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Did you know that Colorado Springs averages 300 days of blue skies each year? Or that our close proximity to the mountains and high elevation classify us as an "alpine desert?" These unique qualities give us abundant sunshine, cool evenings and low humidity, which create a pleasant climate year-round. The best way to enjoy the destination is to come prepared with insider tips and tricks. Check out our Top 10 Travel Tips below and enjoy the destination like a local.

Top 10 Tips To Know Before You Visit

1. bring plenty of lip balm and lotion.

Our humidity averages a pleasant 37%. For visitors coming from more humid climates, this can be a bit of a surprise for your skin. Keep your lips and skin happy by slathering on plenty of moisturizers and lip balm with SPF. Your skin will thank you for it!

2. Stock up on SPF

Speaking of SPF, you're going to want to stock up on sunscreen once you arrive. Our high elevation puts us a lot closer to the sun. Make sure to protect your skin from damage. Even our rare overcast days can leave you with a lobster-like complexion if you're not careful. Hats and sunglasses are also always a good idea while you're here.

3. Dress in layers

The temperature in Colorado Springs can keep you on your toes. During the day, the sunshine keeps everything nice and warm while our evenings bring in cool, crisp air. Heading to the top of Pikes Peak ? Temperatures at the top of the mountain are usually 30-40 degrees cooler than at the base. Occasional afternoon showers can cool things down but don't worry, they don't last long and we'll warm back up as soon as the clouds part. Be sure to bring layers that you can easily throw on or peel off to stay nice and comfy.

4. Leave no trace

Here, we take great pride in our beautiful landscapes and see it as our honored duty to be good stewards of this land. Please treat this place like your home and leave no trace of your time here. Simple gestures like packing out your trash, using refillable water bottles and staying on designated trails can go a long way in preserving this beautiful place so that it can continue to be enjoyed by future generations to come. Learn more about Leave No Trace here.

5. Bring sturdy shoes or hiking sandals

Once you get here, you'll find yourself eager to get out and explore. Even the most stubborn of couch potatoes can't help but get pulled by the call of our great outdoors. Exploring the area is a heck of a lot easier with the proper footwear. Whether you're going on a strenuous hike through our pine forests or enjoying a leisurely stroll around the Broadmoor Lake, sturdy shoes are a must.

6. Have your camera at the ready

It's no secret that we have breathtaking surroundings. From towering red rock formations to flowing waterfalls and deep caverns, Colorado Springs is a haven for photographers and insta-worthy shots. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may capture some photos of our local bighorn sheep, red-tailed fox and maybe even a bear. Snap some photos of yourself in our beautiful destination. You're going to want to remember this trip forever.

7. Keep wildlife wild

Colorado Springs is home to lots of cool critters ranging from tiny and adorable to big and intimidating. No matter how cute, friendly or exciting they might seem, remember that they are wild animals. Feeding or interacting with them can put you or the animal in extreme danger. Did you know that animals who get too accustomed to humans often have to be relocated or worse, euthanized? No social media post of you feeding or petting an animal is worth you or that animal getting hurt. Please admire and respect them from a safe distance. Trust us, they're more photogenic when they feel safe and happy.

While you're here, be sure to drink plenty of water. Then, drink some more. Our high altitude causes you to burn calories faster than lower elevations (score!) That means you lose water faster as well. The best way to avoid or combat altitude sickness is by staying hydrated. Grab a refillable water bottle and enjoy crisp, delicious spring water straight from our tap!

9. Prepare for high elevation

Colorado Springs rolling hills and mountain range sit 6,000 - 14,110 feet above sea level. For our lowland travelers, that can have some unwanted side effects that can turn your adventure into a real bummer. Check out our high-altitude effects and tips page to know how to acclimate and enjoy your time here without any unwanted interruptions.

10. Take it nice and slow

The best way to enjoy Colorado Springs is by taking your time and being fully present while you're here. Give your body time to adjust to the altitude by staying in lower elevation areas the first couple days and enjoying limited alcohol intake. Give your mind time to unwind by unplugging from the notifications and emails. Get outside and breathe deeply. Welcome to Colorado Springs. We think you're really going to like it here.

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36 Hours in Colorado Springs

By Cindy Hirschfeld May 9, 2024

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By Cindy Hirschfeld Photographs by Theo Stroomer

Cindy Hirschfeld has lived in Colorado for more than 30 years and frequently travels around the state.

