Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs
Pikes Peak is seen from Pikes Peak Avenue in Colorado Springs in this circa 1898 photo from the Detroit Photographic Co., which is in the collections of the Library of Congress.

By Sue Deans

Breathtaking scenery surrounds Colorado Springs.

To the west towers Pikes Peak, from whose summit in 1893 Katherine Lee Bates was inspired to write “America the Beautiful.”

Northward, the architecturally significant United States Air Force Academy nestles in the foothills and Monument Pass rises to the mesas dotting the path from Denver.

Eastward, Colorado’s plains meander as far as the eye can see.

The military presence is strong in Colorado Springs. In addition to the Air Force Academy with its 4,500 cadets, to the south-southwest lies lovely Cheyenne Mountain with its pine-covered slopes over the bunkers where the North American Aerospace Defense Command headquarters were once concealed.

Due south is Fort Carson, home of the Army’s legendary 10th Mountain Division and numerous other units. To the east is Peterson Air Force Base and NORAD’s new headquarters.

More recently, the Olympics have made themselves a strong presence in the Springs. And education is a strong point, with abundant educational opportunities, including Colorado College, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Community College, in addition to the Air Force Academy.

More Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs history
Area map

“Must-see” attractions
Garden of the Gods Park
Pikes Peak
U.S. Air Force Academy
U.S. Olympic Complex

More attractions
Cave of the Winds
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Flying W Ranch
Focus on the Family Welcome Center
Ghost Town Wild West Museum
Horticultural Art Society Gardens
Manitou Springs
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Peterson Air and Space Museum
Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy
Seven Falls
World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame
Xeriscape Demonstration Gardens

Colorado Springs facts
Population: 416,427 (2010 Census).
Land area: 185.7 square miles.
County: El Paso (Colorado Springs is county seat).
Altitude: 6,035 feet above sea level.
Climate: Warm summers, cold winters and low humidity, with abundant sunshine year-round. Annual precipitation of 16 inches, including average snowfall of 40 inches. January averages: high 43, low 17. July averages: high 85, low 57. More weather >>