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Welcome to the Pikes Peak region New in town? • We know it takes time to get to know the ins and outs of the vast Pikes Peak region, and we’re here to show you around. • Here in the pages of FYI magazine you’ll find an introduction to 20 distinct neighborhoods in and around Colorado Springs. Our experts have delved into one aspect of each neighborhood and highlighted some other attractions in each area. • You’ll learn about the First Friday Art Walks in downtown Colorado Springs, discover a few international fare options on the city’s West Side, and learn about the history of Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs. • Also, get an update on Colorado Springs Airport, the new WestGate development in the adjacent Powers Corridor, and find out about a few new schools in the booming Cordera/Wolf Ranch area. • Travel to Cripple Creek to take in a show at the storied Butte Theater, explore the wondrous Paint Mines in Calhan, or take a hike in your new favorite backyard wilderness, North Cheyenne Cañon Park. • And that’s just for starters. • Let us be your guide, here in the pages of the magazine or online at gazette.com/FYI. Michelle Karas, FYI editor

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PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER Dan Steever EDITOR Vince Bzdek VP OF SALES Jim Broyles VP MARKETING & TECHNOLOGY Stephanie Weber

REGIONAL MAP.....................................................................14-15 NEIGHBORHOODS Banning Lewis Ranch...................................................................6 Black Forest.................................................................................8 Briargate/Pine Creek...................................................................9 Broadmoor..................................................................................11 Cordera/Wolf Ranch...................................................................16 Cripple Creek/Victor...................................................................17 Downtown .................................................................................18 Falcon/Eastern Plains.................................................................19 Fountain Valley............................................................................21 Manitou Springs.........................................................................22 Military.......................................................................................23 North..........................................................................................24 North Central.............................................................................25 Northwest..................................................................................26 Powers Corridor........................................................................27 Southeast..................................................................................28 Southwest.................................................................................29 Tri-Lakes....................................................................................30 Ute Pass....................................................................................31 West Side..................................................................................32 PHOTOS AROUND THE REGION.............................................33-35

VP HUMAN RESOURCES Ivy Morris VP CIRCULATION Rich Williams VP FINANCE Jeff Jones

FYI CREDITS EDITOR Michelle Karas WRITERS Seth Boster Stephanie Earls Teresa Farney Wayne Heilman Leslie James Michelle Karas Debbie Kelley Rich Laden Miranda Martinez Ellie Mulder Jennifer Mulson Bill Radford Tom Roeder Haley Witt

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PHOTOGRAPHERS Jerilee Bennett Kelsey Brunner Dougal Brownlie Christian Murdock DESIGN Stephanie Swearngin COVER DESIGN Stephanie Swearngin COVER PHOTO Showcases the hues of the Paint Mines Interpretive Park in Calhan. By Christian Murdock MAP Courtesy of City of Colorado Springs

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BANNING LEWIS RANCH

Rec center brings community together BY MIRANDA MARTINEZ

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Bringing community together is one of Banning Lewis Ranch’s goals, and the community’s recreation center is key to this plan. The residents-only center, at 6885 Vista Del Pico Blvd., has pools, the Vista Water Park, meeting space and all-season activities. Events and classes include parents nights out, summer mini camps, crafting, tennis lessons and group exercise such as cardio/strength, yoga, Pilates and dance. Although the facility is part of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, it is specifically for residents of this community. “Banning Lewis Ranch is a metro district — a mini city. Residents pay HOA, and we (the YMCA) manage the activity center,” said Shane Brydges, program and operations manager.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

• Vista Water Park – An “ocean entry” pool that gradually gets deeper as people walk in. Slides and other fun activities are included. goo.gl/9x4GVL • Climbers Park – Located at the lower end of Northtree, this park contains multiple rocks designed to give climbers of all skill and ages a thrill. COURTESY OF BANNING LEWIS RANCH

The Banning Lewis Ranch Recreation Center. Because the center is under the YMCA’s umbrella, it is held to the same high standards: “that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.” All YMCA recreation center

employees must be certified for use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automated external defibrillator, first aid and oxygen. Banning Lewis Ranch strives to unify the community through fun activities, schools, parks, trails and recreation center op-

portunities. “There’s a lot of good people in the community. They are actively involved and very passionate. They have groups like the Silverados — a group for 50 years old and over — and other groups in the community,” said Brydges. Info: goo.gl/heA1ag

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BLACK FOREST

CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE

Nicki Bluhm and her band rehearse in the Taylor Memorial Chapel built in 1929 on May 26, the first day of the MeadowGrass Music Festival at La Foret Conference and Retreat Center in Black Forest.

