Colorado Springs

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About the Colorado Springs Local Directory

Colorado Springs, the largest city in El Paso County, Colorado, is approximately 60 miles south of the Denver metropolitan area and is located along the state's major Front Range growth corridor along the Interstate Highway I-25. Between the areas of Pike's Peak and Manitou Springs, the traditionalist city of Colorado Springs has developed into a major tourist destination now featuring some of the state's finest accommodations and eateries. Being called the 'high desert' of the Centennial State, Colorado Springs has a climate much different from Denver's, making it a unique tourist and retirement destination of the west. The Springs is also a notable military and military retirement town because of the city's inclusion of the US Air Force Academy, Peterson & Schriever AFB, Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Ft. Carson Army Base and the Air Force Space Command. In addition to its many distinctive characteristics, the Springs also have come to be called "Silicon Mountain", because of the city's strong relationship with high tech concept development and various related fields that involve absolute operational precision. Colorado Springs is a beautifully scenic locale, mixing old country Colorado surroundings with a surprisingly upscale ambiance and bountiful lifestyle prospects.

Climate of the Colorado Springs Area

Bordered on the west by the Rocky Mountains, a prominent feature of the Colorado Springs skyline is Pike's Peak. Colorado Springs enjoys the mild Front Range Great Plains climate. On average, the city receives less snow than Denver with the mountains to the west capturing most of the dense precipitation. The city is at the elevation of 6,035 feet and with this moderately high altitude combined with the Great Plains cozy climate, Colorado Springs loves to sport warm days, cool evenings and gentle breezes, especially in the summertime. Colorado Springs has four distinct seasons with the extended fall season being crisp and serenely mild. Many individuals experience health benefits from living here as well, finding that the Colorado Springs climate offers relief from Chronic Allergies and Asthma.

History of the Area

Originally, a mixture of Native American tribes, including the Arapahoe, Cheyenne and Sioux lived and hunted throughout the Colorado Springs region. General William J. Palmer formed Colorado Springs in 1871 and coincidentally, the formation of the city closely parallels the establishment of the first university in the Centennial state, Colorado College, located in the springs, only 4 years later. Famous explorer Robert Womack discovered a significant amount of gold in Cripple Creek in 1891, beginning a large migration to the area and to the subsequent Colorado Springs area as well, changing the dynamic of the region dramatically. In 1894, Colorado became the second state to offer suffrage to women; opening the door to social innovation the state has since become accustomed to.

Transportation

With recent improvements to the transit organization in Colorado Springs just completed, Mountain Metro Transit is now the major transportation system in the region. Mountain Metro Transit provides regular fixed-route bus transportation, complimentary ADA paratransit services (Metro Mobility) for those with disabilities as well as Metro Rides operations, which include carpool and vanpool shuttles.

Numerous buses and transfer stations make up the bulk of metro transit's active services as well as extended Saturday and Sunday operations. Mountain Metro bus services consist of curb-to-curb pick up and drop off assistance for those who are unable to use standard Metro bus services. Metro Rides setups are extremely helpful for many living in the Colorado Springs area who feel they could make their transportation methods more efficient through vehicle and cost sharing, while also promoting beneficial environment awareness and prevention.

Attractions

Tourism is an industry of great magnitude for the Colorado Springs region as well, with this particular area of Colorado being geographically magnificent and powerfully inspiring. Residents can take advantage of the close proximity of popular daily outdoor excursions like Pikes Peak, Gardens of the Gods, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (rivaling the Denver Zoo), Cave of the Winds, Pike's Peak Cog Railway, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, a historic collection of ghost towns, and a mining-town steeped in antiquity turned gambling district which goes by the name of Cripple Creek. Exclusive to the area is Seven Falls, 181 feet of brilliant cascades, which surge forth from the south end of Cheyenne Canyon, a truly inimitable feature of the area. A large variety of more metropolitan attractions are comprised of local shopping destinations, the Broadmoor Resort, the United States Olympic Training Center and an abundance of exquisite dining choices also including the over 50 year old traditional ice cream parlor, Michelle's.

Being home to well-over 20 commercial, religious, military and educational institutions, Colorado Springs boasts many affiliations with:

  • MCI
  • HP
  • Intel
  • Cheyenne Mountain Air Station
  • Focus on the Family
  • Compassion International
  • Youth with a Mission
  • International Bible Society
  • The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
  • Nazarene Bible College

The area also offers tours of the popular national landmark the United States Air Force Academy not to mention sites like Peterson AFB, the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Ft Carson Army Base, Air Force Space Command, NORAD and US Space Command. Sites such as these have been and still are significant in the formation and expansion of America's homeland security network, which continues to identify the U.S. as a highly committed and robust nation.

In the following list are the descriptions of the major cities surrounding Colorado Springs:

Fountain – Fountain, located in El Paso County Colorado, has a population of over 15,000 and is home to Pikes Peak International Raceway. Pristine views of Pikes Peak paired with a nearby proximity to Colorado Springs as well as Pueblo makes for a community unlike any other featuring easy urban access with a small-town mentality.

Manitou Springs – With exuberant whimsy and delight abound, Manitou Springs Colorado is a place for family and intimate community. Located sixty-five miles south of Denver, Manitou Springs exhibits many scenic camping destinations, Victorian bed and breakfasts and interesting day destinations such as Cave of the Winds. Also, two unique seasonal festivals include the annual Fruitcake Toss in January and the Emma Crawford Halloween Coffin Race and Festival every October.

Monument – As one of the smaller towns in Colorado Springs, Monument's population was at 1,971, as of the year 2000, the town of Monument was close to several historically significant museums, such as the Miramont Castle Museum, as well as encompassing more demanding outdoor recreational activities like skiing and snowboarding atop one of the many ski areas near Monument like Arapahoe Basin, Eldora, Loveland and Winter Park.

Security – Security, also located in El Paso County, is close by twenty county golf courses and numerous attractive outdoor parks, like Garden of the Gods, as well as many recreational common grounds. As scenic as it is accessible, Security is just one of the many distinctive areas within the Colorado Springs region.

Senior Services of Colorado Springs

Catering to seniors in the city of Colorado springs is the primary goal of many organizations within the region, such organizations included are transportation services like Fountain Valley Senior citizens Program, mobility assistance services, housing associations such as assisted living and retirement communities. Numerous public services are also provided by the city and county of Colorado Springs as well, making it all the easier to begin the second, more sophisticated, half of your journey through life.

Visit our Local Resources page to learn more about Colorado Springs, Fountain, Security, Manitou Springs and Monument. You can also search our database to learn more about the variety of senior housing and support located in the Colorado Springs area.