Econo Lodge North Academy
1075 Kelly Johnson Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Phone: (719) 260-6969
Fax: (719) 548-7414
Colorado Springs is veined with numerous bike paths that all seem to lead to one of its many attractions or parks. It is a fact that is not lost on this pedal-power shop, which rents mountains bikes, by the half day, full day and weekend. Note, however, that it does not rent kid's bikes or road bikes. Bike paths leading to the United States Air Force Academy are conveniently located right outside the shop's doors. Bike clothing, maps, and top-name road, mountain and BMX bikes are all for sale.
The fact that this course is located on Divot Trail is a good indication that this is one hardcore golf course. Rumor even has it that this course, which is rated as one of the top 10 courses in Colorado, has caused many golfers to crumble to their knees and weep openly. The first seven holes of the back nine are either bordered or divided by water, with the 16th hole providing a golfing exclamation point with a green surrounded by traps and lakes. Tee times can be reserved three days in advance.
This museum documents rodeo's 19th-century genesis, when it was a cowboy's way of life, to the business and sport it is today. Multimedia presentations and display cases featuring trophies, gear and photos dominate the museum. The Hall of Champions showcases rodeo greats, announcers and clowns. The outside rodeo arena features live rodeo animals. An on-site gift shop shelves all sorts of books, collectibles and music.
Mountain Shadows Park is a neighborhood park on Flying West Ranch Road. Spread across 6.5 acres (2.63 hectares), it features trails, a volleyball court, soccer and softball field, horseshoe pits, a playground and picnic spots. It is also used for local events as well.
Minerals, the lure of the west, are now the lure of this museum. Featuring four buildings in a park-like setting, it provides a window to the world of mining. It includes over 4000 mining items like steam engines, drills, picks and pans, early photographs and even a stable of live burros. In this hands-on museum, kids can try their luck at panning for gold. There are tables for picnics and plenty of RV parking.
Garden of the Gods is sprawled over 1360 acres (550 hectares). Its unique geological landscape consists of protruding rocks of deep red sandstone. These structures strike a startling contrast against the green swathes of this park. Before embarking on an exploration, a film educates visitors on the geological upheaval of this area, as well as the park's history. One can discover the hidden flora and fauna of this region through nature walks, on a bike or horseback, or by following pathways like the Siamese Twins Trail. Other activities include bird-watching and rock-climbing. One can also engage in interactive exhibits and enjoy refreshments at a café on-site. This pet-friendly venue is also a dog owner's delight.
A heavy indicator that this historical center offers an authentic experience can be gauged by the simple fact that it offers sarsaparilla as a beverage. While most such attractions focus on Colorado's "Wild West" days, this center, which is listed on the National Register of Historical Places, underscores the state's homesteading past with renovated buildings, including a Blacksmith shop, and characters in period clothing. Lectures, military re-enactments and a live 1880s baseball game are some of its educational features.
If you lack the time to wander into the mountains for a hike, this city park provides a quick and surprisingly bucolic alternative. Hiking, biking and horseback riding trails fan throughout the park's foliage-thick hills and bluffs. Some portions of the trails yield little hint that downtown is just minutes away. In addition, there are plenty of baseball, softball and soccer fields, as well as volleyball courts. Picnic shelters and restrooms make it conducive for summer gatherings.
Clune Arena is situated a the US Air Force Academy. It's named after the Air Force Academy's Director of Athletics, Colonel John J. Clune. It has hosted many matches of basketball, volleyball, hockey, many field sports and recently a boxing tournament too. The arena seats about 5,939 spectators and thus attracts numerous people for the popular matches.
Cadet Ice Arena is housed in US Air Force Academy which is one of the important defense academies of the nation. Located 7000 feet above sea level with less air coupled with tough components leaves the hockey players gasping for their breath. The mighty Falcons have won most of the games played in the arena. This 2,502 seater arena surely is one of the toughest and hardest to conquer.
Home of the Colorado Rockies Triple-A farm team, the Sky Sox, this intimate 6,000-seat stadium is a great venue for seeing some of baseball's future stars up close. All the seats afford good field views, and all are prime spots for catching a souvenir foul ball. Try to snare a seat on the stadium's third base side and prepare to be awed by a stunning Colorado sunset over the Rocky Mountains. There are plenty of fan promotions throughout the season and fireworks after each game. Parking is generous and close.
An absolute favorite among the local sportsmen, for all their spectacular matches. The stadium has a seating capacity of 8,500 with well-equipped boxes and relevant facilities around. Also, this filed is home to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and the Colorado Rockies. So book your tickets for the upcoming baseball match and cheer for your favorite team.