Sanctuary in the Forest BY MICHELLE KARAS

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Built in 1928 as a summer home for Colorado Springs philanthropist Alice Bemis Taylor, the Ponderosa Lodge is the focal point of La Foret Conference and Retreat Center in Black Forest. After Taylor’s death in 1942, her foundation deeded the property to the Colorado Congregational Church, now known as the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Church of Christ. Taylor’s pine-log estate and its surrounding amenities, including nine cabins and six yurts, now are operated as a nonprofit organization by the conference. The heavily forested Shoup Road facility, with grand views of Pikes Peak, attracts about 13,000 visitors annually from the UCC, other churches and religious groups, educational and nonprofit groups, business and family retreats, receptions, weddings and team-build8

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ing events. It has hosted the full 10-year run of the popular MeadowGrass Music Festival. The lodge, along with the Taylor Memorial Chapel, built on the site by noted Santa Fe architect John Gaw Meem for Taylor’s private worship, are on the National Register of Historic Places. The lodge is also on the Colorado Register of Historic Properties. A $200,000 grant awarded in 2015 by the History Colorado State Historical Fund, from which some gaming taxes are disbursed, and a matching $83,000 from supporters, paid for renovations to the lodge that were completed in 2017. “Our tagline is: We provide sanctuary for all to consider the transcendent issues in life. That’s what we do,” Larry McCulloch, executive director of La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, told The Gazette recently. Info: laforet.org

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

• Black Forest Regional Park – Ponderosa Pines surround 385 acres that showcase views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range. Marked trails, soccer fields, tennis courts, picnic pavilions and a playground make for a fun day at the park. goo.gl/ Ejtsfq • Black Forest Meadery — Since 2007 the Shapiro family has owned and operated this vineyard at an elevation of 7,500 feet. They pride themselves on their honey wines with names like Wild Fire and Melody in the Meadows. blackforestmeadery.com


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Celebrating creativity at Mini Maker Faire BY MIRANDA MARTINEZ

The Gazette

Pikes Peak Library District’s “library of the future,” Library 21c on Colorado Springs’ north side, touts its annual Mini Maker Faire as an example of its innovative programming. The 5th annual Mini Maker Faire will be from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Oct. 20. The family-friendly, hands-on event is a combination of science fair, county fair and something entirely new. With an emphasis on DIY, expect to get involved and truly experience the art of creativity. Known as the “greatest show (& tell) on Earth,” this free event celebrates invention, art and resourcefulness. Highlights have included rocket launches, robots, 3D printing, jewelry making, LEGOs, food trucks and Skyping with a scientist in Antarctica. This year’s event will feature the

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

• Focus on the Family – The nonprofit global Christian ministry welcomes visitors to their 8605 Explorer Drive campus at that includes a welcome center, Kid’s Korner, and bookstore. focusonthefamily.com • Pine Creek Golf Club – Natural grasslands and wandering creek beds are features of this 18-hole golf facility. The year-round business includes a restaurant and pro shop. pinecreekgc.com

work of Pikes Peak region filmmakers through the Independent Film Society of Colorado and Peak Film Forum. “We hope that by exhibiting the amaz-

ing work being done by makers, people will be inspired to make something of their own. It also generates a true sense of community as people come together to celebrate creativity and innovation,” said Jeremiah Walter, PPLD marketing specialist. More than 20,000 people have experienced this unique environment over its four years in Colorado Springs. Sponsors such as Cool Science, Manitou Art Center, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Community College support more than 100 makers and artists who will show their crafts and interact with attendees. Maker Faire originated in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006 and has left its mark in cities around the world. Library 21c’s event is one of more than 170 independently organized Mini Maker Faires. Info: ppld.org/library-21c Sunday, September 16, 2018

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BROADMOOR

For over 60 years Harding Nursery has been a family owned operation serving Colorado Springs and surrounding areas with the highest quality tree, plant and flower products in the market. Specializing in growing a vast array of their own trees on over 170 acres, this local landmark also serves the community in the way of sustainable, natural air purification. The Harding family is extremely proud to be able to say that over 80% of their products are grown in-house, either in the Colorado sunshine or in any of their 42 greenhouses. Friendly, knowledgeable staff can assist you with everything from simple backyard gardening to creating custom outdoor living areas and landscaping.

Just a few things you’ll find at Harding... JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE

The hike to the top of Helen Hunt Falls and beyond at North Cheyenne Cañon is popular for tourists as well as local hikers.

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OTHER ATTRACTIONS

• The Broadmoor — The crown jewel of the city, with top-rated restaurants, a U.S. Open-worthy golf course, tennis courts, zip lining and amenities galore. broadmoor.com • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo — World-famous, with giraffes to feed on the side of a mountain. cmzoo.org

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Jesse Smith holds her dog, Jackson, on the ledge of the Helen Hunt Falls overlook so he can see the view of North Cheyenne Cañon on Jan. 19, while Smith was giving her sister, Cheyenne Smith, right, a tour of the Colorado Springs area. CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE

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by foot or bike. And lucky for us all, there are enough trails for everyone. The opportunities are endless. The go-to spot for newcomers is Helen Hunt Falls, named for the writer who came

to this area in 1873 seeking nature’s healing. One is surely refreshed by this silvery cascade. Seven Bridges is another popular trail, following cool streams through shaded woods. More ambitious explorers journey to St. Mary’s Falls, about a 6-mile round trip gaining 1,300 feet from the canyon’s uppermost parking lot. Of all the trails in city limits, perhaps none are as rewarding for such a short

distance as those that seamlessly rise up Mounts Cutler and Muscoco. On the way, users can view the scenic Seven Falls, the pay-to-play excursion offered by The Broadmoor. A great tour of the park can be had on the Columbine Trail, starting behind the visitor center at the entrance off Cheyenne Canyon Road. For cyclists, the Jones Park area is prime riding. Info: goo.gl/FdzVtf

