American Numismatic Association Money Museum
818 N. Cascade Ave., 632-2646, 800/367-9723
A museum devoted to rare coins, tokens and medals, as well as to items used as money from its invention to modern day, may not sound sexy. But some of the shows put on here really are impressive.
Buell Children's Museum
210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200
Fused with the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, this museum offers hands-on exhibits for children and covers a variety of topics with each new show
Colorado Springs Historical Military Museum at Dragon Man's
1200 Dragon Man Drive, 683-2200
On 220 acres, the museum includes an extensive collection of working weapons, military uniforms and military vehicles as well as an on-site gun store and paintball range. It's run by Mel Bernstein, whose enthusiasm for all things shoot-'em-up is local legend. Call for a guided tour.
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990
This museum and research facility housed in the old county courthouse traces the history of Colorado Springs and the Front Range. Exhibits roll from ancient geological history all the way to the Gold Rush era.
Cripple Creek District Museum
Fifth and Bennett avenues, Cripple Creek, 719/689-2634, 719/689-9540
If it's time to take a break from the casinos, consider stopping into this three-building complex. It features artifacts relating to the Native American era and to the frontier and mining history of Cripple Creek and Teller County.
330 Royal Gorge Blvd., Cañon City, 719/269-7150, 800/987-6379
Exhibits at this facility display fossils found in the Cañon City area. (If you don't already know, the area's dinosaur history is no joke.) The skeletons and reconstructed replicas of dinosaurs are complemented by an on-site working lab.
El Pueblo History Museum
301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/583-0453
This historic site with an 1840s-style adobe trading post, as well as an archeological excavation of an authentic trading post, details the culture of the peoples of the region.
Ghost Town Wild West Museum
400 S. 21st St., 634-0696
Who wants to go panning? Do it (and look at other historic attractions) in the controlled environment of this frontier-town setting.
May Natural History Museum
710 Rock Creek Canyon Road, 576-0450, 800/666-3841
This museum, housing both a large collection of rare insects (!) as well as an exhibit on the history of space exploration, opens for its summer season May 1.
McAllister House Museum
423 N. Cascade Ave., 635-7925
If you feel like a guided tour and a tea, look into visiting this authentic Victorian house built by one of the founding families of the city.
Miramont Castle Museum
9 Capitol Hill Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1011
Built by a French priest in the late 1890s, the gorgeous castle hosts tours of Victorian-era rooms, a miniatures collections and hosts high teas.
Old Colorado City Historic Center
1 S. 24th St., 636-1225
On the outskirts of Old Colorado City's historic district, you can peruse a detailed collection of photographs and biographies of the history of Colorado's first capital and the surrounding area.
Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation and Colorado Springs & Interurban Railway
2333 Steel Drive, 475-9508
Dream about the Front Range commuter rail we'll have someday as you soak in the history of Colorado Springs streetcars and railways. Highlights include restored trolley cars and a short ride on a live track.
ProRodeo Hall of Fame & Museum of the American Cowboy
101 ProRodeo Drive, 528-4764
Yes, this museum boasts a legitimate hall of fame. There's also a real rodeo arena here.
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
3202 Chambers Way, 578-6777
In June, this living history museum with zones hosted by docents depicting periods in Colorado history from 1775 to 1907 reopens. Keep an eye out for the popular annual "Fiddles, Vittles and Vino" fundraiser in July and a vintage baseball game around Labor Day.
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
601 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park, 686-1820
From the outside, this one looks like it's for the kids exclusively. But it actually puts on classes for adults as well as children, and contains a wealth of information on the days of the dinosaurs with a large collection of fossil exhibits and an on-site paleontology lab.
Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame
5865 N. Nevada Ave., 487-8005
It's small, but impressive: The motorcycle museum jams nearly 60 antique motorcycles, international and domestic, inside its walls, as well as photographs from moments in motorcycle history and more.
