Visit Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs

Early travellers were drawn to Colorado Springs for the high altitude, sunshine, mineral waters, and dry climate. Present-day travellers visit for many of the same reasons.  At 6,035 ft., Colorado Springs  even surpasses Denver, the mile high city. Most travellers fly into Denver International Airport and drive 75 miles (121km) south on Interstate Highway 25 to Colorado Springs, the second largest city in Colorado.

Where to stay

Terrace Garden of the Gods Resort photo credit: John Cameron

For unparalleled views of The Garden of the Gods Park and Pike’s Peak, stay at the luxurious Garden of the Gods Collection. We loved the over-sized, quiet, comfortable suite, the infinity pool, and the delicious breakfasts.

Things to Do

The poetically named Garden of the Gods, containing 300 million years of geologic history, was donated to Colorado Springs in 1909, with the proviso that it be operated permanently as a city park, open to the public.

Climbers in Garden of the Gods Park photo credit: John Cameron

Hiking, biking and horseback riding are popular activities in the 1334-acre park. If you only have time for one trail, the paved Central Garden Trail is the best introduction to the geology and plants of the Garden. Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center is a Trip Advisor traveller’s choice for #1 park in the US. Admission to the park and the state of the art visitor center is free.

Kissing Camels Golf Course photo credit: John Cameron

Golf at Kissing Camels Golf Club at Garden of the Gods Collection.   J. Press Maxwell and Mark Rathert designed this challenging, well-routed and well maintained 27-hole championship track.   Five sets of tee boxes (look for the colourful camel markers) make this an enjoyable course for every level of golfer.

Cheyenne Mountain Golf Course photo credit John Cameron

Cheyenne Mountain Resort features an immaculately groomed 18-hole Pete Dye championship track designed to challenge golfers at all skill levels.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort boasts tour-quality greens and broad fairways on a course set beside a private, 35-acre lake. Hole nine is a short par four. Keep your tee ball left for a short approach in and a good opportunity for birdie.

Manitou Springs Stagecoach photo credit: John Cameron

Colorado Springs was named for the natural mineral springs in nearby Manitou Springs. This historic, quirky town is known for its mineral water. Manitou Springs’ visitor center can supply you with a map to the springs and a cup. The eight springs (or fountains) are easily found walking along Manitou Avenue. Each spring has a distinctive taste due to the difference in mineral content. Our favorite is the Shoshone Spring, which has the highest lithium content.

Colorado is teeming with natural hot springs but unfortunately, there are no local options for residents and visitors of Colorado Springs. The nearest hot springs are 2 hours drive, depending on the traffic.

 

Living the Airstream Dream

For those looking to live the Airstream dream hassle free, Silver Bullet Vacations of Indio, California functions as a one-stop shop for all your Airstream vacation needs.

Dave, owner of Silver Bullet Vacations can arrange a self-towing option or a full-service delivery and set-up of a 25 or 27 foot, 2016 Flying Cloud Series Airstream for up to six campers. While popular destinations include parks, beaches and music festivals around California, longer trips can also be arranged.

Silver Bullet Vacations Airstream at Pismo Beach

A combination of 18 tinted and regular windows and skylights contribute to the light – filled, contemporary looking space of blond wood, white window coverings and stainless steel appliances including a tall refrigerator, microwave, propane oven and stovetop.

All units are are completely out-fitted for the perfect glamping experience: outdoor furniture including a propane barbecue and retractable awning, quality cooking equipment, utensils and dishes, thick beach and bath towels and comfortable bedding.

Queen-size bed in Airstream

A private back bedroom features a queen-size memory foam-topped bed, night tables, closet space and reading lights. The spacious kitchen seating area converts to additional beds. The separate shower area complete with a retractable clothes line across the hall from the sink and toilet allow greater access to bathroom facilities.

For the chef, a pull out pantry, extra deep kitchen sink and granite counter tops make food and beverage prep a breeze. Entertainment options include a high-end sound system and two flat-screen televisions.

 

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