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Training ground 

click to enlarge Forget warrior, crow or plow CorePower willteach you the - Dos Equis. - L'AURA MONTGOMERY-RUTT
  • L'Aura Montgomery-Rutt
  • Forget warrior, crow or plow CorePower willteach you the Dos Equis.

Place to Climb

Park within City Limits

Place for a Picnic

Tourist Destination

Gold

Garden of the Gods Park

gardenofgods.com

It'd be tough to offer a better explanation for the Garden of the Gods' romp through our Best Of voting it also took home two golds in last week's Volume I than its sheer beauty. The amazing vistas this park provides make for the perfect break from the day-to-day grind of the real world. We can only imagine that the views are that much more breathtaking and satisfying after scaling the face of a tall red rock jutting out from the face of the Earth. PF

Place to Climb

Silver

Red Rock Canyon

Bronze

Cheyenne Caon

Park within City Limits

Silver

Monument Valley Park

Bronze

Memorial Park

Place for a Picnic

Silver

Cheyenne Caon

Bronze

Palmer Park

Tourist Destination

Silver

Pikes Peak

pikes-peak.com

Bronze

Manitou Springs

click to enlarge The winner for best place to climb. The ROCK, is brought to - you by the number 2. - JON KELLEY
  • Jon Kelley
  • The winner for best place to climb. The ROCK, is brought to you by the number 2.

Best Yoga Studio

Gold

CorePower Yoga

623 N. Nevada Ave., 477-9642

1025 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite C, 265-8611

corepoweryoga.com

CorePower offers an extensive variety of mind and body needs: hot yoga, power yoga, nutrition instruction and retreats. It also welcomes beginners, and even runs an online program called Yoga on Demand. Cynics, laugh if you will you're becoming vastly outnumbered. FG

Silver

Yoga Journeys

709 N. Nevada Ave. #201, 477-9511

Bronze

None

Best Health Club

Gold

24-Hour Fitness

3650 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., Suite 197, 262-0024

1892 Southgate Road, 633-2442

24hourfitness.com

Perhaps you like the way your fellow insomniacs notice your chiseled physique when you're walking to the sauna. Or you've overdone it on the Twinkies, and you don't want people giggling at your jiggling while you're on the Stairmaster. Regardless, if working out at 3 a.m. is your thing, then 24-Hour Fitness is your place. AB

Silver

YMCA

Four locations

ymca.net

Bronze World Gym

Five locations

worldgymcs.com

Best Golf Course/Country Club

Gold

Patty Jewett Golf Course

900 E. Espanola St., 385-6934

click to enlarge Those without helmets keep a low profile at Manitou - Skateboard Park. - BRUCE ELLIOTT
  • Bruce Elliott
  • Those without helmets keep a low profile at Manitou Skateboard Park.

These 27 holes, set northeast of downtown, make up the oldest course in the state. And it's cheap: An 18-hole romp costs $24.50, while a try at nine goes for $12.75. Play Patty Jewett as soon as you can, though; course employees expect the rates will go up next year. PF

Silver

Broadmoor Hotel Golf Club

1 Lake Ave., 577-5790

Bronze

Colorado Springs Country Club

3333 Templeton Gap Road, 634-8854

Best Climbing Gym

Gold

The ROCK Climbing Center

16420 Old Denver Hwy., Monument, 481-9099

therockatsocnroll.com

Although The ROCK regularly hosts competitions, the atmosphere is accommodating, not intimidating. "We're accepting of any climber at any level. We want to help them have fun," explains Joe Groshong, one of the owners. The ROCK is a great place for kids and late bloomers to get a grip on this popular sport. AB

Silver

Sports Climbing Center of Colorado Springs

4650 Northpark Drive, 260-1050

Bronze

None

Best Place to Skateboard

Gold

Manitou Skateboard Park

This city-owned public skate park, located near Garden of the Gods' south end, offers a nice bowl with a small vert wall, some metal coping to grind, and some interesting transitions. The scene is mellow and supportive. Traffic flow is an issue, but creative skaters still find good lines. Don't forget to bring a helmet it's required. GE

SilverGoose Gossage Park

Bronze

Mark Dabling Skate Park

Biking Trail

Make-out Spot

Gold

Palmer Park

Trails for riders of all abilities, dead center in our teeming metropolis, and what's best you can get smoochy afterward with mud in your eye. While a kid could ride some of Palmer Park's mellow pathways on training wheels, Alex Henggeler of Criterium Bike Shop says the Templeton Trail is "some of the gnarliest terrain in the city." And voyeurs, get your binoculars Windexed Palmer Park's also the finest fondle-spot in town. Steamed-up car windows, lumpy picnic blankets, vampire-inspired teenagers ... Palmer Park's got more petting than the dog park. Forgive me for the tongue-in-cheek hyperbole, but there's just no better place to exchange saliva ... especially after a bike ride. MS

click to enlarge Get a thorn in your tire, then lipstick on your collar, at - Palmer Park. - PETER FECTEAU
  • Peter Fecteau
  • Get a thorn in your tire, then lipstick on your collar, at Palmer Park.

Biking Trail

Silver

Santa Fe Trail

Bronze (tie)

Garden of the Gods Park

gardenofgods.com

Make-out Spot

Silver

Monument Valley Park

Gold

Camp Road

Bronze

Garden of the Gods

gardenofgods.com

Best Hiking Trail

GoldBarr Trail

With most trails, it's all about the up and down. But Barr Trail is about expanding your options. Drag yourself up the Incline and run down, hike to Barr Camp and have a spaghetti dinner, or take the train to the top of Pike's and breeze down past the 5 a.m. crowd. LP

Silver

Red Rock Canyon

Bronze

Waldo Canyon

Best Place to Hook Up

GoldRitz Grill

15 S. Tejon St., 635-8484

ritzgrill.com

Ritz manager Trish Skrdla has a theory about bars and hooking up: "Nobody's ugly at closing time." Fair enough, but what sets the Ritz apart from every other bar? "We provide a good, happy environment that allows people to feel safe and sexy," she says, stifling a laugh. "And the staff is beautiful." PF

SilverEden Nite Club

217 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 635-0999

edenniteclub.com

BronzeSoDo

527 S. Tejon St., 314-0420

sodonightlife.com

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