Join our Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Tour – Top Overall Experiences in the World

Colorado is a wonderland of unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and doing the Fins Course Scenic Zipline Tour is one of them you need to add to your bucket list. 

While we construct all of our tours as top-of-the-line, first-class activities, the people have spoken for us! 

Our Fins Course Scenic Zipline Tour was recently voted to be one of the top 10 overall world experiences on Tripadvisor for 2021. The Traveler’s Choice experiences are chosen by other travelers worldwide that love adventure trips like white water rafting, hang gliding, or zip-lining. 

There are three categories in the Traveler’s Choice Best of the Best, including United States, World, and Regions. 

“Such a breathtaking experience! The views were amazing, the bridges were a rush, and the ziplines? Well worth the price alone!”

Experience one of the top zipline courses in the world with heights up to 500 ft, two rope bridges, five zip lines (250-1800 ft long), and a 180 ft assisted rappel. With so much adventure jam-packed into one zipline course, it is no wonder that the Fins Course is an extreme adventure seeker’s delight. 

While we have other zipline courses, The Fins Course has steeper drops, added exposure, and includes high altitude zip lining. This course isn’t for the faint of heart, but the good news is that we do also have a milder option, our Woods Course. Some travelers like to combine both the Woods Course with the Fins Course to build up to the adventure with our Combo Course.

Ziplining is an activity that the whole family can enjoy, and the Fins Course takes you on a breathtaking tour, immersing you in nature as you zip through Seven Falls canyon in Colorado. The scenic surroundings make the experience far more memorable, and the adrenaline boost helps a bit too. 

“A must do on a Colorado Springs trip! The course was awesome with some of the most beautiful views of the mountains and Colorado Springs. The guides were knowledgeable about the area and had great tips, recommendations, and jokes! 100% recommend adding this to your trip to Colorado Springs! This was an amazing time!”

You’ll spend 3-4 hours on the Fins Course, and it does start much like our Woods Course with two warm-up zips before you have a chance to experience the cliff condition zips that increase with length. Per the name “Fins Course,” our course takes you through one of Colorado’s most breathtaking areas of Seven Falls Canyon and Colorado Springs to land you near the “fins.” The fin formation of the rocks is where our course gets its name.

The gradual build-up to the cliff-style zips prepares most adventure seekers enough to truly enjoy the views of the canyon. Once you’ve made your way across the foot rope bridges and all five ziplines, the adventure is just beginning. The Fins Course has a unique finish as you rappel 180 feet to reach the canyon floor.

The Fins Course is genuinely a zipline people from all over the world can enjoy. Come and see for yourself why we were voted into the top 10 Tripadvisor tours worldwide! 

“For the last few years, ziplining is how I spend my birthday. The zipline at Seven Falls surpassed the other ziplines I have been on by far. A breathtaking experience. The bridges and last two zips definitely got my adrenaline going. Beautiful views, a wonderful experience.”

“Wow!! I’ve ziplined many places and this has some of the best views, highest dropoffs, and most extreme platform locations I’ve seen. Super safe with double redundancy on the trolley, and a shielded cable makes for a very quiet and smooth ride. Great enthusiasm and energy among the guides, too! Can’t wait to go again.”

Are Ziplines Safe for Kids?

Soaring through the air at top speeds connected to a thin wire and a harness brings worry to any parent. It seems unnatural, but as ziplines continue to become more popular, we must ask the question:

Are ziplines safe for kids? 

We understand your concerns. Ziplines are popping up all across the United States, and with them, there are the typical injuries that follow. This doesn’t immediately tell us that ziplines are unsafe, though. It gives us the ability to have the insight to find the right ziplines for kids.

Every company follows similar, but often different, rules and regulations for ziplines. This means becoming familiar with the guidelines you’ll want to look out for when choosing a place to zipline. To help you do that, we’ll break down ziplines and talk about how they work and their history.

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A Brief History of the Zipline

Ziplines were first used to move goods across huge expanses of open air. They originated in mountain communities where moving food or supplies over a river took ages without any form of help. Stringing up a line meant an easy delivery across even the most treacherous terrain. Soon, humans also used the lines rather than face the dangerous swim ahead of them. 

Since their first uses, ziplines have come a long way. One of the largest regulators of zipline codes is the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). The ACCT certifies challenge courses and ziplines across the world with a strict code of safety regulations. 

