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TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Also visit the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, 515 S. Cascade Ave., 635-7506. On the Web: experiencecoloradosprings.com.

Big Cats of Serenity Springs

By reservation only, 719/347-9200

bigcatsofserenitysprings.org

It's a drive out east on the plains, but you'll see animals worthy of a big-city zoo. No kidding about calling in advance.

The Broadmoor Hotel

1 Lake Ave., 634-7711, 866/837-9520

broadmoor.com

Best Of 'o8

Our own famous resort, complete with luxury accommodations, world-class golf courses, upscale restaurants and bars, a spiffy spa and plenty of people-watching. Other than the drinks and cuisine, though, you can't do much more unless you're a hotel guest (or with someone who is).

Buckskin Joe Frontier Town and Railway

1193 Fremont County Road 3-A, Cañon City, 719/275-5485

buckskinjoe.com

They've made shoot-'em-up westerns here, if you care about that sort of thing, and it's just up the way from the Royal Gorge.

Cave of the Winds

Six miles west of Interstate 25 and Highway 24, Manitou Springs, 685-5444

caveofthewinds.com

Lots of folks like caves, especially tourists, partly because they're cool on a hot summer day. This one ain't Carlsbad, though, so if relatives come visiting, don't raise the expectations too high.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 633-9925

cmzoo.org

Even if the spread up above The Broadmoor didn't have such a picturesque view, you could still spend all day feeding the giraffes, laughing at the monkeys, shuddering at the lions and tigers, and generally appreciating what makes this one of the best zoos for a city of our size.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

30 W. Dale St., 634-5581

csfineartscenter.org

Best Of 'o8

For so many years, this wasn't the first place you'd take visitors you were trying to impress. But since the FAC's ambitious renovation and addition in 2007, there's much more room for the impressive permanent collection and if there's a special show when you go, all the better.

Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad (seasonal)

Fifth and Bennett avenues, Cripple Creek, 719/689-2640

cripplecreekrailroads.com

Some might think it looks rinky-dink, but the small train that makes a short out-and-back trip from near the casinos out toward Victor always goes over well with the kids, and the views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range are excellent.

Cripple Creek gambling

visitcripplecreek.com

Check out the slick new Wildwood Casino, the big Double Eagle, or the ones that have character down Bennett Avenue, from the Imperial Hotel to Bronco Billy's and the Brass Ass. Come July, they'll be open 24/7, with craps and roulette.

Note: For Black Hawk casinos, see blackhawkcolorado.com. For Central City casinos, see centralcitycolorado.com.

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

15807 Teller County 1, Florissant, 719/748-3253

nps.gov/flfo

Fossil beds don't thrill everyone, and the drive up U.S. 24, turning south from Florissant, is neither short nor relaxing. But if you are into our prehistoric roots, check it out and go. You won't be disappointed.

Flying W Ranch Chuckwagon Supper and Western Show

3330 Chuckwagon Road, 598-4000, 800/232-3599

flyingw.com

Yee-hah, we're gonna live like the cowboys tonight! The shtick has been working for decades, with thousands of outsiders (and more locals than you'd expect) flocking to have their steak and beans, and to see the Flying W Wranglers do their country music/culture thing.

Focus on the Family Welcome Center

8605 Explorer Drive, 531-3400

family.org

People really do come by the thousands to see the ministry's headquarters with free admission, including a theater with special family-oriented films, play area and even a throwback soda fountain. It's closed on Sundays, so everyone can go to church. Naturally.

Garden of the Gods Trading Post

324 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs, 685-9045

co-trading-post.com

One of the region's best-kept secrets: The post is locally owned, with far more than just touristy junk. In fact, lots of area residents sneak in to buy gifts here. (And the snack bar isn't bad, either.)

Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center

1805 N. 30th St., 634-6666

gardenofthegods.com

Best Of 'o8

Of all the things you can do in the Springs without spending a cent, driving through Garden of the Gods (and stopping, wherever you want) has to be the best. But surely you or your cousins from Indiana have questions. How and when did the rock formations form? And what about the park's biology and botany? You can find all the answers here.

Glen Eyrie

3820 N. 30th St., 634-0808, 800/944-4536

gleneyrie.org

It's a beautiful area to visit, but you need to know the rules (such as no visiting Friday through Sunday, because of all the Christian retreats and special groups). There are limited hiking passes for designated trails, and tours of the castle. As long as you educate yourself ahead of time, it can be a fascinating experience.

Helen Hunt Falls Visitors' Center (seasonal)

4075 N. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 633-5701

We can't guarantee the actual center will be open; that depends on city budget cuts and how creative the parks folks can be with attracting private help. Regardless, you can park at the base of the falls and hike to your heart's content.

Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo

Main Street and Union Avenue, Pueblo, 719/595-0242

puebloharp.com

Definitely not an amusement park or a destination, but if you're down that way, on the southeast side of downtown, it's interesting to see and walk along the peaceful channel. Not far away, there are plenty of good places to eat or have a drink. Starting in May, boat rides and farmers markets (on Thursdays) add to the options.

IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial

Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 442-2014

iaff.org

Not a mecca for huge crowds, but those wanting a dose of sobering reality, go to the site at Memorial Park and see the names of more than 2,000 union firefighters who have died in the line of duty. Or, come September, plan to attend the annual ceremony when more names are added and honored.

Manitou Cliff Dwellings

U.S. Highway 24 West, Manitou Springs, 685-5242, 800/354-9971

cliffdwellingsmuseum.com

If you want the full monty of Native American culture, go to Mesa Verde National Park, near the Four Corners west of Durango. Otherwise, here you can check out how the Anasazi Indians lived centuries ago. Just be aware: Unlike many of our natural wonders, this one isn't free.

Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine

One mile north of Highway 67, Cripple Creek, 719/689-2466, 888/291-5689

goldminetours.com

This one isn't for the claustrophobic. But it's a can't-miss for anyone fascinated by mines, and a willingness to go down 1,000 feet underground in a partially caged train. You'll learn some history along the way.

Pikes Peak Highway (weather permitting)

385-7325, 800/318-9505

pikespeakcolorado.com

You can drive to the summit of America's most famous fourteener (at 14,115 feet above sea level) and get doughnuts at the Summit House. It's paved much of the way, hard-packed gravel on to the top. Just make sure your brakes work well, because you'll ride them hard on the way back down.

Pikes Peak Cog Railway (seasonal)

515 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5401

cograilway.com

All you have to do on this route up Pikes Peak is look at the magnificent scenery and hear the narration. Not cheap (a little more than $30 per adult, less for kids), but damn well worth it.

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

4218 County Road 3-A, Cañon City, 719/275-7507, 888/333-5597

royalgorgebridge.com

Only about an hour away from Colorado Springs, the world's highest suspension bridge (1,178 feet above the Arkansas River) truly is breathtaking. So is the admission $24 for adults, a little less for seniors, $19 for kids under 12. If you ride the aerial tram or the incline railway to the bottom, though, the memories never fade.

Royal Gorge Route Railroad

401 Water St., Cañon City, 888/724-5748

royalgorgeroute.com

Take the 24-mile trip out of Cañon City, under the Royal Gorge Bridge and beyond, then back. Make it better (and more costly) with a dinner trip; some even offer a wine tasting or murder mystery.

Santa's Workshop / North Pole

5050 Pikes Peak Hwy., Cascade, 684-9432

santas-colo.com

Just off U.S. 24, you (hopefully with kids) will find this compact but very enjoyable amusement park open from Memorial Day to Christmas Eve. Attractions include the world's highest (altitude) ferris wheel, and of course, the chance to sit down with Santa.

