What to Wear Hiking in Colorado

When you’re spending time planning a hiking vacation in Colorado, pouring yourself into the details, you’re envisioning everything goes right. You’re picturing smiles and laughter, time unplugged in nature, and memories made – whether by yourself or with your family. However, there’s a relatively easy way for things to go wrong. 

Being unprepared for Colorado’s weather patterns can not only put a wringer in your vacation – it can compromise your safety, too. We’ve put expert advice together to compile this informative overview of what to wear hiking in Colorado. You can also check out our other post on Hiking Safety in Colorado

Typical Weather

Before you can decide what to wear hiking, accommodate yourself with Colorado’s climate

  • Spring: Spring weather in the Colorado Springs area means pretty drastic temperature shifts from day to night. Highs can be anywhere in the 50s and lows in the 20s. 
  • Summer: Summer in the Colorado mountains is definitely warmer than spring. However, with highs in the mid-80s and lows in the low 50s, these significant shifts in temperature from day to night mean you’ll still need to pack more than just a t-shirt and sunblock. 
  • Fall: Highs in the 60s and lows in the 30s is just about perfect weather for hiking in Colorado, but it doesn’t mean you don’t need to bring plenty of layers – just in case you are hiking later in the day than you planned. 
  • Winter: Temperatures in Colorado Springs hang out in the 40s in the day and high teens at night during the winter.
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Layering

Wearing and bringing extra layers with you is crucial when hiking in Colorado’s mountains. At the very least, your basic hiking outfit/packed extras should contain the following:

  • Moisture-wicking base layer.
  • Moisture-wicking undergarments.
  • Insulating layer. In summer, this may be a warm fleece, depending on the weather forecast. In winter, this needs to be a heavyweight insulated synthetic or down stuffed jacket, like a “puffy.”
  • Rain jacket
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Extra socks. We prefer wool.
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The Problem with Cotton

There’s a phrase in the outdoor world that warns us, “Cotton kills.” While this sounds extreme and is not the case in every climate, it should definitely be kept in mind when hiking anywhere in Colorado. 

Cotton is hydrophilic, which means it loves water; the plant fibers attract moisture and hold onto it, so it dries out very slowly. It’s highly absorbent and can hold up to 27 times its weight in water. This means our bodies must work extra hard to heat ourselves along with the cotton fabric in an attempt to dry it out. This can be dangerous in climates such as Colorado’s that have major temperature shifts from day to night and storms that seem to come out of nowhere. 

Unsafe Cotton Scenarios

Imagine you’re hiking in any season – you’re working hard and exerting yourself physically, so naturally, you work up a sweat. Your hydrophilic cotton shirt is absorbing every drop of sweat your body generates as you’re hiking up and over mountains. 

Now, imagine you’re wearing that sweaty cotton shirt, and it’s getting late in the day, and the temperature is dropping fast. You’re going back down the mountain, and although the descent is brutal on your knees, your body temperature is dropping quickly because you aren’t using much energy hiking downhill. With strong winds that can decrease your body temperature in seconds, things can take a turn for the worse very quickly from here.

However, the good news is that this scenario is entirely avoidable with knowledge, good preparation, and mindful packing. When packing for your hiking trip in Colorado, it’s best to keep the phrase “cotton kills” in your mind.

What to Wear Hiking Instead of Cotton

Head to any outdoor gear store, and you’re bound to see the term “moisture-wicking” on dozens of tags. Moisture-wicking fabrics like synthetic and wool fabrics are the opposite of cotton: they are hydrophobic, meaning they resist water penetration. 

Polyester and nylon are top contenders among synthetic moisture-wicking fabrics, and wool is the leader (and my personal favorite) when it comes to natural fibers. Whether you get soaked in a downpour or sweat profusely on your hike, your moisture-wicking shirt, pants, and socks are going to dry super quickly and not leave you cold and clammy like cotton will. 

Additionally, wool is a superb natural insulator. This makes wool the leader in fabrics that transition from daytime to nighttime hiking in areas where temperatures shift dramatically, like Colorado. 

But isn’t wool too hot for summertime hiking?

You can purchase 100% wool hiking attire that is lightweight enough to wear while hiking in the summer in Colorado. Just look for base layers – they can be pricey but incredibly versatile and suitable for all of Colorado’s seasons.

Things to Remember

When considering what to wear while hiking in Colorado, it’s important to think past just your clothing. 

  • If you have sensitive skin, make sure you bring sunscreen to apply on all exposed skin, following the bottle’s directions. 
  • Sunglasses and hats can protect your eyes, neck, and face from the sun.
  • Bug spray will help keep the gnats at bay.
  • Colorado is home to over 27 types of ticks and 20 tick-borne diseases, including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. To prevent ticks from crawling onto your skin, opt out of the shorts, and wear long pants tucked into your socks. Even if it’s hot, your moisture-wicking pants will keep you cool enough to hike. Also, remember to learn more about Colorado tick bite prevention, dangers, and bite protocols.
  • Footwear should be closed-toed and provide adequate ankle support for optimal safety. 

Conclusion

Safety is the most important thing to consider when planning what to wear hiking in Colorado. If you’re unclear on how to hike safely, consider coming on one of our Guided Hiking Tours in Colorado Springs. We’ll make sure you’ve dressed appropriately, show you around Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods, and keep you safe!

Hiking Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs

There are countless reasons to visit Colorado, and the plethora of world-class outdoor recreational activities is near the top of that list. Whether you are drawn to the skiing, fat biking, ice climbing of the winter season or the hiking, climbing, and fishing of the summer, The Centennial State has something for everyone.