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CORDERA AND WOLF RANCH

Legacy Peak Elementary a new neighbor BY DEBBIE KELLEY

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There’s a new neighbor in the northeast communities of Cordera and Wolf Ranch: Legacy Peak Elementary School. Located off Research Parkway in Wolf Ranch, the $32 million school celebrated its grand opening Aug. 14, and 430 students started classes the next day. “New homes are going up every day east of Powers,” said Academy School District 20 Superintendent Mark Hatchell. “They’re building houses so fast, we’re working hard to keep up.” Money from a $230 million voter-approved bond authorization is funding the new school, along with a second new elementary school, a new middle school, a permanent building for a fourth-grade environmental school in Black Forest and renovations to every school building in the district. Legacy Peak is Academy D-20’s first project-based school. Instead of taking English, SEE CORDERA • PAGE 17

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Sisters Finnley Smith, left, and Emerson Smith tried out their new playground after the ribbon cutting for the Legacy Peak Elementary School on Aug. 14. The playground is the largest disability accessible playground in District 20.


CRIPPLE CREEK AND VICTOR

Theater carries on melodrama tradition BY JENNIFER MULSON

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OTHER ATTRACTIONS

The Butte Theater in Cripple Creek has lived many lives over more than a century: skating rink, dance academy, auto garage and even home base to the Cripple Creek Fire Department. In 1999, the City of Cripple Creek decided to renovate the grand old building to its full Victorian splendor, and what emerged was a 1,350-squarefoot stage and seating for 184 guests. In 2000, the Cripple Creek Melodrama moved into the Butte, and the traditional villains and heroes of the quirky genre were brought back to life. Classic Victorian melodrama had occupied a stronghold in Cripple Creek dating to the late 1940s, when the Imperial Hotel produced original shows in its

• Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad — A century-old steam locomotive takes riders on a 45-minute, four-mile trip south out of Cripple Creek, past the old Midland Terminal and historic mines, ending at the deserted mining camp of Anaconda, before returning back to the station. cripplecreekrailroad.com • Outlaws & Lawmen Jail Museum — The Gold Rush brought thousands of hopeful seekers to Cripple Creek back in the day. Naturally, some of those folks weren’t so good. Visitors to the old red brick building that served the Teller County Jail for almost 90 years can visit some of the original cells and check out exhibits displaying old police logs, newspaper clippings and more. goo.gl/F8AYSQ COURTESY OF BUTTE THEATER

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CORDERA FROM PAGE 16

math, science and social studies classes separately, students work on projects with the subjects integrated and have “a voice and choice” in designing the work. Teachers weave academic standards into the process and guide student research. Connected to the school is The Center for Modern Learning, which houses two new programs: computer coding and cybersecurity training, along with robotics. Other programs that have been using portable buildings are consolidated at the center, including a home-school academy and two online schools. And the Challenger Learning Center, which provides space-related educational programs, will move to the campus and open next school year. Info: asd20.org

The Butte Theater in Cripple Creek.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

• Challenger Learning Center of Colorado — Sponsored by Lockheed Martin, the center was created to honor the seven-member crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Visitors can fly a space-simulated mission and attend planetarium programs. challengercolorado.org • Cordera’s Tom Kelly Grand Lawn — Located next to the Community Center, the Grand Lawn is themed after the treasured book, “The Secret Garden.” The large park features heirloom roses and fruit trees, a spring garden with bulbs and a shade garden on the backside of the pool. goo.gl/sqbH3N

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DOWNTOWN

First Fridays make art main attraction BY JENNIFER MULSON

jen.mulson@gazette.com

Art, music, wine, snacks, camaraderie. Downtown Partnership’s First Friday Downtown is the place to see and be seen. From 5 to 8 p.m. every first Friday of the month, folks head downtown to peruse dozens of galleries, retailers and nonprofits within several city blocks. Each month’s event is different. The Downtown Partnership often dreams up interesting cultural activities for the evening, including the most recent Popsicle Promenade, where a $10 ticket earned attendees summer treats at participating restaurants and galleries. For those who like to be educated about the art they see, First Friday offers a curator and artist-led walking tour or bike tour. The free one-hour tours begin at 6 p.m. and stop at a number of downtown galleries. Bikers meet at the PikeRide bike share station south of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. PikeRide bikes are $10 for an unlimited 24-hour pass. Each month features different artist or curator tour guides. Have tired feet after a long week? From April through December, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region provides CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE FILE the free First Friday Creative Artist David Thomason paints from the corner of Tejon and Bi- Corridor Shuttle, which makes jou streets. Artists painted the street scenes as part of First a continuous loop around the city, stopping every 30 minutes Friday gallery openings.