Seven Falls

2850 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 632-0765 (information), 632-0752 (main line)

sevenfalls.com

This one's most special around Christmas, with its holiday lights along the canyon drive in to the falls. Be prepared for exertion, if you plan to climb the 224 steps to the top. Prices always go up slightly at night, when the falls are lit.

Starsmore Discovery Center (seasonal)

2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 385-6086

cheyennecanon.org, springsgov.org

At the entrance to North Cheyenne Cañon Park, this relic offers maps, information, programs and more, especially for bird-watchers. But it's been threatened by the city's budget chopping, so be sure to confirm it's open before you go.

United States Air Force Academy

2346 Academy Drive, 333-2025

usafa.af.mil

Something about the "big three" service academies really magnetizes most everyday Americans. You can't go inside the living and classroom areas, but the Cadet Chapel is an architectural marvel, and the visitors center is worth the drive.

United States Olympic Complex

1 Olympic Plaza, 866-4618, 888/659-8687

usolympicteam.com

At first it was just a training center, until the Olympic Committee realized the value of opening it up to the public. It's free, and visitors learn about Olympic history and traditions. Many tours include resident athletes as guides, and you can watch swimmers, gymnasts and others going through their workouts. The gift shop is awesome, too.

Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 578-5367

elpomar.org

No equally convenient view in the area can top this. The 114-foot-tall memorial to the legendary comedian was erected in 1937, two years after Rogers' death, paid for by his friend and Broadmoor founder Spencer Penrose. You just drive up to the zoo, pay a toll at the gate, and continue on to the shrine.

Shopping

Local malls

Chapel Hills Mall

1710 Briargate Blvd., 594-0111

chapelhillsmall.com

Multi-level array of commerce, with theater included, at the north end of town.

The Citadel

750 Citadel Drive East, 591-5516

shopthecitadel.com

City's oldest surviving mall, with some vacant storefronts but still plenty of choices.

The Promenade Shops at Briargate

Located off exit 151 on I-25 at Briargate Parkway, 265-6264

thepromenadeshopsat briargate.com

Newer, open-style complex, with upscale stores and nicer chain eateries (P.F. Chang's, Ted's Montana Grill, etc.).

Out-of-town malls

Cherry Creek Shopping Center

3000 E. First Ave., Denver, 303/388-3900

shopcherrycreek.com

Including many of the urban-staple stores that you wish we had in Colorado Springs.

Outlets at Castle Rock

5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock, 303/688-4495

outletsatcastlerock.com

The concept isn't as fresh anymore, but you can still choose from 120 or so stores, many with decent discounts.

Park Meadows

8401 Park Meadows Center Drive, Lone Tree, 303/792-2533

parkmeadows.com

Biggest and most convenient (from here) of Denver's shopping meccas, surrounded by big-box stores and many choices in restaurants and bars.

Pueblo Mall

3429 Dillon Drive, Pueblo, 719/544-3454

pueblomall.com

Reminiscent of the original Citadel: Dillard's, JCPenney, Sears and plenty of smaller stores.

Old-fashioned shopping districts

Downtown Colorado Springs

Bordered by Cascade Avenue and Boulder, Weber and Costilla streets, 886-0088

downtown80903.com

The specialty stores are still in good supply, and the restaurant and bar scene is bustling. Don't forget the free shuttle up and down Tejon Street.

Old Colorado City

Colorado Avenue, beginning at 21st Street, 577-4112

shopoldcoloradocity.com

This low-key, comfortable, historic area is dotted with plenty of art galleries, decent bars and restaurants (from Mexican and barbecue to top-quality pizza and more). A little touristy, but definitely worth exploring.

Manitou Springs

Encompassing all of downtown Manitou Springs, 685-5089, 800/642-2567

manitousprings.org

Best Of 'o8

Funky downtown, mixing touristy stores with the throwback arcade and the full spectrum of places to eat and drink. Check out the restored Manitou Spa building, anchored by Adam's Mountain Caf, a perennial local favorite. Or go bar-hopping from the Mariner to the Keg, Townhouse and Royal.

