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2013 Winners QUICK ESCAPE HIKE

Editor's Choice

RED ROCK CANYON OPEN SPACE

If you’re in the vicinity of downtown Colorado Springs, consider a visit to Red Rock Canyon, which is essentially a less crowded, less touristy version of Garden of the Gods. A hike along the non-demanding Mesa Trail to Quarry Pass offers a connection to the Greenlee Trail, which takes hikers through the center of the canyon. On certain days, when the crowds are somewhere else, this hike offers a rapid escape to solitude and quiet, even though downtown is only a couple miles away. To arrive at the canyon’s parking lot, take a turn south on Ridge Road, near 31st Street on Highway 24.

— Chosen by Dave Ramsey

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2013 Winners URBAN HIKE

Editor's Choice

PULPIT ROCK

A climb to the top of Pulpit Rock will not take a hiker away from it all. Instead, this, at times, demanding ascent will offer a panoramic view of the urban element of Colorado Springs. From atop the white rock, the weary hiker will gaze at cars whizzing along on I-25 with the gorgeous backdrop of Pikes Peak. To get to the trail head, go north on Nevada Avenue as it approaches the entrance to I-25. Watch for the small parking lot.

— Chosen by Dave Ramsey

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2013 Winners SEAT IN HOUSE, OR STATE

Editor's Choice

COORS FIELD, DOWNTOWN DENVER

Yes, the Colorado Rockies were awful last season, but a spectator can still enjoy a fun night this season, even if the Rockies stumble again. The wise choice for a Rockies seat is high on the first-base side of the stadium. This gives the ticket-holder a view of the Rockies. There’s no telling what will happen on the field, but you can count on a superb sunset virtually every evening

— Chosen by Dave Ramsey

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2013 Winners SEMI-DEMANDING INTRO TO OFF-ROAD CYCLING

Editor's Choice

SANTA FE TRAIL

When riding along city streets, a cyclist has to worry about cars. When riding along single-track trails, a cyclist has to worry about colliding with other cyclists on what are essentially one-way paths. On the Santa Fe Trail, a wide bike road on the northern edge of the Springs, a cyclist doesn’t need to worry about much of anything. While heading north, the path is somewhat demanding with a consistent rise. But on the return ride south, the path generously repays the earlier effort. Even though the trail is often close — too close — to the noise of I-25, there’s a surprising sense of solitude. The best place to start on the trail is from the parking lot at Woodmen Avenue just west of I-25. Unload your bicycle and head north.

— Chosen by Dave Ramsey

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2013 Winners ROLLER RINK

Voter's Choice

SKATE CITY

Skate City has been the place to roller skate for decades. They offer inline hockey programs, Spring Break all-night skates, awesome birthday parties, and according to one voter: "They'll play disco if you ask."

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2013 Winners GYM

Voter's Choice

VILLA SPORT ATHLETIC CLUB AND SPA

Clients consider this fitness center to be "the best overall gym." One regular was particularly enlightening: "My wife likes it." From Pilates to yoga to cardio machines to an NBA-sized basketball court — even dodgeball! — our gold medalist offers an avenue to fitness for all ages and interests. The full-service spa is complemented with the largest aquatics center in Colorado Springs — more than 360,000 gallons of water sure to get you in bikini shape.

LIFE TIME FITNESS
YMCA
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2013 Winners GOLF COURSE

Voter's Choice

PATTY JEWETT GOLF COURSE

Other courses may get more national and regional notice, but the locals love the third-oldest public course West of the Mississippi for the grounds, views, welcoming atmosphere and reasonable fees.

CHEROKEE RIDGE GOLF COURSE
THE BROADMOOR GOLF COURSE
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2013 Winners CITY PARK

Voter's Choice

MEMORIAL PARK

This community gathering place has a lot to offer with Prospect Lake, a well-regarded skate park, the Sertich Ice Center, a velodrome, Spurgeon Field, tennis courts and covered picnic facilities.

GARDEN OF THE GODS
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL PARK
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2013 Winners AUTO RACING

Voter's Choice

PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB

The second-oldest motor sports race in America was first held in 1916, making June 30 the 91st running of the "Race to the Clouds." The 12.42-mile course with 156 turns begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,115 summit of Pikes Peak. The challenge attracts top racers from around the world. The record is 9:46.164 by Rhys Millen in 2012.

PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
I-25 SPEEDWAY
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2013 Winners LOCAL SPORTS COMPLEX

Voter's Choice

SECURITY SERVICE FIELD

You gotta love the home team and with it, the stadium they call home. A overwhelming number of voters tapped Security Service Field and the Sky Sox as a favorite afternoon pastime. The affordability was mentioned often as well as kudos to the folks that run the 8,500-seat stadium. "Every year seems to get better — a gentle reminder that baseball is meant to entertain first."

WORLD ARENA
AIR FORCE ACADEMY
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2013 Winners HIKING

Voter's Choice

RED ROCK CANYON OPEN SPACE

This gem on the city's west side was once a quarry, and then was off-limits for decades before it finally opened to the public in recent years. Marvel at the stark red canyons and distant views of Pikes Peak as you hike the well-marked trail network.


GARDEN OF THE GODS
BARR TRAIL
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2013 Winners MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL

Voter's Choice

PALMER PARK

This slice of wilderness in the middle of the city is becoming known across Colorado for its great mountain-biking, with easy access to a rich variety of trails for all skill levels and plenty of technical sections for riders looking to test their skills.

RED ROCK CANYON OPEN SPACE

UTE VALLEY PARK
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2013 Winners ROAD RIDE

Voter's Choice

Garden of the Gods

The stunning views of the rock formations — with Pikes Peak as a backdrop — may distract you from the huffing and puffing as you pedal up and down the rolling roads through this famous city park.

AIR FORCE ACADEMY

GOLD CAMP ROAD
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2013 Winners URBAN TRAIL

Voter's Choice

SANTA FE TRAIL

This bike and pedestrian trail parallels Monument Creek from Palmer Lake to Colorado Springs, where it becomes the Pikes Peak Greenway. It's a great, easy ride with constant views of Pikes Peak and the foothills. Someday it will connect with a north-south trail across the entire state.

MONUMENT VALLEY PARK
PALMER PARK
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2013 Winners CLIMBING WALL

Voter's Choice

CITYROCK

The downtown Colorado Springs climbing gym has 19,000-square feet of climbing terrain in the former Ute Theatre, including the highest indoor wall in Colorado, 43 dizzying feet. Their instructors can also teach you how to climb real rocks outside.


LIFE TIME FITNESS
SPORT CLIMBING CENTER OF COLORADO SPRINGS
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2013 Winners YOGA

Voter's Choice

CAMBIO. YOGA

Cambio. Yoga was founded by three local yoga teachers who had a mission: To offer donation-based classes. They opened in 2009, and now have two studios, one above the other. They have all levels of classes for beginners to longtime practitioners to prenatal, along with loads of workshops, guest speakers and special series throughout the year.

COREPOWER YOGA

DOWNTOWN YMCA

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2013 Winners BOWLING ALLEY

Voter's Choice

HARMONY BOWL

The cool shoes. The really-bad-for-you junk food. The sound of a strike. Whether you bowled at summer camp or weekend afternoons while your wife goes shopping (again). Voters said Harmony Bowl was the place to throw some strikes. "Very kid friendly," one voter wrote. "Love the Kids Bowl Free program over the summer."

BRUNZWICK ZONE XL

BRUNZWICK ZONE CIRCLE
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2012 Winners Post-Bike or -Hike Beverage

Editor's Choice

Bristol Brewing Co.

If you want a drink that gives back to the community, head to Bristol, which sells special brews that raise money for the Trails and Open Space Coalition. If you’re looking for a discount, Trinity Brewing Co. (1466 Garden of the Gods Road, 634-0029, trinitybrew.com), offers deals if you walk, run or ride up, instead of drive.

— Chosen by Dena Rosenberry

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2012 Winners Roller Rink

Voter's Choice

Skate City

This clean and family-friendly icerink has a slew of weekly sessions for free skating, figure skating, and youth and adult hockey. And you have to love a rink that holds regularDress Up Fridays, including Crazy Hair Nights the second Friday of the month. There are party rooms and plenty of plenty of bleacher space.

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2012 Winners Skating Rink

Voter's Choice

Sertich Ice Center

This clean and family-friendly icerink has a slew of weekly sessions for free skating, figure skating, and youth and adult hockey. And you have to love a rink that holds regularDress Up Fridays, including Crazy Hair Nights the second Friday of the month. There are party rooms and plenty of plenty of bleacher space.

