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coMMUnities, 6-29 Regional map ....................................................6-7 Northgate ........................................................... 8 Flying Horse ....................................................... 8 Briargate ............................................................. 10 Village 7 .............................................................. 10 Rockrimmon ...................................................... 12 Garden Ranch .................................................... 12 Stetson Hills ....................................................... 14 West Side/Kissing Camels .............................. 16 Downtown/Central ........................................... 16 Broadmoor ......................................................... 17 Pikes Peak Park ................................................ 18 Tri-Lakes ............................................................. 19 Black Forest ...................................................... 20 Banning-Lewis Ranch ..................................... 22 Falcon/Eastern Plains ..................................... 24 Fountain Valley ................................................. 26 Cripple Creek/Divide ....................................... 27 Manitou Springs ............................................... 28 Ute Pass/Woodland Park ............................... 29 GoVernMent, 31-37 Politics ........................................................... 31-34 Services ........................................................ 34-37 MiLitary, 38-39 Facilities ....................................................... 38-39 HeaLtH care, 40-42 Facilities ....................................................... 40-42 HoUsinG, 43-50 Overview ............................................................ 43 Prices .................................................................. 43 Selection ............................................................ 43 New vs. resale ................................................... 44 Rental market ................................................... 44 By the numbers ................................................ 48

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econoMy, 51-55 Overview ............................................................. 51 Retail .............................................................. 51-52 Employment ..................................................... 53 Business resources ........................................ 54 . dininG, 55-63 Overview ............................................................ 55 Fine dining ......................................................... 55 Casual dining .............................................. 55-56 Mexican ........................................................ 57-58 Italian ........................................................... 58-59 Asian ............................................................ 59-63

scHooLs, 64-79 Overview ........................................................... 64 Academy District 20 ................................. 64-66 Calhan School District RJ1 ............................ 66 Cheyenne Mountain District 12 ..................... 67 Colorado Springs School District 11 ............. 68 Cripple Creek/Victor RE1 ............................... 69 Edison School District 54-JT ........................ 69 Ellicott School District 22 .............................. 69 Falcon School District 49 ............................... 70 Fountain-Ft. Carson School District 8 ......... 71 Hanover School District 28 ............................ 71 Harrison School District 2 .............................. 72 Lewis-Palmer District 38 ................................ 73 Manitou Springs School District 14 .............. 73 Miami Yoder School District 60JT ............... 74 Peyton School District 23JT .......................... 74 Widefield School District 3 ............................. 74 Woodland Park School District RE2 ............. 75 Private, religious schools ............................... 76 State charter schools ...................................... 76 Higher education ........................................ 77-79 reLiGion, 80-84 African Methodist, Anglican, Assemblies of God, Baptist ......................................................... 80 Catholic, Christian, Christian Science, Church of Christ, Church of God .................................... 81 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Community, Congregational, Episcopal, Evangelical, Four Square Gospel, Full Gospel, Jehovah’s Witness, Independent, Interdenomicational, Lutheran .............................................. 82 Lutheran ELCA, Mennonite, Methodist, Metropolitan Community, Missionary, Nazarene, Nondenominational, Orthodox ....................... 83 Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Seventh-Day Adventist, Unitarian-Universalist, United Church of Christ, Unity, Wesleyan, Synagogues, Mosques ............................................................... 84 traVeL, 86-90 Getaways ..................................................... 86-88 Transportation ........................................... 89-90 sPorts, 91 oUtdoors, 92-93 Parks ................................................................... 92 Biking .................................................................. 92 Hiking .................................................................. 93 Fishing ................................................................ 93 GettinG oUt, 94-98


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NORTHGATE fAmily cOmmuNiTy wiTH A TwisT

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Northgate is a fun family community with a twist. It’s home to Colorado Springs institutions such as New Life Church and Compassion International, as well as the gorgeous Mary Kyer Park. Residents here enjoy beautiful scenery from almost all directions: the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains to the west and south, and Black Forest to the north. Most homes in the area have large decks and picture windows designed to take advantage of the views. Northgate is mostly newer neighborhoods — with everything from starter homes to semi-custom new construction — that emphasize safety and togetherness. A sense of community developed as the area accommodated new homes and growing businesses. More restaurants, a movie theater and increasingly varied shopping options make this neighborhood on the northern edge of Colorado Springs a distinctive community unto itself.

flyiNG HORsE AN AsTONisHiNG REsORT-sTylE cOmmuNiTy Wouldn’t it be nice to feel like you’re on vacation whenever you go home? That’s the theory behind Flying Horse, a resortstyle community, with some astonishing mountain views, on the north end of Colorado Springs. Local developer Classic Homes bought what was known as the Flying Horse Ranch in 1999; the city annexed the property four years later. The 1,500-acre development is located off North Gate Boulevard and Interstate 25. Along with easy access to major employers and area military bases, Flying Horse offers quick commutes to downtown Colorado Springs and Denver as well as shopping, dining, and entertainment amenities. Eight neighborhood villages within Flying Horse offer a variety of home types — and each comes with a membership in the Club at Flying Horse, a luxurious and 8 I dIscover MAGAZINe 2013 I the GAZette

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a Flying horse neighborhood on the north end of colorado springs welcoming club with activities for the entire family. Higher-end options include access to the Tom Weiskopf Signature Golf course. The Club at Flying Horse has achieved

designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses.

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briarGaTE ExcEllEnT schools, opEn spacE, convEniEncE From low traffic and low crime to great schools, Briargate has much to offer. A 10,000-acre master-planned suburban development, the area is home to lots of retail locations and restaurants, including the Chapel Hills Mall and The Promenade Shops at Briargate. Powers and Union boulevards and Briargate Parkway come together in Briargate on Colorado Springs’ north side to form a triangular-shaped area, a major commercial hub. The neighborhood is known for excellent schools, open spaces and many cul-desacs, that afford residents privacy. The established trees and landscaping also contribute to making Briargate an attractive location. The culture of the Briargate community is very active, clean and organized. Runners, cyclists and dog walkers take advantage of the many hills, trails and bike paths that weave through the neighborhood.

JUNFU HAN, THE GAZETTE Briargate has several different areas to choose from including the Sagewood neighborhood.

villaGE 7 a uniquE suburban fEEl Village Seven was one of Colorado Springs’ earliest planned communities. A family-oriented area, the parks, greenways and unusual street names give the neighborhood its own distinctive flavor. Houses are mainly a mix of bilevel, trilevel, ranch and two-story designs from the 1970 and 1980-era, built by two of the city’s largest builders at the time — Shepard Homes and Gendron Homes. It’s still a popular area with great access to the city’s main arteries — Barnes, Powers, Academy Boulevard. Housing has been well-maintained and appreciated as 10 I dIscover MAGAZINe 2013 I the GAZette

quickly as the aspen and evergreen trees planted by first inhabitants have grown. Extensive use of cul-de-sac streets guarantee low traffic and a safe, suburban feeling for growing families. The variety of stores, gas stations and restaurants make living in Village Seven very comfortable. Many of the area’s homes have expansive views of the mountians to the west and central Colorado Springs. Several parks, including Palmer Park and Penrose Park offer access to the outdoor activities that residents can walk to, if they choose.

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rockrimmon the colorado lifestyle you envisioned Rockrimmon is what you imagine when you think of Colorado. Mature trees in rolling foothills with plenty of wildlife, miles of trails and mountain views. Deer are everywhere, and the first fawn of the spring is a sight to behold. Bear, bobcat, fox, coyote and other critters are com-

mon visitors. Houses are spacious and not placed on top of one another. Eat at the many restaurants — the local deli, cantina, sports bar or coffee shop or favorite national chain restaurant; buy groceries in the shopping plaza; visit the library, relax at a favorite watering hole.

Everything is nearby. Yet, downtown and the Air Force Academy are just minutes away. Hike the numerous trails in Ute Valley Park and Blodgett Peak Open Space and find yourself even farther off the beaten path. Rockrimmon is a great place for adventurers, kids and pets.

Garden ranch city amenities, easy escape to open space Garden Ranch has the best of both worlds: it is near lots of open space and yet is close to major arteries and amenities. Residents can use Garden Ranch Park and plenty of trails west of the area through University Park to open spaces including Pulpit Rock and Austin Bluffs. This area is also home to the growing University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus. On the other side there is quick access to Academy and Union boulevards, a major intersection with shopping centers that include Safeway, Target and other stores. From there, you have good access to all compass directions, whether headed to the north end of town or Denver, west to Interstate 25, south via Academy, and east via Union. Colorado Springs has lots of great wildlife. Being so close to Palmer Park, trails, and green belts, Garden Ranch has its share of animals, including skunks, raccoons, deer, foxes, hawks, and even the occasional black bear. There is a mix of new and old housing. The Garden Ranch Family YMCA offers exercise options and an array of programs and activities. A senior center and all the nearby stores and restaurants complete the package. But for all the amenities that are close at CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE hand, it’s easy to escape. Garden Ranch has The Garden Ranch neighborhood is home to lots of open space made possible it all. through funding that included the Trails and Open Space Coalition. 12 I dIscover MAGAZINe 2013 I the GAZette

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One of the city’s newer areas, Stetson Hills, greets residents every morning with a spectacular view of Pikes Peak. Some mornings, the peak is ablaze in crimson as the sun rises; other mornings it’s bathed in blushing pinks. And on cloudy days, the peak plays peek-aboo as it dances in and out of passing clouds. It’s a quiet, friendly neighborhood, which is low-crime and has schools within walking distance and centrally located shopping, entertainment, parks and churches. The homes range from small, inexpensive homes to larger, custom-built homes on larger lots. There are also several apartments and town houses. The bustling Powers corridor of shops and restaurants crosses through the heart of the neighborhood. The market place or the shops and theater at First & Main Town Center, create the perfect formula for ease, convenience, and time-

saving shopping. Some of the popular eateries include: Rock Bottom Brewery, Texas Roadhouse, Red Robin, Panera Bread and Panda Express. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy Cottonwood Creek Park, Iron Horse Park and Sandstone Park. There are also golf courses, Security Service Field, home of the Sky Sox and major sporting goods stores close by.

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westside/kissing camels history, personality and unequaled beauty History and eclecticism abound on Colorado Springs’ west side. Old Colorado City is the heart of the west side, first settled in the late 1850s and, by 1861, the Colorado Territory’s first capital. The west side is home to a variety of century-old homes, a historic shopping district, the famed Carnegie Library, antique shops, and businesses and community events year round. Old-timers mix with newcomers, drawn to the distinctive architecture — no cookie-cutter houses here — and retail options, many within walking distance. It’s one of the area’s most popular stops for tourists visiting the Pikes Peak region looking for souvenirs. Whether its Territory Days or a Mardi Gras celebration, there’s always something happening, Adjacent to the Garden of the Gods is the exclusive Kissing Camels community founded by the Hill family. It is characterized by “Life on the Mesa” with upscale housing, a golf course, a country club and views of Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods that are unmatched anywhere.


The west side of Colorado Springs has both Pikes Peka and the iconic Garden of the Gods in the distance, creating some spectacular views..

downtown/central diversity, character, energy Downtown Colorado Springs is a fabulous place to live, work and play. Throughout the seasons, mature trees line the streets and medians. Most everything you need, in addition to things you might want, is within a reasonable distance. For runners, walkers and cyclists, trails are welcoming. Most businesses are locally owned, offering exceptional foods, services, beverages and unique wares. Parks dominate — Memorial Park and Monument Valley Park bring the outdoors to the city. Acacia Park boasts historical pieces with new, creative and interac16 I dIscover MAGAZINe 2013 I the GAZette

tive art, and the “Uncle Wilber” fountain entertaining children throughout the summer. Outdoor concerts draw diverse crowds who enjoy good music; old friends gather to listen, dance, talk and eat while making new friends, with everyone hanging out. Local and national artists embrace small and large venues, showcasing their work and talent. Live music lilts from clubs, coffee shops and street corners; resiJUNFU HAN, THE GAZETTE dents stroll from store to store. The Firefighter’s Mermorial at Memorial Everyone is welcome as diversity is the Park honors fallen professional firefightnorm with eclectic “downtowners.” ers and emergency medical personnel.

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World class accomodations, exquisite dining, a golf course and a spa: The Broadmoor Hotel is the most distinctive landmark on Colorado Springs’ southwest side.

broadmoor Splendid life at the high end Against a spectacular mountain backdrop, the Broadmoor area blends the city’s original mansions and landed gentry with homes on heavily wooded creekside lots, a number of the structures and sites harkening back to days when there were summer cottages. Central is the five-star Broadmoor resort with its championship golf courses and multiple-star restaurants. Not far to the east, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, done in Colorado lodge style, has its own golf course and adjacent country club. The Broadmoor area is one of the priciest and most-sought-after in the region for housing with a median price of more

than $500,000 and running into the millions. Nearby Cheyenne Canyon has more-affordable living. Residents in this southwest part of the city love the outdoors. There are trails to hike and bike, rock edifices to view or climb, waterfalls and spectacular views. Wild animals are neighbors and frequent visitors. Here you’ll find the mountainside Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, both products of Spencer Penrose, who built the legendary pink Broadmoor resort. Schools, whether public or private, like The Colorado Springs School, are some of the best in the state.

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Pikes Peak Park is an established neighborhood conveniently located in southeast Colorado Springs. This area is south of Fountain Boulevard and includes the areas to the east and west of South Academy Boulevard. It’s a straight shot to Interstate 25, minutes from Fort Carson to the south and downtown to the north. There are some new communities in this area, but the majority of homes in Pikes Peak Park were built in the 1970s and are located on 6,000-square-foot fenced lots with mature trees and sidewalks. Pikes Peak Park is a wonderfully affordable

place to buy a home. There are also some great condo and townhome communities. One of the great things about Pikes Peak Park is its proximity to shopping, schools and recreation. Stores are close by on Academy Boulevard and Circle Drive. Harrison District 2 schools dot the neighborhoods. Three major sports complexes — Leon Young, El Pomar and Sky View — surround the Pikes Peak Park neighborhoods. In the heart of the area is the Southeast Family Center/Armed Services YMCA, which has a special mission to serve military families.

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People gather outside the Palmer Lake Town Hall during the annual Father’s Day Ice Cream Social. What’s not to like about living in one of the smaller communities north of Colorado Springs? The growing communities of Monument, Woodmoor and Palmer Lake, each have their own personality and small-town feel but with all the conveniences of today’s busy lifestyles. The Tri-Lakes community is no longer composed of “sleepy little towns.” Business is booming at Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, the YMCA and many other retailers. Palmer Lake is the home of Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, where you can catch a play, listen to a live band or just look at the beautiful artwork. The schools are some of the best in El Paso County. Downtown Monument is lined with

specialty shops and restaurants. But the community also is filled with caring and compassionate residents. Volunteers help at the local food bank, Tri-Lakes Cares, to make sure no one goes hungry or cold. The senior center serves as a meeting place where seniors can enjoy nutritious meals, bingo and even a friendly game of ping-pong. Woodmoor has grown into a thriving semi-rural community with golf courses, parks and trails that complement its rural setting. The Woodmoor Community Center is a popular gathering place. Most of the homes in the Tri-Lakes area are well-maintained and there are many custom homes with large lots and distinctive landscaping.

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black Forest beauty, spirit, pride survive in the Forest The Black Forest fire may have burned hundreds of homes and thousands of acres, but the people of the community remain devoted to their unique neighborhood. The appeal of large, five-acre lots amid mature trees will continue to draw folks to Black Forest in unincorporated El Paso County on the north edge of Colorado Springs. Residents cherish the region’s history as a one-time logging camp that helped build Colorado Springs and they have remained there despite winters that are generally colder and snowfalls that are heavier than in the rest of the region. The forest is home to the famous log cabin Community Center which for a century has hosted annual craft shows and dinners and concerts by the Black Rose Acoustic Society. As the region has grown, the forest has

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Black Forest is known for its scenic beauty, like this secluded spot with a private lake. attracted more small stores, shops, restaurants and schools. Rudy’s Roadhouse, Black Forest Jewelers, R & R Coffee Cafe and Firehouse Barbecue are just some of

the area’s businesses. The sense of community pride and independence can be seen in the annual Black Forest Festival and parade.

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bAnning Lewis rAnch growing community with A sense of pLAce On the eastern edge of Colorado Springs is a growing new community named for the massive ranch it replaced: Banning Lewis. Although annexed into the city in 1988, the 24,000-acre master-planned community didn’t begin developing until 2007. Today, more than 500 homes have been built, attracting people who like the vast panoramic views offered of the Front Range and the proximity to shopping in nearby Falcon. At the center of the development the Ranch House offers a fitness room and a meeting room/flex space. Outside of the Ranch House there’s a Junior Olympic pool and splash area for kids along with numerous tennis courts. If you like the idea of life on the fringe of the city without giving up all the city amenities — police, fire protection and city utility service — this is the ideal spot for you.


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East of Colorado Springs, this area is often referred to as “just west of Kansas.” Known for its slick roads and blustering winds in the wintertime, it also has grown to be a unique and underrated community. Falcon’s Woodmen Hills offers a dynamic family lifestyle with a recreational center and lots of trails. It is also a great place for golfers because it has the longest golf course west of the Mississippi. The options for lifestyles are diverse. Just north of the town of Falcon, the lots are larger and some are zoned for horses. Latigo Trails, only minutes from Falcon, is a unique area centered around


an indoor arena and every home has an equestrian easement. Continue a few miles east of Falcon and the plains offer solitude, space and a more rural feel. Peyton, another small town east of Colorado Springs has all the tranquility of country life, but is only 30 minutes from town. With less than a thousand residents, Calhan’s a true farming community and the home of the El Paso County Fair. Ellicott is known for its winning high school football teams. Colorado Springs, eat your heart out; these folks have it all out here, just minutes away from the city.

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fountain valley Rich histoRy mixes with natuRal beauty Riders on horseback participate in the Fall Parade in Fountain.