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theater company, offering seven shows, including melodramas. In addition to the company’s offerings, the Butte Theater endeavors to offer a full year of shows, with a community season running from January through May featuring free movies, professional touring acts and a community theater production for local actors. Upcoming 2018 shows include “Always... Patsy Cline,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “A Mountain Holiday.” Info: buttetheater.com Butte Theater in Cripple Creek.

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OTHER ATTRACTIONS

• Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College — The former Broadmoor Arts Academy became the museum in 1936 and was acquired by Colorado College in 2016. The nonprofit institution offers performances, an ever-changing roster of exhibits, free admission days, family adventure days and art classes. csfineartscenter.org • Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum — The free downtown institution resides in the restored 1903 El Paso County Courthouse. It’s the only organization of its kind to research, collect and interpret the history of the city and the Pikes Peak region. The current exhibit “The Story of Us: The Pikes Peaks Region from A – Z” is up indefinitely. cspm.org

at key art-walk destinations downtown and in Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs, where first Friday receptions also are held. Artists and performers will entertain you with juicy tidbits about the city. As of this fall, the shuttle will offer all ADA-accessible vehicles. Info: goo.gl/Xy5BX8

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The Colorado Paint Mines, covering 750 acres, are located near Calhan and maintained by El Paso County.

Paint Mines offer colorful look into past BY BILL RADFORD

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The Paint Mines near Calhan offer a surprising sight hidden in the prairie — an alien landscape with striking formations and colorful clay deposits. The area has been labeled a “geological wonder” by Atlas Obscura, which offers a guide to the world’s “most wondrous places.” The brightly colored bands of clay are the result of oxidized iron compounds and were collected by American Indians to make paint. There’s evidence of human habitation in the area dating back 9,000 years. Today, the Paint Mines are maintained by El Paso County as Paint Mines Interpretive Park, covering 750 acres; the area was listed as an archaeological district in the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. In exploring this geologic wonderland, keep in mind that it’s a fragile one. Climbing on the formations is prohibited and people are asked to stay on designated trails at all times; there are roughly four miles of trails. Pets are prohibited. The geologic formations create “natural drainages abundant with wetland and ri-

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• Homestead Ranch Regional Park — The prairie meets the forest at this park, 16444 Gollihar Road. The 450-acre park includes a stocked, spring-fed pond; amenities include a playground, picnic pavilions and a playfield. goo.gl/kJiHLV • El Paso County Raceway — Start your engines! The El Paso County Raceway opened in 2007 at the El Paso County Fairgrounds in Calhan and features a semibanked, quarter-mile oval dirt track. Race action is largely every other Saturday from May to October; find the schedule at bstracing.com.

parian habitiat,” according to a county description. Wildlife in the park ranges from pronghorn and mule deer to a variety of birds and various species of frogs and reptiles, including the short-horned lizard. Open year-round, the park is a mile south of Calhan, at 29950 Paint Mines Road. Info: goo.gl/hjsBfT

Stars appear to swirl in the sky in this two hour long multiple exposure at the Paint Mines Interpretive Park near Calhan in October 2014.

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY

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Eighteen holes of disc golf guide players through the northeastern portion of Widefield Community Park.

Widefield park amenities are right on par BY HALEY WITT

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When large, old-growth trees provide shade on a warm sunny day, there’s a dreamy setting for any golf match — even disc golf. Widefield Community Park, nestled southeast of Colorado Springs in the Widefield-Security area, is home to one of the oldest disc golf courses in the Pikes Peak region. The 18 holes of play guide you through the park’s northeastern portion along Crews Gulch. The course is often host to disc-golf tournaments. Other recreational amenities include a basketball court, tennis court, baseball backstop and playground. This year, the 17-acre space was granted more than $260,000 for improvements. Projects to be complet-

ed by mid-October are a playground expansion, restroom renovation and installation of park benches. Work to be done by late December will add pedestrian lighting, trash cans, picnic tables and grills, improve trail surfacing, provide an exercise zone and two pickleball courts, renovate the basketball court and improve the disc golf course. During the work, the contractor will keep the park open as much as possible, said El Paso County Park Planner Ross Williams. The park also has a memorial gazebo surrounded by ash trees, dedicated to those who died in a 1991 plane crash at the park. The park, open from dawn to dusk, has been part of the community since 1975. Info: goo.gl/N3kLeq

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

• Bluestem Prairie Open Space — Home to over 200 bird species, this sanctuary for native wildlife spans 650 acres of land in the Security-Widefield area. This land is home to mammals like the Pronghorn, the Black-tailed prairie dog and birds like the Red-tailed hawk, Burrowing owls and migratory shorebirds. Dogs are not allowed. goo.gl/zWCxQ1 • Pikes Peak International Raceway — Drivers of all skill levels utilize this facility that includes a banked one-mile oval, 1.3-mile interior road course, 12acre paved drifting and autocross lot, 1/4 mile flat oval, 1/8 mile pit lane drag strip and a variety of event spaces. Pikes Peak International Raceway hosts sanctioned races and prom parties, alike. ppir.com

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Guide Kyle Martin, center, gives his group information on Aug. 1 about their lantern tour at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park in Manitou Springs. The 90-minute, guided Grand Caverns Tour includes nearly a mile of walking and navigating dark narrow tunnels, low passageways, uneven stairs and rooms with muddy, original floors.

