TOP 5 WAYS TO GET A DIGITAL DETOX IN COLORADO SPRINGS

A TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO A (MOSTLY) TECH-FREE VACATION


Relax and recharge in wide open spaces while getting some much-needed space from your device. We’re constantly inundated with selfie snaps of that girl you knew in college, puppy pics from your co-worker and news alerts notifying you of the most recent and impending doom.

Truly getting away is tough when your pocket is constantly buzzing with notifications. Take some time to build relationships or snag some "me time" with solo travel while getting your mind right in the Pikes Peak region.

1) Hit the Trail

From mountain vistas to rare rock formations, the Pikes Peak region is full of trails that will keep your mind on the scenic beauty all around you. Visit the Paint Mines Interpretive Park, 750 gently rolling acres to the east of Colorado Springs with evidence of human life from 9,000 years ago. The colorful clay was used by native tribes to make decorative paint. Lose yourself as you wind your way through the unique spires and hoodoos. Other hidden gems include the 360-degree views of Pikes Peak and Eleven Mile Reservoir from the top of Raspberry Mountain,  climbing up to the serene waters of Palmer Lake Reservoir and a creekside stroll on Seven Bridges Trail.

2) Set Up Camp

Drive out of cell service range and into the mountain range for a night under the stars. Even city slickers feel the urge to take some time away from the hustle and bustle in favor of a quiet night in the Rocky Mountains. Gear up and head toward the glowing light of a campfire in the Pikes Peak region. Whether you choose to stay close to the city for an opportunity to hit the town or trek deep into the wilderness for some time with nature, our campsites and RV parks have just the right fit.

3) Test the Waters

Complete your detox with some time on the water. Whether you're looking for a pulse-pounding adrenaline rush with a whitewater Rafting trip or a more relaxing picnic near Helen Hunt Falls, there are plenty of ways to let the waters of the Pikes Peak region restore your mind, body and spirit.

If you’re looking for gentler tides, take some time casting your line into glimmering waters, kayak across one of our scenic reservoirs surrounded by peaks or find your zen with a SUP yoga class in Memorial Park. No matter which way you decide to test the waters, you’ll want to leave your mobile device in your car and away from the H2O.

4) Adrenaline Fix 

Colorado Springs is home to an unlimited number of ways to get your blood pumping. Whether you’re zipping across the canyon at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park or scaling the formations at Garden of the Gods Park on a guided rock climbing excursion from Front Range Climbing, you’ll want to keep your tech someplace safe.

Take some time to disconnect as you strap into the stomach-lurching ride known as the TERROR-dactyl at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. All personal items are kept in a locker while you are strapped into a chair that sits on the edge of the canyon. Before you can fully take in the view, the chair releases and you arc through the canyon at 100 mph. The fun is filmed with two cameras to capture both the canyon and your expressions of surprise, terror and laughter. Check out the videos once you’re back on solid ground.

5) Push Those Pedals

Pedal your way through nearly 120 miles of urban bike trails and more than 60 miles of unpaved mountain trails. Options range from a thrilling ride down Barr Trail or the Pikes Peak Highway, to urban bike rentals and unique guided tours of Garden of the Gods Park on electric bikes.

Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are all great ways to capture and share the unique experiences you’ll have in the Pikes Peak region. But remember that the most important “face time” is with family and friends as you explore this amazing destination.


Top 4 Tech Rules for Unplugging on Vacation

  1. Ask co-workers and friends to cover for you while you’re away
  2. Plan activities where everyone agrees to unplug except for snapping photos
  3. Hike, bike or drive up into the mountains where cell service can be spotty
  4. Schedule time at the end of the day to share your experiences on social media

 

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