Explore Colorado Springs
Located at the base of Pikes Peak about 70 miles south of Denver at an elevation of 6,035 ft. is the beautiful city of Colorado Springs. With majestic Pikes Peak at 14,110 feet above sea level serving as its natural backdrop, it is no wonder that Katherine Bates was inspired to write America the Beautiful when she stood atop that Peak in the summer of 1893. The climate of Colorado Springs is relatively mild and dry since the city is protected from harsh weather by the Rocky Mountains in the west. At this high altitude, the oxygen is less dense so humidity levels are low.
Colorado Springs has been ranked #1 in Money Magazine's BEST PLACES TO LIVE issue for large cities with over 300,000 in population. Although residents here do not consider this a big city, they'll take the recognition. Colorado Springs boasts over 300 days of sunshine, a physically fit community (recently ranked 3rd for AMERICA'S FITTEST CITIES 2005, by Men's Fitness Magazine), great schools, a mild climate, low humidity, and most importantly, friendly people.
Affordable housing can be found in Colorado Springs, Colorado with the median price being $192,500, and an average sales price of $260,000, but HURRY since the word is out! This city is also home to 5 military installations, including the United States Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base and NORAD. Colorado Springs is home to the United States Olympic Training Center (its high altitude makes training here optimal) and the world famous Broadmoor Hotel.
Colorado Springs offers a competitive and diverse economy with services and supplies for virtually any industry. The cityâ€™s primary employers include 27 Fortune 500 companies and represent sectors ranging from aerospace & biochemistry to defense and semiconductor manufacturing. The military presence accounts for 40% of the economy with a diversity of missions and service personnel. Five military installations include Fort Carson, The Air Force Academy, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Peterson Air Force Base and Shriever Air Force Base.
Recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning, Colorado is identified as the least obese state in the nation as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Colorado Springs was identified as â€śThin Cityâ€ť. Jogging, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and rock climbing are a way of life and one-tenth of a percent of sales tax raises 6 million dollars a year for trails, open spaces and parks. In fact, any new development must contain a park by law, which is why Colorado Springs boasts 124 neighborhood parks. Not to mention world-class ski resorts where fresh powder is usually on the menu. Healthy. Happy. Colorado Springs. Unbeatable.
Some of our more popular attractions in the Colorado Springs area:
The United States Air Force Academy
Home to over 4,300 cadets training to be officers in the United States Air Force. One of Colorado's most visited attractions, highlights include the cadet chapel, planetarium and Visitor's Center.
Hike, run, drive or ride the cog railway to the 14,110 foot summit of the peak that inspired the song "America the Beautiful." 19-mile road or 13-mile trail (Barr Trail) to the peak. A summit house at the peak houses a gift shop and our famous high altitude donuts.
Garden of the Gods Park
A registered National Landmark that is famous for its spectacular giant red rock formations. Tour the Visitors Center, then hike, bike, run, horseback ride or drive through several miles of breathtaking scenery.
Built by Spencer Penrose in 1918, it originally included dining, lodging, polo, golf, swimming, boating, tennis and ice skating. Now it is a world-famous 5-Star resort that serves as a major convention center and tourist attraction. It was also formerly the home of the internationally-famous ice skating arena and training center. The hotel also features a world-class golf course and spa amenities.
U.S. Olympic Complex
The Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Complex includes a state-of-the-art training facility and living quarters for elite athletes and Olympic hopefuls. The complex offers free tours to the public.
Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame
A rodeo museum that depicts the history of the cowboy who created rodeo, America's original sport. Original art, bronze sculptures and winnings of rodeo world champs.
Flying "W" Ranch
A working cattle ranch that has specialized in Western entertainment since 1953. It includes an old West town with 14 museum buildings and gift shops. A chuckwagon supper (that can serve up to 1400 people) is followed by a stage show.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
America's only mountain zoo. The zoo has more than 600 wild animals and is home to the giraffes' newer African Rift Valley Exhibit. Ride the Mountaineer Sky Ride and enjoy the Rocky Mountain goats, My Big Backyard, Asian Highlands and Rocky Mountain Wild.
Fine Arts Center
Located near downtown Colorado Springs, enjoy traveling art exhibits. The FAC is home to both the visual and performing arts.
Cave of the Winds
Take a 40-minute guided walking tour to discover the many geological treasures found in caves.
Located in Cheyenne Canyon, drive through what has been called the "Grandest mile of scenery in Colorado" to see seven separate waterfalls cascading down a cliff of pikes peak granite.
Santa's Workshop/ North Pole
Open from May to December 24th each year, come visit Santa where it's always Christmastime, at this mountainside amusement park.
Many people move to Colorado Springs to enjoy its year-round beauty, its friendly residents, and most of all, its beautiful homes.
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