What’s New in Colorado Springs: Summer 2020
Colorado Springs opens U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, reopens Flying W Ranch and makes progress on Pikes Peak Summit Complex among other tourism and hospitality updates
Colorado Springs, Colo. – August 18, 2020 – While navigating many changes 2020 has presented, Colorado Springs has still welcomed a vast range of new attractions, restaurants and hotels. For visitors planning their next trip to the Pikes Peak Wonders region, they can check out these new features for a fresh itinerary.
New Destinations for Adventurers & Champions
- U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum – Newly opened in July 2020, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum is dedicated to athletes and their compelling stories, with the artifacts, media and technology to showcase them. The USOPM focuses on the core values of the Olympic & Paralympic movements: friendship, respect and excellence; determination, equality, inspiration and courage. As one of the most accessible and interactive museums in the world, visitors will enjoy inclusive designs and assistive technologies like open captions, audio-description tracks, assisted listening, universal keypads, RFID-triggered customizations, accessible exhibit spaces with ramped experiences and more.
- The Flying W Ranch – After being destroyed in 2012 by the Waldo Canyon fire, The Flying W Ranch Rides Again! The chuckwagon dinner, ranch animals and western show create a wonderful and memorable place for group celebrations and family outings.
- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Water’s Edge: Africa – This notable mountain zoo launched a special new exhibit designed to enhance the environment for Nile hippos and African penguins, supporting successful breeding programs for both species while giving guests extraordinary new ways to view their daily lives.
- William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center – Fueled by sports performance, sports medicine and academics, the new center features state-of-the art training and technology.
- Pikes Peak Summit Complex – The highest ongoing construction site in North America, the Summit Complex atop Pikes Peak will open in 2021. The facility will take advantage of the inspiring views and natural beauty of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. 2021 will also bring the reopening of The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway, featuring new trains, a new depot and new track.
New Bites and Sips for Hungry Explorers
- The Trolley Building – The up-and-coming southside of Downtown Colorado Springs now features a second location for Pikes Peak Brewing Company as well as a new concept, CO.A.T.I. A hangout and food hall concept, CO.A.T.I. is bringing a new vibe to the city’s growing downtown landscape.
- ViewHouse – ViewHouse’s newest location recently opened in Colorado Springs, highlighting great views, a fun atmosphere and event spaces to groups and diners.
- Mood Tapas Bar – This new, small-plate concept in Downtown Colorado Springs also features a speakeasy, District Elleven, located right behind the tapas bar.
- Bird Tree Café – This quaint café is a new place to sip, eat and be social.
- Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar – A dog lover’s paradise, Lazy Dog features delicious grub plus a menu and patio dining for your best furry friend.
- Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar – Located in the heart of Downtown Colorado Springs, Jax is dedicated to serving amazing seafood to “coast-less,” landlocked communities.
- The Roswell – The town of Roswell was incorporated in 1857 as a coal mine settlement. Annexed by the City of Colorado Springs around 1909, the Roswell community still thrives and includes budding concepts like the repurposed Lincoln School. Located inside the school, The Roswell is a new, elevated neighborhood bar and restaurant serving lunch and dinner plus Sunday brunch.
- Stellina Pizza Café – Serving Roman-style, hand-stretched pizza pies with airy and crisp crusts. All the dough is made fresh every day with high-quality ingredients.
- Drekar Meadery – This Viking-inspired meadery is serving old-world honey wine in the heart of Colorado Springs.
New Places to Rest and Relax
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Colorado Springs South I-25 – This hotel is located convenient to I-25 in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Pikes Peak and other local attractions like Garden of the Gods Park, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Broadmoor World Arena and Historic Old Colorado City.
- The Residence Inn at First & Main – Marriott’s newest extended-stay hotel, the Residence Inn offers spacious studio and one-bedroom suites with separate living and sleeping areas.
- Hampton Inn Colorado Springs Central – Located five minutes from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the hotel offers easy access to Pikes Peak and nearby attractions.
- Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Woodland Park – This contemporary hotel offers beautiful views of Pikes Peak and is located close to Colorado Springs, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and historic Cripple Creek.
- Kinship Landing – Opening in late 2020 in Downtown Colorado Springs, this boutique hotel brings travelers and locals together around city and outdoor exploration. The facility offers shared bunk rooms, queen rooms and king suites, all with thoughtfully designed layouts and hand-picked essentials for a great stay.
For more trip planning ideas, visit www.visitcos.com/things-to-do. For recommendations for staying safe while in the region, visit www.visitcos.com/peakofsafety.