No matter where they are coming from, many visitors to Colorado have the dream of standing on top of one of the state’s fourteeners – the fifty-eight mountain summits standing over 14,000 feet above sea level. Towering just twelve miles west of downtown Colorado Springs is Pikes Peak, one of the most sought after these peaks.

If you plan to visit Pikes Peak, reaching its summit should make your must-do list. Lucky for you, there are a variety of ways to do so. The Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway is the world’s highest cog railroad and will bring you right to the summit. Alternatively, you could also drive your vehicle to the top using the Pikes Peak Highway.  

However, for the more ambitious, there truly is no better way to enjoy this beautiful mountain than with a Pikes Peak hike. To hike Pikes Peak is to deeply immerse yourself in nature and embrace the challenge of earning a fourteener summit under your own power. If this sounds like a worthy endeavor, you have a couple of options available to you, and this guide to hiking Pikes Peak is here to help. 

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Pikes Peak hike on the Crags Trail

Length: 14.5 miles round trip

Trail Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation Gain: 4,400 feet

Best Seasons: June to October

Map: The Crags Trail

Directions: Take US 24 west from Colorado Springs to Divide, where you turn south on Colorado Hwy 67 for approximately 4 miles. After passing Mueller State Park, turn left on Forest Service Road 383. 

The Crags Trail is the easier hike to the summit of Pikes Peak, covering a shorter distance and less elevation than the Barr Trail described below. Despite being easier, it sees less foot traffic and generally offers hikers a little more solitude on the trail. The views from the trail of the Continental Divide, once above the treeline, cannot be beaten. 

After leaving the trailhead (about 1/10th of a mile into your hike), you will hit Fourmile Creek, where you will need to turn right and cross a bridge to get onto trail #664A. Hike through the forest for a little while before eventually hitting a series of switchbacks that will deposit you above treeline.

From here, the real climbing begins as you approach a mountain saddle at 12,750 feet and Devil’s Playground just beyond, with the route and summit finally coming into view. Cross the Pikes Peak Highway before beginning the final 2-mile slog up a boulder field to the summit. The final push requires hikers to keep a close eye out for cairns marking the path of least resistance to the top.

Parts of this route can see snow late into spring. So, the best time to hike is in early summer to late fall. The summer months offer excellent wildlife viewing, whereas fall is breathtaking in its own right with brisk mountain air and the changing colors of the leaves.  

Hike Pikes Peak on the Barr Trail

Length: 25 miles round trip

Trail Difficulty: Advanced

Elevation Gain: 7,434 feet

Best Seasons: June to October

Map: The Barr Trail

Directions: Take US 24 east into Manitou Springs and take a left at the circle to get onto Ruxton Ave. Travel on Ruxton Avenue until the very end. Then, turn right up a steep pitch and into the trailhead parking lot. Have a credit card ready to pay for parking, and arrive early to secure a parking spot. 

The most popular and most demanding route to the summit of Pikes Peak is via the Barr Trail. The trailhead sits at 6,700’ in Manitou Springs, and it takes a whopping 13 miles and nearly 7,500’ to reach the top! If you are up to the challenge, it is worth every bead of sweat.    

In the first six miles, there is almost 4,000 feet in elevation gain. The first three of those miles being the steepest. Along the way, you will see a sign denoting the Fremont Experimental Forest. Use the single-track trail and avoid the temptation to hop onto the wider path to your left. 

At just over 10,000 feet, you will reach Barr Camp and a pseudo-halfway point for the climb. If you intend to divide your trip into two days, this is a great place to spend the night. Barr Camp has hostel cabins, lean-tos, and tent camping, but it is very popular and reservations are necessary. If you intend to make this into a multi-day affair, pack the right equipment and plan accordingly.

From Barr Camp, you will enjoy a mellow stroll for a couple of miles before hitting a set of switchbacks akin to those that you encountered from the trailhead. Just above 12,000’, you will find an a-frame which is a first-come, first-served shelter for anyone to use. Soon after this checkpoint, you will encounter a sign proclaiming that there are only three more miles to the summit. At this sign, take a sharp right turn and begin the steep, high elevation switchbacks on uneven terrain until you proudly stand atop the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak.

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Tips for your Pikes Peak Hike

Altitude

If you are visiting from a lower elevation or sea level, take Colorado altitude seriously. Allow yourself plenty of time to acclimatize before your climb. Do some warmup hikes to get your body used to the elevation, and move slowly! 

Weather

High country weather changes quickly and often, and your trip planning should account for this. Bring plenty of clothing layers that can address your needs in both very cold and very hot temperatures, as well as the common afternoon rain shower.

If there are any signs of lightning or an encroaching thunderstorm, do not push for the summit. Leave early in the morning. Depending on your pace and fitness, you’ll avoid both midday heat and afternoon storms. 

Hydration

The importance of drinking plenty of water cannot be overstated. Your body will be dealing with physical exertion and altitude, and staying hydrated is key to mitigating the potential adverse effects of both. There is no potable water on Pikes Peak, so be sure to bring a purifying system to refill your bottles along the way. 

Food

No matter how you choose to hike Pikes Peak, you will be putting in a considerable amount of effort. Your body will need the energy to keep up! High protein snacks like bars or jerky are excellent snacks, but also pack a lunch for halfway through the day. Sugary snacks are great for the quick jolt when you need them, but do not rely on sugar to get you to the top. 

Anytime you approach objectives in the mountains, it is crucial to do so with a realistic mindset. If hiking Pikes Peak seems a bit out of reach this visit, enjoy a trip to the summit on the cog railroad or Pikes Peak Highway. Everyone on top gets to enjoy the same sweeping Rocky Mountain panorama, no matter how they got there!

