Colorado Springs

  • Bike friendly city
  • Autumn in Colorado
  • September 10th, 2016

For a great guide that you can download and learn more about our amazing city, accommodation, and places to eat, click here: Colorado Springs

We have a variety of sleeping and eating facilities available at the race start (PEACEFUL VALLEY SCOUT RANCH) that might be of interest to you.
You can stay the night of Friday the 9th as well as Saturday the 10th.

Rates are per day:
· Campsite Use: $8/night
· Bunk Lodge (Sleeps 24): $150/night
· Small Cabin (Sleeps 8): $85/night
· Private Cabin (Sleeps 2-3 and includes kitchenette, private bathroom, private bedrooms): $125

If you are interested please email me at naast@me.com to make reservations.
If you are interested in staying in the Bunk Lodge the rate will depend on how many people are interested. The more people, the lower the rate.

Interesting Historical Info:
Colorado Springs’ history stretches back many hundreds of years. The area’s first inhabitants were Native American people. The Ute, Cheyenne, Arapaho and other tribes gathered at the base of Pikes Peak near its abundant springs, in what is now called Garden of the Gods Park. During the 1700s, both French and Spanish flags flew over the region, but with the Louisiana Purchase, more Anglo-American explorers and settlers began to venture west.

In November 1806, American explorer Zebulon Pike traveled through the area and is credited for “discovering” Pikes Peak. He and his group attempted to reach the summit, but they were neither dressed nor equipped to climb the mountain that ultimately came to bear his name. In 1859, Colorado Springs history is marked with the founding of Colorado City which became the first settlement in the Pikes Peak region. It was the territorial capitol for a short period and served as a supply camp for miners traveling to the mining camps west of Denver.

In the 1890s, gold was discovered on the western slope of Pikes Peak, one of the richest gold strikes in American history. Almost overnight, the Cripple Creek Mining District grew from an isolated cattle pasture to the home of more than 50,000 people. As a result, by the turn of the 19th century, Colorado Springs was called “the city of millionaires.” One of these millionaires was Spencer Penrose, who made his first fortune in Cripple Creek. He used his vast resources to build the Pikes Peak and Cheyenne Mountain Highways and to establish the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Will Rogers Shrine, and The Broadmoor Hotel. He and his wife, Julie, created the El Pomar Foundation which still supports many worthy causes in the Pikes Peak region and across Colorado.

At the turn of the century, inspired by a trip to the summit of Pikes Peak, Katharine Lee Bates penned what has become our country’s most famous poem and song, “America the Beautiful.”

For a guide to accommodation and places to eat click here: Colorado Springs

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