Consignment & thrift

Arc Thrift Stores

2780 S. Academy Blvd., 391-7717

4402 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 522-1203

1830 W. Uintah St., 473-0502

Best Of 'o8

According to many people in the Springs and statewide, Arc stores rate as the best in terms of selection and sale prices. The clothing, especially, tends to be of good quality. Sales support advocacy and services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Disabled American Veterans Thrift Store

2444 E. Platte Ave., 636-2537

Purchases here support a significant, and growing, population in the Colorado Springs community. Conveniently located at Platte Avenue and Boulder Street, the DAV store sells the typical thrift-store stuff: clothing, housewares, furniture, linens and loads more.

Goodwill Industries

Multiple locations

goodwill-colosprings.org

Local variations of this stalwart of the thrift-store scene include the Garage Sale Store on West Cucharras Street, an outlet store on North El Paso Street, and a brand-new location on South Circle Drive.

Habitat for Humanity's ReStore

411 S. Wahsatch Ave., 667-0840

habitatrestorepp.com

The "discount" building materials here, checked for quality upon intake, are really worth a closer look for those into do-it-yourself home repairs and updates.

Plato's Closet

937 N. Academy Blvd., 622-8933

platoscloset.com

Take the environment of a suburban 15-year-old girl's walk-in closet, and multiply it by 20 or 30 times. You've basically got our local Plato's Closet franchise. It teems with "gently" used Gap, Aropostale, Old Navy and the like. Great deals here, if you can handle occasional squeals and wayward elbows.

Recess

1721 W. Colorado Ave., 635-9725

recessconsign.com

A new children's clothing boutique specializing in name brand item in new or good condition. All garments run between $3.50 and $25 and suit newborns to kids size 10.

Ross Auction

109 S. Sierra Madre St., 632-6693

rossauction.com

In the (discount) market for an Oriental rug? A lawn mower? An Elvis cookie jar? All three, and a van to put them in? You'll want to walk through Ross Auction. On Fridays, bid on household items, tools and other little things; Saturdays, it's art and collectibles, furniture and appliances and, occasionally, vehicles. Sign in, get your own number and try not to look too interested as the fast-talking auctioneer makes his way to the apple(s) of your eye.

Salvation Army Thrift Stores

2730 E. Platte Ave., 634-5506

501 S. Weber St., 473-6161

salvationarmyusa.org

Purchases at Salvation Army stores support community adult rehabilitation centers. And if you've got clothes you'd like to donate, bins are dotted through town.

Tantrums

511 N. Union Blvd., 630-3271

It's not taking as many toys as it used to, thanks to those lead-paint scares of recent years. But Tantrums still sells lots of kids' furniture, swings, books, shoes, DVDs ... and lots of itty-bitty outfits that'll make even the most unsentimental dad say, "Awww ..."

Secondhand & vintage

The Leechpit

708 N. Weber St., 634-3675

leechpit.com

Best Of 'o8

Adam Leech musician, entrepreneur, family man and Indy music columnist buys all the great vintage clothing, records, jewelry and other trinkets that literally spill out of his shop just north of downtown. While he's proclaimed the Leechpit "cooler than Jesus" and offers the goods to make an argument for it un-hipsters can feel welcome enough to make it a regular stop.

Eve's Revolution

1312 W. Colorado Ave., 633-1357

Best Of 'o8

Eve Carlson's west side boutique embodies all that is good in the women's shopping world. The used clothing and accessories are classy, and the new stuff often procured by Carlson herself from shows in New York and L.A. you won't find anywhere else around here. Add to the equation reasonable prices, honest opinions on outfits, and a laid-back vibe that will stay with you all day.

Personal Velocity

1812 W. Colorado Ave., 685-3311

personalvelocityconsignment.com

While the store recently has increased its stock to all sizes, Personal Velocity features resale clothing for full-figured women. You can find everything here from jeans, tops, shoes and purses, to lingerie and cocktail dresses.