There are plenty of other opportunities nearby to scratch your hiking itch, including with a professional guide with our guided hiking tours in Colorado Springs. From nature walks to summit bids, we guarantee that there is a hike on Colorado’s Front Range for every adventurer. No matter where you choose to explore, the Rocky Mountains are sure to impress. 

Safety Tips for Hiking in Colorado

We’ve all heard horror stories about accidents happening in the wilderness. Most of us are familiar with the novel and film “Into the Wild,” which recounts Christopher McCandless’s beautifully tragic and fatal story that takes place in the depths of the Alaskan wilderness. We’re painfully aware of notable accidents because they make for great television. However, the reality is, these tragedies are actually few and far between; there are exponentially more “successful” outings than tragic ones. The key to avoiding accidents altogether, and mitigating risks when they occur (because nature is nature, after all), is being prepared and knowledgeable before hiking in Colorado

These safety tips will cover important points you need to remember when exploring Colorado. So read on, and they’ll prepare you so that your stress is minimized and fun is maximized.

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Share Your Plan

Planning and communicating that plan are both key components of hiking safety. You should never head out for hiking in Colorado (or anywhere!) without first telling someone. Whether you’re planning to hike for only one hour, overnight, or a couple of weeks, let someone know the ins and outs of your trip. For example, tell the person when you’ll be leaving and returning, where your car will be parked, and which trail(s) you’re planning to be on. Furthermore, let that person know if you change your route or any aspect of your plan. That way, if you get lost and need to be found, people will know where to look.

Be Prepared For Bad Weather

Two words: no cotton. Even if there’s no rain in the forecast, weather can change fast in Colorado. If you’re hiking during the day and get sweaty and are still in the wilderness when temps drop at night, you don’t want to be stuck in a wet, cold cotton shirt. From head to toe (or hat to socks), all of your hiking clothing should be made out of a moisture-wicking fabric such as wool or any synthetic fabric blend that’s marketed as quick dry. Bring a raincoat, an extra shirt in case of a sudden temperature drop or rainstorm, and an extra pair of moisture-wicking socks. Wear good-fitting, broken-in hiking boots that provide ankle support. Lather on the sunscreen even if it’s cloudy. 

Look over the National Lightning Safety Institute’s resource on lightning safety protocols. Better yet, print it out to have with you in case you need it.

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Bring Water and Snacks 

A good rule of thumb is to bring one liter of water for every hour you plan to be hiking. This is a great standard, and it’s also wise to pack a trustworthy water filtration system such as a Katadyn or Life straw, in case you are in the wilderness longer than you planned.  Bring snacks, too, as hiking burns a lot of calories. High-calorie foods like peanut butter, candy bars, granola, beef jerky, and trail mix are all great and easy options. Don’t just toss your food wrappers on the ground, however. Follow all Leave No Trace practices out of respect for nature, wildlife, and future generations of hikers to come. 

Keep it Realistic

We know how thrilling it can be to push ourselves and have new experiences, but staying safe, smart, and within our personal limits is the number one hiking tip we can offer. Plan your trip according to your experience. For example, if you’ve never been camping overnight, it’s probably not a good idea to head out on a week-long camping trip in the backcountry. If you’re not experienced at reading maps, stick to a well-marked trail, or even stay in cell phone range so you can use your phone’s GPS in case you get turned around. Finally, unless you’re in great shape, don’t embark on a ten-mile hiking trip as your first adventure.

If you would feel more comfortable hiking with a professional wilderness guide who knows the lay of the land, then stick to these Colorado Springs hiking tours for beginners.

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Stay Updated

Know what’s going on in the area you’re planning to hike. There will often be signs at the more popular trailheads informing hikers of recent wildlife sightings and how to behave if you encounter a bear, mountain lion, or coyote. Don’t worry – these animals are usually more afraid of you than you are of them! Check out Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s page on handling conflict with wildlife to stay safe and prepared.

In addition to staying updated about the wildlife, also acquaint yourself with general trail rules and alerts. For example, a gust of wind can make a simple campfire spread out of control during exceptionally dry periods. If you plan on having a campfire, use this comprehensive, up-to-date list of current fire bans in Colorado counties to avoid any fines, or worse, wildfires.

Our best recommendation is to visit the park website that manages the trail you’ll be hiking before heading out. There, you’ll learn about current trail conditions and potential hazards.

Bring a First Aid Kit

It’s wise to have an intentionally stocked first aid kit when you head out on any length of hiking trip. The American Hiking Society is a great resource for hiking tips, including how to stock your first aid kit. Depending on how much time you plan to spend hiking, you may also consider taking a Wilderness First Aid course, where you’ll learn how to handle accidents such as broken bones and allergic reactions. 

Bringing it Together

Hiking is a great way to get exercise, spend quality time with family, and enjoy Colorado’s stunning scenery. It’s important to do so safely, however. Even though accidents are rare and mostly avoidable, the chances of them occurring increase dramatically if you’re unprepared. So, use these hiking safety tips while you’re hiking in Colorado to stay safe and stress-free. Remember to tell someone your plans, prepare for bad weather, stay hydrated, learn about Colorado’s wildlife, and pack a first aid kit. If you’re prepared, you’ll have nothing to worry about!

Remember that you can always join us for guided hiking in Colorado Springs and enjoy all the knowledge and experience that our team has to offer!

How to Hike With Kids

The trail is where many of us have formed strong bonds and a loving connection with our friends or family. But sharing this space with your children or any group of youth means getting over the mental roadblock of figuring out how to hike with kids. First things first, take a deep breath. Kids can be as stressful, intimidating, and overwhelming as they are cute, fun, or adventurous. Doing this right will end up relieving your own personal stress and create an activity for the kids to tug at your sleeve to do over and over again. 