The World Arena
Honnen Ice Rink
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2012 Winners Bowling Alley

Voter's Choice

Pinz

It’s no wonder this bowling alley in Palmer Lake outscored the others this year. Bowlers appreciate the many leagues and tournaments, the clean gear, well-lit lanes and weekly specials such as Family Time — $5 for two games and shoes on Sundays. And when you’re not bowling, there’s free Wi-Fi, snack specials, big-screen TVs, karaoke nights and party rooms.

Harmony Bowl
Bear Creek Lanes
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2012 Winners Pool Hall

Voter's Choice

Phantom Canyon Brewing CO.

It’s no wonder this bowling alley in Palmer Lake outscored the others this year. Bowlers appreciate the many leagues and tournaments, the clean gear, well-lit lanes and weekly specials such as Family Time — $5 for two games and shoes on Sundays. And when you’re not bowling, there’s free Wi-Fi, snack specials, big-screen TVs, karaoke nights and party rooms.

Antique Billiard Museum
Old Chicago
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2012 Winners Pilates

Voter's Choice

Villa Sport Athletic Club and Spa

You can’t help but focus on yourself and improving your personal physical fitness in this dedicated Pilates facility with small classes and attentive instructors. Sweating never felt so good.

Revibe Pilates & Bodywork
YMCA Of The Pikes Peak Region
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2012 Winners Climbing Wall

Voter's Choice

City Rock Climbing Center

Life Time Fitness
Sport Climbing Center

Editor's Choice

City Rock

Like climbing without the bad weather? There’s fun for everyone in its 19,000 square feet, built around a 360-degree top-out boulder. There’s also a welcoming vibe that’s tough to match, with movie nights, yoga sessions, competitions and classes to meet all ability levels.

— Chosen by Dena Rosenberry

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2012 Winners Gear

Editor's Choice

Mountain Equipment Recyclers

Day in and day out you’ll find the best deals at this shop, which gives part of its profits to local charities. So, you get a deal, and so does someone else in town. It’s a classic win-win.

— Chosen by Dena Rosenberry

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2012 Winners Lunchtime or After Work Hike or Bike

Editor's Choice

Red Rock Canyon Open Space and Fox Run Regional park

There are miles and miles of trails in the Pikes Peak region, but for ease of use and variety, head to Red Rock Canyon Open Space on the west side or Fox Run Regional Park in Black Forest. You can take your dog, your family, your co-workers. There’s a trail for everyone.

— Chosen by Dena Rosenberry

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2012 Winners Road Ride

Editor's Choice

Cheyenne Canon and Colorado 105

If you’re looking for a climb, head to Cheyenne Cañon (it won’t take long to see why). For a classic road ride with hills, ride east on Colorado 105 from Interstate 25. You can take it out and back or make loops north or south at Roller Coaster Road, Colorado 83 or Black Forest Road.

— Chosen by Dena Rosenberry

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2012 Winners BMX Park

Editor's Choice

Pikes Peak BMX

A corps of hard-working volunteers, most of them parents and siblings of racers, keep this track and its schedule humming. Races on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings, practice on Thursdays. It’s an exciting way to spend some time.

— Chosen by Jim O'Connell

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2012 Winners Auto Race

Editor's Choice

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Saying this race up 14,115 feet is 90 years old pretty much tells the story of its ongoing popularity. The big change: They’ll be racing on pavement all the way to the summit on July 8. The final portion of the race has been on gravel in the past. There’s a big international field with 80 cars — some of them electric — and 100 motorcycles.

— Chosen by Jim O'Connell

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2012 Winners Yoga

Voter's Choice

Core Power Yoga

This pair of studios embraces the idea of yoga as community, and offers a welcoming environment, discount rates, free yoga for beginners and a variety of classes from before dawn till past dusk. A variety of classes and personable instructors mean there’s a class for everyone, and the studios make it easy to get involved by selling all the gear you’ll need and offering post-class showers and a convenient place to store your stuff. There’s no need to feel intimidated if you’re new, and there are plenty of ways to feel challenged if you’re looking for new experiences.

Pravana Yoga Center
Cambio Yoga Studio

Editor's Choice

Cambio

We don’t seem to have a shortage of yoga classes in the area, but Cambio, with its donation-only classes, is tops at opening its arms to the community. Join in. Pay what you can; you’ll probably find it’s worth more than you can ever give.

— Chosen by Dena Rosenberry