Even with these regulations available worldwide, there are shoddy designs and backdoor businesses that you need to look out for as a parent. Zipline systems have moved from a slow crawl across a ravine to a high-speed flight across tremendous gaps in jungles. With the increased risk, there needs to be an increase in safety measures. Luckily, plenty of people are working to fill in the safety gaps and instill a culture of safety. 

Zipline Safety

According to the ACCT, the chances of a zipline breaking are one in a billion. With the proper construction, equipment, and training, a zipline course for kids will be one of the safer activities out there. There is an inherent risk in any adrenaline-seeking activity, but following the proper guidelines can ease the worried mind of parents. 

The ACCT has been taking on the most problematic part of ziplines: the lack of consistent guidelines.

The American National Standards Institute accredited ACCT’s zipline standards, moving the push for consistent regulations forward. While it is often an issue handled on a state-to-state basis, looking for a zipline built by and running on these standards is a great and easy place to start. 

Of course, the safety of sending yourself careening over a large valley at 45 miles per hour is still something to question. No matter the regulations, it can be nerve-racking. With these kinds of activities, we are fighting our human instinct to protect ourselves. To overcome that fear and self-protection, learning about the systems is the best possible way forward. 

Construction and Inspection

The ACCT accredits certain vendors to go out and build challenge courses and ziplines for any company. These vendors are certified to construct courses on-site and often are in charge of training the on-site staff. This is one of the largest factors that anyone concerned about the safety of a course should consider before strapping in and jumping blindly. 

Experiential Systems is another nationwide inspector of ziplines. Any safe zipline course Colorado has to offer will be looked at by the state-based inspection service. They also provide training for instructors that will further ensure the safety of any participant on a zipline. 

Before you send your child off any zipline course, ask for proof of who constructed the zipline and inspected it most recently. These inspections need to be done consistently. Ziplines are most often outdoors, which exposes them to the weather that can slowly decrease safety levels. When an inspection is done, any problem found must be fixed before the operation can resume. 

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Safety Equipment

Just like riding a bike, there are easy ways to avoid most injuries that can occur while on a zipline. While most organizations will provide the proper safety equipment. Familiarize yourself with what is considered the “right” safety equipment. 

The two most essential pieces of gear on a zipline course will be your harness and your helmet. There is also the trolley and tether connected via carabiners, but most of these are in place and much less susceptible to human error. 

Most harnesses are capable of holding over 2000 pounds of weight. At Broadmoor, the weight limit is 250 pounds (with a minimum weight of 90 pounds), so there is nothing to worry about if you are wearing a harness correctly. Listen to the instructors and ensure that all of the harness straps are tightened down.

Nowadays, it’s not a bad idea to wear a helmet to the grocery store. So, naturally, you will wear a helmet while flying through the air at 45 mph. These courses are built inside of the trees where branches will grow in the way of the zipline or can fall from above you. A helmet is the best way to protect yourself. Make sure your child is wearing a helmet. Maybe not at the grocery store, but most definitely on a zipline. 

Training

The final, and arguably the most important, standard to examine when looking for a good zipline course for kids is the training every instructor has received. You can easily get this information by asking the company or camp your kid will be ziplining with. 

There are a couple of different levels of certification that you can be aware of. The ACCT does a great job of offering these trainings and training other companies in instructor training. Your guides should at the very least have a Level I or Level II Practitioner Certification. You can also keep your eye out for a Certified Challenge Course Manager or any Professional Ropes Course Association certifications. These expand beyond just a zipline but often include that Level I or II Practitioner Certification. 

So, are Ziplines Safe? 

Well, “safe” is a problematic guarantee when looking at activities with any inherent risk involved.

Can this, or really anything, be 100% safe? No.

Can we, and do we, consider every professional piece of advice there is to keep our participants as safe as possible? Yes. 


Ensure you are choosing a zipline tour that has followed proper regulations and guidelines. The strict certifications and procedures that are the industry best are the safest place to start, which is precisely what we do here at Broadmoor.

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!

 

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.

Hiking in Colorado

Why Hike The Regions of Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is between Estes Park and Grand Lake with the Continental Divide’s east and west slopes going directly through the park’s center. With more than 125 hiking trails and trailheads spread across five geographic locations and ranging in easy to extreme, there is something for everyone in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Paved trails, mountain adventures, and backcountry campsites await those seeking a day or overnight experience to one of over a hundred campsites. Many of the trails are only accessible in the summer due to hazardous weather conditions during the winter.

REGION 1

The trails found in this region is where Grand Lake is. This area is also known as the Continental Divide’s West side. Lush green expansive meadows and lots of moose are prevalent here.