Before you head out on the trail, take a moment to remember what it was like to be a kid. Everything was exciting, full of mystery and adventure. You were figuring things out for the first time and making mistakes along the way. Try to apply that mindset to the trail now. Hiking with kids won’t be about putting lots of miles under your boots, but it will be about exploring the outdoors and your imagination. 

Now that you’re ready, let’s jump into some more kid-friendly hiking tips that will help you and the youth you are with foster a growing love for the outdoors. And remember, you can always join us for family friendly hiking tours in Colorado Springs for a stress-free adventure.

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The Basics

No matter your age, you need your basic comforts to have a good time doing anything. Watching a movie while soaking wet, cold, and hungry will make you hate that movie forever. In order to not do the same for hiking, take care of the basics.

Weather

First off, don’t pick a cold and rainy day to be the first time you go hiking with kids. Not only does it make most adults turn into grumpy children, but it also has the potential to make hiking unsafe. Pay attention to the weather forecast. If it is going to rain, bring rain gear. Remember layers for cold days, and perhaps plan on a lake-side hike if it’s hot.

Clothes

Most weather can be appropriately managed with the right clothing and gear. So, once again, planning ahead is key to make sure you bring proper clothing and layers. Pack a bag full of extra socks and a couple of other layers that will help the kids stay warm and dry. As soon as anyone starts to mention that they are cold or wet, offer some extra clothes to get them comfortable as soon as possible.

Food

Never start a hike on an empty stomach. It would be like going on a road trip without any gas in the car. It won’t work, so don’t expect it to. Have some quick and healthy snacks in the car to fuel everyone up before you even hit the trailhead. 

Kids are so incredibly influenced by food. It can be used as a reward, fuel, or quick break in the day when you need to slow everything down. Also, as all adults learn, hunger can seriously influence our mood. If you notice anyone starting to get a bit grumpy, break out a snack, and it’s guaranteed to bring some positivity back. 

I like to follow a general rule that the kids you’re with are at or below your own level. If you are hungry, they’re hungrier. Cold? They’re colder. If your feet aren’t dry, their boots are puddles. Take care of the basics before they become a problem because that’s when moods start to turn sour.

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Create Fun

The idea of hiking in Colorado appeals to almost any outdoor enthusiast you can find. There are tons of trails that bring you into a wide variety of terrain and challenges, all the while surrounded by beautiful mountains. But the idea of appreciating nature’s beauty isn’t always at the forefront of a ten-year-old’s mind. To make hiking memorable and enjoyable for younger kids, you need to create fun – perhaps the most important aspect of how to hike with kids.

Terrain

One of the first things you can do to make hiking with kids fun is to choose the right trail. Chances are good that a long flat walkway will bore almost any kid out there. On the other hand, a trail that snakes through the forest and follows a river to a massive waterfall opens up the possibility of exploration and naturally finding fun within the landscape. The forest can be a playground where trees become jungle gyms and creeks become waterslides. You just need to find the right trail.

Encourage Imagination

Don’t be afraid to let your kids run a little wild. Their imagination can take them into worlds where they explore the trees looking for Narnia or digging for buried treasure. Just remember to also teach your kids about proper hiking safety and the rules of the trail.

Not every child has the natural spark of imagination, so you may need to encourage this with different activities. Building a fort is a great way to bring fun into the hike. Or you take the time to see how large of a teepee you can build. The hike becomes an adventure and a challenge when you include a little imagination. Forests are also natural spaces for massive treasure hunts that will bring the excitement of both competition and exploration to everyone involved.

Bring Friends

We all want to be our kids’ best friends, but it isn’t always the case. Kids want to hang out with other kids their own age. Turning a hiking trip into a group activity will make your kids want to come back and do it more often.

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Be Intentional

Going out into the forest and having fun while hiking with kids will take a little planning. However, being intentional with the hike will go a long way with the kids you go hiking with. Ten minutes of forethought can completely change the experience you have out on the trail.

It’s Not Hiking

The word “hiking” can get a bad rap with some kids. It sounds difficult and often unpleasant. You may not even need to label the hike. You can get the kids in the car and head off to the woods. Call it an exploration, an adventure, or anything that may have appealed to you as a small child. If you make it sound like work, it will end up being more work for you.

Goals

Very simple goals allow for kids to feel successful during a hike or afterward. Little things like “I want to see a fish” or bigger things like “I want to make it to the top of a mountain” can give kids something to look forward to or challenge themselves on. 

Remember that goals are going to change for every child. For some kids, making it a mile down the trail will be a huge accomplishment. Others may just want to swim in a river or find the biggest, slimiest, scariest bug that they have ever seen. Tailor the goals to each kid and work with them on finding out what they want to accomplish.

Responsibilities

It may sound ridiculous, but kids love having responsibilities. Of course, this excludes when it’s taking out the trash, cleaning their room, or doing dishes. But on the trail, responsibilities can give kids a sense of ownership and control over what they’re doing. 

If your kids are a bit older, you can trust them to carry important pieces of gear or lead the way with a map and compass. For the younger kids, you can have them keep an eye out for any interesting detours, hold the dog’s leash, or be in charge of finding the coolest lunch rock that anyone has ever eaten lunch on.

End on a High Note

After you get done hiking, always end on a high note. Entice your kids with the thought of ice cream in town, a movie back at home, or any reward that gets them excited. Discover other family friendly activities in Colorado Springs that you can let your kids choose from and create their own vacation fun. 

