Colorado Springs, or just The Springs as known by the locals, is the second most populated city in Colorado. Despite the number of residents, it still maintains a quiet mountain town feel. It is consistently mentioned in rankings of the best places to live in the United States (U.S. News & World Report) for a variety of reasons, including mild average temperatures and a comfortable cost of living. Do the breathtaking views and friendly locals have you considering becoming part of this charming community? Did you receive Permanent Change of Station orders for one of the area’s military installations? If so, we’ve provided a little information to help you get to know your new home in Colorado Springs, CO.
IDEAL FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
If fresh mountain air on a sunny day sounds like bliss, then The Springs is for you! On average the city receives less than 16” rainfall annually, summers rarely get over 90 degrees/lows in the 50’s, winter highs in the 40’s/low in the teens and snow melts within a day or two. The city has a plethora of options for enjoying the outdoors. Experienced hikers can make their way to the top of the challenging Pikes Peak trail, while amateur hikers can enjoy a relaxing trek around the Garden of the Gods. Both offer stunning scenery to delight you along the way. If hiking isn’t for you, visit Cave of the Winds or Seven Falls for some amazing sightseeing. You’ll have a hard time being bored in a city with such beautiful weather and so many activities provided by Mother Nature.
SCENIC MOUNTAIN ZOO
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, one of only two mountain zoos in the world (the other being in Switzerland), is located on the side of the gorgeous Cheyenne Mountain. This park boasts the largest herd of reticulated giraffes in the world. Best part – you can get up close and hand-feed them! In addition to the giraffes, the zoo is home to African lions, Amur tigers, and various bears. Oh, my! There are also meerkats, zebras, elephants, different types of monkeys and much more. Take a ride on the carousel after spending the day visiting the exhibits, or experience the Mountaineer Sky Ride which delivers you to the Mountaineer Summit – an area not accessible by walking.
Conservation of our planet’s animals is important to the zoo. It participates in over 30 Species Survival Programs as well as in park breeding projects in efforts to prevent the extinction of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. The park also contributes to a number of wildlife conservation efforts outside of the zoo.
BEER CONNOISSEUR’S DREAM
Colorado Springs has over 20 local breweries, meaning any beer lover is going to be in heaven. Whatever your taste in beer, there is no doubt one of these breweries will have just the right beverage for you. Some companies offer scheduled tours and most offer a selection of food for you to enjoy while savoring your craft brew of choice.
In addition to the many local brew companies, The Springs hosts multiple beer festivals throughout the year. The largest of these festivals is The Springs Beer Fest each August, featuring over 40 breweries and live entertainment. For a spooktacular time around Halloween, don your best costume for the annual Haunted Brew Fest.
QUALITY COLORADO SCHOOLS
The Springs is proud to have many great school districts in El Paso County. This is due to the strong commitment and participation of students, parents, teachers, administrators and the community. Living in Colorado Springs provides many options for a quality education for your children, whether they are elementary, junior high or high school age.
Not only do we have wonderful K-12 schools, The Springs offers multiple options for higher education. These great campuses include University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, and Nazarene Bible College.
LARGE MILITARY PRESENCE
With five military command stations, you are bound to notice a large number of active and retired service members when you’re in town. After being stationed in Colorado Springs, many families choose to stay after retirement and continue to enjoy the city they now call home. The Air Force has the largest presence here with Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, and the United States Air Force Academy. The Army’s Fort Carson is just to the south of the city and NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) is to the east next to the Colorado Springs Airport. Since The Springs is landlocked, the water-based arms of the United States military – Navy, Marines and Coast Guard – have no stations in the area.
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