Itineraries for every kind of getaway
Explore the Pikes Peak Region
With so much to see and do in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region, we thought it might make travel easier if we built a few fun itineraries for our guests to enjoy. Garden of the Gods Collection is pleased to help customize an itinerary just for you. From your base camp in the shadow of Pike Peak, with heart-of-the-city access to everything Colorado Springs has to offer, a multitude of options await at your doorstep. The following are sample itineraries with suggested activities for Families, Adventurers and Romantics alike. We invite you to contact us to discuss your needs.
For personalized Itineraries please call or visit our Concierge, who will happily help you plan activities suited to you and your loved one’s interests.
Love Blooms in the Garden
The Resort at the Garden of the Gods Collection is the perfect place to spend some quality time with the one you love. You may be celebrating a proposal, wedding, or anniversary, but romance in the “Garden” doesn’t need a special occasion. Come any time of year and experience crisp mountain mornings in the shadow of America’s Mountain, dimly lit craft cocktail bars, old west architecture of historic neighborhoods, and delight your taste buds with some of the finest cuisine in the United States. Not only can you indulge your artistic side with a visit to the Galleries and studios, but you can wet your whistle in our fantastic wineries, and breweries, explore unique shopping experiences at the chic boutiques and elegant antique shops. Colorado Springs is the perfect mountain location for you and your loved one to enjoy your very own romantic adventure.
For a personalized Romantic Itinerary please call or visit our Concierge, who will happily help you plan activities suited to you and your loved one’s interests.
The Weekender Romance Itinerary
6 P.M. | DISTILLERY 291 BOURBON TASTING Distillery 291 is a small batch distillery making whiskey and liqueur nestled in the stunning foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Located in Colorado Springs, the distillery sits in the shadows of Cheyenne Mountain and the majestic Pikes Peak, which both serve as constant reminders of the founding vision of owner and distiller, Michael Myers, who aims to replicate the taste, smell and folklore of the Wild West – to make whiskey with the character of that unforgettable era.
8 P.M. | DINNER AT THE RABBIT HOLE The Rabbit Hole was the county morgue in the late 1800s. Now, it is a sexy and swanky themed restaurant with a hip, cool vibe. Its entrance is literally a hole on Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs. What looks like a bus stop glass enclosure is actually the door that leads you downstairs into The Rabbit Hole. The late-night new American haunt crafts creative bites and cocktails in a sleek, subterranean space.
6 A.M. | FLY HIGH WITH RAINBOWRIDERS HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE Embark upon a journey of uniqueness and revel in breathtaking panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains while floating across the sky with that special someone. After landing, enjoy a celebratory toast and post-flight refreshments.
1 P.M. | VISIT MANITOU SPRINGS This low-key hippie enclave 15 minutes west of Colorado Springs is host to an array of galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and – as the name implies – 11 mineral-rich hot springs. And, if you need to work off a few hundred calories, head to the Manitou Incline for a mile-long hike on a historic rail line that climbs 2,000 vertical feet.
4 P.M. | THE SPA AT THE GARDEN OF THE GODS COLLECTION Atop the newly constructed Gateway Building, anchored by our International Health and Wellness Center, The Spa at the Garden of the Gods Collection perfectly showcases the majestic Rocky Mountains and the world-renowned Garden of the Gods Park. This spectacular setting is the backdrop for exceptional spa and salon services that flow from our commitment to nurture each individual’s personal renewal. Along with seasonal services, the spa menu includes year-round offerings, like our Aypa Energy Body Treatment, a mystical Andean Incan treatment using organic indigenous plants from Peru. A Purple Corn exfoliant, Lucuma Warming Body Mask, Sacha Inchi oil and an exquisite crème made from organic Quinoa complete a treatment that awakens all the senses.SUNDAY
9 A.M. | SLEEP IN & ENJOY BREAKFAST IN BED As the golden glow of the rising sun touches the Rocky Mountain peaks, you’ll have one more experience of a lifetime to share with the one you love.
