Family Lodges in Colorado Springs

by Joe Fletcher
Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

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Families that love the outdoors, active recreation and tours of historic landmarks will find it all in Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs resort properties offer activities and amenities beyond the average pool and fitness room, keeping young and old members of the family active and engaged without ever having to leave the property.


Colorado Springs is best recognized for its natural and outdoor recreation travel opportunities. The area surrounding the town is home to several striking examples of Colorado's diverse natural beauty, including the Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak and the Cave of the Winds. The town is also the setting for many outdoor sports like hiking, mountain biking and kayaking, sports that have helped earned it a ranking as Men's Fitness' No. 2 "Fittest City in America" and No. 3 "Best Sports Town." Other attractions including the U.S. Olympics Training Center and the Air Force Academy. Family-oriented Colorado lodges leverage these natural attributes and add the elements of serenity and relaxation.

Lodge at the Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods is a little piece of brilliant, red-and-orange rock desert planted underneath the massive mountains that Colorado is better associated with. It has a selection of activities for families, including rock climbing, hiking, educational tours, Segway tours and a movie theater. The Lodge at the Garden of the Gods is a front-row ticket to this dynamic collection of rock formations and hiking trails. You'll enjoy views of the scenery from the property and will be within walking distance of the visitor center. The 87-room lodge includes king and double rooms, suites, and golf course cottages. The on-site club has a 27-hole championship golf course, driving range, tennis courts, recreation center, outdoor pools and a playground.

Antlers Hilton Hotel

For a bit more of a cosmopolitan location, the Antlers Hilton puts you right in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs, within walking distance of shops, restaurants and museums. The hotel has 285 rooms and seven suites, as well as a grille, brew pub, lobby bar and coffee shop. Many of Colorado Springs' family-friendly attractions are within a few miles of the hotel, including Garden of the Gods, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

El Colorado Lodge

A southwestern-style lodge, the El Colorado offers adobe cabins at the foot of Pike's Peak. The one- and two-bedroom cabins sleep up to seven and include air conditioning, cable TV, microwaves and refrigerators. Pet-friendly cabins are available. The four-acre property offers a diverse selection of amenities, such as volleyball courts, heated swimming pool, hot tub, barbecue grills and a playground. The lodge is about three miles from area attractions like the Garden of the Gods, Pike's Peak Cog Railway and downtown Colorado Springs.

About the Author

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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  • at the garden of the gods image by Earl Robbins from