the United States
y em cad
Air Force Academy Built along the base of the majestic Rampart Range, this is one of Colorado’s most popular destinations for visitors The elite four-year military institution has a variety of areas open to the public including the Cadet Chapel, concerts at Arnold Hall, Falcon Stadium, and a visitors center. Call 333-2025 to confirm hours of operation. I-25 at Exit 156B (North Gate Blvd.), www.usafa.af.edu Air Force Academy Planetarium Exit 156 off I-25, North Gate entrance. Originally built in 1959, the refurbished structure now features new technology, reclining theatre seats, and an enhanced educational STEM outreach program for the community. Open to the public weekdays. The Broadmoor One of the country’s finest resorts, The Broadmoor was built in 1918 as a grand hotel and for years has enjoyed a Forbes 5-star and AAA 5 Diamond rating. Offers 54 holes of golf, bowling, tennis, swimming, movies, numerous restaurants, fly fishing, zipline, and horseback riding. Located at One Lake Avenue, 623-5112, www.broadmoor.com. Butte Theater Produced with the Mountain Repertory Theatre Performances include the classic Victorian Melodrama, Shakespeare, comedies, mysteries, and musicals. 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek. Box Office: 689-6402 • www.buttetheater.com
Cave of the Winds Travel deep into the Rocky Mountains. Guided 7/8 mile tour takes you through millions of years of geological history. View stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, plus many other cave formations. Also features aerial “dive” into the canyon, tram ride and family friendly challenge course. Six miles west off Hwy 24 in Manitou Springs, 685-5444, www.caveofthewinds.com. 24
Colorado Springs Philharmonic Performs classics, pops, family and holiday concerts at Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts. Call 575-9632 with questions. www.csphilharmonic.org. Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center Shelter for rescued wolves, foxes and coyotes. Public welcome for educational tours. Located off Hwy. 24 (two miles west of Divide) on Twin Rocks Road 687-9742 www.wolfeducation.org Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad Enjoy unobstructed views from open cars and interesting narrations about gold mines and trestles as you travel to Anaconda, a nearby deserted mining camp. Runs daily, mid May thru Labor Day, 520 E. Carr Street, Cripple Creek, Call 689-2640 for information or visit at www.cripplecreekrailroad.com. Ent Center for the Arts This 92,000 sq. ft. performing and visual arts complex is located on the campus of the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs. It is designed to be a multi-venue artistic hub for the community. Artists series, gallery shows and theatre productions are online at entcenterforthearts.org, 5225 N. Nevada Ave. Colorado Springs. 719-255-3232 Fine Arts Center (FAC) Theatre Company This award winning company offers a full season of muscials, comedies and dramas on two stages. Comprehensive professional training is offered for ages 5 - adult. 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs. Box Office: 634-5581, www.fac.coloradocollege.edu
Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Dinner Theatre 444 Ruxton Ave. in Manitou Springs. Call 685-5104 for hours & ticket prices.www.ironspringschateau.com Millibou Art Theatre (MAT) Award winning community theatre for everyone from 3 to 93. Classes and camps available. 1626 S. Tejon Street in Colorado Springs. Call 465-6321 (tickets) www.themat.org Manitou Cliff Dwellings First opened to the public in 1906 and built more than 700 years ago, these authentic Anasazi dwellings allow you to roam inside the architectural marvels of the American Indians that inhabited the southwest from 1200 B.C.-1300 A.D. A pueblo-style building houses the museum and gift shop. Open seven days a week, call for seasonal hours. 10 Cliff Dwellings Rd. Located five miles west of I-25 off Hwy. 24 in Manitou Springs. 685-5242 • www.cliffdwellingsmuseum.com Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine The United States’ only 1,000 foot vertical shaft gold mine tour complete with viewing areas, air powered tram-air locomotive and mineral display. Discovered in 1891, it is maintained as a mineable property. Continual updates are being made including crosscut tunnels to enhance the experience. Admission fee. Open May September, call for specifics. Group tours available year round. 9388 Hwy. 67 in Cripple Creek. 689-2466, www.goldminetours.com.
Creative D is t ado r o ri l o A “Colorado Creative District”certifies a community contributes economically through creativity, culture and the arts for a five year period.
Catamount Institute/ Beidleman Catamount Institute Environmental Center Located in Sondermann Park, this field campus offers camping, educational programs, hiking, workshops, tobogganing, tracking and more. Open to all nature lovers! For more information call the center at 471-0910 or visit online at www.catamountinstitute.org.
Colorado Springs Chorale For over 65 years, the Chorale has performed around the area. Log on for auditions, concert info and special events. P.O. Box 2304, Colorado Springs 80901. 634-3737, www.cschorale.org
Garden of the Gods Park Natural park of 1,300 acres containing massive formations of red sandstone, including Gateway Rocks, Balanced Rock, and the Cathedral Spires. There are nature walks, foot and horse trails, and picnicking. Visitors Center features exhibits, gift and coffee shops. Open daily. 1805 N. 30th St. (at Gateway Road), 634-6666, www.gardenofgods.com.
rce A Air Fo
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo As America’s only mountain zoo, ranked 4th in the U.S., the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is uniquely suited to showcase Colorado wildlife in its natural setting. The Rocky Mountain Wild exhibit complex connects visitors with the heritage of the Rocky Mountain Region. Discover more than 30 endangered animals and interact with one of the countries largest giraffe herds. Also at the Zoo is the Mountaineer Sky Ride, an open-air, chairlift that provides spectacular views of Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs and the Zoo. The ride is available with or without admission to the Zoo and is only $5. Open daily. 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd., 633-9925, www.cmzoo.org.
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and International Dark Sky Park Just west of Divide, this area provides a fascinating look into the distant past. Enjoy interpretive exhibits, a Visitor’s Center and trails for summer and winter activities. Administered by the National Park Service. Admission. Open daily. 15807 Teller County Road One, 748-3253. www.nps.gov Night sky programs, dates and times are available on the NPS website.
The Chamber Orchestra of Colorado Springs The orchestra performs five concerts at different locations with nationally renowned professional guest artists. P.O. Box 7911, Colorado Springs 80933. Call 633-3649 for concert locations. www.chamberorchestra ofthesprings.org
The areas that have qualified are: • Downtown Colorado Springs • Manitou Springs • Pueblo Creative Corridor • Salida