Colorado Getaways 2023: Garden of the Gods

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A FIXTURE IN THE heart of Colorado Springs for more than 70 years, Garden of the Gods Resort and Club has played host over the decades to movie stars, captains of industry, politicians, authors, artists and musicians drawn to the club’s luxury ethic and incredible setting overlooking the otherworldly sandstone formations of Garden of the Gods. Originally a private, members-only club, these days the resort also features casitas, cottages and lodge rooms for discerning guests looking for one of the finest wellness retreats in Colorado. Services include Strata Med, which offers personalized concierge medicine and health consultations; Strata Spa, a 10,000-square-foot spa and salon serving up a full menu of wellness and beauty treatments; and Strata Fit, where guests can enjoy personal training, an expansive fitness center and a wide variety of yoga, pilates and other fitness classes designed to promote healthy bodies and minds. Golfing guests and club members are afforded the chance to play the 27-hole, private Kissing Camels Golf Club, where sensational views, topnotch conditioning and a classic layout courtesy of renowned course architects J. Press Maxwell and Mark Rathert combine to create one of the best golf experiences in the state.

While You are There

PIKES PEAK You can drive, take the Cog Railway, or hike to the top of one of America’s most iconic mounts. The trail to the peak begins in town and winds 13.5 miles uphill with an elevation gain of 7,400 feet. The hike is no joke, and the park offers this notice: “Basically, it’s a half-marathon in hiking form. Please only attempt hiking Pikes Peak if you are healthy, able to hike long distances, able to navigate difficult terrain, and able to perform high-cardio activity with low oxygen!”

GARDEN OF THE GODS PARK is the entire outdoor lifestyle in one place. The park is open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the visitor center is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The park is where Great Prairie meets the American Southwest. Hike, bike, ride horses, go birding and rock climb throughout the park.

BEAUTIFUL MUSIC The Colorado College Summer Music Festival runs June 4 to 23. Chamber music, orchestral concerts and festival performances give visitors a chance to unwind after a day on the trails, courses and courts nearby.

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