Site Visit: Glen Eyrie Conference Center

By Natalie Dupuis, April 8, 2015

Tucked away in the mountains outside Colorado Springs, Colorado, one mile from Garden of the Gods, Glen Eyrie Conference Center is a haven for events and retreats. Gen. William Jackson Palmer originally built this English Tudor-style castle as a gift to his wife, whom he affectionately called Queen Palmer. The family was very influential in the community, as Palmer founded Colorado Springs and his wife started the first public school there in 1871.

Today, Glen Eyrie is owned and operated by The Navigators, a Christian organization that runs its own events and retreats on-site while also welcoming outside groups to the property. The main castle has three meeting rooms including the Great Hall, which can hold up to 200 people. Outside the castle, a variety of lodges and houses are spread throughout the property where guests can stay overnight or meet in small groups.

Naturally, there’s a large draw for faith-based groups, as evidenced by Karen Eaglin, director of programs and event planning at the conference center, who has recently hosted groups such as Compassion International, Focus on the Family, and Denver Institute for Faith & Work. She’s also worked with chaplains from nearby Fort Carson Army base to host marriage seminars for soldiers and their spouses.

One of the highlights of Glen Eyrie is its easy access to the outdoors. Groups can take advantage of the on-site challenge course as a trust-building activity or venture out on many hiking trails that begin on the property.

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