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Colorado Springs
Convention &
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515 S. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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Detailed Itineraries

Students Day 2

Take the 9:30 a.m. train to the top of America's Mountain, Pikes Peak! The Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway Depot is located at the top of Ruxton Avenue in Manitou Springs. During this three hour roundtrip, the train will pass through forests with cascading streams and alpine tundra and provide the rider with many spectacular views along the way. Perhaps marmot, Rocky Mountain big horn sheep, and the occasional patch of last winter's snow can be spotted on the way to the 14,110 ft. summit. At the summit, it is possible to see north 60 miles to Denver, south to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains stretching into New Mexico 100 miles away, or the Great Plains to the east as far as the eye can see. Katharine Lee Bates penned "America the Beautiful" after her 1893 visit to the summit of Pikes Peak. At this altitude, it is important to remember to drink plenty of water and to also dress warmly. Enjoy approximately 30 to 45 minutes on top shopping in the Summit House, and sipping a warm drink before boarding the train to head back to Manitou Springs. Passengers must arrive 30 minutes before departure time. Group rates are available. Call 719-685-5401 for information and reservations.

After returning to the Cog Depot, the group will be ready for lunch on their own in Old Colorado City. Exit Ruxton Avenue onto Manitou Avenue and travel east for about 15 minutes to historic Old Colorado City. (Manitou Avenue becomes Colorado Avenue). Park on the east side of Bancroft Park (24th St. & Colorado Ave.). Meadow Muffins (719-633-0583) and the Mason Jar (719-632-4820-6 blocks to the west) are restaurants located in the area. There are also several familiar chain restaurants such as McDonalds and Wendy's close by. After lunch, visit Michael Garman's Gallery, which features figure sculptures and "Magic Town", or visit Simpich Character Dolls (719-636-3272) which features a variety of collectible elves, angels, storybook classics, and Christmas and Santa Claus figures. There are three full blocks of specialty shops to enjoy in Old Colorado City. The Old Colorado City History Center has free admission and is located across the street from Bankroft Park. Allow approximately 1 1/2 hours for lunch, shopping, and sightseeing in Old Colorado City.

Option 1: From Old Colorado City, go east on Highway 24 to I-25. Proceed north (left) on I-25 approximately 10 miles to the United States Air Force Academy. The Air Force Academy is open to visitors on a limited basis. Depending on restrictions, visitors may tour the famous Cadet Chapel (719-333-2025). For all other information, please call 719-472-0102.

Opposite the north entrance to the Air Force Academy, Exit 156A at I-25 is the site of the Western Museum of Mining & Industry. This museum has year round, guided tours and features working mining equipment, and interactive, hands-on classes from assaying to gold panning. There are many opportunities to experience Colorado's mining history and enjoy over 15,000 square feet of museum exhibits. There are four museum buildings, outdoor displays, classes on many aspects of mining, field trips, and skills in mining demonstrations. Enjoy a picnic with the group in this setting that authentically illustrates the equipment, activities, and working conditions which were a part of the old mining camps of Colorado and the West. There are special activities and programs offered throughout the year. Groups rates are available. Call 719-488-0880 for more information.

Option 2: Located approximately 20 minutes east of Old Colorado City, on North Academy Blvd., visit the Chapel Hills Mall. In addition to shopping, enjoy rock climbing at the Gravity Play indoor climbing wall. This wall is the tallest in Colorado Springs, at 32 feet. Gravity Play offers an excellent facility at which to teach climbing and to just have fun. Group rates are available. Call 800-984-9068 for more information. Chapel Hills Mall also has a regulation Ice Arena, children's soft play area, and a 15-screen movie theater. Value Card discount coupons are available for student groups shopping at the mall. This mall is a good venue for the group to be on their own for dinner. Allow approximately 2 to 3 hours at the mall for all activities and meals. Call 719-594-0111 for more information on the mall and about the discount coupons.