Colorado Springs, like Denver, abuts the Rocky Mountain foothills and brims with ways to enjoy the outdoors, although it runs at a slower pace. Once known for its megachurches and kitschy attractions like recreated ancient cliff dwellings, Colorado’s second-largest city now has a more cosmopolitan vibe: Notable openings and upgrades include a stunning $91 million Olympic and Paralympic museum and a major revamp of a resort overlooking the red sandstone of the Garden of the Gods park. Later this year, the 8,000-seat Sunset Amphitheater will open, as will the Hotel Polaris , at the U.S. Air Force Academy, advertised as the country’s only hotel with flight simulators. Through all this change, the mighty 14,115-foot Pikes Peak remains constant, a beacon on the western skyline — though with a recently refurbished cog railway.


  • Garden of the Gods is a city park filled with fantastical red sandstone formations, an informative visitor center and 21 miles of hiking and biking trails.
  • U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum celebrates American athletes with interactive exhibits for each Olympic and Paralympic sport and high-tech displays.
  • The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway takes riders to the top of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak and back down, including a stop at the Summit Visitor Center for high-altitude doughnuts.
  • AdAmAn Alley is a downtown walkway with murals, sculpture and an LED installation, all created to commemorate the 2022 centennial of a local mountaineering club.
  • Old Colorado City was the first town in the Pikes Peak area, established in 1859 as a supply hub, and today is a neighborhood of historic buildings, galleries and shops.
  • Manitou Springs has eight mineral-springs drinking fountains that dispense naturally carbonated water said to have healing properties.
  • North Cheyenne Cañon Park is a 1,600-acre city park in southwest Colorado Springs with 26 miles of trails, including one up Mount Cutler.
  • Lumen8 is a rooftop restaurant and bar downtown with local beer on tap and a stellar view of Pikes Peak.
  • Four by Brother Luck , whose owner has appeared on “Top Chef,” offers creative Southwestern-inspired small plates and entrees.

Ivywild School is a food hall with a variety of counters, a bar, a distillery and a brewery, all within a former elementary school built in 1916.

  • Inefable serves traditional Mexican food enhanced by French, Spanish and South American influences in a low-key dining room.
  • Golden Bee is an authentic 19th-century English pub, shipped over and rebuilt at the Broadmoor Resort in 1961, with nightly singalongs led by a pianist.
  • Story Coffee is a locally owned cafe and roastery with a location in Old Colorado City as well as in a tiny house at downtown’s Acacia Park.
  • Adam’s Mountain Cafe is an almost 40-year-old restaurant in Manitou Springs that is beloved for its hearty breakfasts.
  • Cronk Art and Curiosities sells taxidermied insects, tarantulas (live), tarot cards and other eclectic goods.
  • Novis Mortem Collective offers natural art like insect specimens, taxidermied birds and butterfly dioramas in glass domes.
  • Cacao Chemistry makes a delicious variety of truffles and bars and carries chocolate from other artisanal brands.
  • Ladyfingers Letterpress prints offbeat greeting cards and stationery in house and stocks gifts, too.
  • Poor Richard’s is an independent bookstore that has served the city for almost 50 years and includes an adjacent coffee shop and casual restaurant.
  • The Garden of the Gods Resort and Club , established in 1949 as a private facility and opened to the public in 2013, unveiled a $40 million renovation last year that included updates to its restaurant. It also refreshed the sleek and spacious rooms in the main lodge, which all have patios or balconies overlooking the Garden of the Gods park and the Rocky Mountains beyond. Amenities include golf, tennis, swimming, an on-site adventure outfitter and an excellent spa and a concierge medical center. Rooms in summer start at $600.
  • The Mining Exchange , a boutique hotel run by Wyndham that is also newly renovated, occupies a 1902 building downtown that served as a stock exchange for miners. Rooms include historic brick accents and the hotel recently added a new lobby bar and coffee shop. Rooms start at $300.
  • Kinship Landing , one of a new breed of hotels aimed at adventure-oriented travelers, opened downtown in 2021. It offers some rooms with garage-style roller doors that open to the outside, an eight-bed private bunkroom and even a scenic deck for urban camping (bring your own tent). Rooms start at $150.
  • For short-term rentals , look in Old Colorado City, a historic neighborhood near Garden of the Gods park, where you can easily walk to restaurants and galleries. Downtown Colorado Springs is less than three miles away.
  • The most efficient way to get around is by car . PikeRide , an electric bike-share program, has 60-plus hubs in and around Colorado Springs ($1 to unlock a bike, then 25 cents per minute, or $30 for a four-hour pass). Mountain Metro runs the public bus service , including a free shuttle around downtown.

