Colorado's second-largest city (population 450,000), Colorado Springs is just an hour or so south of Denver and has a quite conservative reputation compared with the state capital and many other parts of the state. Indeed, this city edging the Rockies is home to a number of conservative religious and political groups, including the infamously homophobic Focus on the Family. That being said, quite a few lesbians and gays do call Colorado Springs home, and you'll find a smattering of gay bars here as well as many gay-friendly restaurants, shops, and hotels (including the posh and historic Broadmoor resort, which enthusiastically welcomes LGBT guests).
The nearby funky and artsy town of Manitou Springs is also quite popular with gays and lesbians and is one of the more progressive parts of the region.
Looking for things to do in the region? Check out the Denver Gay Guide
The city is home to the Colorado Springs PrideFest in mid-July which takes place over two days in southwest downtown's lovely America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Dr.) and includes a number of events and activities, the Colorado Springs Gay Pride Parade, and more than 100 local vendors and community organizations. The dates this year are Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10, 2016. The Pride Festival takes place over both days and will feature legendary dance singer Thea Austin and American Idol finalist David Hernandez as co-headliners.
The Colorado Springs Pride Parade will start at 11 am on Sunday at Cimarron and South Tejon Streets and end on Cimino Drive under the Colorado Avenue Bridge.
Colorado Springs Gay Resources
Expect there to be plenty going on at Colorado Springs gay bars like The Underground and Club Q. Check local resources, such as city's hip alternative newsweekly, the Colorado Springs Independent, and also the Denver-based gay paper Out Front. Also take a look at the travel site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Colorado Springs CVB.