Option 3: Planners might choose to visit several other excellent attractions with their student groups. The following attractions offer a variety of fun activities: Champions Golf & Games is a miniature golf, driving range located in the northern part of Colorado Springs. Take the Fillmore exit off I-25 and go west to Chestnut Street, then left on Vondel Park Drive. Enjoy mini-golf, batting cages, family arcade, driving range, pro shop, and bowlingo. Open year round, summer hours are 9:00 a.m. to midnight. Call 719-593-9844 for winter hour operations and other information. Joyrides Family Fun Center is located in the eastern part of Colorado Springs, east of South Academy Blvd., and across from the Flea Market at East Platte Ave. Open all year, enjoy go-kart tracks, bumper cars, bumper boats, kiddie train, kiddie pedal cars, kiddie land, 2 miniature golf courses, arcade/prizes, party room, and joyrides café. Call 719-573-5500 for more information. Laser Quest is great for group gatherings. Located at 1605 N. Academy Blvd., between Constitution Ave., and Palmer Park Blvd., enjoy live action laser tag which is a 21st century combination of tag and hide-and-seek. Call 719-570-1115 for hours and further information. Allow approximately 2 hours.
For those more adventurous souls, you might want to go to Splat Masters Paintball Field to enjoy a day of dodging paintballs. Splat Masters is located at 6855 Constitution Avenue, or call 719-574-7004 for more information.

Option 4: The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is America's only mountain zoo and is located in southwest Colorado Springs. Situated in a picturesque, mountain setting on the side of Cheyenne Mountain, high above the Broadmoor Hotel. Enjoy the new African Rift Valley exhibit, which will bring you as close to Africa as you can get without a passport. The Zoo has more than 500 animals, and these animals represent 146 different species from around the world, 50 of which are endangered. Zoo babies, special events, the opportunity to observe animals in state-of-the-art exhibits, a tram for easily navigating the hillsides, snack bars, a carousel, and breaktaking views, will make for an unforgettable adventure. In addition, the Zoo admission includes access to the Russell Tutt Scenic Highway and the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, located atop Cheyenne Mountain, high above the Zoo. A visit to the Zoo offers the perfect opportunity for outdoor adventure and hiking. Open year round, summer hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last ticket sold one hour prior to Zoo closing); winter hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The tram service is available from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For group information on admission and educational programs, call 719-633-9925. Allow 2 to 3 hours for the Zoo and Shrine. Combine them with the attractions listed below for an afternoon of fun.

Seven Falls is located in South Cheyenne Canyon, just 10 minutes from the Zoo and downtown Colorado Springs. This year round attraction has been called "the grandest mile of scenery in Colorado." The falls are ablaze with lights every night from May to Labor Day, and throughout the summer season, watch authentic Native American dancers and feed rainbow trout. Visitors can ride the mountain elevator to Eagles' Nest for a spectacular view of the falls and also hike the nature trail to Midnight Falls. High above these falls, at Inspiration Point, marvel at the breathtaking views of Colorado Springs and the plains. There are also several gift shops and a snack bar. Summer hours are: 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.; winter hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Call 719-632-0765 for group rates and more information.

Starsmore Discovery Center is just 5 minutes from Seven Falls and sits at the gateway to North Cheyenne Canyon Park. This center has free admission and is a must-see stop before exploring this city park that offers many unique opportunities to observe wildlife, waterfalls, and spectacular rock formations. Visitors to the center will find many nature exhibits, hands-on mineral exhibit, bird-watching window, fascinating dioramas, climbing wall, regional information and maps, gift shop, and knowledgeable, on-site naturalists. Special programs are offered throughout the year, such as the annual Hummingbird Festival and WaterQuest. Columbine Trail begins just outside the back door of the center and is just one of many trails to enjoy in the park. Descriptions and maps of hiking and mountain biking trails can be obtained at the center. Starsmore Discovery Center is open daily from early June through Labor Day. Call 719-578-6146 for more information and summer and winter hours.

Option 5: Enjoy an evening chuckwagon supper and Western Show at the famous Flying W Ranch, featuring the Flying W Wranglers. Arrive early at 4:30 p.m. and no later than 5:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 7:15 p.m. followed by the show. After September 1st, gates open at 5:00 p.m. and supper is at 6:45 p.m. followed by the show. Before dinner and show, tour the Old Western Village, consisting of many restored buildings furnished with authentic 1800's and 1900's memorabilia. The ranch is located just north of the Garden of the Gods Park, off of 30th Street, in the foothills near Garden of the Gods Park. Youth groups will have an excellent opportunity to stretch their legs and explore in the outdoor museum and ranch before the dinner and show. The ranch is open year round except for January and February. Call 800-232-3599 for hours and group rates.

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