How to Start Mountain Biking

Are you looking to add some excitement to your cycling? Mountain biking is an awesome exercise, adventure, and challenge all in one. The trail can be intimidating to beginners, but you’ve come to the right place to learn how to start mountain biking. If you know how to ride a bike, you’ve got all the fundamentals you need.

In this beginner’s guide to mountain biking, we’ve got everything else you should know before hitting the trail.

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What is Mountain Biking?

First and foremost, you should know some fundamental differences between road cycling and mountain biking. This is because mountain biking involves biking over uneven terrain, like rocks and tree roots, creating a need for a very different type of bike than those used for road cycling.

Unlike road bikes, mountain bikes have wider tires with improved grip and suspension frames to provide a smoother ride over bumpy terrain. You can imagine how a rigid frame wouldn’t fare well on a mountain biking trail, so the suspension is key to a comfortable ride. Mountain biking frames also allow riders to sit taller to have better visibility of the trail. 

Finally, it’s best to use platform pedals on a mountain bike, which means you don’t clip in. Most important for beginners, you should be prepared to fall or jump off the bike at any time when going down a trail for the first time as you can pick up speed incredibly fast. Strapping into your pedals can actually be more dangerous on a mountain bike.

Gear Needed for Mountain Biking

The Essentials

Obviously, you’ll need a mountain bike. As noted above, you should make sure your bike has partial or full suspension for the most comfortable ride. Some mountain bikers use rigid bikes, as they use less energy for climbing the mountain. However, this beginner’s guide to mountain biking recommends at least partial suspension to absorb some of those bumps on the trail. This will keep you safer and more comfortable as you get used to the difference between road cycling and mountain biking.

The other essential items for getting started mountain biking are protective equipment. As a beginner, you should expect to fall, and protecting yourself will save you from a rough descent that ends early and in pain. A helmet is an absolute must while mountain biking, as there are plenty of hazards, you could hit your head on if you fall. Unlike road biking, mountain biking helmets are full face, with visors to protect your eyes from tree branches and debris. Elbow and knee pads are other important pieces of gear to keep you safe on the trail.

What to Wear on a Mountain Biking Trail

Dress according to the weather to stay comfortable and safe on the trail. It’s best to wear a dry-fit shirt that will wick away moisture and keep you dry. Mountain biking shorts with chamois padding (aka butt pads) are key for absorbing some bumps and reducing saddle fatigue.

Similarly, gloves are essential for keeping your hands and wrists comfortable all day long. Mountain biking with bare hands can cause blisters, and when you fall, you could cut yourself. Gloves will protect your palms and offer a little padding and warmth. 

Finally, a comfortable pair of light boots are the best alternative to mountain biking shoes if you’re learning how to start mountain biking. You want something with a stiff sole for stronger pedaling, breathable material to keep your feet dry, and a grippy textured bottom for good contact with the pedals. Another alternative is skate shoes, though these tend to be less breathable. High-rise shoes are also helpful to protect your feet and ankles in the event of a fall.

Packing Smart for a Mountain Biking Trip

There are many things you should pack on a mountain biking trip, and this is where there is a big difference between mountain bike rentals vs tours for beginners. When you rent a bike, you’ll just get a mountain bike and a helmet. On a mountain biking tour for beginners, you’ll have a guide who will pack all the essential gear and help ensure you have a great day.

The most important bit of gear is a map! If you’re heading out without a guide, please don’t forget a hard copy of your directions. It’s important to not rely on electronics on the trail: there likely won’t be cell service, your battery could die on an unexpectedly long day, or a hard fall could break your phone. Know the trail and the day’s plan before heading out, and always bring emergency gear in case you get lost. 

Next, a small first aid kit is essential for a beginner mountain biking trip since we all fall when we’re learning. As far as getting your bike back in shape after a crash, there are a few things you’ll need. You should always carry a spare tube or two and a bike pump. Unlike biking on the road, potential tire busters are all around on a mountain biking trail. Knowing how to replace a tire and having the gear you need will keep you prepared and safe on the trail.

A bike multi-tool is another must, especially for longer rides. Even with suspension frames, mountain biking is a bumpy ride, and it’s normal to need to make small adjustments or fixes over the course of the day. A bike multi-tool with the right size hex wrenches for your bike will make a huge difference in your trip’s success.

Finally, when you pack food and water for your day on the trail, go ahead and pack extra. It’s easy to get a little lost or delayed due to a mechanical issue. Expect a mountain biking trip to last longer than an equivalent road cycling trip, and pack accordingly. If you have one, a hydration pack is a great way to make sure you’ve got enough water for a long day. We promise: it’s worth the extra weight to have the energy and hydration needed to finish strong.