Swish

1816 W. Colorado Ave., 635-8375

Swish is stuffed from front door to back with vintage and vogue apparel. Owner Shelley Laur describes the shop as "wacky," but there's nothing wacky about her unique second-hand deals and 50-percent-off Clearance Closet steals.

Print media

Newspapers

African American Voice

P.O. Box 25340, 528-1954

africanamericanvoice.net

The Voice has reached out to the area's black community for many years, promoting issues and events. It's guided by publisher James Tucker, former head of the local NAACP branch and longtime educator in the city.

Colorado Springs Business Journal

31 E. Platte Ave., #300, 634-5905

csbj.com

This weekly newspaper provides a thorough variety of intensive coverage across the Springs business community, and has for 20 years.

Colorado Springs Independent

235 S. Nevada Ave., 577-4545

csindy.com

Colorado Springs' largest locally owned newspaper, distributed weekly, is 15 years old and going strong with 112,000 regular readers (according to unbiased market research). The Independent is recognized nationally among the leading altweeklies of its size, and known for regional activism on issues such as elections, trails and open space, outreach to the military and religious communities, diversity and sustainability. Oh, and if you hadn't already noticed, its staff put together the InSider you're reading right now.

Denver Post

101 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, 800/336-7678

denverpost.com

Denver's only remaining daily newspaper is a great source of state-level coverage, but the early edition that comes here doesn't include nighttime events or sports results. The Sunday Post can be home-delivered as part of a package deal along with the Independent each Thursday.

Gazette

30 S. Prospect St., 632-5511

gazette.com

The daily newspaper that's served Colorado Springs for 137 years is owned by Freedom Communications Inc., and known for its libertarian editorial philosophy. Its online presence features lots of inconsistently updated blogs. Former reporter Dave Curtin won a Pulitzer Prize at the Gazette in 1990, for feature writing.

Hispania News

1715 Monterey Road, #220, 540-0220

hispanianews.com

This lively weekly newspaper serving the Springs' Hispanic community maintains a visible presence in the Pueblo area, too, thanks to the energy of publisher Bob Armendariz.

Pueblo Chieftain

825 W. Sixth St., Pueblo, 719/544-3520, 800/279-6397

chieftain.com

Pueblo's family-owned daily newspaper covers more of southern and southeastern Colorado than any other daily. It's made its own headlines in recent years for bold opposition to Colorado Springs' growth and water plans.

Neighborhood papers

Look for the Black Forest News & Palmer Divide Pioneer, Cheyenne Edition, El Paso County Advertiser and News, Fort Carson Mountaineer, Mountain Jackpot, New Falcon Herald, Pikes Peak Bulletin, Pikes Peak Courier View, Tri-Lakes Tribune, Westside Pioneer and Woodmen Edition. Many are free, some cheap, at various distribution points (restaurants and bars, convenience stores, markets, etc.).

Local blogs

Colorado Springs Real Estate Blog

springsblog.com

Sporadically updated with news, statistics and trends in the local real-estate market.

Freethinkers of Colorado Springs

freethinkerscs.com

Web site that helps promote the organization, its events and agenda based on tolerance, equal rights for all and clear separation of church and state, specifically that "beliefs must be formed on the basis of science and logic."

Newspeak!

newspeakblog.com

The online adjunct to a monthly paper that stopped publishing in 2008, Newspeak! now is a continuous blog that watches and reacts to the local arts scene as well as to politics and national issues.

Nonprophet

nonprophet.typepad.com

Topical, edgy, occasional posts regarding different subjects and people, often related to breaking news.

