel arrangements to any of these attractions may be made through The BROA
DMOOR Concierge located in the Mezzanine level of BROA
Information on attractions and activities throughout the Pikes Peak region can be found at www.Pikes-Peak.com.
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