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Mountain Biking Tips and Techniques

Get a guide

Finding a tour that specifically offers mountain biking for beginners is a great first step. You’ll get in-person professional advice on how to start mountain biking, and you’ll start down an easier trail that is suitable for beginners.

Stretch Well and Don’t Tense Up

When going over obstacles on the trail, it’s important to stay loose and let the bike ride free. Hover your butt over the seat, so you don’t feel every bump, and keep your elbows high and your knees out so you can go with the flow.

Stay Balanced 

A big difference between road and mountain biking is the need to shift your weight around to stay on the bike. On a flat road, you can pretty much sit back and relax. On a mountain bike, you need to make constant small adjustments – side to side and front to back – to maintain your center of gravity and not tip over. It’s sort of like riding a bull, hopefully with less bucking.

Keep a Steady Pace

One thing that will help you manage rough terrain is maintaining an even speed with your brakes and gears. Big obstacles are frightening, and it makes sense that you’ll want to slam on the brakes sometimes. But that’s a good way to go over the handlebars (via the front brakes) or fishtail and skid out (on the back brake). 

Gentle use of the brakes will help you keep an even speed and give your bike the momentum it needs to get over bumps without too much work on your part. You can also move between gears in response to terrain changes that you see down the line. Paying attention and shifting early will make your life easier and help you keep your momentum. 

Chin Up, Eyes Down

Paying attention while on the trail is key. Road cycling offers consistent, smooth terrain, and you have time to look around, enjoy the scenery, and even change the song on your phone. As a beginner mountain biker, you need to stay vigilant by watching the trail in front of you. Look past obstacles and focus your eyes on where you want the bike to go. This will help you naturally bike around danger without needing to think too much about it. 

Proper biking posture will also keep you focused and safe. Mountain bike frames keep riders in a more upward stance for a reason. You want to keep your head up, looking down the trail at future terrain. This will give you time to prepare and react to potential obstacles. Just like driving, focus your attention a few seconds down the trail and use both your central and peripheral vision. This way, you can see the whole trail, including problem areas and safer alternate routes.

Have Fun!

Now that you know what to wear and pack and how to start mountain biking, you’re ready for your first trail experience. We hope you are feeling confident and excited to explore this rugged alternative to road biking. Thanks for checking out this beginner’s guide to mountain biking.

Have a safe and amazing time on a mountain biking for beginners guided tour!

Should I Book a Mountain Bike Tour or Rent a Mountain Bike?

Headed out to Colorado Springs for a family vacation? Or are you traveling solo and looking to pack as much outdoor activity into your trip as possible? Perhaps you’re a nature lover and want to spend some time leisurely exploring the Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Canyon, or Ute Valley Springs. No matter where you fall in these categories, mountain biking is a fantastic way to make the most of your time in world-renowned Colorado Springs! 

Now, your adventure boils down to two options:

A mountain biking tour in Colorado Springs

Or, 

A mountain bike rental in Colorado Springs 

On a bike tour, you’ll have various trails to choose from and get to do your exploring with a knowledgeable guide. On the other hand, if you rent a bike, you’ll have free reign over your trip length and can hit the trail without a guide. 

At Broadmoor Outfitters, you’ve got both options! The main points to consider when deciding are skill level, budget, and interests. This article will help you decide which route to choose so your mountain biking in adventure in Colorado Springs is a wonderful experience.

So, let’s dive into what to consider when deciding on a mountain bike tour vs. mountain bike rental.

Skill Level

For people who can ride a bike but aren’t super skilled at navigating curves and rocks, a mountain bike tour in Colorado Springs, CO is definitely the way to go. 

Did a young family member recently ditch their training wheels? Our bike tour is perfect for families with children. Our tour guides are happy to speak with you about your comfort on a bicycle in order to fine-tune the tour to suit everyone’s unique needs. Your guide will also factor in how long you want to ride, and they’ll be able to navigate you back to “base” easily if anyone decides they’re done with the ride early.

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For athletic or even semi-athletic folks who are looking to pack in as much scenery as possible or can comfortably work up a sweat, a mountain bike rental might be the way to go. 

The rental option can also be ideal for families who have children that are close in age and riding level. It can be a fun and unique bonding experience for families to decide which trails to explore, navigate the trails together, and even choose when to take breaks for water and snacks.

Cost

Mountain biking in Colorado Springs is something anyone can enjoy on any budget. No matter how much you’re able to spend, there’s an experience for you. Here are some items to keep in mind as you consider your budget.