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A dramatic view of Colorado Springs, framed by rough-hewn cliffs, comes early in a 2.2-mile roundtrip hike up Mount Cutler in North Cheyenne Cañon Park . The popular city park added seven miles of new trails three years ago, but this classic route never gets too steep and has a big payoff. From the summit, inhale fragrant juniper, piñon and ponderosa pine while viewing the sparkling tiers of the Seven Falls waterfall far below in South Cheyenne Cañon and the forested slopes of the Pike National Forest rolling westward. From nearby Cheyenne Mountain, you may hear the chimes coming from the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun , a granite tower with a viewing deck overlooking the city. You’d never guess from this vantage point that a large military complex , built during the Cold War, still operates 2,000 feet deep within the mountain.

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At Lumen8 , a rooftop restaurant and bar that opened downtown in 2022, post up by a fire pit, sip one of seven local brews on tap (from $6) and gaze at the majestic, snow-capped Pikes Peak. Then head up the street to the low-lit dining room at Four by Brother Luck , where its chef and owner, Brother Luck, who appeared on “Top Chef,” offers Southwestern-inspired dishes like sweet-and-savory blue cornbread accompanied with wojapi (a thick berry sauce traditional in Lakota cuisine), charred octopus in mango broth with tangy Peruvian peppers, and a fun dessert called the Forest Floor with sweet elements styled as edible “flora.” Dishes are a la carte, or four courses for $75.

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At Garden of the Gods , one of the country’s most unusual city parks and a designated National Natural Landmark, 300 million years of erosion have shaped the red sandstone into fantastical formations — with names like the Kissing Camels, Siamese Twins and Balanced Rock — that strikingly contrast the often vivid-blue sky. Stop first at the visitor center , which is chock-full of exhibits about the park’s geology, history, and flora and fauna (a species of dinosaur was even discovered there). Then explore some of the short, interconnected hiking trails that allow you to view the striated, pitted rock up close, starting with the 1.5-mile paved Perkins Central Garden loop (a free shuttle provides access to the trailhead through the third week of August). Or see the park on horseback (from $100), bike ( rentals , from $40, available at the visitor center) or by car. Free entry.

It’s perfectly legit to drink at Ivywild School , a former elementary school turned food hall, where the well-worn wood floors creak underfoot and the entryway sign is written on a blackboard. The school was built in 1916 and decommissioned in 2009; now, instead of rows of small desks, former classrooms house a variety of food counters and bars, as well as a whiskey distillery and an eclectic gift shop . Try Bristol Brewing Company’s pub for its signature Laughing Lab Scottish ale ($6.50 for a pint); Ivywild Kitchen for a spicy, buttermilk-brined chicken sandwich ($11.95), washed down with house-made nonalcoholic ginger beer ($4) from the Principal’s Office ; and Gold Star Bakery for a splurgy but delectable slice of salted maple pie ($7).

A person uses an interactive exhibit to simulate alpine skiing.

With the Paris Summer Olympics around the corner, stoke the fervor for amazing athletic feats and tear-jerking gold-medal moments at the excellent U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum (entry $19.95), open since 2020. (Colorado Springs has been home to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee since 1978, and has a major training center.) The building’s striking exterior — which features thousands of aluminum panels shimmering in the sunlight — hints at the high-tech displays inside, including virtual sport simulators (try archery!) and other interactive exhibits for each sport. A gallery of Olympic torches, from 1936 to the present, contains inspiring video footage from the torch relays. One of the most moving exhibits focuses on the 11 Israeli athletes taken hostage at the 1972 Munich Games, and includes the ABC sports announcer Jim McKay’s somber broadcast of their fate.

Colorado Springs is showing more of its artsy side these days, even in the heart of downtown. From the museum, stroll a few blocks to AdAmAn Alley , a walkway where murals, sculpture and an LED installation commemorate the 2022 centennial of a local mountaineering club , AdAmAn, that climbs Pikes Peak each New Year’s Eve to set off fireworks. Need a live tarantula, taxidermied butterfly or deck of tarot cards? Find these, and mystical treasures, at Cronk Art and Curiosities (the nearby Novis Mortem Collective also offers taxidermy as art). Indulge a sweet tooth with a whiskey-and-cherry-cordial truffle at Cacao Chemistry , then duck into Ladyfingers Letterpress , where the on-site press produces sassy cards (“Don’t forget me when your start-up goes public”), and Poor Richard’s , an indie bookstore that’s served local literature lovers for almost 50 years.

