Welcome to stunning beauty at more than a mile above sea level. Nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains about 45 minutes south of Denver is gorgeous Colorado Springs. With majestic 14,110-foot Pikes Peak as its natural backdrop, it’s no wonder Katherine Bates was inspired to pen “America the Beautiful” standing a top its summit in the summer of 1893. This place is a living painting. Blue skies abound. You can breathe a little easier up here.
Colorado Springs held the #1 ranking in Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live. And although we have a bustling population of just under 500,000, we don’t consider it a big city. It’s home. But we’ll take the recognition. We enjoy over 300 days of sunshine, a physically active community, some of the best schools in the state, a mild climate with low humidity, and most importantly, friendly people. Not too shabby.
Affordable housing and great employment can be found in Colorado Springs. Having a cost of living slightly below national average, prices are lower compared to Denver. We’re home to 27 Fortune 500 companies, the Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, Peterson and Schriever Air Force Bases, NORAD, the United States Olympic Committee and Training Center, Compassion International, the world-famous Broadmoor Hotel, and so much more. We are a globally-important community with many choices to both live and work.
Colorado Springs offers a competitive and diverse economy with infrastructure for virtually any industry. Our primary employers represent everything from aerospace and biochemistry to defense and high-tech semiconductor manufacturing. A leader in business innovation and home to many start-up companies, we cater to both large and small, established and fledgling, international and homegrown.
Recognized as the 2nd-fittest city in the nation by Men’s Health, Colorado Springs is in shape. Hiking, jogging, mountain biking, and rock climbing are a way of life here. In fact, they are so important to us that a one-tenth-of-one-percent sales tax raises $6,000,000 annually for trails, open spaces, and parks. By law, any new development must contain open space, which is why Colorado Springs boasts 124 of them. What a concept. Trails connect neighbors, neighborhoods, cities, and the state. Start strolling from your home and end up in the mountains. Happy. Unbeatable. Witheringly beautiful. Colorado Springs.
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.” Brave the 19-mile paved road or hike the 13-mile Barr Trail to the peak. Summit House boasts a gift shop and our famous high altitude donuts.
Garden of the Gods Park
A registered National Landmark 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-Diamond 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 America’s elite Olympic hopefuls. The complex offers free tours to the public.
Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame
A rodeo museum depicting the history of the cowboys who created rodeo, America’s original sport. Original art, bronze sculptures and winnings of rodeo world champs.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
America’s only mountain zoo. It has more than 600 wild animals and is home to the giraffe 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, it’s beautiful homes. Name the architecture, we have it. And with stunning mountain and city views, you just can’t go wrong.