Hiking with kids is one of the most fun things you can do outside. They will naturally push you to see the world differently. No matter what you do, enjoy yourself, and the kids will often follow your lead. Smile, laugh, and become a kid again. Even if you aren’t an avid outdoors person, look for family friendly hiking tours that will take you all on a fun hike. You can pick up some hiking tips and learn the basics of how to hike with kids for your future adventures.

CLimb the Manitou Incline with Broadmoor Outfitters

THRILL SEEKING ADVENTURES IN COLORADO SPRINGS

Wow! After a grueling week of work, you want some thrill-seeking adventure! You are in the perfect location for that!

Is white water rafting enough of an adventure? While Canon City is around an hour away from Colorado Springs, this is where some of the region’s best white water lies.  The best time of day for some incredible moments is early. In fact, the earlier, the better. Grab a quick bite to go at Taco Express and head to the water!

Should this be your first or fifteenth time on the rapids, enjoy three to four hours with Echo Canyon River Expeditions. Book their 9:00 a.m. trip. They love this one because the air is a little warmer, and it is not blazing hot from the sun.

After an incredible run on the rapids, stop for some lunch and continue the day with even more adventure.

Hop on a bike and hit the road for Pike’s Peak. That is right, challenge yourself with Challenge Unlimited for a ride to remember. After meeting them in Old Colorado City, fitted for gear and equipment, load up in the van for a ride to the summit.

This thrill-seeking moment will have you screaming down the mountain in no time with the wind in your hair. The best part is you did not have to push yourself up the 8,000 feet elevation.

This sweet adventure is about six hours, so plan accordingly.

For the second day of your outdoor excursion, start by heading to Manitou Springs for some Huevos Rancheros from Adam’s Mountain Café.

After you recharged, hit the Manitou Incline, a unique adventure that is less than one mile. Oh, do not let that fool you! You will need plenty of water to conquer this elevation rise, as you will go up 2,000 plus feet in elevation, and most of it is straight-up! Think of it this way; you will be going 500 feet more than the Empire State Building is tall.

That is ok if this kind of thrill is not in the cards for you. The summit of Red Mountain and Intemann Trail’s Manitou section has you covered.

Plan on spending about three or four hours on the Incline. There are all kinds of restaurants and shops to pick up some souvenirs after you have conquered the Incline. There is even a t-shirt that says, I conquered the incline.

End your day with the ultimate of all adventures at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. The Wind Walker is where you want to test your skills. This three-story rope challenge course lurks over Williams Canyon. Oh, did we tell you, it is a 600-foot drop, so do not look down.

Should this not have quenched your thrill-seeking hunger, continue with the TERROR-dactyl. That is right, drop down in the canyon going 100 miles an hour on a giant pendulum swing. Oh, be sure to purchase that photo package to have a remarkable memory of the face you had as soon as you drop in the swing.

Why stop now? After all, you have just conquered some incredible feats. How about some Iron Road? Gear yourself up for the Via Ferrata. Conquer the canyon as you scall the walls over trails of ladders and cables. There is a zipline at the end, so hold on tight.

The zipline portion may be purchased separately if that is all the thrill you want.

Plan for one hour or one day, the adventure is up to you. Reservations are available, so this will help you to get in, enjoy some moments with friends, and move on to the next thrill-seeking excursion you have in mind.

Meeting Space at The Broadmoor

HOST YOUR NEXT ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING AT THE BROADMOOR

Conveniently located just five miles from the downtown area of Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor is in the neighborhood known as Old Broadmoor. Experience the radiant beauty of Cheyenne Mountain as you arrive for your annual business meeting at this luxury resort that has hosted numerous celebrities and sports stars.

Business meeting attendees will be amazed at the conference building, spa, hotel, and a sports building radiating from Cheyenne Lake.

MEETING AREAS

Eight magnificent areas and five different styles are available for your next annual business meeting at The Broadmoor.

Broadmoor Hall

Indulge in luxury at Broadmoor Hall as you embark on 60,000 square feet that can be divided into six sections. Greet business meeting attendees in the 5,500 square foot foyer. Register those attending at one of two registration desks.

Your meeting speakers can prepare in four offices, with wireless internet, and lighting that is state-of-the-art.

Should your annual business meeting require a large area, Broadmoor Hall offers theater-style seating for 6,490 and schoolroom seating for 4,128. If you do not need that much space, divide the area up and enjoy Sections C, D, E, or F banquet style for 160 participants.

Sections D and E can hold 609 in a theater-style, 320 in a schoolroom setting, and 96 in a conference/hollow style.

A reception and banquet are also options for large meetings. Ballrooms ACD or BEF provides space for 3,101 for a reception and 1,710 for banquets. Ballroom A or B holds 2,579 and 2,020 respectfully.

An area for your pre-function festivities and Broadmoor Hall Patio are excellent options for a reception and banquet.

Colorado Hall

Colorado Hall can hold up to 1,909 in a theater-style option and 896 in a schoolroom. Hall A or B can sit anywhere from 60 to 264. Hold a banquet for 110 in Colorado Hall F or a reception for 663 in Hall DEF. The possibilities are endless!

The Colorado Hall also provides a desk area for registration, press room, and office.

International Center

International Center provides a smaller area for business meetings with a capacity range for 21 to 1,818 in the I.C, I.C. North, and I.C. South sections. Seating styles vary for each of these!

Enjoy a reception or banquet for 200 or 350 at the I.C. Covered Patio. Host a reception for 350 at the I.C. Foyer. Reception and banquet options areas are also available in I.C., I.C. South, and I.C. North for either 420 attendees up to 1,170 depending upon the section you choose.

A 1,254 square foot show office is also available for your convenience.

