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First trip to Colorado Springs

My husband and I would like to celebrate our 10 year anniversary with a trip to CO and are thinking of going to Colorado Springs. This would be our first trip out there. Would there be enough for us to do if we stayed for 5 nights? Would you recommend maybe staying in Colorado Springs for a couple nights and then going someplace else for a few more nights? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. PS...we love doing outdoorsy things like biking, hiking but also love to eat out and just hang by a pool too. Thanks!

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41. Re: First trip to Colorado Springs

ahhh I need more coffee

http://www.townoffrisco.com/ is the link rather than the one for the Inn.

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42. Re: First trip to Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs as a whole, is a very busy city.

However most of the things tourists do are in the Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs area. (west side)

You will definitely need a car, though you can walk around the 2 mentioned areas and enjoy quaint restaurants and shops. This area is nestled at the bottom of Pikes Peak, which is lovely to drive or take the Cog Railway (get reservations). I love Manitou (Marimont Castle, Penny arcade, cliff dwellings up the road)

Nestled a bit north of this area is the Garden of the Gods (lovely any time of year). Flying W Ranch is not to be missed.

Many cute mom and pop lodging places in this area too (The chain places are more near the Interstate)

Basing out of the Springs, you can do day trips to Canon City (Royal Gorge), Cripple Creek, Buena Vista if you want to go rafting (though i've been in Canon City also).

Personally I don't love the 'ski resort' spots in the summer. Estes Park is super nice in the summer, the drive up Thompson Canon is really lovely and we usually would see Big Horn Sheep. You could stay at the Stanley Hotel or similar, though we usually stayed at a little motel on Thompson Canon with streams and campfires at night. Also, you can take a drive into the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Mesa Verde is nice, though its very dry and hot there.

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43. Re: First trip to Colorado Springs

mynameisluka, the Flying W Ranch was destroyed in the terrible Waldo Cayon Fire in June of 2012. They are rebuilding and taking donations to help restore the land. Any summer 2013 schedule at this point is indeterminate.

http://www.flyingw.com/

http://gazette.com/article/153816

Edited: 11:25 am, May 10, 2013
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44. Re: First trip to Colorado Springs

Thats too bad to hear, I hope they build it bigger and better!

I love the place, though I was terribly disappointed when I visited a few years back when the suburbs had encroached all the way to the property.

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