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Smoked cocktail at Inefable

The low-key décor lets the food shine at new restaurant Inefable above the just-renovated Avenue 19 food hall, where the chef and owner Fernando Trancoso boosts traditional Mexican dishes with French, Spanish and South American influences. Bright flavors meld nicely in a slightly spicy tropical fruit gazpacho (pineapple, passion fruit, lemon and cucumber) with poached shrimp ($16), while a pumpkin-seed green mole adds a twist to a traditional duck confit ($39). A recent nightly special featured cochinita pibil ($42), a Yucatán-style slow-roasted, fall-off-the-bone pork shank that’s been marinated overnight in a sauce with Maya spices, red chiles and achiote (a slightly peppery spice). The cocktail menu reflects Mr. Trancoso’s Mexican roots with almost three dozen varieties of tequila and mezcal.

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It’s a little corny, sure, but belting out tunes like “Sweet Caroline” or “Piano Man” during the nightly singalongs at the Golden Bee , a pub within the venerable Broadmoor resort on the city’s west side, is also a lot of fun, in a seventh-inning stretch at the baseball game kind of way. The bar is a 19th-century English pub that was shipped over and reassembled in this space in 1961, ornate woodwork and all. Everybody gets a songbook, and the piano player leads the program (and takes requests). Order a pint ($10) or a half-yard ($28) of Extra Special Bee, an English-style pale ale from the local brewery Red Leg, to wet your whistle.

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North Cheyenne Cañon Park has 26 miles of trails, including one up Mount Cutler.

A dish of French toast with sliced almonds on top and a slice of orange on the side.

Adam's Mountain Cafe

Have breakfast in Manitou Springs, a quirky enclave at the base of Pikes Peak — but instead of taking Highway 24, take a more interesting detour by driving Colorado Avenue west through the Old Colorado City neighborhood. The area was once its own town, established in 1859 as a supply hub. Today, several blocks are lined with historic buildings, galleries and shops, such as Story Coffee , a small cafe and roastery. Continue driving west to the homey Adam’s Mountain Cafe , an almost 40-year-old favorite for hearty meals like orange-almond French toast ($12) or shrimp and grits ($18). Then stop by one of the town’s eight mineral-springs fountains for a swig of naturally carbonated, slightly metallic-tasting water (each spring has a different “flavor”); the Native Americans who first lived here attributed healing properties to the water.

Take the world’s highest cog railway to the summit of Pikes Peak (from $59 per person for the three-and-a-half-hour round trip). Reopened in 2021 after a $100 million, four-year overhaul, the train is the easiest way to ascend the mountain that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write “America the Beautiful” (there’s also a 19-mile toll road and hiking trails up). You’ll ride past cascading streams, the ruins of the Halfway House Hotel and perhaps a few bighorn sheep. At the spacious Summit Visitor Center , recently rebuilt with an energy-efficient modern design, don’t miss the doughnuts (from $2.99 for two); a beloved tradition since 1916, they’re baked from a recipe that only works well above 14,000 feet. Munching on a cinnamon-sugar doughnut amid 360-degree views of mountains and plains may inspire you to pen your own tribute.

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo announces longtime CEO’s retirement

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s longtime leader is calling it a career.

The zoo announced Monday that President and CEO Bob Chastain would be retiring in 2026, the same year has the zoo’s 100th anniversary.

Chastain has been with the zoo nearly 30 years and has been at its helm for 20. Because of that longevity, he said he wanted to give the community plenty of advance notice to his retirement.

“Although I still have two years at our zoo, I want to be transparent with our community that there are some changes coming,” said Chastain in a statement released by the zoo early Monday morning. “This organization has prioritized building bench strength in leadership and being stronger than just one person. With that in mind, we started working on succession planning pretty much immediately after I started. This next two years is the last phase of that longtime planning. Some people might have questions about my retirement, but I bet more will be curious about what’s next for the Zoo. In two years, the Zoo will be transformed in terms of animal welfare and the arrival experience for our guests. ”

Chastain has helped triple the number of visitors the zoo sees each year, bringing that number from 365,000 in 1995 to a height of 900,000. It’s currently the most-visited paid attraction in the Pikes Peak region.

The zoo has also received a number of awards during Chastain’s tenure and consistently falls within the top five in annual “Best Zoo in North America” rankings.