Broadmoor Spa & Golf Club

Thirty-six to 200 attendees will feel right at home at Broadmoor Spa & Golf Club. Dow Finsterwald provides theater-style, schoolroom, and conference options, as does Donald Ross and Robert Trent Jones, SR.

Reception or banquets are available in either of these meeting rooms. Banquets may also be conducted for 24 at Fish House. Receptions areas are available at Fish House for 40 and Judy Bell Foyer for 60.

Broadmoor West

Broadmoor West hosts a wide variety of options for your annual business meeting. Enjoy theater-style for 1,050 at the Rocky Mountain Ballroom or 12 in a conference-style at Cascade or Prohibition. Should you only need seating for eight, then consider Prohibition or Ufer which holds 9 in a School Room layout.

Other options available for holding your business meeting in Broadmoor West include Section A and B, Section C and D, Section C, D, and aisle, or A, B, C, or D. In these areas you will find accommodations from 46 up to 580 depending upon the seating layout.

Reception and banquet areas include Rocky Mountain Foyer, and the area can host 295 in reception style.

For smaller meetings, one may consider West Ballroom, Section A, Section B, Section C, Section D, Academy, Carnation, Academy/Carnation, and Cheyenne Mountain.  Bailey, Cheyenne/Bailey, Cascade, Cripple Creek, Champions, Delano, Divide, Divide l, Divide ll, Gaylord Ballroom, Louis Statta, and McGrew are also available.

Mountain View Terrace, West Terrace, and West Tower Lawn also offer banquet and reception space for 130 to 800 depending upon which option you may need.

Broadmoor Main

The Main Ballroom at Broadmoor Main can seat 350 theater-style, 183 in a schoolroom, 96 in a conference, and 300 for a reception or 240 during a banquet.

Do you only need room for 24? El Pomar has you covered. Just want theater-style, then Theater is the place. Crystal, Lake Terrace Dining Room, and Fountain Room have options for 44 up to 350. Banquet and Reception options are also available.

Planning just a reception or banquet, then consider Main Pool or Lakeside Terrace.

Broadmoor South

For those annual business meetings that attract 12 to 144, Broadmoor South is the place. Russell Boardroom only hosts 14 in a Conference style atmosphere while Farny hosts 12.

Conduct your banquet or reception at Remington, Schreyvogel, or South Terrace as you mingle with your meeting executives.

Cheyenne Lodge

Should you prefer to have your banquet or reception in a separate area, The Broadmoor has you covered at Cheyenne Lodge. Cheyenne Lodge holds 300 and 400 respectfully, while Cheyenne Lodge Patio offers room for 200 and 250.

CONCLUSION

No matter what size attendance your next annual business meeting is, The Broadmoor has you covered! Book a reception and banquet area and round out all your business needs. Should you need accommodations, The Broadmoor offers suites, cottages, brownstones, rooms, and an Estate House!

To complete your annual business meeting, throw in some tennis, Pickleball, Zip Lining, or Falconry, and treat your meeting guests to a lot of fun!

Playing Golf at The Broadmoor

GOLF COLORADO SPRINGS

Where do the locals go for some great action? With at least thirteen options to pick from, no matter which you decide to knock some balls around on, it will not disappoint you.

One excellent location, and local favorite, Patty Jewett Golf Course, holds the distinction of being the 3rd oldest west of the Mississippi. After all, it has been providing access to golfers since 1898. Colorado Springs purchased the course in 1919.

From the moment you arrive at the entrance’s wrought-iron gate to the narrow road drive flanked with 100-year-old trees, you will feel the elegance you are about to embark upon.

This par 72, 18-hole course will give even the best of the best a run. After battling out on the course, pick up some of the latest fashion accessories at the golf shop, or relax with a nice cold beverage at the Patty Jewett Bar & Grill. Do not forget your camera, as some of the most exquisite views of Pikes Peak can be found here.

Pine Creek Golf Club provides a unique style course. The first nine holes are canyon-style, while the other nine are American-style. Grasslands and creek beds will tempt your ball at holes 15-18.

Richard Phelps designed Pine Creek Golf Club’s course, which winds its way through Pine Creek Valley. Enjoy a backdrop of Pikes Peak, the Colorado Springs skyline, and the Front Range.

While at Pine Creek Golf Club, enjoy some practice on the green, pick up some gear in the gift shop, or sit down for an after-game meal in the restaurant that will provide you with a fantastic view of Pikes Peak. Oh, do not forget to enjoy the free Wi-Fi if you need to check your email.

Should you have accommodations at The Broadmoor, or are a guest of a member, then head to two golf courses known throughout the world and nestled in the foothills of Cheyenne Mountain.

These two courses have seen their fair share of national tournaments, not to mention, have been graced by celebrities, politicians, and Presidents.

You will be delighted by the tree-lined fairways awaiting you at The Broadmoor’s East Course. The terrain is challenging, while the course provides incredible mountain vistas. This course is incredibly challenging due to the large trees, so remember, putts break away from the mountains.

Jack Nicklaus had his first major win at this course back in 1959 when he played in the U.S. Amateur. This course was also where Annika Sorenstam earned her first major title. Imagine playing 18 holes where some of the biggest names in Golf have walked.

If hazards are your thing, then the West Course at The Broadmoor will not disappoint. Doglegs and greens that are angled steeply await your golf ball as you enjoy some of the most remarkable views of Colorado Springs.

Do not let those views distract you. Just because the West Course looks like something you would see in a magazine, or hanging on your office wall, the course is exceptionally challenging.