The Fountain Valley area, just south of Colorado Springs, includes the communities of Fountain, Security and Widefield. This area is rich in history, natural beauty and community pride. Residents enjoy low home prices and convenience to Interstate 25 and Fort Carson. There are many local parks and open spaces, such as the Fountain Regional Park and the Fountain Nature Center, which provide opportunities for recreational activities including hiking, fishing, walking and bike-riding. An “oasis on the plains” with ponds. marshes, meadows, cottonwood forests, and Fountain Creek, the nature center attracts visitors of all ages. Free annual community events such 26 I dIscover MAGAZINe 2013 I the GAZette

as the Blast Dance, Fountain Fall Festival, Harvest Moon Festival and Cowboy Christmas keep residents connected and offer free family-friendly activities for all ages. Weekly farmers markets in several locations throughout the valley allow residents to enjoy local produce and goods. Many military men and women call the Fountain Valley home, and the Fountain Valley is proud to have them and thankful for their service. In Widefield the school district has the unusual distinction of owning and operating its own parks and recreation district, where there are year-round activities. The Fountain Valley has much to offer its residents — young and old — and is one of the best-kept secrets in the area.


Runners donate their shoes to charity after the Dirty Dash mud run at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain.

cripple creek/divide aT The cenTer of experience Did you know that Divide could the Center of the Known Universe? That’s a pretty bold claim for a pretty small place, but it’s true. So named because water runs off in all four directions, Divide is centrally situated at U.S. Highway 24 and Colorado Highway 67, a welcome stopping point for travelers who might be on their way to Colorado Springs, Cripple Creek, Buena Vista or Breckenridge. A short but gorgeous drive along either the Gold Belt Byway (Teller 1) or Colorado 67, spectacular routes packed with their own attractions such as Dome Rock, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and Hornbek Homestead will take visitors from Divide to Cripple Creek and Victor. Home to some of the biggest gold rushes in North America, these areas delight history buffs with Old West architecture,

museums and tours, including a ride on the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad. Meanwhile, card sharks can explore their luck in the many casinos. The City of Cripple Creek is home to several unique Colorado casinos, which vary from modern facilities to restored historic buildings. Several of these casinos offer food and hotel accommodations Outdoors enthusiasts will enjoy the rich opportunities for hiking, camping, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and hunting in such locations as Pike National Forest, Mueller State Park and the Crags trail to Pikes Peak. In fact, here in the Center of the Known Universe, the beauTHE GAZETTE tiful aspen and pine trees framing such Hundreds of people come from all over serene mountain views just might truly the U.S. for the annual Donkey Derby center the modern- day explorer. Days held in Cripple Creek.

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A runner makes his way up the one mile, 2,000-foot elevation gain Manitou Springs Incline. Although hikers had frequently tackled the Incline for many years, the activity only recently became legal. There are very few places that are both a quaint town and popular tourist destination, like Manitou Springs. Though it is home to fewer than 5,000 residents, Manitou Springs has managed to make the national news thanks to “only in Manitou” events such as the ever-popular fruitcake toss and the Emma Crawford coffin races. Manitou Springs is full of energy and whimsy. It is the ideal place for art enthusiasts. The main street is lined with artwork painted by students from the districts’ public school, and there are many shops and exhibits by local artists. For outdoor advocates, Manitou has beautiful hiking trails and, of course, the famous Manitou Incline. Plus, there is the Cog Railway, which provides breathtaking views as it

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the train for the Pikes Peak Cog Railway in Manitou Springs. climbs to the top of Pikes Peak. Whether it’s a quiet weekday, or a weekend festival full of excitement and flavor, Manitou Springs provides a wonderful experience to call home.

Woodland park/ute pass picturesque, With a mountainous backyard In an unusual scene, Snow and icicles cover a scale model Daspletasaurus dinosaur nicknamed “Morris” that stands outside the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park.

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Visiting Woodland Park and Teller County is like coming home, especially if you happen to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world with Pikes Peak for your background. A small, home-town atmosphere encompasses this community west of the Colorado Springs metropolis. Considered by many to be a bedroom community, Woodland Park has grown, with a nice selection of businesses and community and special events throughout the year to at-

tract a variety of vendors and attendees to the town. Many homes in the area are as rustic as the surroundings. Year-round activities range from the scientific venue at the Dinosaur Resource Center, also home to Triebold Paleontology, a world leader in fossil and cast replica skeletons to hunting, camping, fishing, biking and hiking. This is another local area known for its blustery winter weather and snowfall. Temperatures are often 5-10 degrees

below those in Colorado Springs. Trips ‘up the pass’ can sometimes be an adventure for motorists but the residents who live at the higher elevations treasure it. Nestled at the base of Pikes Peak near the top of Ute Pass, Woodland Park and the surrounding communities will satisfy short and long-term visitors alike. Stop in for a cup of coffee or a taste of Colorado wine during your next trip to the mountains. the gazette I dIscover MagazINe 2013 I 29

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State Senate

GOV. JOHN HICKENLOOPER State Capitol, Room 136 Denver 80203 Phone: 303-866-2471


SEN. MARK UDALL, D-EL PASO COLORADO SPRINGS In Washington, D.C.: Hart Office Building, Suite SH-328 Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: 202-224-5941 Phone: 877-768-3255 Local office: 2880 International Circle, Suite 107 Colorado Springs 80910 Phone: 471-3993 SEN. MICHAEL BENNET, D-DENVER In Washington, D.C.: 458 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-5852 Local office: 409 N. Tejon St., Suite 107 Colorado Springs 80903 328-1100


REP. DOUG LAMBORN, R-COLORADO SPRINGS Lamborn represents Colorado’s 5th Congressional District, which includes El Paso, Teller, Lake, Chaffee and Fremont counties. In Washington, D.C.: 437 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-4422 Local office: 1271 Kelly Johnson Blvd., Suite 110 Colorado Springs 80920 Phone: 520-0055

SD 9: Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, Cap: 303-866-4835 E-mail: SD 10: Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, Cap: 303-866-2737 E-mail: SD 11: John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, Cap: 303-866-6364 E-mail: (President of the Senate) SD 2: Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, Cap: 303-866-4877 E-mail:


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HD 14: Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado Springs, Cap: 303-866-2965, email: dan. HD 15: Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, Cap: 303-866-5523, email: mark.waller. HD 16: Janak Joshi, R-Colorado Springs, Cap: 303-866-2937, email: janak.joshi. HD 17: Tony Exum, D-Colorado Springs, Cap: 303-866-3069, email: thomas.exum. HD 18: Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs, Cap: 303-866-2932, email: pete.lee. HD 19: Amy Stephens, R-Monument, Cap: 303-866-2924, email: amy.stephens. HD 20: Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, Cap: 303-866-2191, email: bob.gardner. HD 21: Lois Landgraf, R-Fountain, Cap:

303-866-2946, email: lois.landgraf.


DARRYL GLENN Glenn represents District 1, which includes Briargate, Northgate, Tri-Lakes and Black Forest. 520-6411 AMY LATHEN Lathen represents District 2, which includes the eastern plains, as well as a portion of Black Forest and the Village Seven, Old Farm, Rustic Hills, Stetson Hills and Springs Ranch neighborhoods. 520-6412 SALLIE CLARK Clark represents District 3, the western part of the county, including Rockrimmon, Broadmoor, Manitou Springs and Ute Pass. 520-6413 DENNIS HISEY Hisey represents District 4 in the southern part of the county, including part of Pikes Peak Park and Gateway Park, as well as Fountain Valley. 520-6414 PEGGY LITTLETON Littleton represents District 5, which includes downtown, part of Village Seven, Old Farm, Rustic Hills and portions of Pikes Peak Park, Gateway Park, Garden Ranch, Vista Grande and Palmer Park. 520-6415


MAYOR STEVE BACH 385-5900 KEITH KING, CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT King represents District 3 385-5470 JAN MARTIN, AT LARGE 385-5486 JOEL MILLER Miller represents District 2 385-5493 the gazette I dIscover MagazINe 2013 I 31

government i politics DON KNIGHT Knight represents District 1 385-5487 HELEN COLLINS Collins represents District 4 385-5492 JILL GAEBLER District 5 385-5483 ANDY PICO District 6 385-5491 VAL SNIDER, At-Large (719) 385-5485

CITY OF CRIPPLE CREEK MAYOR BRUCE BROWN 325 South “A” Street PO Box 53 Cripple Creek, CO 80813 P: (719) 689-2396 F: (719) 689-2774 CITY COUNCIL MILFORD ASHWORTH STEVE ZOELLNER TERRY WAHRER CHRIS HAZLETT 337 E. Bennett Ave. P.O. Box 430 Cripple Creek, CO 80813 (719) 689-2502 Fax (719) 689-2774 P.O. Box 430,Cripple Creek, CO 80813, 689-2502, Fax: 689-2774

Ward 3 (719) 392-3777 SAM HECKMAN At Large (719) 382-3187 JIM COKE At Large (719) 382-3812 PATTY ST. LOUIS At Large (719) 290-6320 116 S. Main St., Fountain, CO 80817, 3222000, Fax: 322-2002



MAYOR JERI HOWELLS (719) 382-5409 MAYOR PRO TEM Ward 1 GABRIEL ORTEGA (719) 287-4223 PHILLIP THOMAS Ward 2 (719) 502-9690 SHARON BROWN,

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THE GAZETTE COREEN TOLL Ward 2 MATT CARPENTER Mayor Pro Tem, Ward 3 606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, CO 80829, 685-5596 Fax: 685-5233

CITY OF PALMER LAKE MAYOR NIKKI MCDONALD DR. MICHAEL MADDOX Mayor pro-tem/Water Trustee RICHARD KUEHSTER Fire Trustee SHANA BALL Economic Development Trustee BOB GRADO Police Trustee MIKE PATRIZI Park and Recreation Trustee 54 Valley Crescent Palmer Lake, CO 80133, 481-2953 Fax: 488-9305



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If you live in Colorado Springs, you get all utilities — natural gas, electricity, water and sewer — from city-owned Colorado Springs Utilities. outside Colorado Springs proper, utility services are supplied by regional cooperatives, local districts and town governments. Colorado Springs Utilities 448-4800 111 S Cascade Ave Colorado Springs Black Hills Energy 1-888-890-5554 or Mountain View Electric Association 495-2283 or Fountain Utilities 322-2010 or


Black Hills Energy 1-888-890-5554 or Colorado Springs Utilities 448-4800 or Colorado Natural Gas 1-800-720-8193 OR coloradonaturalgas. com


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Colorado Springs Utilities 448-4800 or Cherokee Metropolitan District 597-5080 or Cripple Creek Water Department 689-0291 or Donala Water And Sanitation District 488-3603 or Cascade Metropolitan District Nos. 1, 2 633-4873 Fountain Utilities 322-2010 OR Colorado Centre Metro District 380-8857 Florissant Water & Sanitation District 748-3565 Highland Lakes Water District 687-7937 Mountain Mutual Water Co. 689-2527 or Paint Brush Hills Metro District 495-8188 or Park Forest Water District or 494-1320 Rainbow Valley Water District 687-9883 Red Rock Valley Estates Water District Rock Creek Mesa Water District 576-0746 Security Water And Sanitation Districts 392-3475 or Stratmoor Hills Water And Sanitation 576-0311 or Sunset Metro District 465-3416 Teller County Water and Sanitation 687-0761 Town of Monument 481-2436 or Town of Palmer lake 481-2953 or Town of Calhan 347-2586 or Triview Metropolitan District 488-6868 or Valley Maintenance 687-1887 Victor City Water Department 689-2284 or Widefield Water and Sanitation District 390-7111 or Woodmen Hills Metro District 495-2500 or Woodmoor Water and Sanitation District 488-2525 or Woodland Park Utilities 687-9246 or


Waste Management 632-8877 or Bestway Disposal or 633-8709 Springs Waste Systems 634-7177 or Rocky Mountain Disposal 492-2050 or U.S. Waste Industries 591-5000 or L&L Disposal 473-4861 Tri-Lakes Disposal 495-8652 or Waste Systems 390-5097

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To get a new driver’s license, a person must take a vision test in person at a department of motor vehicles office. People must also present proof of legal name, identity, age, and lawful presence in the U.S. DMV OFFICES: Main Citizens Service Center 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Downtown Centennial Hall 200 S. Cascade Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Southeast Powers Corner Powers Blvd and Airport Road Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. North Union Town Center 8830 N. Union Blvd Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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government i services Teller County Teller County Courthouse: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 101 W. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek. Woodland Park branch office: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - noon. 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 540 Manor Court, Woodland Park.

The Pioneers Museum in downtown Colorado Springs was once the El Paso County Courthouse.


Go to any of the listed driver’s license offices. along with your id, be sure to bring the vehicle’s title and registration. proof of a current Colorado vehicle emissions test if the vehicle is diesel-powered. Other Registration requirements: • Odometer reading. • Proof of insurance. • VIN verification form. This is usually completed by a Colorado law enforcement officer, a licensed Colorado motor vehicle dealer, a licensed Colorado emissions testing station, or military base security. Whether you live in El Paso County or Teller County, you can download the form here: car.elpasoco. com/motor_vehicle/ new_resident_requirements.html


In El Paso and Teller counties you can register at the Union Town Center or Centennial Hall offices, or you can apply online if you have a Colorado driver’s license. If you don’t have a license, you can fill out the form online, print it, scan it and email it to the Colorado Secretary of State’s elections division. Start here:


The Pikes Peak Library District has numerous branches and services through the region: Briargate Library: 9475 Briar Village Point, Suite 100, 260-6882 Cheyenne Mountain Library: 1785 South 8th Street, Suite 100, 633-6278 East Library: 5550 N. Union Blvd., 5316333 Fountain Library: 230 South Main St., Fountain, 382-5347 High Prairie Library: 7035 Old Meridian Rd., Peyton, 260-3650 Library Express: 3337 Cinema Point, (unmanned location with vending machine) Manitou Springs: 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5206 Mobile Library Services: 531-6333 x2313 Monument Library: 1706 Lake Woodmoor 36 I dIscover MAGAZINe 2013 I the GAZette


Dr., Monument, 488-2370 Old Colorado City Library: (Carnegie Public Library) 2418 West Pikes Peak Ave., 634-1698 Palmer Lake Library: 66 Lower Glenway, Palmer Lake, 481-2587 Penrose Library: 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333 Rockrimmon Library: 832 Village Center Drive, 593-8000 Ruth Holley Library: 685 North Murray Blvd., 597-5377 Sand Creek Library: 1821 South Academy Blvd., 597-7070 Ute Pass Library: 8010 Severy, Cascade, 684-9342 Additional information is available at


Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center: 30 W. Dale, 634-5581 Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum: 215 S. Tejon, 385-5990 Cripple Creek District Museum: 500 Bennett Avenue, Cripple Creek, 719-689-2634 Cripple Creek Heritage Center: 9283 South Highway 6, Cripple Creek, Toll Free: 877-858-4653 Ghost Town Museum: 400 S. 21st St., Manitou Springs, 6340696 Manitou Springs Heritage Center:

517 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, 685-1454 McAllister House Museum: 423 N. Cascade Ave., 635-7925 Michael Garman Museum and Gallery: 2418 W. Colorado Ave., 471-9391 Miramont Castle Museum - Manitou Springs Historical Society: 9 Capitol Hill Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1011 Money Museum - American Numismatic Association: 818 N. Cascade Ave., 6322646 Old Colorado City History Center: 1 South 24th St., 636-1225 Peterson Air & Space Museum: 150 E. Ent Ave. Peterson AFB, 556-4916 Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation: 2333 Steel Dr., 475-9508 ProRodeo Hall of Fame: 101 Pro Rodeo Dr., 528-4764 Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site: Gateway Road, 578-6777 Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum: 5865 N. Nevada Ave., 487-8005 Space Foundation Discovery Center: 4425 Arrowswest Drive, 576-8000 Victor Lowell Thomas Museum: 3rd & Victor Ave., Victor, 689-5509 Western Museum of Mining & Industry: 225 North Gate Blvd., 488-0880 World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame: 20 First Street, 635-5200

Community Centers

Many Colorado Springs neighborhoods have their own community centers with pools, meeting rooms and recreational ammenities. Here are the city’s public community centers: Deerfield Hills Community Center: 4290 Deerfield Hills Road, 385-5996 Hillside Community Center: 925 South Institute St., 385-7900 Meadows Park Community Center: 1943 South El Paso Ave., 385-7940


Evergreen Cemetery: 1005 Hancock Expressway, 385-6251 Fairview Cemetery: 1000 S. 26th St., 5786638 Memorial Park: Manitou Springs, 502 Manitou Ave, 685-5481 Memorial Gardens Cemetery: 3825 Airport Road, 596-3842 Shrine of Remembrance Mausoleums: 1730 E Fountain Blvd, 634-1597


The Hillside Community Center is one of three area centers that offer classes, meeting areas, and recreational facilities.

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Fort Carson

The largest installation in the Pikes Peak region, Fort Carson has experienced massive growth in recent years. The post boasts about 26,000 soldiers, most with the 4th Infantry Division, which arrived at Fort Carson in 2009, as well as nearly 5,000 civilian employees, according to post documents. Another 42,000 people are related to soldiers stationed at Fort Carson. The Pentagon announced recently that it would cut the roster at Fort Carson by 1,500 soldiers over the next four years. Units stationed at the post were among the first to be deployed to Iraq in 2003 and the last to leave the country in 2011. More recently, thousands of soldiers have been sent to Afghanistan to fight insurgents across the country. About 70-percent of the post’s soldiers live off base. Several Front range communities — most notably Fountain — have experienced widespread growth in recent years due to the influx of new soldiers.

