Wander around stalagmites and stalactites by flashlight through the Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs, just outside of Colorado Springs. The eco-tour is conducted after 5 p.m. for 15 to 75 participants. Daytime tours also are available, but the attraction is more crowded by day. The tours, which are wheelchair accessible, last about 45 minutes and wind through caverns that naturally stay at 54 F. (719) 685-5444; caveofthewinds.com
Local Update: In May, a $20 million propertywide renovation project was begun at the 316-room Cheyenne Mountain Resort. All guest rooms are being redone, a large fire pit is being added to the Mountain View Restaurant Terrace and all 40,000 square feet of meeting space is getting a facelift. The work will be finished in spring 2011.
A 300-room Renaissance Hotel, Spa and Conference Center will open in summer 2011. The property will offer about 50,000 square feet of meeting space and a Spa Botanica.
Scheduled to open in the fall is the 135-room Mining Exchange Hotel, a Grand Urban Resort in downtown Colorado Springs. The project involves the renovation of four historic buildings. The property will have 20,000 square feet of meeting space.
Daily direct flights from Washington, D.C.'s Dulles International Airport began arriving at Colorado Springs Airport on June 9.
Meeting Hotels: Major properties include the 744-room Broadmoor, 500-room Crowne Plaza Hotel Colorado Springs, 316-room Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 309-room Colorado Springs Marriott, 299-room Doubletree Hotel Colorado Springs-World Arena, 292-room Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs, 207-room Embassy Suites Colorado Springs and 87-room Garden of the Gods Club. For more area hotels, visit mcmag.com/meeting-facilities.
Airport Transit: Colorado Springs Airport, 10 miles southeast of downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, approximately $20 to $25. Many area hotels offer airport shuttle service.
Taxes: Room tax, 2%; sales tax, 7.4%; total tax on hotel rooms, 9.4%
Group Venues: Attendees with a need for speed will enjoy the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, just south of town. Opportunities include the Rookie Driving Experience and ride-alongs reaching 140 mph. (800) 237-3889; drivepetty.com
Combine team building with rappelling at the CityROCK Climbing Gym in Colorado Springs. The 10,000-square-foot facility can handle up to 100 for goal-oriented events; the smaller the group, however, the more climbing participants get to do. Outdoor adventures can be arranged, as well, for up to 20 people. (719) 634-9099; climbingtherock.com
CVB Services: Experience Colorado Springs, (800) 888-4748; visitcos.com