Spend Two Full Weeks in Colorado with Summit.

Students who choose this location will experience the classic experience students have enjoyed since 1962. Located in Manitou Springs, students will experience life in the Grandview Hotel and enjoy the stunning views of Pike’s Peak and the Manitou Incline. Off-campus activities allow students to see the beauty of God’s creation when students choose to zip line through the Rocky Mountains, raft the white waters of the Arkansas River, or simply take a gentle walk through the Garden of the Gods. The graduation celebration gives parents a glimpse into the two-week experience and ends with a night of dancing to close out the session!


2022 Colorado Conference Dates

Coming this fall.

What To Expect Each Day

Every morning starts with morning traditions: the pledge of allegiance, amazing grace, morning devotional, and prayer.

Every afternoon students enjoy a few hours of free time. After dinner, each evening session begins with live worship and ends with a classroom session or small groups.

Activities include Garden of the Gods trip, Porch chats with speakers, group outings, sports time, rock climbing, laser tag, exploring the town, community service options, hiking. Keep scrolling to see a full list of activities for 2021.

Travel Plans

Flight Information

Manitou Springs is a mountain suburb of Colorado Springs (COS), learn more about the airport, click here.

Arrival Times

Regarding proper flight arrival times, please make reservations to arrive at the Colorado Springs Airport (COS) on the first Sunday of your session between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM (check-in hours on campus are from noon to 5 PM.) If arriving earlier or later at the airport, students may have to wait longer for a shuttle. If your flight is delayed or if you arrive after 5:00 PM, please call the front desk at 719-685-2866.

Departure Times

Regarding departures, please make arrangements to depart on the morning of the second Saturday of the session by 10:00 am. (Shuttle service will be provided on this day with shuttles departing Summit at 4:00 AM, 6:00 AM, 8:00 AM, and 10:00 AM)

Airport Shuttle to Manitou Springs

Summit Ministries offers a shuttle from the COS airport (cost is $20 one-way). A shuttle can be secured for your student by updating the travel tab in your registration portal. Summit staff will be in the baggage claim area of the Colorado Springs Airport from 10 AM to 5 PM. If you have any trouble locating our Summit staff on the day of your arrival, please call Summit Ministries at 719.685.9103. Please note, if we do not receive your transportation form by the deadline, we cannot guarantee transportation for your student.

Summit Ministries can only provide transportation to and from the Colorado Springs Airport. Those arriving in Denver will need to find their own transportation (see Colorado Springs Shuttle Services) to the Summit Hotel.

Driving Information

Thinking of driving to Manitou Springs? We wish we could offer that as an easy option, but we don’t have any onsite parking for students attending a session.

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Don’t worry, a Summit Conference is not all work! There will also be a wide range of fun (optional) activities for you to choose from. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoons we’ll have an organized “Sports Time”. We’ll go to a huge grassy park nearby and have all sorts of outdoor recreation for you to join in on including soccer, volleyball, flag football, basketball, tennis, and ultimate Frisbee along with 200 other students and staff! There are also nice hiking or running trails there and great shade trees if you’d just like to relax and read a book, take a nap, spend time talking with friends, etc. (here’s one of those times the guitar comes in handy). We will also have two cookouts at this same park.

First Friday afternoon

  • Rock Climbing in Red Rock Canyon The cliffs that wall Red Rock Canyon’s flanks form a marvelous climbing area. The largest rock climbing park in the Pike’s Peak region, Red Rock Canyon contains over 100 routes that are similar to those in neighboring Garden of the Gods to the north. FRCC has been crucial to the development of Red Rock Canyon, establishing 80% of the routes! Shoes and harness included. Cost: $50 Limit: 40 students
  • Lasertag at Battlefield Colorado Colorado’s first and only OUTDOOR Laser Tag Adventure Park! Our Urban Adventure Battlefield is located right in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs, and takes up a whole city block, with 3 acres and 6 buildings for a combined indoor/outdoor urban feel just like the video games! Cost: $37 Limit: 30 students

Middle Sunday

  • Hike Pikes Peak We will leave the Summit hotel at 6:00 AM and drive about 45 minutes to the trailhead at The Crags, where we’ll ascend and conquer Devil’s Playground! The trail climbs 6.3 miles up the “backside” of Pikes Peak, ascending 4,200 vertical feet to an altitude of 14,110 feet at the summit! It takes 3–4 hours to hike, and Summit vans will wait at the top to shuttle hikers back down.
    The Pikes Peak Hike is operated under a special use permit from the Pike National Forest. Cost: $15 Limit: 37 students
  • Noah’s Ark Colorado Rafting ministry leaders in the white water rafting industry since 1983, for a 10 mile trip down the Arkansas River. Rapids are mostly class 2 and 3, so if you want to see and enjoy Colorado, this activity is for you! Cost: $110 Limit: 80 students
  • Outdoor Rock Climbing at Garden of the Gods The Garden of the Gods, one of Colorado Springs’ city parks, is a marvel to the eye and the soul. Offering climbing for all skill levels, the Garden of the Gods is an exceptional location to climb. (4-5 hours): Shoes and harness included. Cost: $80
  • Zipline This is a natural terrain Zipline course utilizing cliffs and steep wooded forest for launch and landing zones (No artificial platforms). This is an extreme activity at over 6500 feet in elevation.  Our Ziplines range in length from 225′ to 650′ in length. Our highest line is 100′ above the canyon floor. Our tour is the real deal and you won’t be disappointed! Cost: $85 Limit: 24 students

Second Monday

  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is about sharing the wonders of the natural world with kids of all ages and providing memories for a lifetime at America’s mountain Zoo. Named #4 Best Zoo in North America by USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, you’re in for way more than just watching. Cost: $27
  • Lasertag at Battlefield Colorado Colorado’s first and only OUTDOOR Laser Tag Adventure Park! Our Urban Adventure Battlefield is located right in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs, and takes up a whole city block, with 3 acres and 6 buildings for a combined indoor/outdoor urban feel just like the video games! Cost: $37 Limit: 30 students

Second Friday afternoon

  • The Focus on the Family headquarters where you can see the radio broadcast taping room, bookstore, and Visitor Center, which includes Whit’s End and a 3-story slide. Cost: Free. Limit: 45 students
  • The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum offers visitors an unparalleled interactive media experience, with ancient and modern artifacts and sports technology exhibits that capture the spirit and history of the Games and the inspiring stories of America’s greatest athletes. Cost: TBD Limit: TBD

The activity waivers can be found here.  

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Office Hours: Monday-Friday | 9:00 AM–5:00 PM Mountain Time
Phone: 719.685.9103