Colorado Springs - That Bad?

Nov 6th, 2002, 11:34 AM
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There are just a lot prettier sections of Colorado further west--Aspen, Breckenridge, Ouray, Silverton, Telluride.
Nov 6th, 2002, 01:29 PM
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The PTA has a liberal social agenda? That is a hoot!

Sorry that your thread got hijacked Amy, but you did ask about the mere presence of conservative christians.

Oh BTW think of the Springs as a small Salt Lake City.
Nov 7th, 2002, 05:54 AM
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Why hasn't anybody mentioned The Garden of the Gods, Manitou Springs, Cog Railway of things to see. Or even a trip to Canon City. Or up to Castle Rock mall? Are these not there anymore. Lived there in the 70's, so I suppose the rock formations could no longer be there. Tongue in cheek.... Also Seven Mile . All things that used to be free.

Nov 7th, 2002, 06:05 AM
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Rhetorical question here. But if Colorado Springs is that Puritanical, when are they going to change the name of Garden of the Gods? It's hard to imagine them allowing anything with the illusion of any other god to remain in the area.
Nov 8th, 2002, 08:40 PM
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Well that's not really an issue about Garden of the Gods. We didn't say Puritans, we said RIGHT WING christians. Colorado Springs is the birth place of anti gay rights which makes it even more humorous since Gay City Workers are going to get partner benefits very soon. The focus has had a hay day with that. My husband and I were thinking of a funny bumper sticker we've seen "Focus on your own Damn Family". Couldn't say it better.

As for things to do around Colorado Springs, sure there are some attractions but personally I wouldn't think of coming to Colorado to see Canon City. About the only thing interesting in that part is the train, rafting and Royal Gorge and if you've seen it once then it can get old. There are a handful of towns all over Colorado that offer the same attractions (Canon City, Durango, Winter Park just to name a few). Garden of the Gods is pretty but a little overrated since there is also World renowned Red Rocks in Denver which is pretty much the same thing not to mention many other places all over the country that have similar parks. I would suggest Pikes Peak especially since it inspired "Purple Mountains Majesty...". And no way in the world would I travel here for the outlet malls. You can find one of those in every direction now, they really aren't that exciting. I think most people are looking for the mountain experience when they come here (mountains, camping, skiing...).
Nov 9th, 2002, 05:07 PM
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there is something strangely depressing about Colorado Springs, and I've never been able to put my finger on why, exactly. My folks lived there for a couple of years, and its one of the few places they ever lived where they never knew their neighbors..they had a Beautiful home, beautiful scenery, etc. but no sense of community...
Nov 9th, 2002, 05:28 PM
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I am a Colorado native living in Boulder for over 20 years. I frequently visited my mother in Colorado Springs for the past 12 years. If you know anything about this area, you know that there are no larger opposites than Boulder and Colorado Springs. In Boulder I witness left wing extremist and in Colorado Springs I witness right wing extremist. In both cases, it has little effect on me. If you have your own mind, you'll be okay. Colorado is beautiful state, with much diversity. When you visit in November, you will be close to the absolute worst season we have. So, if you like it in November, you'll love it in January, May and August.
Nov 10th, 2002, 07:01 AM
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As Amy later posted, they were visiting for a business trip. Why not visit all the local things instead of telling her to go to Denver, or Aspen or wherever. It didn't sound like she was going to move there. When I visit a city on business I like to see what is there and close by.
Nov 13th, 2002, 07:41 AM
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Amy - come to Colorado Springs, venture out, look around, enjoy and get to know the area. That is what travel is about. The people on this board talk about the "right wingers" etc. but they are being just as bad by trying to persuade you to do what they like and think is best. I have lived in Colorado Springs all my life and can't imagine living any place else. I love it here - of course we have our problems - but doesn't every "city". When you come to the Springs - you should go to the Peak, Garden of the Gods, Air Force Academy, Flying W Ranch, visit all those sites that those of us that live here take for granted. Come and enjoy!
Nov 13th, 2002, 09:46 AM
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I would recommend staying in Manitou Springs or Colorado City, both of which are extrememly close in proximity to Colorado Springs and much more quaint. There are many b&b's as well as small motels.
Nov 14th, 2002, 02:07 PM
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Ali, none of us are trying to "persuade" anyone to do anything. We are simply stating our opinions of the city which is exactly why people ask advice on here. You seem to have the idea that everyone should love Colorado Springs simply because you do.
Nov 29th, 2002, 11:29 AM
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CS is in a pretty location. I wouldn't spend more than a day or 2 there however. There are better places to spend your time in Colorado. However - there are some sites that you might be interested in - Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak, Rodeo Hall of Fame (not my thing - but some people like it), Zoo, Broadmore. It is mostly a right wing city - but I don't think people bother you.
Nov 29th, 2002, 03:38 PM
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It must be a very 'bad' place. The latest issue of Money magazine has it as #10 in it's list of best places to retire.
Nov 30th, 2002, 11:15 PM
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Yeah I can see why... many argue uncontrolled growth, major traffic congestion, fairly good amount of crime, right wing nuts...Sounds like HEAVEN to me. It is pretty cheap to live in Colorado Springs though, compared to other parts of the state. That would be about the only plus (drawback in my mind) that I would see for them to feature in their magazine.
Mar 18th, 2003, 06:05 AM
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The wife and I went to Colorado Springs in August of '97. It was one of the best vacations we had. We stayed at the Sheraton which was ok. Not great but ok. It was a convenient location for our many side trips. It was close to the Broadmoor where we ate a few of our meals. Nice place. Had a good meal at Giseppie's (an old RR depot)in town; visited the Manitou cliff dwellings, Cripple Creek (casinos), figure skating museum, Seven Falls, Air Force Academy, Royal Gorge, Olympic Training Center, Garden of the Gods, Miramount Castle and of course Pikes Peak via the cog railway. And I'm sure we missed a lot during our week there. But we enjoyed the trip and would return. Perhaps at the Broadmoor.
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Mar 18th, 2003, 09:14 AM
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Wow - I had no idea that my childhood home was considered "ultra religious" and "ultra conservative". I was raised in Colorado Springs, but left 20 years ago. Since then, I've come back once or twice a year and I'm here now on a temporary basis.