12:30 P.M. | PAINT MINES INTERPRETIVE PARK The rock formations – spires, hoodoos, gullies – rising from this badlands-esque destination a mile and a half outside Calhan form a photogenic hidden gem. Take a self-guided hike, and explore the brilliant erosion-exposed layers of yellow, pink and purple clays that indigenous peoples mined for pottery and paint as far back as 9,000 years.
Adrenaline Junkies Delight
Our backyard, America’s Mountain, is the ultimate outdoor getaway, and Garden of the Gods Collection is the perfect base camp to embark on your next adventure and experience a lifetime’s worth of adventure in one spectacular voyage.
Surrounded by an immense red rock playground, Colorado Springs, Colorado is unlike any other place in the world. You’ll feel like a kid again as you play in the Springs postcard-perfect landscape with giant rock formations, mountain trails, and off-road experiences. You can explore several national landmarks and state parks just minutes from the resort. You’ll experience the thrill of adventure every day with your choice of climbing the spires of Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak Region river rafting trips, off-road hummer safaris, hiking mountain trails, horseback riding, and one-of-a-kind mountain biking excursions.
Learn how to spend 36 adrenaline-pumping hours in Colorado Springs, with Garden of the Gods Collection as your base camp.
The Weekender Adventurers Itinerary
6 P.M. | CLIMB TO NEW HEIGHTS AT CITY ROCK Built around a passion for climbing, community, and the adventure lifestyle, City Rock offers everything from a kid’s club for young climbers, a youth team for our teenage climbers, and programs for climbers who want to test their limits. With climbing walls towering 43 feet overhead and 3,500 square feet of boulder space, City Rock is sure to rock even the boldest adventurer. 8 P.M. | DRINK YOUR DINNER AT OLA JUICE BAR Ola is a way of life. They believe that individuals can own their health, and choosing nutrient-dense, easily digestible nutriment is a necessary step in taking control. Through Ola’s juices, smoothies, and food, they promote health and vitality, with a special focus on refueling, recharging, and recovery for athletes, those with an active lifestyle, and anyone who wants to take control of their health. Ola’s menu is plant-based, mostly organic, gluten-free and raw, plus they use locally grown produce and local businesses as much as possible.
8 P.M. | DRINK YOUR DINNER AT OLA JUICE BAR Ola is a way of life. They believe that individuals can own their health, and choosing nutrient-dense, easily digestible nutriment is a necessary step in taking control. Through Ola’s juices, smoothies, and food, they promote health and vitality, with a special focus on refueling, recharging, and recovery for athletes, those with an active lifestyle, and anyone who wants to take control of their health. Ola’s menu is plant-based, mostly organic, gluten-free and raw, plus they use locally grown produce and local businesses as much as possible.
8 A.M. | HIGH-ADRENALINE WHITE-WATER RAFTING THE ROYAL GORGE | ECHO CANYON RIVER EXPEDITIONS Enjoy a half-day paddle on a section of the Arkansas River, home to Class III to V thrills on rapids like Boat Eater and the Sledgehammer. Beneath 1,000 feet of canyon walls, Royal Gorge rafting trips are the perfect adventure to discover the unforgettable beauty of Colorado white-water rafting. If you’re looking for wet and wild fun, look no further than Echo Canyon River Expeditions.
4 P.M. | ZIP THROUGH THE AIR AT THE BROADMOOR SOARING ADVENTURE AT SEVEN FALLS Experience the exhilaration of Seven Falls with a high-flying adventure that rappels you across “The Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado.” Located in the secluded South Cheyenne Canyon, The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure consists of 10 zip lines (divided between two courses) that range in distance from 300 feet to 1,800 feet as well as moderate hiking, rope bridges, and a controlled 180-foot rappel that offers stunning views of the waterfalls and the canyon below.
10 A.M. | VISIT THE SPA AT THE GARDEN OF THE GODS COLLECTION Atop the newly constructed Gateway Building, anchored by our International Health and Wellness Center, The Spa at the Garden of the Gods Collection perfectly showcases the majestic Rocky Mountains and the world-renowned Garden of the Gods Park. This spectacular setting is the backdrop for exceptional spa and salon services that flow from our commitment to nurture each individual’s personal renewal. Along with seasonal services, the spa menu includes year-round offerings, like our Aypa Energy Body Treatment, a mystical Andean Incan treatment using organic indigenous plants from Peru. A Purple Corn exfoliant, Lucuma Warming Body Mask, Sacha Inchi oil and an exquisite crème made from organic Quinoa complete a treatment that awakens all the senses.