Radio

stations

Commercial music

KCME-FM 88.7

578-5263, kcme.org

Classical

KKPK-FM 92.9

593-2700, 929peakfm.com

Greatest pop hits

KILO-FM 94.3

634-4896, kilo943.com

Rock

KATC-FM 95.1

593-2700, catcountry951.com

Contemporary country

KCCY-FM 96.9

540-9200, kccyfm.com

Contemporary country

KKFM-FM 98.1

593-2700, kkfm.com

Classic rock

KKMG-FM 98.9 Magic

593-2700, 989magicfm.com

Pop

KVUU-FM 99.9

540-9200, kvuu.com

Hot adult contemporary

KRXP-FM 103.9

219-7625, 1039rxp.com

Classic rock, Colorado College hockey

KKLI-FM 106.3

540-9200, kkli.com

Soft adult contemporary

KNKN-FM 107.1 Radio Lobo

719/547-0411

Spanish-language

KDZA-FM 107.9 Jet

719/545-2080, kdzafm.com

Oldies

KCS-AM 1300

593-2700, sportsanimal1300.com

Country classics

News/talk/sports

KCSJ-AM 590

719/545-2080, 590kcsj.com

News, talk and sports in and around Pueblo

KVOR-AM 740

593-2700, kvor.com

Best Of 'o8

Local news, conservative talk (as in Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, etc.), flagship for Air Force sports

KRDO-AM 1240

632-1515, krdo.com

Local news, sports and weather (tied to Channel 13), national talk

KGHF-AM 1350 The Zone

719/545-2080, 1350thezone.com

Pueblo, sports and more

KZNT-AM 1460

531-5438, newstalk1460.townhall.com

Conservative news

KCMN-AM 1530

570-1530, 1530kcmn.com

"Legendary" music and talk

Public

KTSC-FM 89.5

719/549-2820, colostate-pueblo.edu/rev89

Colorado State University-Pueblo

KEPC-FM 89.7

502-3131, ppcc.edu/news/kepc-897-fm

Pikes Peak Community College

KRCC-FM 91.5

473-4801, krcc.org

Best Of 'o8

Colorado College, National Public Radio and Public Radio International affiliate

Religious

KTLF-FM 90.5

593-0600, ktlf.org

"Light praise"

KGFT-FM 100.7 The Gift

531-5438, kgftradio.com

Religious talk

KBIQ-FM 102.7

531-5438, kbiqradio.com

Gospel

TV stations

KOAA-TV Channels 5 & 30

632-5030, koaa.com

Best Of 'o8

NBC affiliate

KTSC-TV Channel 8

719/543-8800, rmpbs.org

Rocky Mountain PBS

KKTV Channel 11

634-2844, kktv.com

CBS affiliate

KRDO-TV Channel 13

632-1515, krdotv.com

ABC affiliate

KXRM-TV Channels 21 & 57

596-2100, kxrm.com

FOX and CW affiliate

Weather info

Road information hotline

877/315-7623, cotrip.org

Weather forecasts

wunderground.com/US/CO/Colorado_Springs.html, weatherhub.com

Travel

Bus lines

Front Range Express

1015 Transit Drive, 636-3739, 877/425-3739

frontrangeexpress.com

FREX services the Interstate 25 corridor from Fountain to Denver, including a DIA transfer, Monday through Friday, 3:45 a.m. to 9:50 p.m. Wireless Internet provided. One-way fare to or from Colorado Springs to Denver is $7.

Metro Mobility

1015 Transit Drive, 392-2396, 520-3313 (tty)

springsgov.com/transit

Complimentary curb-to-curb service for those eligible under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Mountain Metropolitan Transit

1015 Transit Drive, 385-7433 ext. 4

springsgov.com/transit

This regional bus system runs Monday through Friday from 5:10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.; Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.; Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:35 p.m. Basic fare is $1.75; 31-day passes are available for $63 to $75. Exact change required when boarding.

TNM&O Coaches Inc. (Greyhound)

120 S. Weber St., 635-1505, 800/231-2222

greyhound.com

As you know, Greyhound provides nationwide bus travel.

