Winter in the Pikes Peak Region
It may be winter, but every Coloradan knows that cold weather isn’t going to put a stop to our fun. We wear flip-flops in the snow and sweatshirts to ski, for crying out loud. And don’t think you’re immune to the madness if you’re not a resident. If you’re a visitor to our fair state, that designates you as an honorary native, which means you better be ready for adventure. Snow, sun, wind, oddly hot winter days, whatever, we’ve got an itinerary to banish cabin fever and make your winter magical.
We’re recommending delayed gratification for breakfast. What does that mean? Eat a light snack because you’ll definitely want to save room for hot, sweet and fresh homemade donuts found only at the top of America’s Mountain, Pikes Peak. Speaking of which …
Pikes Peak -- America's Mountain
Enjoy adventure with altitude (and sweets).
Even in the winter, you can enjoy the panorama of Colorado’s gorgeous countryside from 14,115 feet. The highway itself is its own special treat, with frequent spots to pull over and enjoy a hike (wear a hat, the wind can be pretty cold). Many animals will still be visible this time of year, which makes for great photo opportunities. At the summit, you can finally binge on delicious donuts while surveying breathtaking views.
Local’s Tip: Be sure to check their road condition’s recording at 719-385-7325 ahead of time, inclement weather could impact travel.
Time allowance: 3-4 hours
Re-fuel for More Fun
Once down the mountain, we suggest popping in to Manitou Brewery for a pint, a burger and maybe some pretzel bites. They have their own brews and a few others on tap, which means you’ll definitely find a favorite.
Broadmoor Seven Falls
Take a winter hike along an icy waterfall.
They don’t call it “the grandest mile” for no reason. Seven Falls is one of Colorado Springs’ most lovely sites to behold, with different trails offering an easy (or adventurous) trip to view the natural beauty of the falls and the surrounding trees. Wear decent footwear and bundle up in layers. We highly recommend a camera for snapping memorable photos!
Local’s Tip: If you can catch the falls during the holidays, you’ll find them aglow in the evening with vibrant lights and colors.
Time allowance: 1-2 hours
Spiff yourself up a bit and head over to Ristorante Del Lago at the Broadmoor for dinner. The attire is resort casual, so if you bring a nice pair of shoes and a sweater, you should be able to blend right in. The pasta is homemade and the price point for its tasty Italian dishes is pretty reasonable for scratch sauces and filling portions. Reservations recommended!
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