The state of Colorado certainly doesn’t have a shortage of beautiful places to explore, and with natural and scenic gems like Garden of the Gods park and the famous Manitou Springs Incline, beautiful hotels like the historic Broadmoor hotel and the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, and plenty of breweries, wineries and distilleries to grab a post trail time beverage, Colorado Springs should be on every outdoor adventurers list of places to visit this season. We caught up with Chelsy Offutt, the director of communications for the Colorado Springs Conventions & Visitors Bureau, to learn more about how to explore the Colorado Springs area this season.

Which outdoor destinations should our adventurous, nature-loving readers be sure to add to their list of places to visit when exploring the CO Springs area?

The Manitou Springs Incline just reopened (earlier than the Dec. 1 projection) after a third and final restoration phase. It’s well-known and a true challenge that can’t be missed! Other great spots include North Cheyenne Canon, Paint Mines Interpretive Park, Royal Gorge Bridge & Park and of course, Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain.

After a day of playing outside, where’s the best place to belly up for a beer in town?

We have a ton of great breweries in town. You can’t go wrong by paying a visit to Colorado Mountain Brewery, Red Leg Brewing and Peaks N Pines Brewing Co.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Where’s the best spot to fuel up before hitting the trails?
Two of the most popular places in town to grab breakfast are Over Easy, and King’s Chef Diner, which has two locations.
Are there any good lodging deals happening this winter that we should know about?

Yes! You can find a variety of lodging and other deals on our site

What is Colorado Springs’ most popular winter event?
Colorado Springs gets pretty festive for the holidays. Two can’t-be-missed events this time of year are the AdAmAn Club Fireworks atop Pikes Peak on New Year’s Eve, and the Broadmoor’s Seven Falls Winter Lights.
For travelers with limited time in Colorado Springs, which places should they head to first?

Even if you only have a short amount of time in the Springs, a hike at Garden of the Gods is the must, and so is shopping in and tasting the mineral waters of Manitou Springs, along with grabbing a bite and viewing the outdoor sculptures of downtown Colorado Springs.

Give us a few tips for how to blend in like a local.
Blending in like a local means a great cup of local coffee, dressing in casual layers and knowing some of the area’s hidden gems like Red Rock Canon Open Space, and trails like Section 16 or Pulpit Rock. Palmer Park is also an awesome getaway in the middle of the city for bikers, hikers and those with pooches in tow.