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Colorado Springs, CO Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 78
Total Sleeping Rooms 8,133
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 744
Committable Meeting Rooms* 66
Largest Exhibit Space 4,500 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 60,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $83
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $66
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $347
*Maximum for a single hotel

Colorado Springs, CO Meeting Planning Overview

With plenty of sunshine, recreation and excitement around every corner, Colorado Springs offers endless possibilities for meeting planners. Beckoning visitors with endearing neighborhoods, restaurants, and attractions, the city is a rare combination of urban amenities and a serene, seemingly untouched landscape. With so much to offer, it's no wonder Colorado Springs welcomes approximately five million visitors per year.

The allure of this mountain destination is apparent as soon as guests touch down at the Colorado Springs Airport. Just 20 minutes from downtown, the airport welcomes approximately 30 flights per day on six major carriers. A convenient and efficient way to arrive in the region, Colorado Springs Airport features one of the best on-time records in the country. After landing, hotel shuttles, taxis, rental cars, and Uber vehicles ferry guests with ease to one of 14,000 area hotel rooms. With accommodations ranging from familiar brands to mountain retreats and upscale boutique hotels, Colorado Springs can meet a variety of needs and price points.

Easy access is just the beginning of Colorado Springs' appeal.

The Broadmoor World Arena, the region's premier sports and entertainment attraction, is a great facility for hosting events on a large scale. Within walking distance of shops, dining, and nightlife, the arena features 21,500 square feet of exhibition space for up to 142 booths. An additional 22,500 square feet on the main concourse has seating for up to 8,500 people.

The full-service hotels in Colorado Springs offer well equipped convention and meeting space in addition to luxurious lodging. Business and pleasure blend beautifully at The Broadmoor Hotel. Just minutes from downtown, the highly lauded Broadmoor offers 185,000 square feet of flexible meeting space amidst the grandeur of a 3,000-acre luxury resort. While at The Broadmoor, delegates can enjoy the on-site convenience of championship golf courses, a world-class spa, and numerous restaurants and lounges.

Located on 217 acres, the AAA - 4 Diamond, 316-room Cheyenne Mountain Resort is one of the more popular Colorado Springs event venues. Its IACC certified Cheyenne Mountain Conference Center features more than 40,000 square feet of meeting space, including 38 conference rooms and ballrooms and an amphitheater.

Groups can also meet in one of four ballrooms at the Hotel Eleganté Conference & Event Center. With 50,000 square feet of meeting space and 500 guest rooms, the Hotel Eleganté is ideal for conventions and meetings. Planners can also invite guests to the property that started it all: The Antlers Hotel. Opened in 1883, the Antlers Hilton was the first hotel built by city founder General Palmer as a flagship resort to spur the town's tourism. Today, planners enjoy 27,500 square feet of function space spread among 17 well equipped rooms. Under new ownership, the Antlers Hotel is enjoying a top-to-bottom renovation.

One of the area's newest additions is The Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel. This 4-Diamond full-service luxury boutique hotel sits in the heart of Downtown Colorado Springs and offers 117 rooms and 9,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.

A number of alternative spaces are available to add a unique taste of the city to an event. From historic sites to red rock retreats, Colorado Springs offers planners plenty of options to keep guests entertained. Host a meeting at the Lodge at Moose Lake at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Touted as America's only mountain zoo, it offers 5,200 square feet of meeting space along with breathtaking views. Or, for an event with a modern flair, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center offers 15,328 square feet of space set in an elegant Art Deco building.

Along with tourism, Colorado Springs' economy is driven largely by the military. The city is home to the United States Air Force Academy, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Schriever Air Force Base, Peterson Air Force Base, and Fort Carson Army Base. In addition, a number of colleges and universities call the city home including Colorado College and the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs.

About Colorado Springs, CO / Additional Info

Nestled at the base of Pikes Peak – America's Mountain, Colorado Springs sits more than one mile above sea level in the shadow of the spectacular Rocky Mountains. The city was founded in 1871 by General William Jackson Palmer, who aspired to transform the city into an upscale resort community. With its high altitude, mild climate, and proximity to Pikes Peak and other natural attractions, it didn't take long for Colorado Springs to become one of the most popular U.S. vacation and meeting destinations.

Though the city's livelihood varied throughout the years (particularly during the Colorado Gold Rush and military boom during World War II), its allure remained unchanged. Today, nearly 450,000 people live in Colorado Springs, making it the second most populous city in the state (following Denver) and an urban mecca of culture and lively events.

Visitors can still enjoy the soaring wonders of Colorado Springs that inspired General Palmer more than a century ago. With more than 20,000 acres of parks and 350 miles of scenic trails, the city offers a seemingly endless array of opportunities for horseback riding, whitewater rafting, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, and more. Enjoy the panoramic views atop Pikes Peak, one of the few mountains in the world where visitors can drive safely to the summit. Or, take a guided nature walk in Garden of the Gods Park, the most visited attraction in the region. Here, remnants of red and white sandstone and limestone sedimentary beds create massive and unique rock formations.

The charm of Colorado Springs is not limited to its natural beauty – it spills over into its many charming historic neighborhoods. Visitors can stroll the streets of Old Colorado City and get a taste of days gone by while stopping at shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Or check out Old North End's grand Victorian homes, formerly inhabited by some of the city's most well-to-do founders.

Along with its scenic views and charming boroughs, Colorado Springs also features an array of electrifying indoor attractions. Visitors can view more than 40,000 intriguing artifacts at the award-winning Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, while the May Natural History Museum features what is widely considered the world's most extensive collection of unique tropical insect specimens. Travel back to the 1800s at the popular Ghost Town Museum, or explore the city's present-day connection to the military at the Visitor Center and chapel located on the sprawling 18,000-acre campus of the U.S. Air Force Academy.

After a day of sightseeing and activities, visitors to Colorado Springs can enjoy the sumptuous cuisine at one of many delightful eateries. Sip fine wines crafted at one of 52 Colorado wineries at the unique Wines of Colorado restaurant.

After dinner, visitors can choose from a wide range of lounges, pubs, theaters, and dance clubs. Colorado Springs is home to a wide selection of craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries. From brews to views, Colorado Springs' long history of captivating visitors will surely continue for years to come.

 
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