|Humble Beginings as a Resort Getaway
Founded in 1871, Colorado Springs, Colorado's second-largest city, has evolved from a quaint, Victorian spa resort to a sophisticated city, with a charming "small town" ambiance. Well over 50 attractions, Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region are the gateway to Southern Colorado's "Outdoor Adventure Play Land". Skiing, Wildlife, Climbing, Biking, River Sports and just beautiful Mountain Adventure are at your doorstep. Supporting its own buzzing airport and located 80 miles south of Denver's International Airport quick and reasnable access to the Springs is better than ever. Colorado Springs is a vacation mecca, drawing over 6 million visitors annually.
In recent years, Colorado Springs has hosted such high-profile national events as golf's U.S. Women's Open, 14 different World or U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Skate America, the World Police and Fire Games, the McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Games, and the World Cycling Championships. Colorado Springs is home of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Olympic Training Center and over 45 National Governing Bodies of sports organizations. Sky Sox Baseball Club is the AAA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Colorado College Hockey and U.S. Air Force Academy football receive passionate local support. The first National Sports Festival was staged in Colorado Springs in 1978 and again in 1979 and 1983. The Colorado State Games were held in Colorado Springs in 1989, 1990, and 1991, and Colorado Springs was one of the venues for the 1995 Olympic Festival, which also had venues in Denver and Boulder. The Rocky Mountain State Games premiered in 2002 and wil be an annual Colorado Springs - based competition.