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Vacation in late December - Colorado Springs

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Vacation in late December - Colorado Springs

We are trying to plan a trip for the end of December. 2 adults and 1 13 year old. We are from Texas and really wanted to go somewhere that we could see some snow, would prefer not to have to rent a car and take tours instead. It looks like Colorado Springs has much better hotel rates that the ski areas like Breckenridge and Copper Mountain. I'm just wondering if we can get around easily and if there is enough to do that time of year. What's the best transporation without a car or will we have to rent a car. If we do rent, how are the roads to the sightseeing destinations. Also, at that time of year, will we be able to visit Pikes Peak at all?

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1. Re: Vacation in late December - Colorado Springs

it seems the Cog Railway runs....it lists Dec. times www.cograilway.com. I wouldn't drive it that time of year. I think you're best off renting a car to get around even if you just stay in the area, but maybe the "locals" have some more info. on that. You could visit the Cowboy Hall of Fame http://www.prorodeohalloffame.com/joomla/ and Air Force Academy http://www.usafa.af.mil/information/visitors/

Drive around/through Garden of the Gods:

http://www.gardenofgods.com/home/index.cfm

http://www.caveofthewinds.com/ Cave of the Winds runs winter tours

http://www.coloradosprings.com/

I think there's plenty to do in/around CO Springs.

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2. Re: Vacation in late December - Colorado Springs

There is a reason for the differences in lodging costs between "the Springs" and Breckenridge and Copper Mt.: The latter are ski resorts, Colordao Springs (COS)is not.

COS has a fairly decent public transportation system, but as a visitor I would not rely on it. You are wasting too much time and you are better off renting a car.

Most of the places of interest are much easier to get to by car. Even the the cog railway station for Pikes Peak is some distance from the center of Manitou Springs. Garden of the Gods is only accessible by car or conducted tour (DK if tours are running in December). The Air Force Academy is about 8 miles out of town (Exit 156B on I-25). If the roads are dry (most likel early in December) the drive to Cripple Creek - an old goldmining town, now mostly casinos - taking you through Woodland Park, is fun. The COS zoo is quite unique.

If you want luxury, the Broadmore can't be beat. The Antler Hilton is ventrally located and has been renovated fairly recently.

Keep in mind that COS is above 6,000ft, so it may take you a day to get used to the altitude. The train to the top of Pikes Peak (one of the 56 Colorado Peaks over 14,000ft) stays there for only 45 minutes, so you won't be affected too much.

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3. Re: Vacation in late December - Colorado Springs

You can pretty much do all the sights as long as it's not a blizzard. That time of year will be 50-50 chance of nice sunshine or snow-like conditions. I remember hiking the day after Christmas without a jacket last year. The year before my brother had to delay getting home to Oklahoma because of the weather. Either way, there's plenty to do here. Texans come here year-round.

Rent a car, it's not a city that is compact. You can get by without a 4-wheel drive, all the major roads are kept pretty clear. Skiing is only 2 hrs. away if you want to throw that into the mix. If you're not skiers, Keystone has tubing. We usually just go for the day.

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4. Re: Vacation in late December - Colorado Springs

Unless you don't plan on leaving your hotel, you really do need a car in Colorado Springs.

What type of activities are you looking for in your tri0p? If you are looking for a wintery, ski type vacation, Colorado Springs is probably not the best destination. There may be snow, but really with the elevation it may be dry as a bone in town.

You should be able to visit Pikes Peak - they run the Cog all year which is how I would suggest you see Pikes Peak that time of year. Contact the Cog for more information and to make reservations.

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5. Re: Vacation in late December - Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region have over 50 attractions and activities and can be slightly spread out depending on what you'd like to do. I'd suggest renting a car. As far as things to do there are plenty, try www.VisitCOS.com for ideas and discounts as well as www.PeakRadar.com for events and festivals. Enjoy your trip! FYI the roads are easily traveled we're a large city (Colorado's 2nd largest). If you rent a car you can drive Pikes Peak Highway for a small fee - if there is a lot of snow you may not be able to make it to the summit but at least enjoy the great scenery on the way up. Our weather is fairly mild and unpredictable (we have over 300 days of annual sunshine a year).

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6. Re: Vacation in late December - Colorado Springs

I must agree with some of the others, Colorado Springs will require a car to really get out and about. Also while I would hope we have snow in December, in Colorado Springs we couldn't promise it for you like some of the mountain towns. Have you thought about some time in Colorado Springs and some in the mountains?

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