Our Front Range friends an hour south of Denver have a lot to be stoked about…

EAT

Texas BBQ is migrating its way north. With only one of its many locations in Colorado, Texas-based Rudy’s Bar-B-Q is slowly taking over taste buds with its incredible grub. Starting as a simple country store in Texas, Rudolph (Rudy) Aue hit his stride with flavorful BBQ sauce and grew in popularity. The casual and fun ambiance matches the fare and will keep you coming back each time you’re in the Springs. rudysbbq.com

SLEEP

Started by the Hill family more than 60 years ago, the Garden of the Gods Club and Resort is returning to local ownership and undergoing some significant upgrades and remodeling. While maintaining the brilliant design whereby every room faces the stunning Garden of the Gods rock formations, the new owners are updating the feel of the resort as well as the membership options. Good news—the resort has been, and will remain, open to non-members to enjoy the numerous amenities. Located on the west side of town, access to Garden of the Gods climbing and the mountains is easy and the view of Pikes Peak will inspire you to get out there. gardenofthegodsclub.com

PLAY

Colorado Springs can easily fill your agenda with urban and wilderness adventures alike. Nearby Manitou Springs has, as the name implies, numerous natural cold water soda springs that spout out different flavors of carbonated water. Pick up a sampling cup at the visitors center on your way into the historic downtown. Those looking for a good physical challenge should tackle the Manitou Incline Trail, which gains 2,000 feet in one mile up the old cog railway route. Cycling fans will want to mark August 21 on their calendar for Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge. usaprocyclingchallenge.com