Western Museum of Mining and Industry
225 N. Gate Blvd., 488-0880, 800/752-6558
Go for Oro and Nugget, its celebrity mascot burros. Stay to learn about the history and machinery of mining.
Dr. Lester L. Williams Fire Museum
375 Printers Pkwy., 385-5950
The Fire Museum's not often talked about, but it's worth a visit. Through collections of authentic firefighting carts, cars, uniforms and other artifacts, it offers an in-depth look at the science of firefighting as well as the history of famous local fires.
World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame
20 First St., 635-5200
Remind yourself that you're in the home of the U.S. Olympic Committee by visiting a site celebrating one of its most beloved sports. Exhibits and a hall of fame honor the history and development of figure skating with a collection of awards, costumes and other memorabilia.
Books & Writing
Pikes Peak Library District
For general information, call 531-6333 or visit ppld.org.
9475 Briar Village Point, 260-6882
20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333 ext. 2253
Home of special collections
1785 S. Eighth St., 633-6278
5550 N. Union Blvd, 531-6333
230 S. Main St., Fountain, 382-5347
1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, 488-2370
Old Colorado City
2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 634-1698
66 Lower Glenway, Palmer Lake, 481-2587
20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333
Home of El Pomar Nonprofit Resource Center, El Paso County Bar Law Library and Community Breast Cancer Resource Center
832 Village Center Drive, 593-8000
685 N. Murray Blvd., 597-5377
1821 S. Academy Blvd., 597-7070
8010 Severy Ave., Cascade, 684-9342
Rampart Library District
For general information, visit rampart.colibraries.org.
Woodland Park Public Library
218 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-9281
Florissant Public Library
334 Circle Drive, Florissant, 748-3939
Adventures in Books
606 N. Tejon St., 473-4090
This new shop in a bright downtown storefront is operated by Bill Porter, who ran Bijou Street Books for more than a decade. He's great at matching readers with selections, and his latest venture offers all types of used titles with especially enticing collections of history, children's and Colorado-related books.
Bargain Book Warehouse
104 W. Cucharras St., 475-8091
Behind the Pikes Peak Center, in a funky brick industrial building, deal-lovers will find shelf after shelf of bargains. All used hardcover books here are $4; most paperbacks are $2. The exception is a huge bin of $1 books, primarily mass-market paperbacks.
19 E. Bijou St., 578-8847
Owner Doug Scott backs up his belief that graphic novels can be literature by stocking a full range of favorite comic brands along with independent, small-press and collectible offerings. His inventory also contains graphic-novel biography, history, travel and crime, and even a modest section of manga.
Beth Anne's Book Corner
1532 N. Circle Drive, 471-7545
All those in love with love should visit Beth Anne's Book Corner. The centrally located bookstore features a huge collection (more than 50,000 volumes) of new and used romances, plus popular mystery, Western, sci-fi, fantasy and true-crime novels. While you're there, be sure to ask Beth Anne about her encounter with romance cover-boy Fabio.
Black Cat Books
720 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1589
This Manitou shop's known for having a liquor license, but that's not all: Even better is its great selection of new and used books. Black Cat also offers book clubs, poetry groups and signings, and a warm, cozy atmosphere. Curl up on a comfy couch with a book and a beer, or try a cup of the tasty, free (!) coffee.
The Book Rack
4335 N. Academy Blvd., 593-9463
Tucked into the end of a strip mall called "The Centre," north of Austin Bluffs Parkway on Academy Boulevard, this used bookshop specializes in mass-market fiction, but also carries children's books, DVDs and even used software titles. The shop also buys, sells and trades gently used items.
2501 W. Colorado Ave., #105, 632-2727
In this Old Colorado City bookshop, celebrating its 25th year, the aptly named Moriarty the cat reigns over stacks of mysteries ranging from the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew to Rex Stout and Sue Grafton. Longtime manager Lyman Mack can help you uncover the right tale.
