Re: Colorado Springs
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Thu, 30 Nov 1995 19:16:27 -0500
On Nov 30, 1995 15:03:53, '"Runnels, Barry C"
Peter has provided some good ideas about Colorado Springs. Let me see if I
can add some information based on taking several crews to Philmont and
flying into Denver.
>We are traveling Aug. 3rd and need a place to sleep that night and a
>place to stay Aug. 10th for our travel back the 10th.
We have always stayed at Petersen AFB. The facilities that are usually
available are the gym. They allow you in after they are done with it for
the evening, usually around 7pm and you need to clear all your gear back
out into your cars before their program day starts, but we have always
found this to be a totally acceptable accommodation. The base has meal
service available at military prices. On base and available are a bowling
alley and a movie theatre. The mess hall also used to serve "midnight
snack" at about 10:30pm (hey, this is the military we are talking about)
which consisted of hot dogs and hamburgers, etc. in the mess hall, again at
military prices. All in all we have never had a problem with Petersen.
Others that I know have stayed at Fort Carson (I think that's the name of
the Army base ins CS). I know nothing about facilities there, never having
>We also would like some local advice of some FUN places to visit. We
>will have about two half days for the visit. Is there any river
>rafting that we can safely take 11 year old scouts on. What other
>great places would you in Pike Peak Counsel recommend The Scouts asked
>us to organize the trip and we really are looking forward to the
We have done rafting on the Arkansas river, usually in the Canon City or
Salida areas. Without looking at a map I forget exactly where we took the
rafts, but it was not far from CS. Most of the outfitters offer both
paddle and oar trips. The oar trips are the ones where the guide does all
the controlling of the raft. Paddle trips are the ones where everyone has a
paddle and the guide steers and barks instructions. The paddle trips are
much more fun, but the oar trips are probably what you would consider for
11 year olds, if they will even take 11 year olds. Some of the outfitters
require a parental release and so you might want to get the forms from them
before you leave so you don't have problems or disappointments once you get
Other things in the area include a number of different museums on unusual
subjects, at least one cave or cavern with a guided tour, the Garden of the
Gods which is a park with several unusual features and things to do. I am
sure some of the Pike's Peak Council people will provide more details.
There is also a ranch (whose name escapes me) which has a chuck wagon
dinner and western show. We always used this as a final dinner on our last
night out. The ranch is also like a museum so you arrive early, tour the
"museum", have dinner and then get entertained by the floor show. It is
really a fun time.
Hope this helps.
Bruce E. Cobern
Dan Beard District
Queens Council, NY
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