Cave an underground adventure BY STEPHANIE EARLS

stephanie.earls@gazette.com

Millions of years before the Jicarilla Apache chose this cave near Manitou Springs as home for their Great Wind Spirit, a canyon within a canyon began taking shape in the limestone bed of a dead, inland sea. Thought to have formed between four and seven million years ago, Cave of the Winds entered the modern historical account almost 150 years ago when a homesteader in Williams Canyon named Arthur B. Love discovered a narrow cleft in the canyon wall. That discovery had been all but forgotten by 1880, when two schoolboys on a hike went exploring for caves by candlelight. As the story goes, a flicker of flames lured brothers George and John Pickett through the opening Love had found and into a massive chamber that was “unlike anything ever seen before,” according to 22

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a history recounted on the cave website. The Picketts’ pastor and leader of the Boys’ Exploring Association, Rev. Roselle T. Cross, joined the boys in exploring about 200 feet of horizontal passageways. Over the decades that followed, those routes were expanded, improved and extended to include well over 10,000 feet of surveyed passages and chambers boasting “showcase” mineral formations, most of which are fully-electrified and open to the public. One of the state’s older tourist attractions, the underground adventure now comes with open-air options to spike the adrenaline. In addition to cave tours, the site now has above-ground activities including aerial rides, climbing and challenge courses, and — for the truly steelnerved — the Terror-dactyl, which sends riders plummeting 150 feet into the canyon, at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour. Info: caveofthewinds.com

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

• Manitou Cliff Dwellings — Ancient Anasazi ruins were relocated to Colorado Springs from the Four Corners area and opened to the public in 1907. Climb inside 20 ruins while listening to an audio tour, then visit one of four museums. cliffdwellingsmuseum.com • The 14,000-square-foot Miramont Castle Museum, 9 Capitol Hill Ave., was built as the residence of Fr. Jean Baptiste Francolon in 1895. Visitors can enjoy high tea at the museum, which is on the National Register of Historic Places; miramontcastle.org


MILITARY

KELSEY BRUNNER, THE GAZETTE

Fort Carson soldiers fire cannons on May 24 to honor the dignitaries at the Change of Command ceremony for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base.

Bases have huge economic impact BY TOM ROEDER

tom.roeder@gazette.com

If you want to understand the big shadow the military casts on the Pikes Peak region, just follow the money. A recent state study into the economics of the military here shows that the Pentagon pumps more than $18 billion per year into the El Paso County economy — making up half of the military cash that comes to the entire state. The Pikes Peak region is home to five military bases that collectively are responsible for nearly 50 cents of every payroll dollar handed out here. The military also touches a lot of lives here, with 40,000 active-duty troops and 80,000 veterans. The most populous of those bases is Fort Carson, home to 25,000 troops including the Army’s 4th Infantry Division. There are two Air Force bases: Peterson and Schriever. The county is also

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

• The Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel is the most visited manmade tourist attraction in Colorado. Featuring 17 spires that reach 150 feet high, the aluminum, glass and steal structure is a national historic site renowned for its modernist architecture. goo.gl/ nhmSMm • Fort Carson’s infamous Agony Hill —This steep and winding road is a favorite marching spot for motivated sergeants who want their soldiers to see what “giving it all” means.

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Air Force Academy, where 4,000 cadets train to be officers. With the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the county has the largest permanent foreign deployment of Canadian troops, with more than 200 families from north-of-the-border living here. El Paso County is also the hub for the nation’s military space efforts. Air Force Space Command controls the military’s constellation of communications as well as navigation and missile warning spacecraft. If the other jobs weren’t enough, troops here with U.S. Northern Command are responsible for protecting the continent from attack. The region’s bases and missions have a big bottom line, the study sponsored by Colorado’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs found — “a grand total of 100,000 total direct, indirect and induced jobs.” Sunday, September 16, 2018

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NORTH

New Santa Fe Regional Trail a go-to BY SETH BOSTER

seth.boster@gazette.com

Colorado Springs’ north side has developed to the delight of families. Subdivisions sprawl north and east of Woodmen Road, with high-tech schools and libraries in between, along with some of the city’s biggest churches, fitness centers and shopping centers. Neighborhood parks and open spaces aren’t far from the back door. But in terms of outdoor recreation, the New Santa Fe Regional Trail rules, serving residents seeking fresh air and cardio. Stretching almost 17 miles over an old railroad bed, the mostly unpaved thoroughfare is popular among training runners and cyclists. But most aren’t on the path for its full distance, preferring to stick to nearby portions after

work that will get them home for dinner. The southernmost portal is off Woodmen Road, very subtly rising to open meadows where prairie dogs whistle. The trail winds through the Air Force Academy, but users be advised: Closures for construction are scheduled sporadically through the spring of 2019. Farther north, the trail’s reaches through the town of Monument are still without JERILEE BENNETT, GAZETTE FILE shade, which lends greater Runners on the New Santa Fe Trail in 2014. views of the mountains and valleys. Between here and the last trailhead in Palmer Lake, one OTHER ATTRACTIONS: might observe the peculiar formation called Elephant Rock. • Pikes Peak Community College — The campus, one of PPCC’s three, is perched beautifully off Colorado 83 and is the place for Also between Monument and students of health sciences. ppcc.edu Palmer Lake are some of the • Barefoot, Mary Kyeer and Angel Mist parks — These neighmost intriguing points of hisborhood open spaces with playgrounds are popular with dog tory related to the railroad that walkers. ran in the late 1800s. Info: goo.gl/BChQky