3163 W. Colorado Ave., 636-0055
This favorite of west-siders is located near Safeway on Colorado Avenue. Its owners, who took over about a year ago, deal in friendly service and an interesting variety of books including fiction, nonfiction and children's fare. Look for big bargains in the sale racks on the sidewalk.
Books for You
1737 S. Eighth St., 630-0502
This brightly lit, well-organized and recently renovated shop is a hidden gem in the Skyway neighborhood. Operated by Gretchen Goldberg, president of the Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the store carries more than 50,000 books, ranging from mass-market paperbacks to hardcover fiction and nonfiction as well as some rare and out-of-print titles. Other inventory is available online.
2131 N. Weber St., 471-5884
Clausen has been part of local bookselling since 1946. Though the shop seems small from the outside, it's filled to the brim with used, rare and antiquarian books. One note: The selections are categorized, but not alphabetized, so shopping is an adventure.
Covered Treasures Bookstore
105 Second St., Monument, 481-2665
This shop, one of the only area independents carrying primarily new books, is a great place to sip a cup of coffee and take in the charm of downtown Monument. It carries a satisfying selection that encompasses hiking guides and regional favorites, current and classic fiction and nonfiction, as well as children's books, greeting cards and journals.
Ed's Cards & Comics
5857 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-9128
This little shop near Palmer Park and Powers boulevards carries all the major brands of comics as well as an assortment of collectible comic books, including many Silver and Golden Age finds, plus sports and other collectible trading cards. Most days, Ed himself is ready to help you with buying, selling or trading.
Heroes & Dragons
5751 N. Academy Blvd., 388-9524
Owner Carlos Sanchez consolidated his two former locations (at the Chapel Hills and Citadel malls) into this 3,800-square foot shop next to LensCrafters. The result is still a super selection of manga, comic books and fantasy, mystery and sci-fi novels. Along with knowledgeable recommendations, Sanchez offers occasional special events for role players, trading-card collectors and other gamers.
Hooked on Books
3918 Maizeland Road, 596-1621
Hooked on Books boasts the largest selection of used and discounted books in the area, with 250,000-plus stacked into the shop's unassuming but roomy strip-mall location. Owner Mary Ciletti, a fixture on the local literary scene (along with her husband local poet Jim Ciletti), buys, sells and trades all types of titles.
Poor Richard's Book Store
320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012
This shop makes up one quarter of the Poor Richard's community gathering spot. It offers a collection of used and new books as well as calendars and gift items, and features speakers and signings every month.
Local Christian bookstores
Born Again Used Books
1529 N. Union Blvd., 528-8622
This store carries used Christian books, music, tapes, DVDs and lots of homeschooling supplies. It accepts book donations and also considers items for trade.
Christian Outlet Bookstore
2310 Vickers Drive, 594-5892
Find Christian books, cards and gifts along with space to enjoy free Wi-Fi. (If you buy a book, the coffee's free, too.) On the small stage, musicians occasionally perform Christian and family-friendly tunes.
Connections Bookstore and Café
240 E. Woodmen Road, 599-4714
Located in the Woodmen Valley Chapel complex, this coffee shop and bookstore carries a range of Christian resources.
Focus on the Family Bookstore
8655 Explorer Drive, 531-3464
This bookstore in the Focus compound has books on Christian and cultural issues, the complete published works of James Dobson, and even a slide for the kiddies.
123 E. Boulder St., 389-0364
Those of the Catholic persuasion will appreciate this bookshop, which sells wares from Bibles to rosaries.
LDS Chapter and Verse Bookstore
4446 Barnes Road, 593-9831
This store welcomes members and non-members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as Mormons), and offers books, art, jewelry, games, music, clothing and more.
Pikes Peak Writers
This group's events include an annual conference, presenting nationally known writers and publishing industry professionals, as well as monthly workshops and writers' gatherings.
630-1767 (Ceil Malek)
This organization offers monthly workshops, critique sessions and networking opportunities for beginning, developing, emerging and accomplished poets. It publishes a chapbook and literary journal.
