Things to do while visiting CSOTC

Things to do while at the CSOTC

Here are some unique things about the Colorado Springs region that our athletes 
enjoy while they are training at the CSOTC.
 



The Incline

Looking for that amazing workout that will really get your heart pumping? Look no further than the Manitou Incline in Manitou Springs!

The Manitou Incline is a 0.9 mile grade that once served people who wanted to travel up Mt. Manitou to enjoy the beautiful view looking toward the plains and city of Colorado Springs. In the early 1990's, the incline operation closed but the path and ties remain, and over time it become a popular spot for hikers, Olympic trainers or anyone serious about getting into shape.

It is the highest set of stairs in the world. The elevation gain is more than the Empire State Building at 2200 feet.  This is a wonderful experience however, it must be noted that this landmark is technically located on private property.  Although many travelers still choose to hike the Incline, they are doing so at their own risk of injury and or legal predicaments.  Users are at their own risk; discretion is advised.  

This information was obtained at http://www.inclineclub.com/incline/

Check out this New York Times article to learn more about how athletes utilize the incline. 

 


Pike's Peak

Looking for something unique about Colorado Springs?  Well simply tilt your head to the west and aim your neck upward to see beautiful Pike’s Peak  The most visited mountain in North America and the second most visited mountain in the world behind Japan's Mount Fuji, Pikes Peak forms a stunning backdrop for Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods. At an altitude of 14,110 feet above sea level, Pikes Peak is the 31st highest peak out of 54 Colorado peaks. It is the farthest east of the big peaks in the Rocky Mountain chain, which contributed to its early fame among explorers, pioneers and immigrants and made it the symbol of the 1859 Gold Rush to Colorado with the slogan, "Pikes Peak or Bust".

Over a half million people reach the summit house every year by the Pikes Peak Highway, many of whom take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. The 19-mile Pikes Peak Highway, paved part of the way, is open year round, weather permitting. Barr Trail is the longest of any trails leading to the top of the 54 mountains in Colorado that are over 14,000 feet, and offers the greatest base-to-summit elevation gain in the state: 7,400 feet. About 15,000 people a year attempt to climb Pikes Peak on foot. The 13-mile trail begins at the base of Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs. The 8.9 mile cog railroad typically operates April through December.

Three notable events take place on the mountain each year. The Pikes Peak Marathon, a 26 mile round trip foot race up Barr Trail and then back down each August, draws thousands of runners from all over the world. The top round trip finishing time is three hours and 16 minutes. The second event, the Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb on Saturday in July 1, 2006 is a race on the 12.42 mile gravel road which starts around the 6 1/2 mile mark on the highway. Rod Millen from New Zealand holds the fastest time record since 1994, 10 minutes and 4.6 seconds. The third event is the AdAmAn Club New Years Fireworks display on December 31, 12:00 a.m.
  
This information was obtained at
 http://www.pikes-peak.com/page/122.aspx






Garden of the Gods

An enormous public park, 770 acres (312 hectares), central Colo., near Colorado Springs; noted for its unusual, multicolored rock formations. Narrow-crested sandstone hills and ridges have been eroded into fascinating groups with such fanciful names as Kissing Camels. Gray Rock serves as a natural amphitheater.

Visitors can take this free journey through one of nature’s greatest creations right from their own car.  The 3 mile stretch of road travels through a small area of the Rocky Mountains which plays home to some of the most unusual and breathtaking rock formations in the world.  There are many easy trails around the park and horse back riding is even an option.

This adventure is free for anyone.  There is a visitor center and gift shop located near the beginning of the park which contains a few things to do  for a varying cost.   This site is an absolute must athletes to visit while they are training here at the CSOTC.  

For more information visit their website, 
http://www.gardenofgods.com/home/index.cfm





Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

This zoo is located right in the mountains.  It offers 146 acres housing 550 animals representing 119 species, including a tram, a carousel and miniature train.
While many zoos attempt to recreate an animal’s home,  this one offers a very unique opportunity to see wild animals in their natural habitat in the Rockies.  Encounter moose, mountain lions, grizzly bears fishing for trout, and even river otters playing in their favorite pond.  A very fun thing to try is feeding the Giraffes.  The only zoo of its kind in the western United States.  

Visit their website at http://www.cmzoo.org/ 

 



Hiking Trails

The CSOTC is located just a short distance east of the great Rocky Mountains.  Colorado is known for having over 300 days of sunshine a year and there is no better way to take advantage of this than going on a hike.  There are many accessible trails all throughout the Rocky Mountains and several are located just a few miles aware from the CSOTC.  For more information on these trails and exact location mapping visit http://www.cospringstrails.com/.


Cave of the Winds

Discover the mysterious world of caves.  A gritty, unforgettable adventure into the 500 million year-old world of underground geology.  A total money’s worth, must-do for Rocky Mountain vacationers feature three different tours of the cave.  There are also evening tours by flashlight.  Not for the faint at heart, this tour is quite thrilling and can take your breath away by the sheer beauty of nature’s creation.

 
Information  from www.caveofthewinds.com


Seven Falls

This landmark features seven waterfalls known as the grandest mile in Colorado.  You can climb up 224 steps right next to the waterfall leading to a trail.  There is also an elevator so the top is accessible for anyone.  The only waterfall on National Geographic’s list of international waterfalls– making it a must see!  After dark the fall are lit up with colors to brighten the midnight sky. 

For more information visit their website at http://www.sevenfalls.com



Manitou Cliff Dwellings

The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is a rare historical treasure. Preserved under a protective red sandstone overhang, authentic Anasazi cliff dwellings, built more than 700 years ago, await you here. There are no "Do Not Touch" signs. You are free to touch and even go inside these fascinating architectural remnants of an American Indian culture that roamed the Four Corners area of the Southwest from 1200 B.C. to A.D. 1300. 

The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is located in Manitou Springs, Colorado, at the foot of Pikes Peak, the mountain that provided the inspiration for the writing of, America the Beautiful. The dwellings are open seven days a week, year round, except for Christmas Day and Thanksgiving. Over the years, Native American Indians - descendants of the Ancient Ones - have demonstrated their living culture through traditional dances handed down from generation to generation.

This information is directly from
 http://www.cliffdwellingsmuseum.com/



Professional Sports in Denver

MLB- Colorado Rockies
MLS- Colorado Rapids
NBA- Denver Nuggets
NFL- Denver Broncos
NHL- Colorado Avalanche


Skiing and Snowboarding

Colorado is very well known for its ski and snowboard resorts.  If you're here during the winter, this is always a great weekend getaway.  Typically, the snow season in Colorado for the Rocky Mountains starts in mid-November and goes through March.  There are numerous resorts throughout the state that offer a wonderful experience unlike that of any other.

 For more information, check out this site- http://www.coloradoski.com/

 

 


A few other activities athletes specifically mentioned

Click on the name for more information-

Mountain biking in the Rocky Mountains

Gold Mine visits and Ghost Towns

White Water Rafting

Camping in the mountains and sand dunes