Hot Air Balloons and Family Travel are both in Colorado Springs

FAMILY TRAVEL TO COLORADO SPRINGS

You have searched the web, brainstormed a list of the fun things the family would like to explore, narrowed down your options, and decided that your next family travel adventures will take you to Colorado Springs with a stay at The Broadmoor.

There are more than 50 Colorado Springs attractions that are family-friendly, so you will have many activities to help you stay occupied.

FAMILY FUN FOR FREE

Should you be looking for free activities on your Colorado Springs family travel excursion, the possibilities are endless.

Check out Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. This fascinating institution will take you through Colorado Springs history and the Pikes Peak region. Located in the El Paso County Court House, meander amongst the permanent exhibits displaying the area’s history, and the changing topics that cover a wide variety of issues.

Head down to The Penrose Heritage Museum and learn more about the folks that built The Broadmoor, Julie, and Spencer Penrose. Explore some of Penrose’s carriage collection they were fortunate to use during their life. With 4,000 square feet of space, this lovely museum also holds The Pikes Peak International Hill Club memorabilia.

Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum will be an excellent stop for the motorcycle enthusiast in your family! Walk amongst more than fifty motorcycles that will take you back to the early 1900s. This museum also highlights the people that have been part of motorcycle history.

Take a stroll around the lake at The Broadmoor. Take your favorite beverage out on the patio, or indulge in lunch at an on-site restaurant. Should you be at this beautiful Five Star, Five Diamond property in December, grab the camera and snap pictures of all the exquisite decorations throughout the hotel.

FEE DESTINATIONS FOR THOSE 10 AND UNDER

Next up, destinations tailor-made for the little folks such as Dinosaur Resource Center. The kiddos will feel like they are back in time when they wander through T-Rex fossils, flying reptiles, and raptors.

Take a ride to Manitou Springs and find the Penny Arcade. What better place to teach the kiddos how to manage their money, as the almighty dollar will go far here. Everyone will have a great time challenging each other to a friendly game of skeeball.

While in Manitou Springs, visit the Manitou Cliff Dwellings and see what life was like for the Puebloan people. During the summertime, you will be able to experience actual wolf encounters and Native American dances.

DESTINATIONS FOR THE LITTLE ONES

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers lions, tigers, and bears. Giraffe and elephant feeding will be an excellent activity for the little ones, and you will want to snap photos of those precious moments.

For your groups space lovers, make a trip to Space Foundation Discovery Center for some out of this world fun! Solar systems and a 6-foot projection screen will let them learn about the earth.

DO NOT FORGET THE TEENS

Grab the teenagers and head out on a Segway Tour. Find a great company and possibly explore the Garden of the Gods. Zip through wonders of nature and take in all the beauty.

Another favorite activity to include the teens is a friendly game of Laser Tag!

ACTIVITIES AT THE BROADMOOR

For those families that do not wish to venture out from The Broadmoor, that is fine, check out these great activities offered at The Broadmoor, and perfect for families.

Old Stage Riding Stables offer some excellent riding trails with fabulous views of the resort. Saddle up and enjoy a day out with your fantastic guide as they take you along trails that show you how impressive Colorado Springs can be.

Check out The Broadmoor Hunt and its twist on scavenger hunts. This hunt is app-based. Your family will utilize their camera phones along with the video functions to explore The Broadmoor, searching out history when you locate those valuable historical items. Solve questions, snap photos, and create family fun videos during your outdoor adventure.

Allow two hours to wrap up your family fun. When you want to know how others in your group are doing, ask the Broadmoor Outfitters staff for feedback in real-time.

Manitou Brewing Company

EXPLORING MANITOU BREWERY

After an adventurous day exploring Pike’s Peak, stop for some food and beverages at Manitou Brewing Company. This charming brewpub is conveniently found in Manitou Springs, and at Pike’s Peak’s base.

Some exciting history of this beautiful place is that it was at one time the Manitou Burro Line. Back in the 1800s, when someone wanted to go to the top of the mountain, they stopped here for their burro!

Enjoy a relaxing refreshment of beer born directly from the incredible waters that can be found near Pike’s Peak’s top. With a lot of beers brewed on-site, the selection changes weekly and seasonally. You can also enjoy your favorite craft beer!

Some of the wonderful options for you to experience at Manitou Brewery is Perky Blonde, Bikini Bottom Blonde, and Watermelon Wheat. Each of these options comes currently in 10 oz, pint, or as a crowler.

One may even experience a delicious drink from Ft. Collins, Brooklyn, Telluride, or Jackson without leaving Manitou Springs comforts.

Do not worry, wine lovers, you are not left out! Enjoy a glass of Dante Cabernet Sauvignon or Ornato Pinot Grigio as you indulge in the accompanying company.

Breckenridge Bourbon, Bulleit Bourbon, Peach Street Jackelope Gin, are available for the more adventurous. Coke products are also on tap.

FOOD, FOOD, AND FOOD

For those of you who are nibblers, order up some Pretzel Bites. These bites are toasted and salted for your sweet tooth.  Indulge in some pulled pork tacos or taco seasoned chicken tacos if you feel like celebrating taco Tuesday whatever day you are there.

Should you be seeking bigger portions, try the Incline Burger, served with Cherry Applewood smoked bacon, swiss and cheddar cheese, and a whole lot more.

Gluten-free buns are available, along with other items such as a Veggie Quinoa Burger or Vegetable Tacos!

Should the kiddos be tagging along, order them a grilled cheese with fries or slaw!

Manitou Brewing is open seven days a week! Come for the food and stay for the friendships as you enjoy your Colorado adventures!

 

View from a Broadmoor Resort Room Terrace

CHOOSING ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE BROADMOOR

CHOOSING ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE BROADMOOR

Are you seeking that mesmerizing Cheyenne Mountain View or perhaps a view of the dazzling Cheyenne Lake, exclusively at The Broadmoor? Look no more!

