Colorado Springs Sports & Recreationflickr/Ricky Romero
The surrounding lands of the Pike National Forest provide a wide variety of adventurous things to do. Green Mountain Falls and Woodland Park are northwest of the city. Hiking and horseback riding on the Barr National Recreation Trail are enjoyable ways to travel to the summit of Pikes Peak. Camping also is popular in this area.
Horseback riding through Garden of the Gods Park, North Cheyenne Cañon Park or at area dude ranches can be arranged at a variety of locations in the area. A list is available at the convention and visitors bureau; phone (719) 635-7506 or (800) 888-4748.
Golf enthusiasts have their choice of three 18-hole championship golf courses at The Broadmoor resort, (719) 577-5790, or the 18-hole championship Pete Dye course at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, (719) 538-4095. Golfers also can tee off at the Patty Jewett Municipal Golf Course (18 holes), 900 E. Española St., (719) 385-6935, or the Pine Creek Golf Course (18 holes), 9850 Divot Tr., (719) 594-9999. The Valley Hi Municipal Course (18 holes), 610 S. Chelton Rd., (719) 385-6911, also has a swimming pool and driving range.
Most city parks have tennis courts and bicycling trails. The Broadmoor resort also has tennis courts. Guided 20-mile mountain biking trips from the 14,110-summit of Pikes Peak are offered daily May 1 through mid-October (weather permitting) by Challenge Unlimited; phone (719) 633-6399 or (800) 798-5954. Swimming is available at several indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities operated by the Pikes Peak Region YMCA. Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., is home to a 40,000-square-foot Skate Park that welcomes skateboarders, in-line skaters and BMX riders.
Hometown fans come out to cheer the Air Force Academy football team, phone (719) 472-1895, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox baseball team, phone (719) 591-7699, and the Colorado College Tigers hockey team, phone (719) 389-6324.
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Colorado's statewide sales tax is 2.9 percent; an additional 3.12 percent is levied by the city, 1.23 percent by the county and 1 percent by the Pikes Peak Rural Transit Authority. The county has a 2 percent lodging tax and 1 percent rental car tax.
Memorial Hospital, (719) 365-5000; Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, (719) 776-5000; St. Francis Medical Center, (719) 571-1000.
515 S. Cascade Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Phone:(719)635-7506 or (800)888-4748
Colorado Springs Airport
Rental car agencies serve the Colorado Springs area from downtown and the airport. Hertz, (719) 596-1863 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.
No passenger trains serve Colorado Springs.
TNM&O Coaches Inc. and Greyhound Lines Inc., (719) 635-1505, 120 S. Weber St., serve the Colorado Springs area.
Colorado Springs is served by Yellow Cab Co., (719) 777-7777. It is best to request cabs by phone. Taxis are on the meter system, with the charge about $4.90 for the first mile and $2.90 for each additional mile, for up to four passengers.
Buses operate in the metropolitan area Mon.-Fri. 5:35 a.m.-9:35 p.m.; Sat. 6:35 a.m.-6:35 p.m.; and Sun. 7:30 a.m.-5:35 p.m. in the downtown area; check individual routes for current schedule information. The fare for in-town routes is $1.75, transfers are free with paid fares and are good for 2 hours and 2 one way trips. Day passes are $4. Phone (719) 385-7433.