One of Chastain’s biggest highlights is the success of the zoo’s “Quarters for Conservation” (Q4C) program. Q4C was launched in 2008 as a way to contribute more money for wildlife and wild place -- and let guests be a part of it! Every time a guest goes to the zoo, they are given three tokens. Each token is worth 25 cents and is to be used for the animal of their choice at the kiosk next to the entrance. The zoo’s current conservation species include giraffe, Panama frogs, orangutans, black-footed ferrets, African elephants and rhinos, Wyoming toads and Amur tigers. Over the years, that change has added up, raising millions of dollars.

“We have worked relentlessly to bring our community closer to animals, so they can make important connections that inspire them to care about wildlife and wild places,” said Chastain. “We know it’s working, because people keep coming back – and every time they visit, they’re making a direct contribution to conservation through our Quarters for Conservation (Q4C) program.

“... I’m incredibly proud of the conservation work we’ve already done and I’m looking forward to watching that grow.”

Read the full release from the zoo on Chastain’s impending retirement:

After nearly 30 years at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and 20 years in the position of president & CEO, Bob Chastain has announced his plan to retire in 2026. Over the next two years, the CMZoo board of directors, who have been intimately involved in succession planning, will search for a new president & CEO while Chastain focuses on finalizing major Zoo renovations.

“Although I still have two years at our Zoo, I want to be transparent with our community that there are some changes coming,” said Chastain. “This organization has prioritized building bench strength in leadership and being stronger than just one person. With that in mind, we started working on succession planning pretty much immediately after I started. This next two years is the last phase of that longtime planning. Some people might have questions about my retirement, but I bet more will be curious about what’s next for the Zoo. In two years, the Zoo will be transformed in terms of animal welfare and the arrival experience for our guests.”

“Bob’s ambition and passion for conservation, community and animal care have been contagious during his tenure,” said Tia Ferguson, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo board chair. “While we’ll miss working with him closely, we know he will leave a lasting mark on the Zoo. Strong leaders and staff are in place, the Zoo is financially stable, we’re making incredible conservation progress, and major Zoo improvements are underway with the leadership of a dedicated board. We’re excited for what’s next.”

During his time at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Chastain has led the Zoo through exponential visitor growth, which led to growth in staff and growth in conservation funding available to the Zoo’s frontline conservation partners and projects all over the world. In 1995, when Chastain started at the Zoo, CMZoo welcomed 365,000 guests. Over the next 30 years, annual visitors grew to a height of 900,000. In response to the growing number of visitors, the Zoo limited capacity to preserve the experience. Today, the Zoo is the most visited paid attraction in the Pikes Peak region, averaging 800,000 annual visitors.

Colorado Springs’ ‘little mountain Zoo’ shed that reputation, and it grew to become a top-five ranked zoo in North America, over the years. New exhibit openings, including African Rift Valley in 2003 – with one of the first giraffe feeding experiences of its kind in the world – Rocky Mountain Wild in 2008, Encounter Africa in 2013, Australia Walkabout in 2015 and Water’s Edge: Africa in 2020, continually set higher guest expectations for a Zoo experience.

In 2021, CMZoo became only the fourth zoo in 50 years to earn a completely clean report of inspection from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ accreditation team. Over that four-day third-party inspection of animal care, staff well-being and culture, guest education and conservation efforts, not a single concern was reported.

“We have worked relentlessly to bring our community closer to animals, so they can make important connections that inspire them to care about wildlife and wild places,” said Chastain. “We know it’s working, because people keep coming back – and every time they visit, they’re making a direct contribution to conservation through our Quarters for Conservation (Q4C) program.”

Since launching Q4C in 2008, CMZoo visitors and members have raised more than $5 million for CMZoo’s frontline conservation partners and projects around the world – just by visiting the Zoo and having part of their admission automatically contributed to Q4C’s benefitting conservation organizations.

“I’m incredibly proud of the conservation work we’ve already done and I’m looking forward to watching that grow,” Chastain said. “Because of my personal experiences seeing the positive impact our partners are making in places like Tsavo National Park in Kenya, where the last remaining big tusker African elephants live, I have more hope than ever for the natural world.”

During his tenure, Chastain has represented CMZoo in the modern zoo and conservation professions. He has served as Chair of the Safety Committee for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), on the AZA and World Association of Zoos and Aquariums boards and locally on the Colorado Springs Wildfire Mitigation Advisory Committee.

The Zoo plans to honor Chastain’s contributions to the Zoo and Colorado Springs when his retirement date is closer. More immediately than that, the community will start seeing progress on some of these legacy projects at the Zoo.