 How much time do you want to spend mountain biking? If it’s just one item on a long list of adventures you’re preparing to go on at Broadmoor Outfitters, you should go with a mountain bike tour.

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Seeing as you’ll have lots to do and only want to spend a few hours on a bike, a guided tour is a cost-effective way to optimize your time. You pay for a few hours of riding versus renting a bike for an entire day when you plan to use it only for a short time. Your guide will help you make the most out of your trip. Then, you’ll have plenty of time left in the day for other activities. 

If mountain biking is your thing and you want to dedicate a day – or even more – to biking, then consider mountain bike rentals in Colorado Springs, CO. When renting, you’ll have a whole day or more to ride your bike to multiple areas of your choosing. You won’t pay for a guide, and you’ll have total freedom to make it an epic and unforgettable ride.

Interests

What do you want out of your trip and, specifically, this mountain bike ride?

If the purpose of your trip is to spend some solo time in nature, and you enjoy looking at trail maps and selecting your route, you’ll enjoy mountain bike rentals in Colorado Springs, CO. Just make sure you’re comfortable with navigating the area and, of course, follow all safety protocols. 


If your goal is to relax and let someone else do the planning, consider mountain bike tours in Colorado Springs, CO. We’ll take all the fuss out of figuring out which trail is perfect for you and your family. That way, all you’ll have to do is show up and enjoy the ride!

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Bringing it Together 

Mountain Bike Tour in Colorado Springs

Pros

  • Efficient method to see the beautiful sights.
  • Stress-free! It’s already planned out.
  • There’s a guide with you – you won’t get lost, and you’ll have someone who knows the area in case of an emergency.
  • The trail is well-maintained. 

Cons:

  • The tour may not cover the area you want to see. 
  • Can only ride for a few hours or the duration of the tour

Mountain Bike Rental in Colorado Springs

Pros: 

  • Total control over where to ride. 
  • You can rent the bike for a whole day or more. 
  • Great for people looking to ride for exercise. 

Cons: 

  • It may be difficult to transport bike(s) depending on where you plan to ride. 
  • The trail may not be maintained/easily navigable. 

Still not sure? Don’t worry; you can’t choose wrong! The main characteristic that both mountain bike tours and mountain bike rentals have in common is that they’re a great way to experience nature and make memories that’ll last a lifetime. Have any questions before making your decision? Feel free to contact us and we’ll help you pick the perfect activity for your trip.

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.

 

Taking a rest while hiking in Colorado SPrings

6 THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN HIKING IN COLORADO

The state of Colorado is a western state with a diverse geographic area. From mountains, plains, ranges, peaks, and western shores, one can find a place to hike in Colorado.

These regions of Colorado also come with some dangers, therefore these six things to remember when hiking will help you potentially avoid them.

1. Fill up the Water Jug. Whether you are hiking a rugged mountain top in the Rocky Mountains or along the Arkansas River’s shores, drinking water is a must. If you do not hydrate well, then altitude sickness could set in. Dehydration is also a concern, especially during those hot, dry summer days. A good rule of thumb is to carry more than you think you will need.

2. Pack the Navigational Tools. Even the best hikers can get lost during an adventure. A compass and a map are great to help you find your way. Should you bring a map, make sure you can read it. To aid in not getting lost, always stay on the marked trails. Marked trails are there for your protection and the environment. Another resource to use is a trail map. This map can be at a district office of the forest ranger or in a state park, at the entrance or visitor center.

3. A Fire Source. Should you, unfortunately, encounter an emergency, you will need to start a fire. In keeping your pack light, throw in a pack of matches or a lighter. Do not forget to keep them in a waterproof container.

4. First Aid Kit. No matter if you are on a day hike or a three-day excursion, you will more than likely need a first aid kit. Hazards such as roots of trees, branches, and rocks will ruin your day when they give you a sprained ankle or cut. Colorado is full of dangers and cannot be avoided.

Some items to keep in your first aid kit are bandages, gauze, pen and paper, blister treatment, and disinfecting ointment. Should you be in a group, everyone needs their own if they get lost from the group.

5. Food. Hiking just an hour with a lightweight bag can burn more calories than you could imagine. One can quickly burn 500 without blinking an eye. Hiking can lower your sodium level quickly. After all, when hiking, you will sweat! Salty foods are great to help curb this when that sick or tired feeling comes on.

High energy bars, candy, and fruit are other sources to help with hunger. Fruit does get heavy, so consider some fruit trail mix or dried fruit.

6. Rain Protection, Sun Protection, and Shelter. Colorado gets afternoon thunderstorms that pop up rather frequently. Having a waterproof raincoat or tent is a great way to help battle the potential hypothermia that may occur should you get wet.