With suites, brownstones, guest rooms, cottages, and Estate House available, there is something for everyone when choosing a room at The Broadmoor.

COTTAGES

Set out on a new adventure as you experience The Broadmoor in a new way when you choose a cottage. Cottages are available with one bedroom for a cozy romantic stay, solo business travel, or those seeking to get away and relax.

Eight bedrooms are also an option for a family get together, special event, or large families and friends enjoying all that Colorado Springs offers.

Each of these spectacular cottages features a parlor, beautiful wood floors, and a beautiful stone fireplace. Oh, do not forget the views of the exquisite Cheyenne Mountain or East Golf Course! These options will have you engulfed in the luxury of a private residence!

For those that are looking for as much space as possible, choose the Broadmoor Cottages. With 450-square foot bedrooms, space will not be an issue. Relax in front of the fireplace. Invite some of your closest friends and enjoy dinner on the large patio, there are several, so take your pick.

THE ESTATE HOUSE

Should the space in the cottages not be enough then head to the Estate House, which features 12,000 square feet of luxury. Five bedrooms await your arrival. All the bedrooms include a king or two queen beds, and each has a private bath.

The Estate House is perfect for a small office getaway. Each of your attendees receives their own room, and entertainment options are incredible. The grand parlor holds 60 guests at round tables. If your office is smaller in size, do not worry, the dining room can entertain up to 16.

After your meeting or during a break, head to the back lawn or croquet lawn and take in the landscaped gardens and lush beauty surrounding you!

Please note that the Estate House is only available as a whole unit.

THE BROWNSTONES

Forget the ordinary condo or vacation home that you can enjoy during your time in Colorado Springs. Enjoy entertaining in the living room area or the formal dining room. Engage your guests on the private terrace as you feast on delicious appetizers from the gourmet kitchen.

You and your guests will love lounging on the fourth floor, relaxing by the outdoor fireplace, and taking in the spectacular views of the mountains.

Other features of the Brownstones are room for three cars, an elevator, pull-out sleeping options, and a wine cellar. The perfect place to relax!

SUITES

Individual décor will greet you upon your arrival to one of The Broadmoor’s suites.

Main and Signature suites offer king-sized beds, exquisite baths, outstanding views, and a host of amenities. Each suite is unique and offers travelers all the comforts of home. Check out some of the highlights below.

MAIN EXECUTIVE SUITES

EASTMOOR SUITES

Should you be traveling with family to beautiful Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor, Eastmoor Suites is just for you. Situated in the Broadmoor Main Complex, these suites offer guests a king-size bed, and a sofa bed that is queen-sized for the family!

Enjoy your privacy away from your travel companions when you close the parlor door and relax in your outstanding bedroom.

SOUTH TOWER SUITES

Enjoy that romantic getaway when you reserve a South Tower Suite in the Broadmoor South building complex. Take in the gorgeous lake and mountain views from your large picture windows. Snuggle up and relax by the gas fireplace or forget all your troubles as you immerse yourself in a large soaking tub.

Should you forget to turn down the lights before sinking into the bed, no worries! Just use the computerized bedside system to help you lighten the mood!

WEST EXECUTIVE SUITES

TERRACE JUNIOR SUITE

Book a Terrace Junior Suite on the Broadmoor West’s seventh floor. Enjoy a beverage on the private patio while you snap a selfie of you admiring the sunset over the Colorado Rockies.

All the Terrace Junior Suites offer king-size accommodations and marble baths!

WEST TOWER SUITES

Enjoy watching a game of golf? Then West Tower Suites is for you as they overlook the lavish, lush golf course!

Unwind nightly in the parlor as you look out the large picture windows or enjoy your morning drink as you start your day in the sitting area.

West Tower Suites offer two double beds for your enjoyment.

MAIN SIGNATURE SUITES

EDITH K. GAYLORD SUITE

Enjoy views of the lake, mountains, and other areas of The Broadmoor when you stay at the 1,800 square foot suite that calls the Lakeside Building’s top floor home. Gold and browns will soothe you as you and reminds you of the Penrose’s travels. The balcony provides outstanding views and is one of the best locations on the property.

Entertain your friends out on the terrace and relax at night in the king bedroom equipped with a fireplace.  You will enjoy intimacy at its finest!

PENROSE SUITE

In the Broadmoor’s Main building complex, you will find where Julie Penrose resided for 13 years. The private apartment comes with three-bedrooms, three-baths, a dining room, a sitting room, a fireplace, and a glass-enclosed sunroom.

Mrs. Penrose displayed grace and charm, and you will find that the Penrose Suite just as elegant and does not disappoint!

WEST SIGNATURE SUITES

PENTHOUSE TERRACE SUITE

Imagine being of Broadmoor West in a two-bedroom suite with fabulous mountain views and huge windows for the morning sunshine to come through! If that is not enough, head out to your private outdoor patio! Enjoy a double queen or king bedroom, each with their private bath with marble fixtures!

Other fabulous amenities of this luxury suite include two fireplaces and the most state-of-the-art elements you could wish.

GUEST ROOMS

From the 420 square foot Classic West Tower rooms that offer incredible views of the golf course, nearby mountains, and Cheyenne Lake, to the 550 square foot Broadmoor West Premier, there is a room for everyone.

These exquisite modern rooms are spread throughout the Broadmoor West complex, Broadmoor South complex, and the Broadmoor West building complex. In these rooms, you can view the resort lake, picturesque mountains, or championship golf courses.

No matter which room you have your eyes set on, you will not be disappointed.