Are you a lake lover? Great, put on your best pair of hiking boots and make the seven miles up Bowen Lake. As you start on an even surface, there is a gradual climb that weaves its way through a thick forest.

After experiencing the beauty of Bowen Lake, continue and head through Bowen Pass. Note that this seven-and-a-half-mile hike is also steep. When you reach your destination, you will be in the Arapaho National Forest.

Those that brought their tents and other backcountry supplies will enjoy hiking less than 14 miles across the East Inlet Trail, around Lone Pine Lake, and through a forest to reach Lake Verna. There are two sites here available for camping.

When you love to push things to the extreme, you will find the 30 miles of Continental Divide National Scenic Trail the place to be. This trail traverse’s magnificent scenery, tundra, and views of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Do not worry if you are not a thrill-seeking hiker and are looking for something more relaxing. Adams Falls is less than a half-mile and the most popular stroll that takes you thru river scenery, aspen, pine forest, and rocks of grey and black that jut out along the way.

Wildlife lovers, especially those hunting moose for some outstanding photo shots, will love Coyote Valley. Follow along the Colorado River banks as you enjoy your early morning stroll searching for the best view to snap that million-dollar picture. This one-mile hike is paved, allows strollers, and offers picnic tables for those who wish to come and eat lunch.

REGION 2

The Alpine Region is the name given to Region 2. High elevations and incredible vistas await you here.

Pack up your picnic basket and head to Lake Irene, where eight picnic tables await you and your family. This easy, one-mile trip offers up incredible rolling meadows to venture out and see. Enjoy a couple of hours or the whole day, as you also explore the nearby forest land.

Another excellent walk takes you a little over one mile. Tombstone Ridge is rated easy and comes with some incredible views.

If you have traveled to the Rocky Mountain National Park to view the Continental Divide, the 5.8-mile hike Mount Ida is for you. Break out the camera and snap some pictures of the expansive views that take your breath away. Thunderstorms are frequent on this hike, so pack a raincoat.

REGION 3

The northern part of the Rocky Mountain National Park is a wilderness paradise. Trails in Region 3 range from a charming 0.15 miles up to some intense hiking going 9.5 miles.

Alluvial Fan is the beautiful short hike that will lead you to a river and show you how the Lawn Lake Flood affected it. This easy, 20 feet elevation hike is a paradise for the lovers of water. Bring your lunch to enjoy at one of the picnic tables as you watch the kiddos splashing around in the stream nearby.

Should you decide to venture out in the winter, head up the Chasm Falls trails. The road is closed during this time, so you will need to park at the West Alluvial Fan lot. Bring the kids along, as this is a kid-friendly hike.

REGION 4

Region 4 plays host to Rocky Mountain National Parks most visited and famous trails. Here you will enjoy trails with easy access, superb views, and lakes galore.

Bear Lake Loop is an incredible fast hike that takes you past spectacular peak views to the base of Flattop Mountain and Hallett Peak. Bear Lake Loop is an extremely popular trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. Do not let the 0.6 miles fool you, though, as Bear Lake is not entirely flat, and rocks are throughout the dirt.

If you are seeking out a destination wedding location, then look no more. Bear Lake Loop can host your fabulous day, as it accommodates anywhere from 2-35.

Dream Lake is an excellent place for a family hike. As this is the most photographed lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, you will be kicking yourself if you forget the camera. Capture images of Nymph Lake and Hallett Peak, Glacier Gorge, or Flattop Mountain. If this dreamy location is not enough, hike on over to Emerald Lake, just 0.7 miles away.

REGION 5

The south side of Estes Park is considered Region 5. The iconic fourteener, Longs Peak, is located here. Impressive waterfalls and backcountry areas are also in this Wild Basin area.

Lily Lake is a one-mile trail that offers incredible views of Mount Meeker and Longs Peak. Bring your fishing pole and stop at the fishing pier to try your luck.

CONCLUSION

These are just a few of the incredible trails that one can enjoy either solo or with family in Rocky Mountain National Park. Amazing views, superb vistas, challenging, and easy hikes provide an incredible incentive to hike in this national park.

Should you need some more enticement, do not forget about Trail Ridge Road. Trails along this area bisect Rocky Mountain National Park and supply outstanding views as you go over the top of the Continental Divide.

If you need help planning any Colorado or Colorado Springs family of corporate adventures, don’t hesitate to give the experts at Broadmoor Outfitters a call.