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air ForCe aCademy

A fixture in the Pikes Peak region almost 60 years, the Air Force Academy molds high school graduates into the newest batch of Air Force commissioned officers over four years at a sprawling installation north of the city. About 4,000 cadets attend the academy, which is led by Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, the academy’s superintendent. About half of the roughly 1,000 cadets that graduate each year go on to pilot training — though their first flights often come in gliders that can be seen soaring above the above the academy. The academy’s most iconic buildings include its chapel, an architectural marvel that hosts a variety of different religious gatherings including a Catholic mass and Islamic, Jewish, Buddhist and Protestant services. Officials also built an open-air chapel for earth-centered faiths. The academy also hosts several NCAA Division 1 athletic teams, including a football team that won the Commander in Chief’s trophy for beating Army and Navy in 2011. Notable graduates include Gen. Mark Welsh, chief of staff for the Air Force, and Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot

who safely ditched U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River.

Peterson air ForCe Base

Located just north of the Colorado Springs Airport, Peterson Air Force Base has become a hub for Air Force operations across North America. The base is the home to U.S. Northern Command — charged with deterring terrorism and guiding the military’s response to disasters — as well as the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a joint United States-Canada venture that keeps track of airspace over the continent. The base is also home to Air Force Space Command, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012. One of the most visible activities at the base is the 302nd Airlift Wing, an Air Force reserve unit that uses C-130 aircraft to fight fires across the world. About 10,000 people work at the base, with about half of those civilians or contractors. There are 667 residences either built or projected to be built on the base.


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Set about 10 miles east of Colorado Springs, schriever Air Force Base is among the most protected and secretive bases in the country — housing several space operations programs. About 8,000 people work at the base, more than two-thirds of which are contractors or civilians. Operations at the base center around the military’s satellites. Airmen at the installation are in charge of the military’s global position system satellites, a complex network that has worked its way into nearly every fabric of life for everyday Americans. The system offers a timestamp for credit cards, helps with the navigation of commercial airplanes and offers location data for companies such as Garman. Housing wasn’t built on the base until recent years — 242 dwellings were constructed.

cheyenne MountAin Air Force StAtion

Though its mission has changed, The Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station remains an installation steeped in secrecy and Cold War lore. Tucked deep inside Cheyenne Mountain, few people are allowed into the base that was designed to survive nuclear attack. About 1,100 people work there. Several buildings rest on massive springs inside the mountain, while a handful of reservoirs store water and diesel fuel in case the installation’s blast doors must be shut in the event of an attack. The doors have only been shut once, on Sept. 11, 2001. The complex formerly housed the North American Aerospace Defense command before the agency was moved in the last five years to Peterson Air Force Base. Now just five percent of the work force at the mountain falls under NORAD. But the place remains busy. Several Defense Department agencies still have operations in the mountain, but their work is mostly classified.

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Peak Vista’s outpatient health centers provide medical, dental and behavioral health care for uninsured, underinsured and low-income residents, and they also accept people who are privately insured or on Medicaid, Medicare and other government programs. Peak Vista serves about 66,000 people a year, most of whom are on Medicaid or are uninsured. Locations: throughout the Pikes Peak region Phone: 632-5700;



Memorial Hospital Central is one of the newer hospitals in Colorado Springs. The Memorial Health System has merged with the University of Colorado Health network. Physical and mental medical needs of people in El Paso County are served by a variety of private and public institutions, as well as doctors and therapists in private practice. Here’s a rundown of some of the major medical providers in the area, and the nonprofits that treat uninsured, underinsured and Medicaid/ Medicare patients:


This system, now part of University of Colorado Health, has a campus downtown and in Briargate, and operates several clinics throughout the area. It has about 650 beds and offers a Level II trauma center, two urgent-care centers and a children’s hospital. It is the only pediatric intensive-care unit and level IIIb neonatal intensive care unit in southern Colorado. Memorial Hospital Central Memorial Hospital for Children: 1400 E. Boulder St., 365-5000 Memorial Hospital North: 4050 Briargate Parkway, 364-5000 memorial 40 I dIscover MAGAZINe 2013 I the GAZette


A nonprofit, faith-based health care system, Penrose-St. Francis operates two hospitals, one just north of downtown and the other at Powers Boulevard and Woodmen Road, with about 525 beds between them. The system also has several other operations, including three urgentcare centers. For several years, it has been the only Colorado system to make the list of America’s top 50 hospitals, as determined by HealthGrades, an independent health care-ratings organization. Penrose-St. Francis is part of Centura Health, jointly sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives and the Adventist Health System. Penrose Hospital: 2222 N. Nevada Ave. St. Francis Medical Center: 6001 E. Woodmen Road Phone (for both): 776-5000

SET — which stands for serve, empower, transform — is a non profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides basic medical services and holistic health programs to uninsured and low income people. It operates family, homeless and immunization clinics, and a senior well-being clinic, and has a chronic disease management program and health resource center. Main office: 2864 S. Circle Drive, Suite 450. Phone: 776-8850;


Formerly called Colorado Springs Senior Medicine, this medical provider serves about 1,500 patients ages 60 and older — primarily those on Medicare or Secure Horizons plans. New Medicare patients are being accepted. The practice also is welcoming patients age 60 and older who may not yet have Medicare. In 2012, the operation moved to a 8,000-squarefoot office location that quadrupled its space, enabling it to add providers and increase its patient load. Main office: 2350 International Circle. Phone: 475-5065;

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EL PASO COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH The health department provides a number of services for uninsured and underinsured people, including preventive health screenings for early cancer detection; pregnancy tests; diagnosis and treatment for sexually transmitted infections; reproductive health services; immunizations; nutritional education and food vouchers for pregnant women and their children ages five and younger; care coordination for children with

special needs; and nurse-home visitation programs in El Paso and Teller counties. Eligibility requirements apply and differ among services. Fees for services are charged on a sliding scale based on income; some lab tests require full fee payment. Hours: 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Office: 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road Phone: 578-3199

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A Christian-based free clinic that provides primary care, vision and behavioral health services to the poor and uninsured. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and the second and fourth Thursdays of the month; 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month; tHe gazette and 9:30 a.m. to noon the first and third Doctors, nurses, technicians at Memorial Hospital during trauma training in the Saturdays of the month. Office: 2125 E. LaSalle St. Phone: 219-3402 emergency dept.



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Since early 2012, the Colorado Springsarea housing market has been on the upswing and in July home sales soared and prices jumped to their highest levels in six years. Local single-family home sales totaled 1,202 in July, a 23.5 percent increase over the same month last year and the highest number of home sales for any month since July 2006, according to a report by the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors. For the first half of 2013, single-family home sales totaled 5,336, a 25.1 percent increase over the same period last year, the association’s report said. It was the market’s best first-half performance in terms of sales since 2006. Of homes that sold in July, the median — or mid-point — of all sale prices was $225,750, a 6.5 percent year-over-year increase and the highest median price for any month since $227,000 in July 2007. The supply of homes listed for sale totaled 4,137 in June, up 8 percent from a year ago, the Realtors Association report showed. It was the third straight month that the supply has risen, a sign that more home sellers might be jumping into the market. Yet, the inventory of homes for sale

remained tight compared with listings from mid-2006 through fall 2011. That’s when a poor economy slowed home sales and drove up the number of financially troubled properties flooding the market; monthly home listings routinely numbered 4,000 to 6,000 in the Colorado Springs area during that period and even topped 7,000 for a couple of months. An overview of the market shows:

Prices Median prices of resale homes reached their high point of $227,000 in July 2007. When the economy slumped, prices drifted downward and fell as low as $172,250 in January 2012. Starting in March 2012, prices turned around. The median price of area homes that were sold in July was up 6.5 percent to $225,750, which marks the 17th straight monthly increase in year-overyear prices. Some of the area’s most expensive homes are on Colorado Springs’ southwest and northwest sides, in the historic Old North End north of downtown and in the Tri-Lakes communities north of the Springs. More moderately priced homes can be found in much of

the rest of the region; Colorado Springs’ south and southeast sides have some of the area’s most inexpensive housing.


Inventories of homes for sale have increased each month since May 2013, but remain well below levels reached when the housing market was at its peak. Ranch-style homes are common in central Colorado Springs neighborhoods such as around Wasson High School, while newer homes with a suburban look and feel can be found in Briargate and other north and northeast-side areas. Downtown has become home to loft living in recent years, while seven-figure mansions can be found around the posh Broadmoor hotel on the southwest side and in northwest Kissing Camels. Midand upper six-figure homes can be found on the southwest, northwest and north sides and in the Tri-Lakes communities; starter and first-time move-up homes have been built in areas north, northeast and east of Colorado Springs, along with the city of Fountain to the south.

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Housing New vs. Resale Resales dominate the Pikes Peak region’s housing market, but dozens of builders serve the Pikes Peak region, including several local companies. Construction is taking place in upscale Flying Horse on the north, while more moderately priced homes are under way in Wolf Ranch on the city’s far northeast side, the east side Banning Lewis Ranch and Gold Hill Mesa on Colorado Springs’ west side. Homes also are being built in Fountain and in unincorporated areas to the northeast, such as Meridian Ranch.

Rental Market About 44,000 apartments are available in the Pikes Peak region; many newer complexes are on the Springs’ north side, while dozens of complexes on the south THE gAzETTE and southeast sides serve Fort Carson There has been an influx of apartment construction in Colorado Springs this year. soldiers. But apartments have been much The Encore at First & Main Luxury Apartment Homes are being built near N. Carefree tougher to find over the last few years; the area’s vacancy rate fell to a 12-year low of Cir. and Powers Blvd. 5.4 percent in the second quarter of 2013, less than half of what it was five to seven years earlier. For And as apartments fill up, rents are rising. A tight market sent monthly rents to a record $807.21 in the second quarter of 2013. But there are a number of apartment You’ll choose projects either underway or planned:


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econoMy i overview The Colorado Springs economy is dominated by one major employer — Uncle Sam. More than 55,000 civilians and military personnel work for the Department of Defense at the Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base and Schriever Air Force Base. Thousands more collect retirement checks from the Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy. Together, they account for more than one-fourth of economic activity in the Colorado Springs area. Technology manufacturing, once a major driver of economic growth, employs fewer than half the people it did a decade ago. Customer service and call centers have been among the area’s fastestgrowing industries, employing more than 14,000 in 45 such centers, many of which opened since 2000. The area’s economy, like that of the nation’s, endured a recession from 2008 to 2010 that claimed more than 16,000 jobs in construction, financial services, information technology and manufacturing, and sent the local housing market into its worst downturn in nearly 20 years. There are signs of recovery. The city’s sales-tax collections have increased for 19 consecutive months and all but one of the past 45 months and have topped prerecession levels. Home sales and home construction have been on the upswing in 2012. The tourism industry, a major contributor to the local economy, was hit hard by the recession in late 2008 through late 2009 but staged a modest recovery that began in early 2010 and gained strength in 2011. The industry was hit hard by the Waldo Canyon fire with hotel occupancy declining in July 2012 by the biggest percentage since the 2001 terrorist attacks, but bounced back this year. Airport passenger traffic declined during the recession, compounded by carriers reducing service, and is expected to fall to a 22-year low this year in the wake of Frontier Airlines’ departure from the Springs in April.

RETAIL Several decades ago, Pikes Peak Region shoppers had limited choices where they could buy TVs, clothing, furniture, groceries and the like. But retail follows rooftops, and major shopping centers, strip centers and speciality shopping areas sprang up over the last several years as neighborhoods have fanned across the region.

Apple store, WilliamsSonoma and others and Copper Ridge at Northgate, where Bass Pro Shops is building its first Springs-area store. • South, Southwest and Southeast: The Broadmoor Towne Center, anchored by Home Depot, Sports Authority and PetsMart, and with several smaller stores and restaurants, has become THE GAZETTE a popular destination for southwest side The Citadel Mall is one of Colorado Springs’ oldest shopping shoppers. The Targetanchored Cheyenne venues. Mountain Center near the Colorado Springs World Arena is a Here’s a look at major shopping centers major shopping area on the city’s south and shopping districts in the area: side, while Hancock Plaza, anchored by a • North and northeast: By far, the King Soopers grocer, serves the southbiggest additions for consumers have east side. taken place on Colorado Springs’ north and northeast sides. Briargate, Wolf Ranch, Nor’wood, Stetson Hills and Springs Ranch are among the sprawling subdivisions where tens of thousands of homeowners and renters now live, which has prompted development of several new retail projects. Powers Boulevard, running north-south through the areas, has become arguably the area’s most popular retail corridor. The First & Main Town Center, JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE with about 1.6 million square feet of big-box Dillard’s is one of the anchor stores at the Chapel Hills stores, smaller shops, Mall. fast-food and sit-down restaurants and enterA planned shopping center that will be tainment venues, dominates the corridor. built just outside the Springs’ city limits Newer retail centers that have been in unincorporated El Paso County, near developed or are planned on the Springs’ South Academy Boulevard and Interstate north side include InterQuest Marketplace, where a Hollywood Theaters movie 25, will be anchored by a Wal-Mart Supercenter and a Sam’s Club. complex opened five years ago and has • Central, northwest and west side: The been joined by a Brunswick Zone XL fun 40-year-old Citadel mall at Platte Avenue center and Colorado Mountain Brewery; and Academy Boulevard continues to be the Promenade Shops at Briargate, a a mainstay for shoppers in the central “lifestyle center” with the area’s lone the gazette I dIscover MagazINe 2013 I 51


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Colorado Springs’ west side is served by two longtime retail centers: the King Soopers-anchored Uintah Gardens and the Safeway-anchored Red Rock Canyon Center. Old Colorado City, in the heart of Colorado Springs’ west side and just west of downtown, has a popular mix of small stores, restaurants and art galleries, among other retailers. The town of Manitou Springs, immediately west of the Springs, has a similar mix of eclectic The gazeTTe stores and restaurants. • Downtown Colorado Springs: Even The Promenade Shops at Briargate is another option for shoppers in the northern as downtown has lost retailers over the years to suburban shopping centers, the quadrant of Colorado Springs. area’s line-up includes popular restaurants Phantom Canyon Brewing Co., Jose portion of Colorado Springs; the mall is Muldoon’s, the Ritz Grill and Old Chicago, anchored by J.C. Penney, Dillards and along with retailers such as Mountain Burlington Coat Factory. Across from the Chalet outdoor equipment store, Poor mall, Citadel Crossing added a new anRichard’s Bookstore, Rutledge’s clothing chor when a Lowe’s Home Improvement store, Sparrow Hawk Gourmet Cookware Warehouse opened in early 2012. On the R AT N clothing, accesand Terra Verde, northwest side, University Village ColoEB homeIto sories, jewelry and books. rado is anchored by a Costco Wholesale • Monument, Palmer Lake and WoodClub, Lowe’s Home Improvement Waremoor: The area is served by Monument house and a Kohl’s department store.

Marketplace, a regional shopping center anchored by a Wal-Mart Supercenter, a Kohl’s store, Home Depot, Staples and PetsMart, along with the King Soopersanchored Jackson Creek Crossing. • Fountain: Retail offerings in Fountain, south of Colorado Springs, have grown over the years as the community’s population has grown by thousands of residents. The Markets at Mesa Ridge, a regional shopping center, is anchored by Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, Safeway and Walgreens, and has several smaller shops and restaurants. • Falcon: The Safeway-anchored Falcon Town Center serves unincorporated Falcon, northeast of Colorado Springs. In recent years, it’s been joined by the Falcon Highlands Marketplace, anchored by a Wal-Mart Supercenter. ONE-DAY • Woodland Park: The Ute ROOFING Pass commuAVAILABLE nity of Woodland Park, west of Colorado Springs, has a thriving downtown with several stores and restaurants.






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springs job market at a glance Unemployment rate: 8.4 percent in July 2013 Number unemployed: 26,292 in July 2013 Payroll employment change: 1.4 percent gain in the 12 months ended July 2013

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ment has increased during the past year in most industries, including construction, retailing, tourism and health care, while jobs have declined in government, manufacturing, financial and professional services. Local payrolls are still down nearly 7,400 workers from their peak in late 2007.

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dining We know you like to eat, especially when someone else is doing the cooking. When you’ve got that craving, The Gazette’s annual Dining Guide has got you covered with information on more than 350 restaurants — from French to Mexican — in the Pikes Peak region. You can find the comprehensive coverage online:

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Here’s a look at some of the best restaurants in the region, selected from the Dining Guide:

THE FAMOUS, A STEAKHOUSE: 31 N. Tejon St., 2277333, ▲ The prime steaks put the “famous” in the name, and the cow is always prepared to perfection.


BONEFISH GRILL: 5102 N. Nevada Ave., 598-0826, ▲ This eatery specializes in market-fresh fish and other wood-grilled items. The recipes are innovative, with some contemporary renditions of the classics. Dish not to miss: Bang, Bang Shrimp. BRIARHURST MANOR ESTATE: 404 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1864, This cozy Victorian-mansion-turned-gourmet-diningexperience is a favorite wedding venue. THE BROADMOOR RESTAURANTS: 1 Lake Ave., 6347711, Charles Court Elegant dining featuring American-style cuisine with an extensive wine list. Lake Terrace Dining Room

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN RESORT: 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, 538-4000, ▲ The king of buffets – especially the Sunday brunch. The resort serves great cold salads, breakfast items and dinner entrees.

MARIGOLD CAFE AND BAKERY: 4605 Centennial Blvd., 599-4776 , A French bistro and bakery with a wine bar, where steak and fries are a popular option. The pastries, which you’ll spy in a gleaming display case on the way to your table, are heavenly. MOZAIC RESTAURANT: 443 S. Colorado 105, Palmer Lake, 481-1800, Popular for the award-winning Sunday brunch. The food on the regular menu is classically prepared and beautifully presented. TUCANOS BRAZILIAN GRILL: 3294 Cinema Point, 597-3800, ▲ This is the hot spot for churrasco (pronounced shoe-HAS-ko) dining: Fresh meats and vegetables are grilled and brought directly to your table on swords by servers.