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Palmer Park a piece of wilderness BY LESLIE JAMES

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Palmer Park sits on 730 acres within the city of Colorado Springs. City founder Gen. William Jackson Palmer donated the bulk of the land to the city in 1902. More than 25 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding now intertwine the beloved public park, the largest in the metro area, located off North Academy Boulevard and Austin Bluffs Parkway. This park is marked by unique rock structures along trails that act as escape portals out of the city. Viewpoints include scenes of Pikes Peak, the southern Front Range, and the city. Visitors can choose from any difficulty, elevation gain or length of trail. Seven picnic areas are open to the public, and three areas are available to reserve for large groups. Round up your teams on beach volleyball courts, a baseball/softball field, or a football/ soccer field. Dogs are welcome along any trail while on-leash, and able to run off leash in the Dog Run Area in the north end and the Mesa Dog Park in the south end. A geological point of interest, Seven Castles, is a 0.7 mile loop trail used primarily by hikers. This trail is rated as easy for the whole family. The Seven Castles are spires of rocks formed in a line that give an impression of a castle. A moderate-rated trail is the Templeton Trail that rings the top of the mesa and features stunning

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Cali Mac, left, and Rachel Staebell walk their dogs in February 2015 in Palmer Park as the sun shines on freshly fallen snow. views, wildflowers and canyons. The trail gains 524 feet over 3.9 miles with a few steep areas. The Yucca Trailhead provides the biggest parking lot. Visitors see a botanical reserve for the Colorado-native Yucca plant. This trail is rated as moderate. Among the highest rated trails in Palmer Park is the Outer Loop Trail, which is comprised of easy walking to difficult hiking sections through rock gardens. This 7.4-mile trail has an 849-foot elevation gain that is perfect for an all day adventure, providing a good workout. Info: goo.gl/XDoL5d

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

• Built in 1898, Patty Jewett Municipal Golf Course is one of the oldest golf courses west of the Mississippi River. The 27-hole course is located in the middle of Colorado Springs and also serves as a small wildlife refuge to deer, coyotes and blue heron. goo.gl/KaT6C3 • The 550-acre University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is part of the four-campus University of Colorado system. In 2018, UCCS served 12,500 undergraduate and graduate students and offers 45 bachelor’s, 23 master’s and five doctoral degrees through its six colleges. uccs.edu

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A walking group takes to a trail at Ute Valley Park in January 2017. The trail is popular among hikers, bikers and dog-walkers.

Ute Valley Park a popular escape JEFF KEARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

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BY MICHELLE KARAS

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Popular among hikers, bikers and dog-walkers, the 338-acre Ute Valley Park on the city’s northwest side is one of the gems of the Colorado Springs parks system. One of the city’s most scenic and heavily-used parks, it’s an escape into nature, close to town, that’s big enough to explore for hours. Some visitors say it’s easy to get lost in the maze of trails. Comprised of land donated to the city in 1969 plus a 200acre acquisition of property from adjacent landowner Hewlett-Packard in 2013, the public recreation area is marked by a hogback ridge, sandstone cliffs, mesas, wetlands and wooded areas accessible via a massive trail system. Hikers on the family friendly Ute Valley Park Loop Trail are rewarded with splendid Pikes Peak views and city panoramas The volunteer group Friends of Ute Valley Park, a fiscally sponsored fund of the nonprofit Trails and Open Space Coalition, holds regular work days to maintain the park’s terrain. The park is a natural habitat for snakes so it’s recommended

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

• Garden of the Gods Park — If you could name just one place for tourists to stop in Colorado Springs, this free, gorgeous public park and National Natural Landmark is it. There are 15 miles of trails including 1.5 paved wheelchair-accessible miles, all with spectacular views. gardenofgods. com • Ormes Peak — There are extensive views in every direction from atop this 9,727-foot mountain. From here climbers will find connecting routes to Blodgett Peak and Lone Pine.

that visitors stick to the trails. Points of access include a parking area at 1705 Vindicator Drive, from Centennial Boulevard and from a lot off South Rockrimmon Boulevard near Hewlett Packard. a.m. to Park hours are 5  11 p.m., May 1 to Oct. 31; and 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 to April 30. Info: goo.gl/8xrB2X


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The Global Supertanker firefighting plane provides a backdrop as crews move earth on the WestGate construction site at South Powers Boulevard on Aviation Way.

