Summer Escapes: Colorado Springs
Bighorn sheep, biking, the Broadmoor, big falls
You know you've escaped to Colorado Springs when you're in the middle of Lake Cheyenne at The Broadmoor (1 Lake Ave., 719-634-7711, broadmoor.com), tooling around on a four-person paddle boat. You can do this even if you aren't staying there -- perhaps just before indulging in drinks and small plates at the Summit Lounge (paddle boats cost $8/hour).
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- Anya Semenoff
- May 17th 2010 at 04:04 p.m.
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The chance to see bighorn sheep and other wildlife is just one of the things that makes the Dome Rock-Spring Creek Loop worth the wait; lambing season keeps much of the trail closed until July 15. This old stagecoach road has 10 creek crossings - your feet will definitely get wet - and 1,300 feet in elevation gain, as well as beautiful meadows, beaver ponds, great aspen stands and the chimney remains of Jackrabbit Lodge. Take U.S. 24 west to Divide and turn south on Colorado 67, then go 5.8 miles to Four Mile Road. Turn right on County Road 61; it's 2 more miles to Dome Rock State Wildlife Area.
Sonterra Grill serves snappy Southwestern fare in a stylish setting filled with cacti. The fancier dishes are quite good - seared scallops with spicy, sweet-potato mash, maple-pecan pork chops - but the simpler ones often shine even more, including the fajitas, the mesquite-grilled tacos al carbon and the tableside guacamole. They also offer an entire gluten-free menu.
Imagine what it must have been like to ride across this country and suddenly come upon the Garden of the Gods with a horseback ride around the perimeter of the 1,400-acre marvel. Academy Riding Stables takes folks with all riding abilities through the park, pointing out the incredible formations and giving you a taste of the real Old West: you, a horse and red rock. Rates start at $58 for a two-hour ride, $79 for the three-hour perimeter ride.
D. Seven Falls
Tucked in the back of a box canyon, Seven Falls is one of the attractions that more out-of-towners visit than the people who live right by it. It's a gorgeous waterfall - what's not to like?
The Pete Dye-designed golf course is a major draw at the 217-acre Cheyenne Mountain Resort, long popular with the business crowd, but getting attention from families for its kiddie splash park and pools, as well as couples looking for getaways to the private lake with sandy beach, 18 tennis courts and nice fitness center with yoga and spinning classes. Rates start at $219.
The waterfalls alone - check out Helen Hunt Falls and Silver Cascade - make Norther Cheyenne Canon Park a captivating place to bike. The variety of trails means beginners can start out slow (the steep mountain roads are often challenging enough) and progress to something like Captain Jack's, one of the most popular singletrack trails in the Springs area. Take Cheyenne Boulevard west until it turns into North Cheyenne Canon Road at the Starsmore Discovery Center.