BACK EAST BAR & GRILL: 9475 Briar Village Point, 264-6161, Back East Bar & Grill is friendly and welcoming, whether you’re the first person through the door for lunch or you bring your family for dinner on trivia night. CourTesy of The Broadmoor

Charles Court at The Broadmoor is the epitome of elegant dining.

Perennial favorite for the huge buffet on Sundays that includes multiple carving and action stations. Penrose Room It’s the only five-diamond and five-star restaurant in Colorado or the neighboring states. You can expect perfection of food and service. Summit 9 Lake Circle, 577-5733, 577-5896: A casual yet elegant contemporary bistro, serving excellently prepared food at good prices The Tavern The stunning garden room has been revamped and

COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY: 600 S. 21st St., Suite 180, 466-8240; 11202 Rampart Hills View, 4345750; ▲ ▲ This local brewery-restaurant opened a new location in the Roundhouse. The Roundhouse features tall ceilings, a warm wood interior with an upscale feel, a second story and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the mountains. The restaurants aren’t just pretty, though: They offer warm, friendly service and mostly outstanding food with a few small glitches. CRAVE REAL BURGERS: 7465 N. Academy Blvd., 2647919, craverealburgThe GazeTTe Crave can hook The Colorado mountain you up with flavors Brewery is located near God never intended Interquest Parkway and to be consumed together, including I-25. the Fatty Melt (bacon, cheese and pickles between two grilled cheese sandwiches) and the Nutty Professor (peanut butter, bacon, jalapenos and onions). DALE STREET BISTRO CAFE: 115 E. Dale St., 5789898, A sweet spot for a lazy afternoon. The menu includes pizza and a variety of salads and entrees, including Shrimp Luisa, Gnocchi Gorgonzola and Vegetable Wellington.

BIG TRAIN FAMILY RESTAURANT: 3050 N. Nevada Ave., 473-8218 This family-friendly eatery is comfort food central. And don’t miss the Slopper.

DION’S: 6385 Source Center Point., 265-4645, dions. com ▲ ▲ This Albuquerque-based chain made a name on its sandwiches, pizzas and salads. The service is friendly, even when the crowds are hectic, and the food is simple, fast, fresh and delicious.

BIRD DOG BBQ: four locations, ▲ Bird Dog’s Oklahoma-style barbecue has quite a following, perhaps because of the oak-smoked meats with sauce on the side, counter service and generous servings.

DRIFTER’S HAMBURGERS: 4455 Mark Dabling Blvd., 548-8163, ▲ Good burgers and fries. A bonus: The beef is humanely raised without added hormones or antibiotics.

BUFFALO WILD WINGS: 2905 Geyser Drive, 219-1500; 7425 N. Academy Blvd., 594-9464; buffalowildwings. com ▲ Whether you like traditional or boneless wings, this spot has you covered with 20 signature sauces, four dry rub seasonings and always fresh, never frozen wings.

ENGLISH DOCKSIDE SEAFOOD AND GRILL: 2220 N. Academy Place, 380-7732, English is the owner’s last name, not his style, so you can expect po’ boys big enough to extend over the sides of the plate, catfish fried right and blue crab in several delicious incarnations. the gazette I dIscover MagazINe 2013 I 55

dining GOLDEN BEE: The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., 577-5776, ☀ Recently reopened after extensive renovations, it continues the tradition of the 19th-century English pub experience. THE HUNGRY BEAR: 111 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-5912, Just scrolling down the menu will make you hungry. JACK QUINN IRISH ALEHOUSE AND PUB: 21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766, ☀ You don’t need to be Irish to enjoy the dark, intimate atmosphere of this downtown fixture. The food is good, too, and includes themed items (Celtic Wings, Guiness Stout Cheese Soup) as well as greatest hits such as a surf and turf and a Lime Dill Salmon. JOHNNY’S NAVAJO HOGAN: 2817 N. Nevada Ave., 344-9593, The Hogan has had many lives since it was built as a roadhouse in 1935. Restaurateur Johnny Nolan, who also owns SouthSide Johnny’s, took over the spot in 2011. It can be rowdy in the evenings (the cool, peaked log ceiling doesn’t do much for acoustics), but if that’s not your thing, check it out for lunch.

The menus are the same. THE KEG LOUNGE: 730 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9531, The kind of place where locals congregate for a good lunch or a drink after work (and they do). Friendly service and one of the best green chili cheeseburgers around. KING’S CHEF DINER: 131 E. Bijou St., 636-5010; 110 E. the gazette Costilla St., 634-9135; ☀ ☀ King’s Chef has character to spare, but it isn’t just a King’s Chef Diner is a popular spot for pretty face. The food is hearty (and served in gener- those who want hearty meals. ous portions), the service friendly and the green a while. The menu offers a surprising number of chili hot. Really. creative vegetarian options. MARGO’S VIENNA STATION: 3442 W. Colorado Ave., OSCAR’S OYSTER BAR: 333 S. Tejon St., 471-8070 ☀ 630-7453 ☀ ☀ ☀ This cool little spot near downtown is easy to miss, When you want a hot dog, a place that mostly but slow down a bit and look. It’s worth it. It’s known serves burgers just won’t do. This faux train depot for its Cajun dishes, but the oysters are to die for. does it right: and what a view. The covered patio’s a nice spot to watch the game. MCCABE’S TAVERN: 520 S. Tejon St. 633-3300, ☀ The first thing that will strike you at McCabe’s is the atmosphere. There’s a casual air about the place that makes you feel like sitting and relaxing for

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219-0500; 3707 Bloomington St., 574-4126; This Denver chain makes a mean burger, first smashing hand-formed beef on a scalding grill, then piling the patty with fresh toppings.

PLAY.: The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Drive, 634-7711, This new late-night destination joins the roster of Broadmoor eateries. There’s wine, beer and the like as well as a six-lane bowling alley and game room.

TONY’S DOWNTOWN BAR: 311 N. Tejon St., 228-6566, You’ll find a mish-mash of personalities inhabiting this neighorhood joint, including sports fans, trivia buffs and college kids, all indulging in fried cheese curds, Wisconsin-style fish fries and cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

POOR RICHARD’S RICO’S CAFE AND WINE BAR.: 320-324 N. Tejon St., 630-7723, ★ Poor Richard’s offers straightforward ambiance and food, including pizza by the slice, sandwiches and salads. Rico’s CAFE and Wine Bar is a little different: An interesting wine list, beers and organic coffee complement the tapas, such as a Maple Glazed Butternut Squash & Crispy Proscuitto. Catch some live music Wednesdays through Saturdays. RITZ GRILL: 15 S. Tejon St., 635-8484, A downtown fixture with a bistro-style menu that hits all the high points, including steaks, Asian and California-style pizzas. SMASHBURGER: 5320 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 100,


AMANDA’S FONDA: 3625 W. Colorado Ave., 227-1975; 8050 N. Academy Blvd., 266-6680; amandasfonda. com A colorful spot for Mexican fare. The creekside patio is beautiful during warm weather and servers dress in festive attire. Amanda’s is known for its margaritas and there are quite a few to choose from. Try the carne asada, one of the most popular dishes. ARCEO’S: 1605 S. Nevada Ave., 442-2626; 4608 Rusina Road, 264-0143;

Arceo’s is as festive as a Mexican restaurant comes, and patrons love the pork burritos, chiles rellenos and tacos. BEAN BANDIT AND BEAN BANDIT CAFE: 320 N. Circle Drive, 634-9945; 2819 N. Nevada Ave., 634-9946 One of the oldest restaurants in the Springs still gives you a solid deal for your money. The chiles rellenos are a crowd favorite. EL TACO REY: 330 E. Colorado Ave., 475-9722, Founded in 1976 by the Aguilar family, this intimate restaurant has become a favorite with locals. Head down on a sunny day, and partake in the avocado pork burritos or red sauce enchiladas as you eat at the picnic tables out front. GUADALAJARA MEXICAN RESTAURANT: 7336 McLaughlin Road, Falcon, 494-0700 Family owned and operated, this spot offers more than 40 items under $10. Stop in for the daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., and knock back a full platter of burritos or one of many chicken chipotle dishes.

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This Midwestern chain offers a popular half-and-half lunch combination and is consistently lauded for its quiet atmosphere and superb service.

LA CASA FIESTA NEW MEXICAN RESTAURANT: 230 Front St., Monument, 481-1234, The extensive menu offers loads of choices of southern New Mexican cuisine. The fajitas and carnitas are popular. Fiesta also offers a gluten-free menu. Check out its lovely patio, which is partially covered and features a firepit, fireplace and heaters.

BILLY’S OLD WORLD PIZZA: 308 S. 8th St., Suite E, 630-3400, The Italian buffet is a go-to place for the lunch crowd, and the stone-baked, Chicago-style pizzas feature ingredients all made in-house, including house-ground meats and housemade mozzarella.

Jose Muldoon’s on South Carefree has a LA CASITA MEXICAN GRILL: Four locations, lacasipopular Friday happy hour. An always popular place with a salsa selection to die JORGE’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT: 2427 W. Colorado for, this local chain serves housemade tortillas and is easy on the pocketbook. Ave., 634-9031 After about a half million in renovation costs, this lively family-run restaurant offers great service and a nice selection of traditional Mexican-American ITALIAN dishes. And the house-made tortilla chips are a BAMBINO’S ITALIAN EATERY AND CATERING CO.: great pairing with the guacamole, which tasted like 2849 E. Platte Ave., 630-8121, it had been made moments before it arrived at the Offers popular lunch and dinner buffets, thin-crust table. Dish not to miss : shrimp fajitas ($13.50). pizza and good pasta. JOSE MULDOON’S: 222 N. Tejon St., 636-2311; 5710 S. Carefree Circle, 574-5673;

BIAGGI’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO: 1805 Briargate Parkway, 262-9500,

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neighborhood eateries excel in no-nonsense food, good prices and daily specials. Try the eggplant parmesan. PARAVICINI’S ITALIAN BISTRO: 2802 W. Colorado Ave., 471-8200, Neighborhood spot serves solid fare with flair, with family-style menu and a good wine list. Try the Calamari Fritti and Salmon Jennette.

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Colorado Springs: N. Powers Blvd. & S. Carefree Circle (First & Main Town Center) Mon.-Thurs. 11-10 Fri.-Sat. 11-11 Closed Sun. •

*Feed My Craving dessert offer valid with the purchase of an Adult Churrasco, only one per reservation, one per table. Offer has no cash value. Offer cannot be combined with others, including Birthday Club. Offer valid 9/14/2013 -3/31/2014. Offer does not include taxes or gratuities. ©2013 Tucanos Acquisition Company, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Voted the #1 Place to eat with your family

Pizza Pasta salad sandwiches soup 2910 E. Platte 473-5540

dining DRAGON KING CHINESE RESTAURANT: 6867 Mesa Ridge Parkway, Fountain, 382-3023 This small restaurant is making a big name for warm service and good food. FUJIYAMA: 22 S. Tejon St., 630-1167, fujiyamasushi. com The happy hours, especially the half-price sushi, make this downtown spot the place to be after work. GREAT WALL SEAFOOD BUFFET: MONGOLIAN GRILL & SUSHI (FORMERLY EMPIRE ASIAN BUFFET): 5760 N. Academy Blvd., 548-0334, greatwallseafoodbuffet. com A large buffet with sushi, Mongolian barbecue and Chinese standards.

HUHOT MONGOLIAN GRILL: 7790 N. Academy Blvd., 598-4044, 5843 Constitution Ave., 574-6647, huhot. com The playful menu instructs you on how to prepare your dish, or “How to pillage like the mongols.” The success of your dish is in your hands.

ClassiC Comfort food Celebrating 30 Years!

HUNAN SPRINGS: 24 E. Kiowa St., 634-0800, A friendly, family-run downtown spot with enormous portions. JACKSON CREEK CHINESE: 1054 W. Baptist Road, Monument, 487-8081 Great prices on Chinese standards, especially at lunchtime.

HOUSE OF YAKITORI 2: 1612 N. Academy Blvd., Suite A, 596-7511, Fast and fresh chicken, beef or shrimp in a straightforward style.

JADE DYNASTY: 106 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9576, A new name for the old China China, promising Mandarin and Szechuan items.

HOUSE OF YAKITORI NO. 5 THAI KITCHEN BY NAYA: 6626 Delmonico Drive, 265-9168 The yakitori dishes you would expect, with some spicy Thai soups and other dishes.

JUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT: 1760 Dublin Blvd., 531-9368; 3276 Centennial Blvd., 227-8690 $$ Dublin location now offers shabu shabu and authentic ramen, in addition to sushi.

A Family Tradition since 1982

Orchard Ovens Bakery 3 E. Bijou St., 80903 719-685-9595

Baked fresh daily, using Grandma’s recipes

Family Owned & Operated

Fresh Rainbow Trout Old Fashioned Fried Chicken Hand-Cut Aged Steaks Sandwiches, Salads, Soups Handmade Cobblers Full Service Bar 2925 W. Colorado Ave.

Buy 1 Tasty Pastry Get 1 at ½ Off! Exp. 10/1/14

(At 30th St.)

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Contemporary Bistro inspired menus Lunch & Dinner

Our contemporary French cuisine, coupled with our in-house bakery, has brought guests back time and again for over 15 years.

• In-house Bakery • Fine Wine List


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NARAI THAI RESTAURANT: 805 Village Center Drive, 531-5175, Excellent Thai food. And you can request and actually get “Thai hot” level of spicy.

JADE GARDEN: 3105 S. Academy Blvd., 390-1888 Fairly standard take-out and delivery Chinese place. 719-599-4776 Our contemporary French cuisine, 4605 Centennial Blvd.bakery, coupled with our in-house has brought guests back time and again for over 15 years.

LEMONGRASS BISTRO: 6840 N. Academy Blvd., 592-1391 Classic Vietnamese cuisine with an accent on fresh vegetables and bright herbs.

NEW CHINA KITCHEN II: 4795 Barnes Road, Suite H, 638-8800, All you’d expect from a Chinese restaurant, plus Pad Thai and a couple of Thai curries.

Contemporary Bistro inspired menus Lunch & Dinner Vegetable EntreesLUCKY DRAGON CHINESE RESTAURANT: 402 W. • In-house Bakery • Fine Wine ListSpecialtiesFillmore St., 635-0112 Paneer Appetizers & Soups

SHANGHAI CAFE: 1107 S. Nevada Ave., Suite 103, 634-4270 An unassuming exterior, but fans rave about sesame chicken and hot and sour soup.

A dependable Colorado Springs staple for the past Traditional Curries Tandoori Meat 20 years. Tandoori Breads Biryani MAYFLOWER CHINESE RESTAURANT: 1212 E. U.S. 24, Kababs

Reservations: 719.477.4377

Woodland Park, 687-0711

SHANGRILA RESTAURANT: 8850 N. Union Blvd., in WoodLunch Buffet $8.95 Everyday The place for Chinese-American standards Located in the historic west Dine-In & Delivery Available


land Park.

end of the Fine Arts Center Reliable, affordable and delicious, with a warm staff


MOBO SUSHI: 5975 N. Academy Blvd., Menu: Suite 209, 593- that will make you feel at home. 8249, 5047 N Academy Boulevard SHIN SA DONG KOREAN CUISINE: 3845 E. Pikes Phone: (719) 599-0003 Delivery: (719) 634-6747 Get all-you-can-eat appetizers and sushi for $13.99 at lunch and $19.99 at dinner.

719-599-4776 4605 Centennial Blvd.

The best sushi in town is now the best deal in town!

MOON STAR 2 CHINESE RESTAURANT: 5873 Palmer $ Park Blvd., 380-9333 ULTIMATE Fans love the fried rice and the steamed dumplings.


Peak Ave., 638-2695 Authentic Korean tucked away in a strip mall. Bibimbap and tofu stew are excellent choices.


Dinner Buffet

3727 Bloomington Street • 591-0768

Adult dinner buffet only. Not Valid for Seniors or Children buffet (Children 2-11). Good for up to 5 adults. Not valid February 13-14 Expires April 6, 2012

Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am - 3pm Dinner: Mon - Fri 4:30pm - 9pm

Sat & Sun 11am - 9pm


BUFFET All you can Eat!

Steak • Seafood American Asian....

GLENZumba EYRIE CHRISTMAS EVENTS 25� Anniversary Christm� Cl�sics Zumbatini $6

Zumba Combo Plate $6

1st Thursday of Every Month

(Instructor On Site) 8:30pm - 10pm

MADRIGAL BANQUET December 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, & 21

22 S. Tejon St.


Silver Bes

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA December 8: 4:00 December 15: 4:00 and 7:00

Midwinter Song

3727 Bloomington Street • 591-0768 THE GAZETTE

ACOUSTIC EIDOLON Sunday, December 1: 4:00 and 7:00 Monday, December 16: 4:00 and 7:00 Tuesday, December 17: 4:00 and 7:00





ORCHESTRA ENSEMBLE December 27: 6:30 December 28: 6:30

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The best sushi in town is now the best deal in town!

SILVER POND CHINESE GOURMET: 5670 N. Academy Blvd., 594-9343, A longtime favorite with area residents. SPICY BASIL: 562 W. Colorado 105, Monument, 488-9898 New spot for Asian fusion cuisine in Monument.

Celebrating 15 Years!

SUSHI AI: 6552 S. Academy Blvd., 576-8855 Neighborhood sushi bar, beloved by the regulars.



TAO’S ORIENTAL CUISINE: 13888 Gleneagle Drive, 481-3418, A good take on Chinese favorites, with Thai and Korean thrown in to spice things up.

M-F 11-2:30pm 50% Off All Sushi & Rolls


Happy Hour 11-6pm 50% Off Everything!

TASTE OF CHINA: 1811 S. Academy Blvd., 596-8586 Big and bountiful. If you leave hungry, you weren’t really trying. TASTE OF KOREA: 1825 Peterson Road, 574-2060 All the warm, earthy favorites you’d expect from Korean food.