Bus tours and shuttles

Colorado Springs Shuttle

3002 E. Gunnison St., 687-3456, 877/587-3456

coloradoshuttle.com

This shuttle runs from the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport to Denver International Airport with stops in between. One-way fare is $50. Curbside pickup and charter to ski areas available. Discounts for two or more and group rates for parties of three or more. Luxury services also available.

Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH)

springsgov.com

Featuring cute little shuttles, this city-sponsored service provides free rides through the downtown corridor.

Gray Line Tours

132 E. Las Animas St., 633-1181, 800/345-8197

coloradograyline.com

Gray Line offers regional sightseeing tours.

Ramblin Express

3465 Astrozon Place, 590-8687

ramblinexpress.com

Ramblin runs motorcoaches, mini-buses, vans, sedans and limousines for charter, chauffeured or tour services.

Rides on demand

Designated Driver in Colorado Springs

650-3450, noduisprings.com

For the next time you're out drinking: A team of two volunteer drivers picks you up, you sign a release form, and one volunteer drives you home in your car while the other follows. No joke, it doesn't cost a thing. (Though gratuities are welcome.)

Teller Cab

512 W. Gunnison Ave., Woodland Park, 687-8222

Yellow Cab

4625 Town Center Drive, 634-5000

Bicycle rental

Criterium Bike Shops, Inc.

6150 Corporate Drive, 599-0149

criterium-bicycles.com

Best Of 'o8

Team Telecycle

615 S. Baldwin St., Woodland Park, 687-6165

teamtelecycle.com

Ted's Bicycles

3016 N. Hancock Ave., 473-6915

Bike tours

Challenge Unlimited

633-6399, 800/798-5954

bikithikit.com

Biking Colorado Springs sure doesn't sound as exotic as bicycling, say, Africa, but this local company does both and makes it work. It was the first to offer downhill rides of Pikes Peak, and also does rides of Gold Camp Road. Bikes and all equipment available. If you're here in September, look into the Tour des Aspens, which runs from Aspen to Crested Butte.

Dream Cycle Tours (seasonal)

635-6070

dreamcycletours.com

Dream Cycle runs a five-day tour in June and a seven-day tour in July. Tours include bike shipping and setup, lodging, meals, post-ride celebrations and van support. More helpful to most people, though, are the custom tours now offered: You pick the dates and destinations, and Dream Cycle sets up the route for you.

Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Tours (seasonal)

888/593-3062

bikepikespeak.com

Don't worry, you ride down the 14,000-plus-foot peak, with guides, bikes and vans supporting you. Season starts in May and runs into late summer; for a stretch in the middle, you also can arrange to ride the cog railway up the mountain and bike back down. Tours offered through this company also now include a "20 Mile High Tour," a three-hour downhill route you can do on your own (with bikes and map provided).

LODGING

The Broadmoor Hotel

1 Lake Circle, 577-5775, 866/837-9520

broadmoor.com

Best Of 'o8

For decades a scenic escape for the rich and famous, this remains our designated five-diamond (AAA) and five-star (Mobil Travel Guide) crown jewel, enhanced by many ambitious updates and renovations in recent years. Besides the golf courses that have regularly hosted national championships for a half-century, there's the world-class spa, tennis, restaurants, specialty shops and, of course, the luxurious rooms and suites.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort

3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, 538-4000, 800/428-8886

cheyennemountain.com

Perched on a hillside south of downtown with panoramic views of Cheyenne Mountain, this modern resort takes advantage of the nearby recreation at Country Club of Colorado while catering to everyone from small families to large convention groups. Also, for the locals, it's a picturesque spot for Sunday brunch.

Emerald Valley Guest Ranch

7855 Old Stage Road, 635-2468

emeraldvalleyranch.com

Eight miles up Old Stage Road from The Broadmoor, in a high mountain valley, Emerald Valley can provide the perfect retreat for groups of 10 to 28 people, with cabins, hiking trails, fishing and accommodations for meetings or even smaller wedding parties.

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