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Colorado Springs
Convention &
Visitors Bureau

515 S. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903


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Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau F.A.Q.s

(Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What will the weather be like during my visit to Colorado Springs?

Because Colorado Springs is so close to the mountains, the weather can change at a moments notice. In the winter, pack warmer clothes and dress in layers. Dressing in layers allows you to remove outer clothes, jackets, sweaters, etc. if you become too warm during the day. Evenings are crisp and can become quite chilly. Dressing for summer is a snap. Just about anything goes as the days of summer can become quite warm. Remember to pack an umbrella as summer afternoon thunderstorms move in and out of the region quickly helping cool down a warm day. Bring a light jacket or sweater for summer nights which cool down comfortably. The average yearly humidity is below average as we are considered an alpine desert.

2. Is there a local shuttle service I can take to Denver and to the various attractions around Colorado Springs?

We suggest that you call the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau directly. Visitor information specialists can give you the latest information on shuttle companies and can help find the shuttle service that best suits your needs.

3. Do you have any discount coupons for the area attractions?

The Convention and Visitors Bureau begins selling the new season Passport to Fun in May of each year. These coupons are good to the next May. The cost of the coupon sheets are $2.00 plus tax of .12 for a total of $2.12, but the savings far exceeds the purchase of the coupons. Many of the coupons are good for 4 to 6 people, and the savings amount to about $100.00.

4. What exit do I take off of I-25 to get to the Colorado Springs Airport coming from the Denver area?

Exit 139 Fountain Boulevard, go east to Powers Boulevard, turn right on Powers to Drennan Road, turn left on Drennan Road, Drennan takes you straight into the airport.

5. Can we tour NORAD?

Yes, but it takes about 6 months to get an appointment at NORAD. The phone number to call is 719-474-2239 (scheduling). They are open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

6. Is the Air Force Academy open to the public? 

Yes, Winter hours 9-5 Summer hours are 9-6 You take exit 156-B off of I-25 and follow the signs to the Visitors Center. They will show you a movie for about 20 minutes on Cadet life and you will be given a map to follow. The tour is self-guided. They will remind you to have a full tank of gas because there are no service stations on campus except for military personnel, and it is on an 18,000 acre campus. All 40 squadrons march to lunch; lunch time formation is around 11:35 a.m. (No dinner formation.)

7. Is the Olympic Training Center open to the public?

Yes, the Center is open to the public, they will show you a movie for about 1/2 hour, then one of the staff will take you on a guided tour. The tour guides are very informative and can answer most of the questions you may have. Click here to visit Olympic Training Center site.

8. How long is the ride on the Cog train? What is the fare? Do I need a reservation?

The train ride takes approximately 3 hours and 10 minutes round trip. The fare is $26.50 for adults and $14.00 for children ages 3-11, under 3 are free, but must be held in your lap. For reservations call 719-685-5401.

9. Are there any golf courses in Colorado Springs?

Yes, there are approximately 17 courses in Colorado Springs, 12 are private and 5 are public. Golf courses are listed in the Visitors Guide on page 59.

10. Are there any biking tours or bike companies in Colorado Springs?

Yes. Challenge Unlimited 1-800-798-5964 Criterium Bike Shop 719-475-0149

11. Coming from Denver what exit do I take to reach the Visitors Center.

Take exit 141 - Cimarron, go east to Cascade Avenue, turn left on Cascade, go north 3 stop lights to Colorado Avenue, make a left turn on Colorado Avenue - we are located on your immediate left after the turn.

12. Where is the AAA office?

Triple A is located on Carefree North, the address is 3525 Carefree Circle North, Colorado Springs, CO 80917. Phone: 719-591-2222. They are open Monday through Friday 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take Academy Boulevard north to Carefree Circle North, turn right, the AAA office is about 1 block east of Academy. There is a Western National Bank on the corner of Academy & Carefree Circle North.

13. What is the name of the local newspaper?

The Gazette, 30 N. Prospect Colorado Springs, CO 80903 719-632-5511

14. What is the nearest ski area to Colorado Springs?

Breckenridge, Keystone and Copper Mountain, they are approximately 110 miles away.

15. Do you have transportation from Colorado Springs to the ski areas?

Call the Information Specialists at the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau who can give you updated information on transportation available.

16. What is the elevation of Colorado Springs?

6,035 feet above sea level.

17. Can I drive up Pikes Peak? How long a drive is it?

Yes, you can drive up the Peak, Monday through Friday (weekdays) 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting, Saturdays and Sundays (weekends) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It takes about an hour to drive up an another hour to drive down.

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