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Sushi from Jun Japanese Restaurant.

Visit our website for more Specials!!

22 S. Tejon St. Colorado Springs CO 80903


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“A getaway that ‘s not far away” 711 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829

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Third graders from Columbia Elementary School pose outside the school Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The third graders had a 95 percent score in TCAPs this year. If you’re looking for a particular type of education for your child, you’re in the right place. There are 17 school districts in the Pikes Peak region, offering an amazing number of options. Districts range from rural Hanover School District 28, with about 225 students and encompassing 266 square miles on the southeastern plains to Colorado Springs School District 11 in central Colorado Springs, which has more than 29,000 students and dozens of schools. Within the 17 districts there are choices to fit all types of students. One can find programs that focus on slow learners, advanced learners, special-needs learners, the gifted and English-language learners. Some programs are particular64 I dIscover MAGAZINe 2013 I the GAZette

ly intense, such as the International Baccalaureate program offered in several districts. There are preschools; part-time and fulltime kindergarten; alternative schools for those who return for a diploma or don’t quite fit into the typical classroom; online learning schools; magnet schools with a special focus such as math, music or science. There are charter schools that offer educational packages honed to stress particular results. To weed through the options, a must stop is the Colorado Department of Education’s website,, where a section for parents and students explains regulations, district achievement and growth results. It offers vast amounts

of statistical information on all the state’s schools.

AcAdemy School diStrict 20

This year the district will begin a fouryear, $1.3 million initiative to supply 2,500 iPads to students in three schools that emphasize technology. Teachers have been studying the best ways to use the small computers that each student at Challenger Middle School and Pine Creek High School, and fifth-graders at Mountain View Elementary School eventually will get. For more information:



Charter Schools are Tuition-Free, Public Schools. Academy for Advanced & Creative Learning 2510 N. Chestnut Street Colorado Springs, CO 80907 434-6566 Grades Served: K-8 Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning is a free public charter school specializing in gifted education. Our curriculum encompasses above-grade level, highly challenging, in-depth content. Academy ACL staff supports the unique needs of gifted learners with gifted educational techniques and an Integrated Curriculum Model.

James Irwin Charter Schools 5525 Astrozon Boulevard Colorado Springs, CO 80916 302-9000 Grades Served: K-12

Students attending a James Irwin Charter School benefit from a rigorous college preparatory program that challenges them to achieve their academic potential. Students are encouraged to recognize and value scholarship and character, and are known, respected and valued as individuals of potential and promise.

Rocky Mountain Classical Academy

1710 Piros Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80915 622-8000 Grades Served: K-8 Rocky Mountain Classical Academy is a D49, public, tuitionfree charter school and homeschool program serving grades K-8. RMCA develops citizens of integrity and character who are equipped with a strong knowledge base and academic skills.

GOAL Academy Online High School 877-PRO-GOAL Grades Served: 9-12 At GOAL Academy High School your student will receive the best of online, mastery based curriculum as well as the local support from academic staff that will prepare them for their future. Many students take advantage of our FREE college classes or career certification programs while still enrolled in high school, giving them a great foundation and jump start. In addition, students may participate in leadership training, clubs, experiential learning opportunities and more!

Monument Academy

1150 Village Ridge Point Monument, CO 80132 481-1950 Grades Served: Preschool-8 w Proven Academic Success Since 1996 w Core Knowledge Preschool - 8th Grade w Character First Program w New State-of-the-Art Facility w Rigorous Content Rich Curriculum w Before and After School Care w Sports Programs Call Now - Limited Space!

Roosevelt Edison Charter School

205 South Byron Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80910 637-0311 Grades Served: K-5 Our ESL students outperform district, state, & national norms w Grades K-5 w Core Values w Daily Specials Classes w Highly Qualified Staff w ESL Programming School Wide w No Tuition w Uniforms Required For a Tour or Information, contact 637-0311. Se Habla Espanol.

Thomas MacLaren School 303 Austin Bluffs Parkway Colorado Springs, CO 80918 313-4488 Grades Served: 6-12 The goal of Thomas MacLaren School is to develop young men and women who are fully alive and fully awake to the world. Our students build sound habits of mind and heart through a rigorous, sequenced classical curriculum that includes Socratic seminars, higher level math and science, orchestra, Latin, history, art and drama for ALL students as well as opportunities for extracurricular activities and community service.

Charter schools are tuition-free, public schools that offer parents more choice in their children’s education. Contact one of the schools in this ad to learn more, or go online for a directory of charter schools across Colorado. schoolfinder

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schools i AcAdemy district 20, cAlhAn rJ1 SCHOOLS Academy Endeavour Elementary: 3475 Hampton Park Drive, 234-5600 Academy International Elementary: 8550 Charity Drive, 234-4000 Antelope Trails Elementary: 15280 Jessie Drive, 234-4100 Chinook Trail Elementary: 11795 Grand Lawn Circle, 234-5700 Discovery Canyon Campus: 1810 Northgate Blvd., 234-1800 Douglass Valley Elementary: 4610 Douglass Drive, USAFA, 234-4200 Edith Wolford Elementary: 13710 Black Forest Road, 234-4300 Explorer Elementary: 4190 Bardot Drive, 234-4400 Foothills Elementary: 825 Allegheny Drive, 234-4500 Frontier Elementary: 3755 Meadowridge Drive, 234-4600 High Plains Elementary: 2248 Vintage Drive, 234-4700 Home School Academy: 1110 Chapel Hills Drive, 234-1473 Mountain View Elementary: 10095 Lexington Drive, 234-4800 Pioneer Elementary: 3663 Woodland Hills Drive, 234-5000 Prairie Hills Elementary: 8025 Telegraph Drive, 234-5100 Ranch Creek Elementary: 9155 Tutt Blvd., 234-5500 Rockrimmon Elementary: 194 Mikado Drive West, 234-5200 School in the Woods: 12002 Vollmer Road, 80908, 495-1865 The da Vinci Academy: 1335 Bridle Oaks Lane, 80921, 234-5400 Woodmen-Roberts Elementary: 8365 Orchard Path Road, 234-5300 District 20 Preschool: 1110 Chapel Hills Drive, 234-1751 Summer School and Enrichment: 1110 Chapel Hills Drive, 234-1374 The Classical Academy: 975 Stout Road, 484-0091 Challenger Middle School: 10215 Lexington Drive, 234-3000 Discovery Canyon Campus: 1810 Northgate Blvd., 234-1800 Eagleview Middle School: 1325 Vindicator Drive, 234-3400 Home School Academy: 1110 Chapel Hills Drive, 234-1473 Mountain Ridge Middle School: 9150 Lexington Drive, 234-3200 Summit Middle School Program: 1470 Chapel Hills Drive, 234-6100 Timberview Middle School: 8680 Scarborough Drive, 234-3600 66 I dIscover MAGAZINe 2013 I the GAZette

Academy Online High School: 1110 Chapel Hills Drive, 234-1670 Air Academy High School: 6910 Carlton Drive, USAFA, 234-2400 Aspen Valley High School: 1450 Chapel Hills Drive, 234-6000 Discovery Canyon Campus: 1810 Northgate Blvd., 234-1800 Liberty High School: 8720 Scarborough Drive, 234-2200 Pine Creek High School: 10750 Thunder Mountain Ave., 234-2600 Rampart High School: 8250 Lexington Drive, 234-2000

Calhan SChool DiStriCt rJ1

The district just completed a $2 million security and safety remodel thanks to a state grant and district thriftiness. Officials saved enough money to cover the 52 percent match without a bond. The building houses pre-K through 12.

The upgrades include a new entrance for the preschool: which had been just inside the front door. The administrative offices are now near the front so visitors won’t wander into the building. There also is an enhanced communications system throughout the building, including TV monitors, and an outside electronic message board. A large screen television was installed for assemblies and other events. Schools details and contact information is available at SCHOOLS Calhan Elementary School: 800 Bulldog Drive, Calhan, 347-2766 Calhan High School: 800 Bulldog Drive, Calhan, 347-2766 Calhan Middle School: 800 Bulldog Drive, Calhan, 347-2766


A stack of burned trees lays piled across the street from the Wolford Elementary School in Black Forest. The Black Forest fire damaged some of the playground equipment, but didn’t burn the school.

schools i District 12

A truly global high school right here in Colorado Springs

Earn a Global Scholar Diploma. Learn with students from 18 countries. Go on an international experiential learning trip. the gazette


The Cheyenne Mountain School District is located in the southwest corner of Colorado Springs. The district is ranked near the top of all schools in Colorado and the nation in academic achievement. Approximately 90 percent of the district’s graduates go on to college. SCHOOLS Broadmoor elementary: 440 W. Cheyenne Mtn. Blvd., 475-6130 Canon elementary School: 1201 West Cheyenne Rd, 475-6140 Cheyenne Mountain elementary: 5250 Farthing Drive, 576-3080 gold Camp elementary: 1805 Preserve Drive, 327-2820 Piùon Valley elementary: 6205 Farthing Drive, 527-0300

Skyway elementary: 1100 Mercury Drive, 475-6150 Cheyenne Mountain Junior high: 1200 W. Cheyenne Road, 475-6120 Cheyenne Mountain high: 1200 Cresta Drive, 475-6110 Cheyenne Mountain Charter academy: 1832 S. Wahsatch Ave., 471-1999

Participate in Round Square, a worldwide association of schools. College-preparatory Day and Boarding Grades 9-12 Since 1930 Call for a tour! 719.391.5251

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schools i District 11 Colorado SpringS SChool diStriCt 11

In keeping with tradition, Superintendent Nicholas Gledich has selected a theme for this year: “Creating Awesome,” and the district developed an online form to nominate individuals who display awesomeness. The May closure of two elementary schools and one high school resulted in boundary changes and new bus routes. Parents can find additional information at SCHOOLS Audubon Elementary School: 2400 E. Van Buren St., 328-2600 Bristol Elementary School: 890 N. Walnut St., 328-4000 Buena Vista Elementary: A Public Montessori School: 924 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 328-4100 Carver Elementary School: 4740 Artistic Circle, 328-7100 Chipeta Elementary School: 2340 Ramsgate Terrace, 328-5500 Columbia Elementary School: 835 E. St. Vrain St., 328-2700 Edison Elementary School: 3125 N. Hancock Ave., 328-2800 Freedom Elementary School: 5280 Butterfield Drive, 228-0800 Fremont Elementary School: 5110 El Camino Drive, 328-5600 Grant Elementary School: 3215 Westwood Blvd., 328-5700 Henry Elementary School: 1310 Lehmberg Blvd., 328-7200 Howbert Elementary School: 1023 N.

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31st St., 328-4200 Hunt Elementary School: 917 E. Moreno Ave., 3282900 Jackson Elementary School: 4340 Edwinstowe Ave., 328-5800 Keller Elementary School: 3730 Montebello Drive West, 328-5900 King Elementary School: 6110 Sapporo Drive, 3286000 Madison Elementary STAR Academy at Circle Drive and Airport Road. School: 4120 Constitution Mann Middle School: 1001 E. Van Buren Ave., 328-7300 St., 328-2300 Martinez Elementary School: 6460 North Middle School: 612 E. Yampa St., Vickers Drive, 328-6100 328-2400 Christa McAuliffe Elementary School: Russell Middle School: 3825 E. Monte830 Hathaway Drive, 228-0900 bello Drive, 328-5200 Midland Elementary School: 2110 W. Sabin Middle School: 3605 N.Carefree Broadway St., 328-4500 Circle, 328-7000 Monroe Elementary School: 15 S. ChelJack Swigert Aerospace Academy: ton Road, 328-7400 4220 East Pikes Peak Ave., 328-6900 Penrose Elementary School: 4285 S. West Middle School: 1920 W. Pikes Peak NonChalant Circle, 328-7500 Ave., 328-3900 Queen Palmer Elementary School: 1921 Coronado High School: 1590 W. Fillmore E. Yampa St., 328-3200 St., 328-3600 Rogers Elementary School: 111 S. Circle Doherty High School: 4515 Barnes Drive, 328-3300 Rudy Elementary School: 5370 Cracker Road, 328-6400 Mitchell High School: 1205 Potter Drive, Barrel Circle, 328-7600 328-6600 Scott Elementary School: 6175 WhetPalmer High School: 301 N. Nevada stone Drive, 328-6200 Ave., 328-5000 Steele Elementary School: 1720 N. Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus: 2115 Weber St., 328-4700 Afton Way, 328-2000 Stratton Elementary School: 2460 Achieve Online School: 2115 Afton Way, Paseo Road, 328-3400 328-3012 Taylor Elementary School: 900 E. Early College High School: 2115 Afton Buena Ventura St., 328-3500 Trailblazer Elementary Way, 328-2009 Tesla Educational Opportunity School: School: 2015 Wickes 2115 Afton Way, 328-2000 Road, 328-6300 The Bijou School: 2115 Afton Way, 328Twain Elementary 2000 School: 3402 E. San AACL (Academy for Advanced and Miguel St., 328-7700 Creative Learning): 2510 N. Chestnut St., West Elementary 434-6566 School: 25 North 20th CIVA Charter School: 4635 Northpark St., 328-4900 Drive, 633-1306 Wilson Elementary Community Prep. Charter School: 332 School: 1409 De Reamer E. Willamette Ave, 227-8836 Circle, 328-7800 GLOBE Charter School: 3302 Alpine Galileo School Of Math Place, 630-0577 And Science: 1600 N. Life Skills Center 1810 Eastlake Blvd., Union Blvd, 328-2200 Holmes Middle School: 471-0684 Roosevelt-Edison Charter School: 205 2455 Mesa Road, 328S. Byron Drive, 637-0311 3800 Space, Technology, and Arts Academy Jenkins Middle School: THE GAzETTE (STAR): 2508 Airport Road, 638-6554 6410 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 328-5300

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ing forHistory, sexuality, Art, Math, and sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, along with Language Arts. Pikes Peak Community Extracurricular activities and referrals. The diagnosis, treatment College, Discovery Extracurricular activities smallDrama mountain include: Club,district of about 450 include: Drama Club, students has with Peak Vista Education Online Fencing andCenters, KungFupartnered Fu which has Fencing and Kung Health provided physiStreaming, Rosetta instruction, Partnerships cal, behavioral and dental health care to instruction, Partnerships with Colorado Springs Stone language courses, students and siblings ages newborn to 21 with Colorado Springs Conservatory and since January 2009. and more! Pikes Peak Community Conservatory and More information is available at: College, Discovery Pikes PeakOnline Community Education SCHOOLS Streaming, Rosetta College, Discovery School: 412 North Stone Cresson language Elementary courses, C St., Cripple Education Online Creek, 689-9230 and more! Cripple Creek-Victor Junior/Senior Streaming, Rosetta High School: 410 North B St., Cripple Stone language courses, Creek, 689-2661


The district has new technology to close the gap with urban schools. It is increasing the number of computer labs, as well as work stations in all grades. Every

f Elementary Ellicott School: 399 S. 2400 El- Slater with Colorado Springs• ling Avenue 579-2160 with Colorado Springs at home and• retain schoo lies Ellicott, 683-2700 licott Highway, their legal statusand as a Conservatory Conservatory and fami home schooler. Ellicott Middle School: 350 S. Peak Ellicott Pikes Community Pikes Peak Community Highway, Ellicott, 683-2700College, Discovery College, Discovery Education Online Ellicott High School: 375 S. Ellicott Streaming, Rosetta Education Online Highway, Ellicott, 683-270 Stone language courses,Streaming, Rosetta Stone language courses, and more! 2400 Slater Avenue • 579-2160 • and more!

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schools i falcon District 49 FALCON SCHOOL DISTRICT 49

There’s a new chief in charge in the district. The August start of the school year introduced Peter Hilts as chief education officer, one of D-49’s top three positions. The Alaskan native most recently was director of academic services for The Classical Academy charter school and served as an educational consultant for D-49 when it was undergoing structural changes. Facing severe budget cuts and board strife, D-49 reorganized its hierarchical structure and adopted an innovation zone model in January 2011. Schools are divided geographically into four innovation zones that each has the autonomy to make decisions based on the needs of its students. For more information, go to the parents and community tab at www. SCHOOLS Banning Lewis Ranch Academy: 7094 Cottonwood Tree Drive, 570-0075

Evans International Elementary: 1675 Winnebago Road, 495-5299 Falcon Elementary: 12050 Falcon Highway, 495-5272 Falcon Virtual Academy:, or 491-4883 Imagine Indigo Ranch: 6464 Peterson Road, 495-7360 Meridian Ranch Elementary: 10480 Rainbow Bridge Drive, Peyton, 494-2909 Odyssey Elementary: 6275 Bridle Spur Ave., 494-8622 Patriot Learning Center: 11990 Swingline Road, Peyton, 495-5505 Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning: 11925 Antlers Ridge Drive, Peyton, 522-2580 Remington Elementary: 2825 Pony Tracks Drive, 495-5266 Ridgeview Elementary: 6573 Shimmering Creek Drive, 494-8700 Rocky Mountain Classical Academy: 3525 Akers Drive, 591-5666 Springs Ranch Elementary: 4350 Centerville Drive, 494-8600 Stetson Elementary: 4910 Jedediah Smith Road, 495-5252

Interested in earning a FREE Associate of Arts degree while attending high school? Attracted to the culinary, hospitality, or automotive field? These programs and more are available at School District 11’s Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus. For more information on the vast opportunities available, visit our website at or call 328-2000.