12:30 P.M. | HIKE AND CLIMB GARDEN OF THE GODS Before you leave town, get acquainted with the red rock formations in Colorado Springs’ picturesque public park. Retrace millions of years of geological history with the nature center’s exhibits, take a guided nature walk or a three-mile hike along the rolling Chambers/Bretag/Palmer Trail. Or, if you’re an experienced climber, join Front Range Climbing Company and ascend the steep sandstone.
A natural playground children and adults alike.
If you are dreaming of a trip where you explore with your kids instead of simply supervising them, Colorado Springs offers the ultimate participatory family travel vacation. Colorado Springs is a great destination for kids of all ages. At Garden of the Gods Collection, we will help you discover the best family activities available in the Pikes Peak Region. Explore Colorado Springs rich history, indulge in an array of exciting attractions and the vibrant foodie culture of our city or simply take in all of the beautiful sights that are right at your fingertips.
Learn how to spend 36 hours with your family in Colorado Springs, with Garden of the Gods Collection as your base camp.
For a personalized Family Itinerary please call or visit our Concierge, who will happily help you plan activities suited to your family’s ages and interests.
The Weekender Family Itinerary
5 P.M. | KIDS CLUB Don’t get us wrong, family time is great, but it’s nice to be able to schedule a little alone time on a family vacation too. Drop the kids off at Kids Club and enjoy a romantic in-suite, fireside dinner for two while your kids make new friends and enjoy a plethora of games and activities. No need to worry about feeding the kids; for just $8 per child we serve a tasty, healthy and kid-friendly dinner during our Friday Night Kids Club.
8 P.M. | FAMILY GAME NIGHT Family time is the best time and together is our favorite place to be. After a few hours of quiet time, (with the little ones in Kids Club) spend the rest of your evening engaging with your little ones. Order room service snacks and play any number of the family friendly games the resort offer complimentary to resort guests: Monopoly, Chess, Trouble, Battleship, Sorry, Checkers, Cribbage, Dice, Cards, and the infamous Weird & True (Book).
10 A.M. | RIDE PIKES PEAK COG RAILWAY + DONUTS & HOT COCOA Over the span of a three-hour round-trip, this cog-powered train climbs nine miles of track along grades as steep as 24 percent, from the spruce- and pine-shrouded base to the thin air of its 14,115-foot summit. The 360-degree view overlooks old mining towns, the Great Plains and downtown Denver. Don’t worry; you’ll be on your way back down before you start feeling lightheaded. But while you’re at the top, check out America’s highest deep fryer at Pikes Peak Summit House, churning out hundreds of strange donuts each day that must be eaten at the summit elevation lest they spoil in the thicker air below.
3 P.M. | MAY NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Locally known as the Bug Museum, a collection of 100,000 butterflies, beetles, spiders, moths, scorpions and other insects caught around the world since the 1900s is the centerpiece of this throwback roadside attraction off Highway 115. Among the fantastical specimens handed down through the generations and pinned inside century-old wooden cases are neon-colored butterflies and beetles the size of small cats.
10 A.M. | VISIT THE COLORADO WOLF WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Located in the town of Divide, this 35-acre wolf rescue casts an educational light on uncommon species of canids, from majestic Arctic wolves to endangered Mexican Gray Wolves. During the daily tours, you’ll get an up-close look at the pack of rescued wolves and learn about their feeding habits and subtle behaviors.
12:30 P.M. | JOSH & JOHN’S ICE CREAM This 30-year staple in downtown Colorado Springs makes its ice cream using a slow-churn approach that allows for a creamier and denser product. Pick from a menu of 16 regular flavors – or try one of their innovative rotating creations, like goat cheese, Jack Daniels or pumpkin pie sorbet – then enjoy on the outdoor patio beneath the watchful eye of Pikes Peak.
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