A Definitive City Guide for Colorado Springs

9.10.2013

By OUTTraveler Editors

It may be home to Focus on the Family, but Colorado Springs is more than meets the eye: gay bars, exotic food, and natural wonders beckon LGBT visitors.

Colorado Springs has increasingly become a must-see destination for LGBT tourists. Its 2013 Pride celebration attracted thousands of people, making it the second largest festival in Colorado, after Denver. Politically, the city is significant, as it's home to Colorado College, a private liberal arts school on the vanguard of LGBT activism. The 2012 campaign for civil unions kicked off on its campus on January 12, helping deliver the legislative victory that occurred in May of this year. Colorado Springs is also home to Coy Mathis, the six-year-old transgender child at the center of the landmark decision by Colorado’s Civil Rights Division, which allowed transgender youth to use restroom facilities that correspond with their gender identity.

While Colorado Springs has much to offer in terms of history, politics, culture, and entertainment, its true treasures are natural. Pikes Peak, a cliff that's part of the Rocky Mountains, is only ten miles west of the city. This National Historic Landmark is over 14,000 feet tall, and boasts a variety of outdoor opportunities for adventure, including the Pike National Forest. Situated at the foot of Pike's Peak, the Garden of the Gods, a National Natural Landmark, is one of the most beautiful public parks in the United States. Popular for hiking and recreation, the Garden is renowned for its red rock formations of sandstone and limestone.

With a vibrant nightlife centered by Club Q, a selection of restaurants serving international cuisine, a world-class zoo, and cosmopolitan shopping (not to mention its natural wonders), it's easy to see why Colorado Springs is turning into a popular LGBT destination.

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