Center for Nonprofit Excellence
518 N. Nevada Ave., 575-4341
The online volunteer referral service at volunteerpikespeak.org/volunteer is the region's most comprehensive one-stop shop for figuring out how to help out.
The list below highlights denominations with relatively little local representation. For others, we'd recommend looking in the Yellow Pages.
Christ the King Anglican Church
Meets at 675 Baptist Road, Monument, 649-7111
St. Aidan's Anglican Church
1404 S. Eighth St., 473-8080
St. Luke's Church
2425 N. Chestnut St., 473-7950
Greater Christ Temple Apostolic Church
4985 N. Carefree Circle, 573-0484
2601 E. St. Vrain St., 573-2288
1622 Rainier Drive, 532-9907
Rocky Mountain Insight
2525 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite A, 634-0566
Soka Gakkai Int'l — USA
703 N. Arrawanna St., 635-8968
Springs Mountain Sangha — A Zen Buddhist Community
CC's Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 684-0210
Thubten Shedrup Ling (Center for the Study of Buddhism and Tibetan Culture)
CC's Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 447-9880
Rocky Mountain Calvary
4285 N. Academy Blvd., 597-1133
Christian Science Reading Room
407 N. Tejon St., 632-5678
First Church of Christ Scientist
325 N. Cascade Ave., 632-0051
Disciples of Christ
First Christian Church
16 E. Platte Ave., 633-8888
Eckankar of Colorado Springs
1685 W. Uintah St., 633-0453
Islamic Society of Colorado Springs
2125 N. Chestnut St., 632-3364
Colorado Springs Sufi Center
Temple Beit Torah Reformed Congregation
522 E. Madison St., 573-0841
1523 E. Monument St., 634-5311
Beth-El Mennonite Church
4625 Ranch Drive, 636-2716
First Mennonite Church
11 N. 22nd St., 635-5593
Mountain Community Mennonite Church
643 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-3155
Beit Ad-Nai Yisrael (Kehilat)
Meets at 4965 Barnes Road, 536-9331
Kehilat Mishpachah Yeshua
437 Windchime Place, 260-6965
Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church
1102 S. 21st St., 634-3771
Colorado Springs Witchcraft Society
Earth Spirit Pagans
P.O. Box 17188
Colorado Springs Fellowship
451 Windchime Place, 597-8800
New Covenant Church of God and Christ
301 E. Platte Ave., 475-7740
Pentecostal Church of God
1429 McArthur Ave., 632-4199
Victory World Outreach
3150 S. Academy Blvd., 392-1231
Colorado Springs Friends Meeting
2413 N. Cascade Ave., 685-5548
First Friends Church of Colorado Springs
2748 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 635-4011
Springs Community Church
7290 Lexington Drive, 590-1705
Springs Reformed Church
229 S. Weber St., 577-4157
Trinity Covenant Reformed Church
Meeting at 2511 N. Logan Ave., 590-1477
Community for Spiritual Living
3685 Jeannine Drive, 596-6894
Colorado Springs Church of God — Seventh Day
Meeting at 7290 Lexington Drive, 578-9818
Central Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Colorado Springs
1305 N. Union Blvd., 578-5616
Palace of Peace Seventh-Day Adventist Church
1150 Aeroplaza Drive, 591-2094
Seventh Day Baptist Church of Colorado Springs
1218 Prairie Road, 548-1098
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
730 N. Tejon St., 633-7717
High Plains Church Unitarian Universalist
1825 Dominion Way, 260-1080
United Church of Christ
First Congregational Church
20 E. St. Vrain St., 635-3549
Community Congregational Church of Manitou Springs
103 Pawnee Ave., 685-5255
Unity Church in the Rockies
1945 Mesa Road, 471-4556
Pine Creek Community Church
9565 Otero Ave., 598-8501
Mountain View Wesleyan Church
3445 Oro Blanco Drive, 550-0775
Westside First Wesleyan Church
502 N. Walnut St., 473-7113