As a long time resident I can tell you this - I used to love this city, but it's outgrown it's charm - the entire front range has undergone a growth boom - too much development, too much traffic, too many people. This former quiet city of 125,000 has exploded into a metropolis of some 400,000+ residents and continues to grow.

Yes, the city has attracted Focus on the Family and has turned into a huge medical community, but I guess I don't feel the "ultra religious and "ultra conservative" impact that has been mentioned.

While I don't think I'd want to live here on a permanant basis, CS is still my home as my family is here. It's still a great place to visit. I think the reference to "smog covered suburbia" more aptly describes Denver.
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Mar 18th, 2003, 09:43 AM
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Chetty and Aime... I totally agree with you. I have been there a few times and had a great time visiting all the points you mention.
We thought it was a good location to visit all the sites and until I read it here, I never knew there were lots of right-wingers.
On my first trip to Salt Lake it was brought to my attention how conservative it was... by people in my group who like to go clubbing. I didn't notice because I was too busy enjoying the beauty of the area and too tired at night to go party.
Anyway, go and visit the sites they mention above. You'll have a great time.
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Mar 18th, 2003, 02:57 PM
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Didn't think this post would come up again. No doubt that there are a lot of attractions to see in or around Colo Springs and the entire front range is beautiful. I don't think it would be on my list of vacations (if I didn't live here anyways).

I am surprised about the comment about it being a huge medical community. I would say the opposite, that for becoming a larger city it lacks the medical services that Denver has. A couple people I work with have recently had ill family that needed to travel to Denver to be taken care of properly.

There is a lot of military, and some would say a good deal of religious fanatics. I think Colo Springs was somewhat perceived as a place to retire which may not be the image any longer due to all the traffic and people.
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Apr 5th, 2003, 03:54 AM
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Hi there,

Just have to say.
I live 20 minutes east of COS, this stuff I am reading is crazy! Focus on the family, really, they are located on the north side of town, on the edge, next to the Air force aca. they don't preach anything. And for protesting, etc. there is none of this, for the protesting of the war we had 1 protest, lasted 3 hours, pro abortion etc, hm, never seen it. I am not picking a fight here, but highly disagreeing, this is a beautiful town, there is lot's to do and see, I hope people comming to visit don't change there mind because of what they have read above.
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Apr 5th, 2003, 06:59 AM
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Many of the posts you are reading are back when the trolls reigned here on Fodors.

My last trip to Colorado Springs was about 2 years ago when I took a trip down memory lane and spent a week at the Broadmoor resort. The spa was outstanding, the golf perfect, the scenery lovely and I remembered why it was my favorite part of summer growing up.

We used to escape the hot humid summers of Oklahoma and spent two weeks at the Broadmoor every August before school began. Others may just look at the sprawl, I prefer to cast my eyes toward the mountains.
Besides, rocky mountain rainbow trout pan fried for breakfast is still one of my all time favorites.

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