WestGate project bringing shops, restaurants Your dream home... OTHER ATTRACTIONS

• Weidner Field — Home of the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, this 5,000-seat venue is the site of the home team’s United Soccer League play as well as community events. goo.gl/JDscJD • Springs Ranch Golf Club — An 18-hole public course that spans 200 scenic acres. goo.gl/H8w2Qt

BY RICH LADEN

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As a busy commercial corridor that’s also one of the city’s primary routes to the Colorado Springs Airport, South Powers Boulevard has its share of warehouses, office and industrial buildings, distribution centers and hotels. But it needs more retailers, restaurants, coffee shops and the like to serve the thousands of employees and vendors who travel Powers each day. Developers of the WestGate project, which is taking shape northwest of Powers and Airport Road, hope to fill those needs. Signature Reality Capital Corp. of Irvine, Calif., and Stillwater Equity Partners of Salt Lake City plan to add stores, restaurants and more on their 70-acre site. Already planned as part of the project: a 96-room Candlewood Suites hotel, an Arby’s restaurant and a Kum & Go convenience store. Kum & Go, the Iowa-based chain that opened its first Springs location in 2012, sub-

mitted documents last month to city planners showing it will build a 5,600-square-foot store at WestGate. Other documents submitted to city planners on behalf of Signature Reality show multi-tenant retail buildings and fast food. The developers’ longer-term plans envision apartments, medical space and offices for defense contractors as part of WestGate. The Powers and Airport intersection sees 54,000 vehicles a day, according to First Properties Inc., a Colorado Springs commercial brokerage marketing WestGate. Signature, meanwhile, estimates 40,000 people work within 3 miles of the site. In addition to providing services for area employees and motorists along Powers, city officials and business leaders have said they expect WestGate to help pump up economic conditions on the southeast side. Officials long have targeted that area for upgrades because of its lower household incomes, among other problems.

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Suzanne Brooks of Seminole, Okla. competes in the WPRA Ladies Barrel racing on July 12 during the 78th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.

Event Center showcases western roots BY LESLIE JAMES

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At the foot of America’s Mountain is the home of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. Philanthropist Spencer Penrose financed its construction after hosting a bustling first rodeo where the stadium capacity was 500. The rodeo drew such a large crowd that Penrose was prompted to expand his stadium. This outdoor stadium two miles from downtown is now capable of seating up to 10,000 spectators.Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo has been an annual event since 1938, except for the years between 1942-1945. Following World War II, the rodeo resumed to commemorate those who lost their lives in the war. The rodeo is held over two weekends every July, and all proceeds are donated to military charities in appreciation. Norris-Penrose is welcoming a Women’s Living Expo Sept. 22-23. This “Love your Lifestyle” event features-

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• The 25-acre, off-leash Bear Creek Dog Park, 21st and Rio Grande streets, sees more than 100,000 human visitors and their canine friends each year. El Paso County’s most visited park is located on the north side of the 545-acre Bear Creek Regional Park. There are on-site bathrooms for humans, too. goo.gl/ TeYMbJ • Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, offers free maps of Cheyenne Cañon, a bird-watching window, nature exhibits, guided hikes and children’s programs including a Tipi Raising & Ute Heritage Workshop. goo.gl/Xrsc9P

runway fashion shows, makeovers, and experts in health, fitness, families and more. Colorado Pro Rodeo Association Finals will be taking place Oct. 5-7 at the center’s outdoor stadium. CPRA is the leading rodeo association in Colorado, originally established in 1975. Events include barrel racing, bull riding, and steer wrestling, plus many more activities of the old west. The Tanner Gun Show will be appearing not one, but two weekends

in case you miss your shot. The first round takes place Oct. 13-14, and the second on Dec. 8-9. Visitors are guaranteed to see the largest gun selection in Colorado. Decorate yourself for a Haunted Brewfest on Oct. 20, and have I.D. ready. For those 21 years and older, 70 local breweries, distilleries and wineries will be featured. Costumes are highly encouraged. Info: www.norrispenrose.com Sunday, September 16, 2018

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Get hooked on fishing at Monument Lake BY HALEY WITT

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If you’re looking for a new fishing lake to get hooked on, foliage-rimmed Monument Lake is a peaceful fishing and recreation spot that might leave you reeling. The lake, north of Colorado Springs, is one of three for which the Tri-Lakes Area gets its name, along with nearby Palmer Lake and Woodmoor Lake. Monument Lake spans a surface area of 30.7 acres, with its variety of fish including three types of trout — rainbow, cutthroat and cutbow. You also might pull in catfish, perch, blue gill, pike or small mouth bass. Sweeping views of Mount Herman welcome you, and anglers

often can be found sitting on brightly colored folding chairs along the shore. While no swimming or wading is allowed, you can glide across the lake in canoes, kayaks and any other boat that’s motorless or has an electric trolling motor. The small community can be a peaceful escape from the bustling city, and Monument Lake is only a brief walk from the quiet downtown, dotted with shops and eats. THE GAZETTE FILE Nearby parks include Lim- Canoeing and fishing are popular activities at Monument Lake. bach Park, Dirty Woman Park and Levelett Park. Whether you’re bringing your OTHER ATTRACTIONS kids for their first fishing trip • Monument Rock — Take the loop trail to see the tall rock formaor bringing the dog for a walk, tion to which the town attributes its namesake. The trail is 2.7 Monument Lake is a quick remiles with a mild elevation gain of 269 feet. treat for all ages. • Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts — Located in Palmer Lake, this Info: goo.gl/KzZyfr

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Brynley Lorentz, 3, of Colorado Springs checks out a dinosaur in September 2015 at the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park. The dinosaur is believed to be a never-before-seen species of prehistoric herbivore and was discovered during excavations at the fossil-rich Judith River Formation in Montana.