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Woodmen Hills Elementary: 8308 Del Rio Road, Peyton, 495-5500 Falcon Middle School: tHE ASSOCIAtEd PRESS 9755 Towner Ave., Peyton, 495-5232 Horizon Middle School: 1750 Piros Drive, 495-5210 Falcon High School: 10255 Lambert Road, Falcon, 495-5520 Sand Creek High School: 7005 N. Carefree Circle, 572-0924 Skyview Middle School: 6350 Windom Peak Blvd., 495-5566 Vista Ridge High School: 6888 Black Forest Road, 494-8800 Falcon Homeschool Enrichment Program:


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School registration and board information listed on the website: SCHOOLS Abrams Elementary: 600 Chiles Ave., Fort Carson, 382-1490. Aragon Elementary: 211 S. Main St., Fountain, 382-1340. Eagleside Elementary: 9750 Sentry Drive, Fountain, 382-1520. Jordahl Elementary: 800 Progress Drive, Fountain, 382-1400. Mesa Elementary: 400 Camino Del Rey, Fountain, 382-1370. Mountainside Elementary: 5506 Harr Ave., Fort Carson, 382-1430. Patriot Elementary: 7010 Harr Ave., Fort Carson, 382-1460. Weikel Elementary: 6565 Lindstrom St., Fort Carson, 358-4320. Carson Middle: 6200 Prussman Blvd., Fort Carson, 382-1610. Fountain Middle: 515 N. Santa Fe Ave.,

Fountain, 382-1580. Fountain-Fort Carson High: 900 Jimmy Camp Road, Fountain, 382-1640. Lorraine Secondary: 301 E. Iowa Ave., Fountain, 382-1550.

Hanover Junior-Senior High School: 17050 S. Peyton Highway, Peyton, 6832247


In a major move at the rural district, the fifth-graders will attend Prairie Heights Elementary School: at 7930 Indian Village Heights, in Fountain, said Superintendent Paul McCarty. Two modulars were purchased to help with the expanded student population there. The fifth-graders had been part of Hanover Junior-Senior High School. The Peyton Highway building will be used for sixth through 12th grades. More information is available at: SCHOOLS Prairie Heights Elementary School: 7930 Indian Village Heights, Fountain, 382-1260




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D-2 is starting its technology initiative in which every incoming ninth-grader will receive a laptop. In the summer, the district will reprogram the equipment and return it to students for their sophomore year. The district’s new dropout recovery program has 50 students and it hopes to enroll 50 more. The goal is for former dropouts to complete their education and develop a trade and skill, and get a job when they complete the program. The district is starting a “Schools of Promise” program at Giberson, Stratmoor Hills and Bricker elementary schools, Panorama Middle School and Sierra High School. College math tutors will provide 90 minutes of instruction after school for students who are not yet proficient. To learn more about the district: https: / SCHOOLS Atlas Preparatory School: 1602 S Murray Blvd., 358-7196 Bricker Elementary: 4880 Dover Drive, 579-2150 Centennial Elementary: 1860 S. Chelton Road, 579-2155 Giberson Elementary: 2880 Ferber Drive, 579-2165 James Irwin: 5525 Astrozon Blvd., 3029000 Monterey Elementary: 2311 Monterey Road 579-2170 Mountain Vista Community: 2550 Dorset Drive, 527-3400 Mountain Vista Homeschool Academy: 2400 Slater Ave., 579-2160 Oak Creek Elementary: 3333 Oak Creek Drive W, 579-2175 Otero Elementary: 1650 Charmwood Drive, 579-2110 Pikes Peak Elementary: 1520 Verde Drive, 719-579-2180 Sand Creek Elementary: 550 Sand Creek Drive, 579-3760 Soaring Eagles Elementary: 4710 Harrier Ridge Drive, 540-4000 Stratmoor Hills Elementary: 200 Loomis Ave., 579-2186 Stratton Meadows Elementary: 610 72 I dIscover MAGAZINe 2013 I the GAZette


Brookshire Ave., 579-2190 Turman Elementary: 3245 Springnite Drive, 579-2195 Wildflower Elementary: 1160 Keith Drive, 579-2115 Carmel Middle: 1740 Pepperwood Drive, 579-3210 Fox Meadow Middle: 1450 Cheyenne Meadows Road, 527-7100

Panorama Middle: 2145 S Chelton Road, 579-3220 The High School Preparatory Academy: 2250 Jet Wing Drive, 579-2580 Harrison High: 2755 Janitell Road, 5792080 Sierra High: 2250 Jet Wing Drive, 5792090

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Some of the Lewis-Palmer basketball players and their families pose for a picture with the championship trophies Friday, April 5, 2013, after an assembly at LewisPalmer High School in Monument honoring the back-to-back Colorado State 4A boys basketball champions.


“The big deal this year are the state mandates,” said Superintendent John Borman. The district hired a teacher on special assignment to help the elementary school principals establish the requirements around the READ act. In the elementary grades, the district is focusing on new “Every Day Math” and “Every Child a Reader” programs. The district’s enrollment has increased about 125 over last year, and it is hiring more staff. The district’s website: SCHOOLS Bear Creek Elementary: 1330 Creekside Drive, Monument, 488-4770. Lewis-Palmer Elementary: 1315 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, 488-4750. Palmer Lake Elementary: 115 Upper Glenway, Palmer Lake, 488-4760. Prairie Winds Elementary: 790 King’s Deer Point E., Monument, 559-0800. Ray E. Kilmer Elementary: 4285 Walker Road, 488-4740. Lewis-Palmer Middle: 1776 Woodmoor Drive, Monument, 488-4776.

Lewis-Palmer High: 1300 Higby Road, Monument, 488-4720. Palmer Ridge High: 19255 Monument Hill Road, Monument, 867-8600. Monument Academy Charter: 1150 Village Ridge Point, Monument, 481-1950.


The district has weathered $1.8 million less in state funding in recent years. As a result, the district has gotten creative. A full dance studio is being built to enhance its arts offerings. Pikes Peak Studio, which has offered after-school dance classes since 2010, will provide dance classes, such as ballet and jazz, as an elective. SCHOOLS Manitou Springs Elementary: 110 Pawnee Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-2195. Ute Pass Elementary: 9230 Chipita Park Road, Chipita Park, 685-2227. Manitou Springs Middle: 415 El Monte Place, Manitou Springs, 685-2127. Manitou Springs High: 401 El Monte Place, Manitou Springs, 685-2074. the gazette I dIscover MagazINe 2013 I 73

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Population growth in the eastern plains area spawned a new high school in Falcon. The old high school was repurposed as a middle school.





The district got a head start on the new state mandated Educator Effectiveness Act because it was part of a two-year pilot program. The 268-student district is shifting staff to help with its vocational land agriculture classes to ensure they proceed until a certified teacher is found. The district lost its athletic director, so the superintendent will fill in as the football coach. SCHOOLS Miami Yoder JT-60: 420 S. Rush Road, Rush, 478-2186


The district has received a $400,000, four-year state grant for at-risk students. It has hired extra staff to tutor students. Some will work with online programs and others in smaller classes and all will receive more individualized attention. SCHOOLS Peyton Elementary: 13550 Bradshaw Road, Peyton, 749-0170 Peyton Jr. & Senior High School: 13885 Bradshaw Road, Peyton, 749-0417

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The district has put in place a new $500,000 security system in all schools. The money came from the capital reserve fund. There will be an expansion of science, technology, engineering and math programs. The district also is expanding its Rachel’s Challenge anti-bullying program. It was one of the first districts in the nation to implement the program in all grades, K-12, and it is now focusing on the preschool component, which started last year. SCHOOLS WSD3 Preschool: 209 Leta Drive, 3913375 French Elementary: 5225 Alturas Drive, 391-3495. King Elementary: 6910 Defoe Ave., 3913455. Pinello Elementary: 2515 Cody Drive, 391-3395. Sunrise Elementary: 7070 Grand Valley Drive, 391-3415. Talbott Elementary: Dean and Fordham streets, 391-3475. Venetucci Elementary: 405 Willis Drive, 391-3355.

Webster Elementary: 445 Jersey Lane, 391-3435. Widefield Elementary: 509 Widefield Drive, 391-3335. Janitell Junior High: 7635 Fountain Mesa Road, Fountain, 391-3295. Sproul Junior High: 235 Sumac Drive, 391-3215. Watson Junior High: 136 Fontaine Blvd., 391-3255. Discovery High: 701 Widefield Drive, 3913121. Mesa Ridge High: 6070 Mesa Ridge Parkway, 391-3600. Widefield High: 615 Widefield Drive, 3913200. James Madison Charter Academy: 660 Syracuse St., 391-3977.

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Colorado Springs Christian Schools: 4855 Mallow Road, 535-8968 Corpus Christi Catholic School: 2410 N. Cascade Ave., 632-5092 Evangelical Christian Academy: 2511 N. Logan Ave., 634-7024 Pauline Memorial Catholic School: 1601 Mesa Ave., 632-1846 Salem Lutheran School: 4318 N. Chestnut St., 599-0200 Early Connections Learning Centers: 430 Gold Pass Heights, 434-3420 Sidewalks End Montessori: 3215 Woodland Hills Drive, 266-0026 The Colorado Springs School: 21 Broadmoor Ave., 475-9747 Fountain Valley School of Colorado: 6155 Fountain Valley School Road, 390-7035 Hillsprings Learning Center: 2776 Janitell Road, 576-3840 Rocky Mountain Montessori Academy: 7675 Lexington Drive, 592-0900 St. Mary’s High School: 2501 E Yampa St., 635-7540


Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy eighth-graders build rockets. Two teams from the Academy and Vanguard schools competed in national competition this year.


Colorado Charter School Institute: 1580 Logan St., Suite 210, Denver, www.csi., 1-877-280-0006. Colorado Springs Charter Academy: 2577 N. Chelton Road,, 636-2722. Colorado Springs Early Colleges: 4435 N. Chestnut Ave.,, 955-4675. Global Village Academy: 1702 N. Murray Blvd., http://www.globalvillageacademy. org/colorado-springs, 645-8063 James Irwin Charter Academy: 1801 N. Howard St., http: /, 302-9000 Mountain Song Community School: 2904 West Kiowa St., http: /, 344-5770 Pikes Peak Prep: 525 E. Costilla St., www., 570-7575. Scholars to Leaders Academy: 3115 Larkspur Drive,, 575-9380. Thomas MacLaren State Charter School: 303 Austin Bluffs Parkway,, 313-4488. The Vanguard School: 1832 S. Wahsatch Ave.,, 471-1999. 76 I dIscover MAGAZINe 2013 I the GAZette


The mural of an astronaut walking on the moon in the hallwayat the James Irwin Charter Academy. The building used to house Jefferson Elementary School, one of eight elementary schools closed by D-11 in 2009.

schools i higher education PIKES PEAK COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Pikes Peak Community College is a twoyear college offering associate degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields, with more than 125 programs of study. The school also offers two-year transfer educational programs to qualify students for admission to the junior year at other colleges and universities and a broad range of educational options for adults. MAIN CENTENNIAL CAMPUS 5675 S. Academy Blvd. Colorado Springs 80906 Phone: 502-2000, 1-800-456-6847 Online: DOWNTOWN STUDIO CAMPUS 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Colorado Springs 80903 Phone: 502-2000, 1-800-456-6847 FALCON CAMPUS 11990 Swingline Road Falcon 80831 Phone: 502-2000, 1-800-456-6847 RAMPART RANGE CAMPUS 11195 Colorado Highway 83 Colorado Springs 80921 Phone: 502-2000, 1-800-456-6847


The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 masters and five doctoral degrees, within six academic colleges on campus. In addition, a branch of the CU School of Medicine will be located at UCCS. MAIN CAMPUS 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway Colorado Springs 80918 Phone: 255-8227 Online:


Colorado College is a private, four-year, liberal arts college with a range of majors and minors across departments, interdisciplinary studies and pre-professional programs. The college operates on a block plan. Students take four classes per semester, one course at a time in sequence, doing a semester’s amount of work in three and a half weeks. MAIN CAMPUS 14 E. Cache La Poudre St. Colorado Springs 80903 Phone: 389-6000 Online:

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A private, four-year, co-educational Bible college offering bachelor of arts in ministry and associate of arts in lay ministries degrees. Majors include Bible and theology, Christian counseling and music and pastoral ministries. MAIN CAMPUS 1111 Academy Park Loop Colorado Springs, CO 80910 Phone: 884-5000 Online:


Programs include accounting, business administration, computer information science, criminal justice, dental and medical assisting. Students may earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees completely online. SPRINGS CAMPUS 1815 Jet Wing Drive 78 I dIscover MAGAZINe 2013 I the GAZette


A Jesuit college offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The local campus serves the College for Professional Studies and offers more than 10 undergraduate majors and master’s degrees in business administration, computer information systems and management. SPRINGS CAMPUS 7450 Campus Drive, Suite 100, Colorado Springs 80920 Phone: 1-800-568-8932 Online:


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2315 East Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs 80909 (719) 632-7626 • Associate degrees Automotive, drafting, computer, health, medical careers


555 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs 80903 442-0505 • Graduate degrees Psychology, human services, organizational development and leadership


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RELIGION Church for All Nations, located on Templeton Gap Blvd.



Saint Mary’s Cathedral, in downtown Colorado Springs, is one of the city’s older churches.


Payne Chapel AME Church: 591-6271, 3625 Marion Drive


Holy Trinity Anglican Church: 964-1838, 1335 Bridle Oaks Lane International Anglican Church: 229-6661 1305 N. Union Blvd. St. George Anglican Church: 434-3364, 2760 Fieldstone Road St. Luke’s Church: 473-7950, 2425 N. Chestnut St.


All Peoples Praise Center Assembly of God: 390-1336 3075 S. Academy Blvd. Austin Bluffs Community Church: 5980424, 80 I dIscover MAGAZINe 2013 I the GAZette

A pLAcE fOR wORshIpING 5090 Austin Bluffs Parkway Church at Briargate: 528-6060, 9550 Otero Ave. Family Christian Center: 636-2191, 3018 N. Virginia Ave. Friendship Assembly of God: 574-3155, 3685 New Center Point Harbor Lights Assembly of God: 596-1199, 2525 Canada Drive Restoration Church: 382-8331, 9355 Peaceful Valley Road


Anchor Way Baptist Church: 633-3476, 3125 Virginia Ave. Calvary Baptist Church: 632-4442, 1712 S. Corona Ave. Chapel Hills Baptist Church: 598-5086, 2025 Parliament Drive Circle Drive Baptist Church: 596-4461, 801 N. Circle Drive Cornerstone Baptist Church: 593-7887, 3615 Vickers Drive

Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church: 635-4865, 1 S. Walnut St. First Baptist Church: 632-6603, 317 E. Kiowa St. First Baptist Church, Black Forest: 4954185, 10915 Black Forest Road First Southern Baptist Church: 6334625, 1409 Palmer Park Blvd. Friendship Baptist Church: 473-8186, 633 E. Dale St. Garden Ranch Baptist Church: 591-1487, 3830 Van Teylingen Drive Heart of the Springs Church: 632-1565, 2726 N. Union Blvd. Heritage Baptist: 596-2176, 4808 Palmer Park Blvd. Highland Park Baptist Church: 6336479, 2315 N. Circle Drive Hilltop Baptist Church: 597-1880, 6915 Palmer Park Blvd. Perfect Peace Baptist Church: 6355970, 832 S. Nevada Ave.

Religion Pikes Peak Park Baptist Church: 5979004 3725 El Morro Road Rustic Hills Baptist Church: 596-0051, 1927 N. Murray Blvd. St. John’s Baptist Church: 633-7017, 902 S. Prospect St. Trinity Missionary Baptist Church: 6358789, 617 E. Fountain Blvd. Vista Grande Baptist Church: 598-2139 5680 Stetson Hills Blvd.


Corpus Christi Catholic Church: 633-1457, 2318 N. Cascade Ave. Divine Redeemer Catholic Church: 6335559, 927 N. Logan Ave. Holy Apostles Catholic Church: 5974249,4925 Carefree Circle N. Holy Trinity Catholic Church: 633-2132, 312 Poinsetta Drive Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church: 633-7204, 2715 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Our Lady Of The Pines Catholic Church: 495-2351, 11020 Teachout Road Our Lady of the Woods, Woodland Park: 687-9345, 116 S. West St. Sacred Heart Catholic Church: 633-8711, 2030 W. Colorado Ave. Saint Gabriel The Archangel Catholic Church: 528-8407, 8755 Scarborough Drive Saint Joseph Catholic Church Southgate: 632-9903, 1830 S. Corona Ave. Saint Mary’s Cathedral: 473-4633, 22 W. Kiowa St. Saint Patrick Catholic Church: 598-3595, 6455 Brook Park Drive Saint Paul Catholic Church: 471-9700, 9 El Pomar Road Saint Peter Catholic Church: 481-3511, 55 Jefferson St. Monument


First Christian Church: 633-8888, 16 E. Platte Ave. Korean United Christian Church: 5976622, 3840 E. Pikes Peak Ave. New Life Church: 594-1659 11025 Voyager Pkwy Solid Rock Christian Church: 393-7625, 3075 S. Academy Blvd. Sunnyside Christian Church: 596-1659, 2025 N. Murray Blvd. Village Christian Church: 634-6139, 3113 Primrose Drive


Front Range Alliance Church: 260-0333, 4151 Centennial Blvd. North Springs Alliance Church: 536-0706, 1702 Chapel Hills Drive


First Church of Christ Scientist: 6320051, 325 N. Cascade Ave.


Eastside Church of Christ: 598-0344 5905 Flintridge Drive Lakeside Church of Christ: 598-0344 603 South Hancock Ave. Mountain View Church Of Christ: 4751411, 1080 E. La Salle St. Pikes Peak Church of Christ: 634-6138, 1402 West Pikes Peak Ave.