Last year, CMZoo started constructing a new road through the Zoo to replace the current road -- which has been in place for 100 years – adjacent to African Rift Valley. The new road is taking shape now, and once the historic road is gone, the Zoo will expand its giraffe habitat into that space. In addition to creating space for new giraffe outdoor areas, it makes way for a 10,000-square foot building to house the Zoo’s iconic giraffe herd and The International Center for the Care and Conservation of Giraffe (The Giraffe Center), a new Zoo entryway, gift shop and café.

As part of The Giraffe Center opening, the Zoo will install six life-sized giraffe sculptures that guests can intermingle with. This enormous installation, known as ‘The 200 Project,’ acknowledges the more-than 200 giraffe calves born at the Zoo in support of the Giraffe Species Survival Plan. Chastain looks forward to seeing families making memories and taking photographs over the years with those sculptures, making the Zoo part of the thread of their family’s fabric.

“We recognize what vital contributions we make to conservation by creating and maintaining this special place where people come to make memories and feel inspired, but it’s so much more than the bricks in a building or the animals in our care,” said Chastain. “It’s the staff here. They make our guests’ experiences meaningful and memorable with every interaction. I will most fondly look back on creating a culture that is nothing short of magic, where we are capable of achieving the things we dream.”

Although guests can’t see it, the CMZoo staff culture is what Chastain highlights as the most important aspect of the Zoo. He has led CMZoo to build a strong staff and leadership, with training programs for emerging Zoo leaders, opportunities for staff to participate in field conservation and ways to advocate for their own conservation passion projects through the Member Conservation Vote. The strength of the staff supports the strength of the Zoo, which, as a nonprofit that doesn’t receive any tax support, is standing more financially stable than ever.

“Our financial and cultural stability is allowing us to take on a lot of improvement projects, like our current work to make upgrades to our grizzly bear habitat, which will allow us, someday soon, to care for orphaned grizzly bear cubs that need homes,” said Chastain.

In 2026, as Chastain closes his chapter of leadership at CMZoo, he will be joining in the Zoo’s 100th anniversary with a year’s worth of community celebrations, historical remembrances and exciting additions that he is confident will continue his legacy of bringing people closer than ever to our natural world.

Bob Chastain poses with Omo, one of the numerous babies born at the zoo during his nearly 30 years there.

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Tonight's Forecast: A cold front will continue through the region tonight, clearing southern Colorado by 11 pm. As it moves through, it will bring strong wind gusts from the N from 40-60 mph. The front also brings a chance of thunderstorms east of I-25 through midnight.

Cold air moves in behind this cold front, and frost is possible with near-freezing temperatures tonight in El Paso County. A FROST ADVISORY is in effect from midnight until 9 am.

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Colorado Springs forecast: Low: 34; High: 61; FROST ADVISORY until 9 am. Cold in the morning with frost possible. Temperatures will rise to a few degrees below average in the afternoon. There is a chance of rain and thunderstorms in the evening.

Pueblo forecast: Low: 39; High: 66; Partly cloudy on Saturday with temperatures a couple of degrees below average. There is a chance of an isolated evening shower or thunderstorm.

Canon City forecast: Low: 40; High: 65; Partly cloudy on Saturday with cooler but comfortable temperatures. There is a chance of spotty evening showers and thunderstorms.

Woodland Park forecast: Low: 28; High: 57; Cooler on Saturday with partly cloudy conditions. There is a chance of rain showers in the late afternoon and evening.

Tri-Lakes forecast: Low: 32; High: 58; FROST ADVISORY until 9 am. Cover sensitive plants and do not run the sprinklers in the morning. Temperatures will be cool in the afternoon with a chance of an evening rain shower.

Plains forecast: Low: 30s/40s; High: 60s; Partly cloudy to mostly sunny on Saturday with high temperatures in the low to upper 60s.

Walsenburg and Trinidad forecast: Low: 38/38; High: 63/66; Partly cloudy on Saturday with an isolated shower or thunderstorm possible in the evening.

Mountains forecast: Low: 20s/30s; High: 50s/60s; Partly to mostly cloudy with spotty showers and thunderstorms in the mountain valleys during the afternoon and evening. Snow will be higher than about 10,000 feet.

Extended outlook forecast: Sunday will be warmer with 70s and 80s returning to the plains and 60s to 70s in the mountain valleys. It will be a mostly sunny day with breezy winds.

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