While in the Rockies, the summer thunderstorms are more prevalent, they do occur elsewhere. Being prepared for anything will make your return to the trailhead a pleasant adventure.

Do not forget a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. You can get a sunburn from cooler temperatures in high elevations. If there is snow on the ground, your sunglasses will help you. The sun does reflect off of the snow.

Do not forget to factor in frequent breaks and pace yourself during your amazing Colorado hiking adventure. Remember also to respect the environment, wildlife, and beauty surrounding you.

 

6 AMAZING PLACES TO DINE IN COLORADO SPRINGS

German, European cuisine and cafes are just a few of the dining options available in Colorado Springs. Ranging from budget-friendly up to five-star, a visitor to the city will be amazed at the selections.

1) CASPIAN CAFÉ

Head off to the Mediterranean and feast upon Feta Chips, Mediterranean Pizza, or Hummus, one of several items made at the café. Other options that are made in-house include Falafel and Tzatziki.

If those options do not hit the spot, there is also Prime Rib, Honey and Almond chicken, Citrus Grilled Salmon, and Gyros. Do not forget the dessert, try the candied Caspian!

Caspian Café is open seven days a week for your enjoyment.

2) EDELWEISS GERMAN RESTAURANT

Imagine it is a brisk cold evening in Colorado Springs, German food from Edelweiss German Restaurant will have you heated up in no time. Grab one of the restaurants spectacular signature dishes, such as bratwurst, and pair it with a beverage on tap, how does Stiegl Radler sound?

Filet Mignon ‘Madeira’ comes wrapped in bacon and Madeira wine sauce, for all the steak lovers! Those looking for a lighter flare try out the Summer Berry Salad. Do not forget the appetizer! The Sampler Plate plays host to two types of shrimp, salmon, ham, and bratwurst.

This fantastic family-owned south side Colorado Springs restaurant is available to curve your appetite seven days a week. What are you waiting for?

­3) PEPPER TREE RESTAURANT

Calling all steak lovers! It does not matter if you call Colorado Springs home or are in town for a meeting, Pepper Tree Restaurant is the place to be. Bask in some of the most incredible downtown Colorado Springs views while enjoying four of Pepper Tree’s incredible signature dishes prepped tableside.

Not a lover of steak? No problem. Enjoy some Maine Lobster Tail, English Dove Sole, or Gulf Shrimp Scampi. Cap off your delicious meal with some Apple Pie, Crème Brulee, or Chocolate Cake.

Pepper Tree Restaurant is open six days a week, and due to its popularity, the restaurant does recommend reservations.

4) Shuga’s

Shuga’s is where all the cool kids’ hangout, but do not let the presence of the college students fool you. Everyone is welcome at this hip eclectic bar and restaurant.

Start with a cocktail, maybe a Tiki Mai Tai or City Grocery Mojito. If that is not your cup of tea, try some Shuga’s Lemon Ginger Tea.

Order up an appetizer such as Jalapeno Bacon Mac n Cheese or Bruschetta. Top it all off with a Hot Roast Beef or Northwest Pita. Whatever you decide on, it will be a hit!

5) Restaurant 1858

After spending the day at The Broadmoor Soaring Adventures Zip Lines, head over to Restaurant 1858 and indulge in some incredible lunch or dinner. Situated along Seven Fall’s banks, is where you find this fantastic Broadmoor dining opportunity.

Enjoy Roasted Tomato Tortilla Soup, Low Country Shrimp & Grits, Colorado Rocky Mountain Trout, and Lemon Meringue Pie as you dine close to the waters of the impeccable natural box canyon.

During your time at Restaurant 1858, do not forget to take in the history of the surrounding area from days gone by as you glance at the showcased historic photographs.

Take note that you will need to have a ticket to the coveted Seven Falls to enjoy all that Restaurant 1858 offers. The restaurant recommends casual wear.

6)  PENROSE ROOM

Grab your best dinner jacket, lady or gentleman, and head to the only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond restaurant that Colorado Springs has to offer. Located up on the ninth floor of Broadmoor South, you find the lavish and outstanding Penrose Room.

Enjoy the mesmerizing mountain views as you enjoy your four-course a la cart meal or the 6-course Chef’s tasting menu.

Start the evening off with a Ruby Beet Salad or Pan Seared Sea Scallop before moving on to the Honey Lacquered Rohan Duck. Save room for the White Chocolate Cheesecake or Lemon Tart. Ice Creams that are homemade and Sorbets are also available.

Cap the evening off with some dancing and live entertainment as you enjoy the Penrose Trio.