Peak View Church Of God: 227-8647, 401 W. Bijou St. Rocky Mountain Praise Church of God: 520-1011, 317 E. Boulder St. Philippian Church Of God in Christ: 4738733, 2003 Lelaray St. Vista Grande Church Of God: 598-5511, 4870 Flintridge Drive

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Colorado Springs 3rd, 6th Ward: 5964609, 1705 N. Murray Blvd. Colorado Springs 5th Ward: 475-0069, 1310 Aeroplaza Drive


Black Forest Community Church: 4952207, 6845 Shoup Road Broadmoor Community Church: 4731807, 315 Lake Ave. Metropolitan Community Church: 6343771, 1102 South 21st St. Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church: 634-3771, 1102 S. 21st St. Springs Community Church: 590-1705, 7290 Lexington Drive Vista Grande Community Church: 5993057, 5460 N. Union Blvd.


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New Life Church is one of Colorado Springs’ largest churches. of Manitou Springs: 685-5255, 103 Pawnee Ave., Manitou Springs

Jehovah’s Witnesses: 390-3339, 1150 Crandall Drive



Grace and Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church: 328-1125, 601 N. Tejon St. St. Michael’s Episcopal: 598-3244, 7400 Tudor Road Chapel of Our Saviour: 633-2667, 8 4th St.

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Faith Evangelical Free Church: 531-6858, 6365 Oakwood Blvd. First Evangelical Free Church: 634-3144, 820 N. 30th St.


New Song Christian Fellowship: 3808722, 5515 Palmer Park Blvd. The Grace Place: 632-5491, 2403 Palmer Park Blvd.

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Full Gospel Korean Church: 635-3304, 1420 Shasta Drive New Life Church: 594-6602, 11025 Voyager Parkway

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES Central Congregation: 532-1904, 4415 Buckingham Drive Kingdom Hall: 596-9279, 4330 Iron Horse Trail Kingdom Hall: 550-9710, 720 Crestline Drive Jehovah’s Witnesses: 634-4492, 819 E. Vermijo Ave. Jehovah’s Witnesses: 540-8943, 1225 Lake Plaza Drive

Fellowship of the Rockies: 633-4659, 1625 8th St. King Solomon Baptist Church: 637-3830, 910 Peterson Blvd. Community Bible Study: 955-7777, 1125 Kelly Johnson Blvd.


Woodmen Valley Chapel, Rockrimmon: 599-8652, 290 E. Woodmen Road Chadbourn Spanish Gospel Mission: 4735496, 402 Conejos St.


Ascension Lutheran Church: 634-1694, 2505 N. Circle Drive Bethany Lutheran Church: 632-9017, 1401 S. 8th St. Black Forest Lutheran Church: 495-2221, 12455 Black Forest Road Faith Lutheran Church: 392-5076, 315 Security Blvd. Family Of Christ Lutheran Church: 4812255, 675 Baptist Road First Lutheran Church: 632-8836, 1515 N. Cascade Ave. Holy Cross Lutheran Church: 596-0661, 4125 Constitution Ave. Mount Calvary Lutheran Church: 6341053, 1318 N. Circle Drive Redeemer Lutheran Church: 633-7661, 2226 N. Corona St. Rock of Ages Lutheran Church: 6329394, 120 North 31st St.


Christ the King: 260-1787, 950 Vindicator Drive Mountain Calvary Lutheran Church: 6341053, 1318 N. Circle Drive Bethel Lutheran Church: 570-9800, 4925 Farmingdale Drive


Beth-El Mennonite Church: 636-2716, 4625 Ranch Drive First Mennonite Church: 635-5593, 11 N. 22nd St.


Central United Methodist Church: 5976642, 4373 Galley Road East United Methodist Church: 634-2801, 1505 E. Monument St. First United Methodist Church: 471-8522, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Korean American United Methodist Church: 570-0300, 4550 North Carefree Cir. Pikes Peak United Methodist Church: 634-3589, 2927 W. Pikes Peak Ave. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church: 634-7046, 2111 Carlton Ave. Stratmoor Hills United Methodist Church: 576-0005, 1705 Cheyenne Meadows Road Trinity United Methodist Church: 633-9295, 701 N. 20th St.

Wilson United Methodist Church: 598-0407, 6460 Flying W Ranch Road


Metropolitan Community Church: 6343771, 1102 South 21st St.


Immanuel Missionary Church: 475-1265, 2500 Busch Ave.


Black Forest Church of the Nazarene: 495-4183, 6160 Burgess Road Central Church Of The Nazarene: 6326595, 2550 E. San Miguel St. First Church Of The Nazarene: 596-5119, 4120 E. Fountain Blvd. Security Church Of The Nazarene: 3927091, 800 Hackberry Drive Trinity Church of the Nazarene: 5997990, 5055 El Camino Drive Remnant Church Of The Nazarene: 6351585, 1615 E. Cheyenne Road

Community Church of The Rockies: 5316900, 7730 N. Union Blvd., Suite 203 Gathering Place Christian Center: 3281440, 254 S. Academy Blvd. Mountain Springs Church: 495-6688, 7345 E. Woodmen Road Pulpit Rock Church: 598-6767, 301 Austin Bluffs Parkway Red Rock Church: 632-4884, 320 W. Fillmore Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel: 5971133, 4285 N. Academy Blvd. Springs Reformed Church: 577-4157, 229 S. Weber St. Vanguard Church Of Colorado Springs: 591-8800, 3958 N. Academy Blvd., Suite 110 Victory Outreach: 477-0000, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave.


Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church: 634-5678, 2215 Paseo Road Saints Constantine And Helen Orthodox Church: 473-9238, 2770 N. Chestnut St.


Antioch Community Church: 478-2210, 5855 Boone Road Black Forest Chapel: 495-2420, 14190 Black Forest Road Church for All Nations: 591-1800, 6540 Templeton Gap Road

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Religion First Presbyterian Church: 884-6100, 219 E. Bijou St. Forestgate Presbyterian Austin Bluffs Community Church: 598Church: 4950424, 5090 Austin Bluffs Parkway Family Worship Center: 599-0509, 6062 5672, 970 N. Gate Road Gateway Presbyterian Hollow Tree Court Church: 473-3430: Radiant Church: 597-4402; 731 Castle Road • Maizeland Campus and Main Office: Mountain View Presbyte4020 Maizeland Road • Vista Ridge Campus: 6888 Black Forest rian Church: 632-9664, 2520 Arlington Road Springs of Life Church: 487-1850, 3704 E. Drive Springs Reformed Church: Uintah St. 577-4157, 229 Souls Harbor Church: 471-7272, 1715 S. Weber St. Fourth St. Village Seven Presbyterian Church: 574-6700, 4050 Nonchalant Circle S. PRESBYTERIAN THE GAZETTE Cheyenne Mountain Presbyterian Church: 635-9022, 1615 E. Cheyenne Road The Trinity Mission Baptist Church celebrated 100 Christ Covenant Church: 635-9022, 1200 years in Colorado Springs, this summer. Cresta Road Covenant Presbyterian Church: 598SEVENTH-DAY 0800, 2845 Parliament Drive UNITY Faith Presbyterian Church: 596-4895, Unity Church in the Rockies: 471-4556, ADVENTIST 1529 N. Circle Drive 1945 Mesa Road Colorado Springs South Seventh-Day Adventist Church: 471-1944, 2520 Arlington Drive WESLEYAN Seventh-Day Adventist Church: 634Mountain View Wesleyan Church: 5501682, 1305 N. Union Blvd. 0775, 3445 Oro Blanco Drive Seventh-Day Adventist Church: 591Pine Creek Community Church: 5982094, 1150 Aeroplaza Drive 8501, 9565 Otero Ave. Heritage Wesleyan Church: 634-5787, 802 Bonfoy St. Westside First Wesleyan Church: 4737113, 502 N. Walnut St. UNITARIAN



All Souls: 633-7717, 730 N. Tejon St. High Plains: 260-1080, 1825 Dominion Way


Black Forest Community Church: 495-2207, 6845 Shoup Road Broadmoor Community Church, United Church of Christ: 473-1807, 315 Lake Ave. Church of Christ: 598-0344, 5905 Flintridge Drive Northeast Church of Christ: 597-6661, 6660 Galley Road Vista Grande Community Church: 5993057, 5460 N. Union Blvd.

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BEIT Ad-Nai Yisrael: Orthodox: 536-9331, 4965 Barnes Road Messianic Synagogue: Messianic, 2606965, 437 Windchime Place Temple Beit Torah: Reform, 573-0841, 522 E. Madison St. Temple Shalom: Reformed-Conservative, 634-5311, 1523 E. Monument St.


Islamic Society of Colorado Springs: 632-3364, 2125 N. Chestnut St.

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Travel | GeTaways 1. (Colorado springs) Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Talk about getting away from it all. Go on a moonlight safari and take a walk on the wild side without leaving the Springs. It’s a whole new zoo after dark. Book a “Wild Nights” overnight excursion to learn all about the fascinating, exotic wild things that inhabit our planet and see what they do while the city sleeps. Imagine hearing the chilling roar of a big cat in the dark. Or sleeping so close to these powerful creatures that you can almost feel their wild hearts beating. In a fun-filled night to remember, you can choose from four exciting custom overnight programs: original Nocturnal theme, African, Endangered Species or Zoo Careers themes. On your “Wild Night,” you’ll arrive at the Zoo at 6 p.m. and stay overnight until 8 a.m. the next day. Dinner and activities are provided; you bring your sleeping bag (or adults can rent cots), pajamas and other personal items. Cost is $45.25 per person. Note: Kids must be at least 5 years old to participate. Details: 633-9925, ext. 127, 2. (Denver) Nature in the City When it comes to a city as diverse and beautiful as Denver, there’s no way to experience even a fraction of it in one trip. It must be taken in small morsels to truly savor the variety of wonders the city has to offer. So focus on a theme and plan a weekend getaway around that. For example, plan a weekend of exploring the wonders of nature. Of the many options, consider: The Wildlife Experience, with its unique blend of interactive exhibits, large-format Extreme Theatre, fine art, natural history and community educational programs and events (10035 Peoria St., 1-720-488-3300,; at The Butterfly Pavilion, an invertebrate zoo, you can marvel at these ephemeral winged wonders in a tropical rainforest where 1,600 butterflies rule the sky (252 W. 104th Ave., 1-303-469-5441,; or the Denver Botanic Gardens, where you can experience plants from the four corners of the world while strolling through the gardens right here in Colorado (1007 York Street, 1-720-8653500, Find other exploration ideas and lodging options by calling 1-303-892-1112, or online at 86 I dIscover MAGAZINe 2013 I the GAZette

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(Colorado) Glenwood Springs

So, in your family or group, you’ve got a fisherman, a hiker, a golfer, a skier, a mountain biker, a spelunker, a thrill seeker, a strawberry lover, a rafter and a relaxer — or maybe you’re all those things. Summer, winter, spring or fall, Glenwood Springs is a family-friendly, affordable destination with something for all — close proximity to a variety of ski areas; a remarkable mix of geological wonders, including hot springs, vapor caves, two rivers and a canyon; the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, with Fairy Caves to explore and adrenalinepushing rides and attractions such as the Alpine Coaster, Soaring Eagle Zip Ride and the Giant Canyon Swing (launches you out over Glenwood Canyon 1,300 feet above the Colorado River); and plenty of restaurants, historic hotels and entertainment. Or you can just savor the rare opportunity to simply do nothing but sit down and sink down into the good, hot, rejuvenating mineral waters of the hot springs pool Details: 1-970-945-6589, 4. (Colorado) Grand Lake On the “other side” of Rocky Mountain National Park, one of Colorado’s crown jewels, is another sparkling gem — Grand Lake, the deepest natural lake in Colorado, dipping to 265 feet. For more than a century, families have been returning time and again for summer and winter vacations. From the sandy beach, you can swim, fish, kayak, paddle, row or just kick back and watch the waves lap the shore while marveling at the gorgeous views of high mountain peaks. Fall in love with the spirit of the West as you stroll the historic boardwalk, with its quaint shops, restaurants and galleries. The renowned Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre offers a full summer’s worth of musical extravaganzas, including youth theatre and cabarets. Plan a visit and discover for yourself what a treasure Grand Lake is. For trip planning, visit grandlakechamber. com, or call 1-970-627-3402. 5.

(Colorado) Shambhala Mountain Center

Smart people know when to unplug and unwind. Even a short getaway to this

peaceful retreat in a serene 600-acre valley surrounded by rocky peaks and pine and aspen forests allows you to temporarily disconnect from a hectic world and reconnect with yourself. The center, located in the Red Feather Lakes area of northern Colorado, welcomes all people of all personal beliefs. Experiencing the peace of the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya is worth the trip in itself. Take time out to relax, breathe and reflect on your own, or take advantage of more than 100 programs offered per year for all ages, or customize your own personal getaway. Affordable accommodations range from fine lodge rooms with private baths to shared dormitories and economically priced seasonal tent cabins. Visit or call 1-970-881-2184 to learn more or to request a catalog. The GazeTTe


(Colorado) Leadville

It’s hard to believe this city at 10,152 feet above sea level nearly became Colorado’s capital. The mines that made it a booming city in the 19th Century are gone, but you can still immerse yourself in the history and enjoy the majestic mountain views that come with being the highest incorporated city in the nation. In summer, you can spend endless hours enjoying San Isabel National Forest or canoeing or fishing at Twin Lakes reservoirs. In winter, the area offers great snow-shoeing and skiing. Drive north to Camp Hale, where the 10th Mountain Division trained during World War II. For families, nearby Ski Cooper is an ideal small ski area. Visit for trip planning. 7. (Colorado) Lost Creek Wilderness The closest wilderness area to Colorado Springs is a hiker’s paradise, with rewarding day trips and endless backpacking possibilities just a 75-minute drive from home. The east side tends to be a little more crowded, due to proximity to Denver, so drive west on U.S. Highway 24 to Lake George and turn right on County Road 77, along which you will find several trailheads after about 15 miles. Not interested in carrying your tent? There are several campgrounds along this road on the right and plenty of free car camping if you take any of the forest roads branching to the left. For a mellow hike, explore the wilderness’s lower terrain from the Spruce Grove trailhead. For

a visit to the Great Stupa is well worth a trip to the Shambhala Mountain Center near Red Feather Lakes in northern Colorado. more adventure (not to mention a workout,) drive on to the Ute Creek trailhead, which will take you to the high point of the wilderness, Bison Peak, one of the more interesting summits in Colorado. The wilderness is easily accessible most of the year. The best map for exploring is the National Geographic Trails Illustrated Tarryall Mts. Kenosha Pass map. 8. (Colorado) Paint Mines Interpretive Park Hidden from view by the rolling prairie of eastern El Paso County is a playground of twisted rocks, hoodoos and other displays of nature’s erosive forces on the clay soil. In many parts of the country, it would be a well-visited natural wonder. In Colorado it’s a county park that many people don’t even know about. You can hike a loop around the perimeter and then explore the paint mines, where 9,000-year-old artifacts have been found. Call the county parks department at 5207529 for more information. 9.

(Colorado) Black Canyon , Gunnison

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travel i getaways steep off-trail routes into the canyon’s inner recesses. Or you can just hike or drive along the rim and admire the view. There is ample camping at both the north and south rims, and lodging available in Gunnison to the east and Montrose to the west. Visit for more details. 10.

(Colorado) Pagosa springs

The powder skier in you will love nearby Wolf Creek Ski Area, and everyone else will love the world-famous hot springs in the center of this southern Colorado town. The sulphury mineral water comes from 1,002 feet underground, making it the deepest hot spring aquifer in the world, according to The Guinness Book of World Records. The resort has built 23 pools, everything from a massive swimming pool to small lobster pots with water so hot you’ll feel like one. You can stay at the resort or stay at another cheaper hotel, or save a lot more money and camp in the national forests that surround the town. Visit for more details.

More getaways close to the springs

• Breckenridge There was a time in the not-too-distant past, longtime Breckenridge residents say, when a dog could lie in Main Street all day and not be bothered by a car. The population was 393 in 1960, on the verge of becoming a ghost town after the collapse of mining. Today, it’s the postcard of a Colorado ski town, drawing visitors from around the world for skiing, shopping and mountain splendor. Just more than two hours’ drive from Colorado Springs, Breckenridge is a great weekend destination, even if you don’t ski or snowboard. Visit • Chimney Rock National Monument This is the country’s newest National Monument and one of the best stargazing destinations in the west, with 5,000+ acres of high desert terrain. The U.S. Forest Service offers complimentary Night-Sky Archaeo-Astronomy Programs. Flanked by towering Ponderosa pines, the Visitor Center is 1/2 mile from the entrance gate at Highway 151, in southwestern Colorado.

