Econo Lodge Airport
6715 Panamint Ct.
Colorado Springs, CO 80915
Phone: (719) 638-5800
Fax: (719) 596-6105
Anyone with an interest in mechanical things that leave the ground will enjoy this museum. It is located in the original art deco-styled Colorado Springs Passenger Terminal Building. With its military setting, it looks exactly like one of those buildings used in 1950s sci-fi movies when horrible, giant ants terrorized man. The focus of the museum is on early aviation history, with an emphasis on World War II. Since it is inside Peterson Air Force base, you will need identification to enter and access is restricted. Entry to the museum is free.
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.
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.
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.
Conveniently located in Memorial Park, this indoor ice rink offers year round skating. The ice schedule, which changes monthly, includes public skating, figure skating sessions and adult drop-in hockey. Beginners will find it easy to learn how to skate in a rink environment, for the boards are great to cling to while learning how to balance. Lessons for youth hockey players are provided as well. The rink also sponsors special evening skating events such as Family Night and Teen Night. Rental skates are available.
This 193-acre park offers more recreation and entertainment options than most cruise ships. Besides the usual park offerings of tennis courts, ball fields, jogging paths and picnic shelters, it also offers swimming, fishing and sailing on Prospect Lake, as well as year round ice skating and hockey in the Sertich Ice Center. The park also plays host to the Colorado Balloon Classic and the annual 4th of July Celebration. Picnic shelters can be reserved in advance for family picnics and such.
This alpine school redefines the term of "higher" learning, and, unlike this bad pun, receives strong praise. Well-trained guides can teach you the skills and techniques needed to scale cliffs of ice, ski the back country and mountain climb. Rock climbing lessons, its most popular offering, usually take place on the rocks at Garden of the Gods and are open to all skill levels. Private lessons are given and all equipment is provided. Also popular are guided technical and non-technical Pikes Peak climbs.
City founder, General William Jackson Palmer, donated this park in 1871 giving it the dubious distinction of being Colorado Spring's first park. Located downtown, it provides a nice lunch respite for brown-bagging business people. A large band shell has live musical entertainment during the summer, and on Monday's the park hosts the ever-popular Farmers Market. Recreational options abound including horseshoe pits, shuffleboard courts and playgrounds for kids. Rest rooms and public telephones are numerous.
Earlier known as the Penrose Equestrian Center, the Norris Penrose Event Center provides recreation and other facilities to the residents and visitors to the Pikes Peak Region. The center has facilities like meeting rooms, banquet halls, a 51,000 squarefoot stadium and catering service. Events like horse shows, circus, and Hunter Jumper Competition takes place at this venue. A perfect venue for hosting business as well as social events.
This Pete Dye designed course is a bit more expensive than its city counterpart, but worth the price. The fairways are wide, but surrounding trees and ponds make it imperative that you keep the ball straight. A professional is on-site to help you master your swing at the driving range or to work on your short game at the putting green and chipping area. Green fees for non-members vary by season. Reservations can be made up to four days in advance.
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.
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.