Take a trip back to the late Cretaceous Period — and get up close and personal with dinosaurs’ fossilized remains — on a tour of the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. The museum boasts “an awe-inspiring display of dinosaurs, prehistoric marine reptiles, pterosaurs and fish of North America’s late Cretaceous period,” its website says. Visitors can read about the discovery of each specimen and see a “working fossil laboratory,” where recent discoveries are being freed from their rock matrix and undergoing restoration. The museum’s graphics and realistic sculptures will “help you visualize these fascinating animals in life and the environments in which they lived,”

states the website. The children’s area includes a dig box where young dinosaur fans can brush off fossils, as well as a magnetic board where they can create an imaginative dinosaur and a rubbing station where they can make colorful dino drawings. And the Prehistoric Paradise Store is the state’s largest dinosaur store. Admission is $11.50 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children ages 4 and younger. Visitors ages 65 and older get in for $10.50, and those with a current military ID get a $1 off. Tours are included with admission. It’s open year-round seven days a week, except for on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Info: rmdrc.com.

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Bruce Schumacher, the zone paleontologist for Comanche National Grassland in La Junta, explains the features from the cast of a Rhinconichthys skull found in 2012 in the Comanche National Grassland in February 2016 at the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Research Center in Woodland Park.

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The veggie, beef and chocolate steamed buns are shown at Yellow Mountain Tea House on Colorado Avenue.

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Eateries offer out of this world cuisines BY TERESA FARNEY

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Dining on the West side of Colorado Springs is like taking a trip around the world without the expense of an airline ticket. Just about every global cuisine is represented. Looking for a spot o’tea? Head to the British Pantry and Tea Room, 2403 W. Colorado Ave., for a traditional U.K. experience. This business offers an authentic afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches and savory pastries without the cost of an airline ticket to London. Have an Asian adventure at Yellow Mountain Tea House, 2616 Colorado Ave., No. 21. Owner Tanya Baros, a native of China, serves dim sum — Can-

tonese for “heart’s delight” — a variety of small, mouthwatering dishes like steamed or fried dumplings, shrimp balls, pot stickers and Chinese pastries that are standard fare at traditional Asian teahouses. Enjoy an Ethiopian dinner at Uchenna, 2501 W. Colorado Ave., No. 105. You eat with your hands using pieces of injera, a crepe-like bread made with tiff, a grain that’s ground into flour. Try the Doro Wat chicken, the national dish of Ethiopia. Tuck up to a plate of pupusas for a taste of El Salvador at Monse’s Pupuseria, 115 S. 25th St.. Owner Monse Hines from Chalchuapa, El Salvador, serves the handheld delights that are like corn quesadillas stuffed with fillings such as beans,

cheese, zucchini and sweet corn, then topped with curtido, a fermented cabbage salad. That’s just a hint of the tantalizing cuisines to be savored traveling westward along Colorado Avenue. Spread your wings west of I-25 to dive into cuisine from other countries, including Greek (Jake & Telly’s Greek Taverna), Italian (Paravicini’s Italian Bistro), Spanish (Tapateria), Japanese (Nara Sushi & Grill), Indian (Little Nepal Restaurant & Bar), French (La Baguette), German (Edelweiss German Restaurant), Cajun (Momma Pearl’s Cajun Kitchen), Vietnamese (House of Saigon), Thai (Wild Ginger Thai Restaurant), and Mexican (Crystal Park Cantina).

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• Miramont Castle Museum — Experience life as it would have been in Victorian times, seeing 30 rooms resplendent in authentic Victorian furnishings, and the Queen’s Parlour Tea Room where you can feast on Victorian (and modern day) fare. Info: 685-1011 or miramontcastle.org • Red Rock Canyon Open Space — A favorite escape from the city, this 789-acre park in the foothills off U.S. 24 features canyons, ridges and views of Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods. Open year-round. redrockcanyonopenspace.org


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PIKES PEAK SUMMIT Heidi Jimenez, left, and Tessa Clubs watch the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak in July 2017.

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RED ROCK CANYON Pikes Peak, with a light dusting of snow, towers over Kristi Abbott, left, and Lynn Day as they walk with Abbott’s dog, Kya, through the dog area of Red Rock Canyon Open Space after the fog cleared on March 26.

LABOR DAY LIFT OFF Balloons lift off on Sept. 2, 2017, during the first day of the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival kicks off the Labor Day weekend.

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