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Info: • Horsetooth Reservoir Near Fort Collins, the area is named for a bizarre rock formation that resembles a horse’s tooth, offers an uninterrupted view of sparkling night skies. A short hike to Horsetooth Rock boasts a view of Fort Collins on one side and rugged mountains framed by Horsetooth Reservoir and the night sky on the other. • Kayaking in Confluence Park Load up the kayak and drive to ... downtown Denver? Yes, that’s right. This park is unique in its urban setting. Located at the nexus of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River, it has been transformed into a kayak run. Info: • Mountain biking in Fruita This mecca for fat tires continues to expand. Four trails have been built in the past year and another is coming this summer. This old farming town offers a variety of terrain for all ages and abilities. Enjoy the steep climbs and sweet downhills. You can rent a bike locally at Over The Edge Sports.Ziplining in Salida Strap in, let go and gravity will do the rest at Captain Zipline. Hitting speeds up to 40 mph, you’ll have a blast soaring nearly 200 feet above the ground. Outside Magazine included this tour among its best in a 2012 edition. Learn more at: • Climbing the Spanish Peaks If you live in Colorado Springs, you’ve seen the twin Spanish Peaks, rising above the prairie far to the southwest, often just a hint of mountain contours on the horizon. You can climb them without the crowds you might find on a fourteener. West Spanish Peak, at 13,626, is the more popular climb, and actually a much shorter hike than its neighbor East Spanish Peak, thanks to a high mountain road. Head south on Interstate 25 and west on U.S. Highway 160. Turn south onto Colorado Highway 12, and when you’re nearly at the top of Cucharas Pass turn left onto the Cordova Pass Road (County Road 46.)

travel i transportation COLORADO SPRINGS AIRPORT The Colorado Springs Airport, located in southeast Colorado Springs at 7770 Milton E. Proby Parkway, is served by four airlines (mostly commuter affiliates of the nation’s largest carriers) flying nonstop to 10 destinations with Alaska Airlines scheduled to begin flights in November to Seattle: Alaska Airlines: Begins daily flights in November to Seattle. Allegiant Air: Flies Thursday and Sunday to Las Vegas. The carrier specializes in offering vacation packages that include hotel, rental car and entertainment. American Airlines: Flies daily to DallasFort Worth. Delta Air Lines: Flies daily to Atlanta and Salt Lake City. United Airlines: Flies daily to Chicago O’Hare International, Denver International, Houston George Bush Intercontinental, Los Angeles International, San Francisco International and Washington Dulles International. Other important information: Short-term parking costs $1 for each half-hour, with a daily maximum charge of $8; long-term parking is $1 for each hour, with a daily maximum cost of $6 daily. (Free shuttle service is available from the long-term lot to the passenger terminal); valet parking is available and costs $14 a day. Rental car providers include: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National. Transportation to and from the airport is available by limousine, shuttle and taxi. Seven restaurants and three gift shops operate in the passenger terminal, where wireless Internet service is available at no cost. The passenger terminal, built with 12 gates in 1994, annually serves about 600,000 passengers boarding ongoing flights. For more information about the airport, go to AirportIndex.aspx.


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travel i transportation METRO BUSES

The city’s bus system, operated by Mountain Metropolitan Transit, runs 18 routes that can get you to most corners of the urban area, from Briargate to SecurityWidefield. Most routes converge on the downtown transit terminal, at Kiowa Street and Nevada Avenue, at nearly the same time, so passengers can transfer to another line. Other transfer points are The Citadel mall and Pikes Peak Community College. The routes operate Monday through Friday from about 5:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m. and Saturday from about 6:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. The basic adult fare is $1.75, and there are a variety of discounted multiple-ride plans. Call 385-RIDE for more information.



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The Colorado Department of Transportation provides a wide array of information for travelers. Road conditions, traffic cameras, weather alerts and road closures throughout Colorado are located at Information is also available by calling 511 on your cell phone for statewide conditions or 303-639-1111 for nationwide conditions. You can find comprehensive weatherrelated information including school and business closures at The Gazette’s website,

SHUTTLES & VANS Colorado Springs Shuttle: 687-3456 or (877) 587-3456 Colorado Travel Solutions, LLC: 5106319 Front Range Shuttle, LLC: 237-2646 Ramblin Express: 590-8687 or (800) 772-6254 Shuttle Services of So. Colorado: 545-9444 or (877) 545-9435 Greyhound: 635-1505 or (800) 231-2222



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SportS Colorado Springs is home to the U.S. Olympic Committee and Olympic Training Center and its interest in sporting activities is major. Here’s a look at some of the bigger sports events, no particular order.

AIR FORCE FOOTBALL VS. ARMY OR NAVY One of the other service academies comes to Falcon Stadium every fall, and the competition and pageantry in a beautiful setting is well worth a trip. Air Force also hosts Notre Dame on Oct. 26, 2013. Go to for schedule and ticket information. (The Gazette and also are a good source for information on this and other events.) Parking is free.

COLORADO COLLEGE HOCKEY VS. DU/AIR FORCE The two annual regular-season games in Colorado Springs between Front Range, league and national rivals CC and DU are intense, as are the sellout crowds. Air Force hockey has been giving those teams all they want in recent years and plays CC annually. There is little that can top the skill and ferocity the players bring to those charged atmospheres. Go to cctigers. com and for information.

PIKES PEAK ASCENT/ MARATHON These rigorous runs up (and down, in the case of the marathon) the mountain are a sight to behold and respect from whatever vantage point you choose — the start, finish or somewhere along Barr Trail. Go to pikespeak for information.

PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB The second-longest running motorsports race in the country (behind the indy 500) is another marquee event. You can watch the race at various spots along the fully paved road, at the start or the finish atop the peak. Go to for information.

PIKES PEAK OR BUST RODEO This high-level Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event takes place in THE GAZETTE July at Norris-Penrose Event Center not Seth Hardwick of Laramie, Wyo., scores far from downtown. Go to coloradospring- a 75 on Boogerhead during the baresrodeo. com for information. back competition at the 73rd annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado OTHER CONTENDERS Springs. Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame’s fall induction ceremony: Always a classy and well-done event that presents a wideranging display of the top sports figures in the area. Go to coloradospringssports. org for information. Major high school events: Such big rivalries as Palmer vs. Doherty, Manitou Springs and St. Mary’s, Widefield and Mesa Ridge, etc., and area playoff events. Go to The Gazette and sports/preps for more information. Colorado Springs Sky Sox: Triple-A baseball games at security service Field. index.jsp?sid=t551 Major Olympic events that come the Olympic Training Center and our city. Area golf events including some major championships and other major qualifiers. Presidents Day and other youth hockey tournaments. Pikes Peak Invitational, Pride of the Rockies and other youth soccer tournaments. Area running and cycling events: see The Gazette and for more information.


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outdoors Colorado Springs is blessed with some of the better city parks in the nation. In places such as North Cheyenne Cañon, Garden of the Gods and Palmer Park, you can drive 10 minutes from home, hike 10 minutes up a trail and feel miles from the city. Mountain bikers enjoy the accessibility of world-class trails in the middle of town. Runners and cyclists enjoy the extensive network of paved trails that connect parks and open spaces. El Paso County also operates an extensive parks system, from Bear Creek Regional Park, connecting the foothills west of town with higher terrain, to Paint Mines Regional Park, where bizarre eroded rock formations stand out of place on the eastern plains. Many parks also connect with national forest land and serve as starting points for longer adventures into wilder terrain. But the parks are not only for hikers. In Memorial Park, you can play softball, do




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tricks in the worldclass skate park, swim in the aquatics center or stroll on the paved path around Prospect Lake. In Acacia Park downtown, the kids can spend a hot summer day playing in the Uncle Wilber Fountain. Monument Valley and America the Beautiful parks can be visited while riding down a paved trail that runs along Fountain Creek. Then there are more than 135 neighborhood parks throughout the Springs. Much of the land for the city’s older parks was donated by city founder Gen. William Jackson Palmer. There are no entrance fees at local parks, though there are fees to reserve picnic facilities, swim and participate in organized sports.


World famous, this attraction boasts its sandstone legends such as Balanced Rock or the Three Graces and is a tourist favorite and a local picnic or hiking spot.


In North Cheyenne Cañon Park, these accessible waterfalls have long been a cool getaway from city life.


This colorful eroded landscape is like nothing else in the region, and the hiking is mild enough for just about everyone.

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The best trail you might find in the middle of a city anywhere, this 3.75-mile loop runs over high bluffs with great views of Pikes Peak, and is a favorite among hikers and mountain bikers.

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This high-country park has steep trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

BIKING Bikes aren’t merely a form of transportation in the Pikes Peak region. They are a way of life. Whether you prefer to rough it on the trails or fly down the pavement, you are more than covered in Colorado Springs. The popularity of mountain biking continues to grow. From Palmer Park and Red Rock Canyon to Falcon Trail and Cheyenne Mountain State Park, there are miles and miles of great trails — and more are being built every year. Some are quite technical, while others are suited for a lazy ride on a Sunday afternoon. But fat-tire fun isn’t the only option. Road cyclists have plenty of opportunities for great rides. Within a few miles of downtown, you can find challenging rides up North Cheyenne Cañon and even up Ute Pass. The Air Force Academy is a great host for both mountain bikers and road cyclists. The Falcon Trail is an ideal spot to hone your skills, while road bikes frequently are spotted going up and down the rolling hills at the academy. It’s a military base, so be sure to bring ID and be aware that entry can be limited at any time due to changing security risks.

outdoors GREAT RIDES


Palmer Park


There are tons of off-road trails from which to choose. Some are suited for experts, while others are ideal for beginners.

Cheyenne Cañon

Here’s a perfect test for road cyclists. Challenge your legs and lungs with a fairly steep climb at elevation.

Red Rock Canyon Open


This wide, gradual trail runs 35 miles from Palmer Lake, through the Air Force Academy and downtown Colorado Springs, to points south. Get on for a short trip or go the whole distance.


Not only are there numerous dirt trail options in this 789-acre city park, but many of them connect to other popular destinations.

This spacious park is Garden of the Gods without the cars or tourists; 13 miles of trails, plus connections to other trail systems make this a perfect hiking spot whether you are looking for a scenic one mile stroll with your pooch or the start to a 30-mile ultra run.

Air Force Academy



Plenty of uphill and downhill on smooth roads make for a great and fast ride around the Academy, and the Falcon Trail is tops among mountain bikers.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park

An amazing 1680 acres, this relatively new park is home to great trails, including some singletrack, and the recreational opportunities are endless.

This three-mile mountain jaunt is the best place in the city to get to a summit with a view. It’s great for families or visitors, but parking is limited in the tourist season, so get there early.


This 5-mile loop affords stunning views of the Front Range on a clear day. While not too far from Interstate 25, you’ll feel miles away from everything. And it’s a relatively easy hike with minimal elevation gain.


The grandpappy of all local trails, this path from Manitou Springs to the summit of Pikes Peak is a must-do for all local bucket lists. But be ready to sweat, the trail climbs a whopping 7,300 feet in 12.6 miles.

FISHING There is an amazing number of good fishing spots in the Pikes Peak region, varying by time to destination and conditions. Here are some recommendations: Antero Reservoir (Park County). Offers excellent fishing opportunities for anglers. There is also boating and camping. Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Arkansas River around Salida. This is a strong fishery and also recognized as one of the nation’s most popular locations for whitewater rafting and kayaking. Eleven Mile. This park hosts fishing tournaments year-round. Skaguay Reservoir. (Near Victor) Easy access — can walk all the way around the reservoir. Trout and northern pike. Brush Hollow Reservoir. (Fremont County) A variety of fish species with easy access. South Catamount Reservoir. Fishing on the North Slope of Pikes Peak. It has mostly rainbows and cutthroat trout and is known for having large Mackinaw.

HIKING Colorado’s endless sunshine and gorgeous landscape are a natural fit for an extensive trail system that crisscrosses the mountains and the city. Hikers and bikers will find everything from paved urban trails connecting neighborhoods to quiet, rarely visited game tracks that lead to the middle of nowhere. Here are some of the best tracks the region has to offer. You can find more information at

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GettinG out Air Force Academy Visitors Center: Exit 156-B off I-25, 333-2025. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free. Must enter through the North Gate, which can be accessed from Exit 156B on I-25. Exhibits, theater, gift shop and nature trail to the Cadet Chapel. American Numismatic Association Money Museum: 818 N. Cascade Ave., 632-2646 ext. 134. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Free third Saturdays monthly. $4-$5/free kids 12 and younger, ANA members and educational groups. Arcade Amusements Inc.: 900 block of Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9815. One city block of video, pinball, classic antique games, Skee-Ball, horse derby, kiddie rides, stock car challenge. Bear Creek Nature Center: 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Hikes, interactive exhibits, hands-on items, interpretive programs, guided and self-guided tours. Big Cats of Serenity Springs: 24615

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getting out summer, 8 p.m. in fall, weeknights by request, beginning at the town clock, Manitou Springs, $10, reservations required; 685-2409 or Cave of the Winds: Six miles west of Colorado Springs off U.S. Highway 24, 685-5444, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily in summer, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in winter. Discovery Tour, Lantern Tour and Flashlight Tour. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 633-9925. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4 p.m.) May 1 through Labor Day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4 p.m.) all other months. $17.25 adults/$12.25 seniors/$10.25 ages 3-11/free ages 2 and younger/$11.25 military adult/$7.25 military child. Rocky Mountain Wild, a mountaineer sky ride, $4-$5, zoo admission not required. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center: 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. $8.50-$10/free for members and ages 4 and younger. Free gallery tours with


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getting out 6-12/free kids 5 and younger/group rates. Unusual, rare, exotic, tropical insects; the history of man in space and glimpses of our future there. Michael Garman Museum and Magic Town: 2418 W. Colorado Ave., 471-9391. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. 471-9391, Magic Town admission: $3$7. Scavenger Hunt: $1-$5. Tours, reservations required. Old Colorado City History Center: 1 S. 24th St., 636-1225, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Free. Walking tours by reservation, research library, bookstore. Olympic Complex: 1 Olympic Plaza (Boulder Street and Union Boulevard), 1750 E. Boulder St., 866-4618, Free tours on the hour from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Pikes Peak Cog Railway: 515 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5401, Trains depart daily to 14,115-foot THE GazETTE summit. $34 adults/$18.50 ages 3-12/free The U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs is the training center for the U.S. ages 2 and younger if held on lap. Pikes Peak Ghost Town museum: 400 Olympic Committee and the Olympic Training Center programs. S. 21st Street, 634-0696, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. MondaysSaturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays in 7-11/$8.50 seniors 60 and older/free 6 Historic Manitou Walking Tours: 9:30 summer. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Sundays and younger. a.m. Saturdays, meet at the Manitou in winter. $6.50/$5 ages 6-16/free 5 and Manitou Springs Heritage Center: 517 Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou younger. Authentic 100-year-old Western Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1454 Ave., $10 cash, reservations encouraged; town. or 11 210-4303. Pikes Peak Highway: U.S. Highway 24 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Mondays. Garden of the Gods Trading Post: 324 west to Cascade, 385-7325, springsgov. John May Museum Center: Natural Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs, 685com. $40 per carload up to five peoHistory Museum and Museum of Space 9045. 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily in summer, ple/$10-$12/$4-$5 ages 6-15/free young9 a.m.-5 p.m. in winter. Free. gardenofthe- Science, 710 Rock Creek Canyon Road, er than 6. Access to 14,115-foot summit. 576-0450, maynaturalhistorymuseum. Southwest art Open year-round, weather permitting. Open daily May 1 through gallery, gift store and cafe with historical Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Oct. 1. $6/$5 ages 60 and older/$3 kids photo gallery. Foundation Museum: Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature and Colorado Springs Center: 1805 N. 30th St., 634-6666; garand Interurban 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Memorial way, 2333 Steel Drive, Day weekend daily through Labor Day, 475-9508. colora9 a.m.-5 p.m. all other months. Nature walks, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, free. Group tours available. Nature presentations, daily, call for times Trolley rides, museum and topics. Junior Ranger program for tours, gift shop. kids, self-guided and hands-on, $2. New Colorado Springs PioHD movie about the park every 20 minneers Museum: 215 S. utes, $3-$5. Bat Walk, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays Tejon St., 385-5990, through summer, reservations required. Prairie Falcon Walk, 4:30 p.m. WednesLocal history exhibits. days through summer. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Glen Eyrie Castle: 3820 N. 30th St., Tuesdays-Saturdays 1-800-944-4536 or 634-0808. 9 a.m.-4 all year. Free. p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. Tours 1 p.m. daily. Reservations required. Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Museum: THE GazETTE Just off U.S. Highway 24, Manitou Springs, 685-5242. Open daily, weather The giant beetle on Hwy. 115 south of Colorado Springs marks permitting. $9.50 adults/$7.50 ages the turn to the May Natural History Museum. 96 I dIscover MAGAZINe 2013 I the GAZette

getting out ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy: 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, 528-4764, prorodeohalloffame. com. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through early Sept., then 9 a.m.-5 p.m. WednesdaysSundays. $6/$5 ages 55 and older/$3 ages 6-12/free ages 5 and younger. Multimedia presentations, historical cowboy gear and clothing, Hall of Champions honorees, memorabilia, trophies, sculpture garden, Western art and retired rodeo animals. Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site: 3105 Gateway Road, 578-6777, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. WednesdaysSaturdays June through mid-Aug. $8/$5 seniors/$4 ages 6-17/free kids 5 and younger. Living history museum of the Pikes Peak Region. Throughout the 220 acre site, costumed interpreters tell the stories and demonstrate work, tools and abilities of people through four time periods. Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center: 201 S. Fairview St., Woodland

Park, 686-1820; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. $11.50 adults, $10.50 seniors, $7.50 children 5-12, free 4 and younger. “Archelon,” giant marine turtle exhibit. Sertich Ice Center: Memorial Park, 1705 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 385-5983. $2-$6/$2-$3 skate rental. Public skating sessions, teen skate nights. Seven Falls: 2850 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road; 632-0765 or $9.25-$10.75/$5.75-$6.75 kids ages 6-15/senior, military and AAA discount/ free kids 5 and younger/$95 annual family pass/$55 individual pass. The Simpich Showcase: 2413 W. Colorado Ave., 465-2492 or 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays. Free. Simpich Character Doll Museum, figures by Jan and Bob Simpich, displayed in more than 50 diorama settings. Starsmore Discovery Center: 2120 S. Cheyenne Canyon Road, 385-6086. Free. Self-guided hikes, biking,

children’s programs. Western Museum of Mining and Industry: 225 North Gate Blvd., Interstate 25 Exit 156-A, 488-0880. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. $8 adults/$7 military/$6 seniors and students/$4 ages 3-12/free kids 2 and younger. Mining equipment demonstration and guided tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily. World Arena Ice Hall: Venetucci Boulevard and Cheyenne Meadows Road, 4772150 or 477-2152. Public skating sessions, lessons, and pick-up hockey sessions. World Figure Skating Hall of Fame and Museum: 20 First St., 635-5200. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, closed on holidays. $5 adults/$3 seniors and ages 6-12/free for ages 5 and younger. “Ice Follies” and “Olympic Gold” exhibits. History of figure skating through films and photos, collection of World and Olympic champion costumes and medals.



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