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Info Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs is a home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of El Paso County, Colorado, United States. Colorado Springs is located in the east central portion of the state. It is situated on Fountain Creek and is located 60 miles (97 km) south of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.
At 6,035 feet (1,839 m) the city stands over 1 mile (1.6 km) above sea level, though some areas of the city are significantly higher and lower. Colorado Springs is situated near the base of one of the most famous American mountains, Pikes Peak, rising over 14,000 feet (4,300 m) above the city on the eastern edge of the Southern Rocky Mountains. The city is home to 24 national governing bodies of sport, the United States Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Training Center.
The city had an estimated population of 456,568 in 2015, ranking as the second most populous city in the state of Colorado, behind Denver, and the 40th most populous city in the United States. The Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area had an estimated population of 697,856 in 2015.
The city covers 194.9 square miles (505 km2), making it the most extensive municipality in Colorado. Colorado Springs was ranked number five by U.S. News & World Report on the list of 2016 Best Places to Live in the USA.
|POPULATION :||• Home Rule Municipality 416,427|
• Estimate (2015) 456,568
• Urban 559,409 (US: 73rd)
• Metro 697,856 (US: 80th)
|FOUNDED :||June 19, 1886|
|TIME ZONE :||Time zone MST (UTC−7)|
Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
|AREA :||• Home Rule Municipality 194.9 sq mi (504.8 km2)|
• Land 194.6 sq mi (503.9 km2)
• Water 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
|ELEVATION :||Highest elevation 14,110 ft (4,300 m)|
Lowest elevation 5,740 ft (1,750 m)
|COORDINATES :||38°50′N 104°49′W|
|SEX RATIO :|
|AREA CODE :||719|
|POSTAL CODE :||80901-80951, 80960, 80962, 80970, 80977, 80995, 80997|
|DIALING CODE :|
The city's location at the base of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains makes it a popular tourism destination. Tourism is the third largest employer in the Pikes Peak region, accounting for more than 13,000 jobs. Nearly 5 million visitors come to the area annually, contributing $1.35 billion in revenue.
Colorado Springs has more than 55 attractions and activities in the area, including Garden of the Gods, United States Air Force Academy, the ANA Money Museum, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Old Colorado City and the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
The downtown Colorado Springs Visitor Information Center offers free area information to leisure and business travelers. The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR), also located downtown, supports and advocates for the arts throughout the Pikes Peak Region. It operates the PeakRadar website to communicate city events.
Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Visitor Information Center, 515 S. Cascade Ave. Business Hours (Offseason): Monday thru Friday: 8:30AM-5PM (Summer Season) 8AM-6PM – seven days a week!.
The Ute, Arapaho and Cheyenne peoples were the first to inhabit the area which would become Colorado Springs. Part of the territory included in the United States' 1803 Louisiana Purchase, the current city area was designated part of the 1854 Kansas Territory. In 1859, after the first local settlement was established, it became part of the Jefferson Territory on October 24 and of El Paso County on November 28. Colorado City at the Front Range confluence of Fountain and Camp creeks was "formally organized on August 13, 1859" during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush. It served as the capital of the Colorado Territory from November 5, 1861, until August 14, 1862, when the capital was moved to Denver.
In 1871 the Colorado Springs Company laid out the towns of La Font (later called Manitou Springs) and Fountain Colony, upstream and downstream respectively, of Colorado City. Within a year, Fountain Colony would be renamed "Colorado Springs", and was officially incorporated. The El Paso County seat shifted from Colorado City in 1873 to the Town of Colorado Springs. On December 1, 1880, Colorado Springs expanded northward with two annexations.
The second period of annexations was during 1889–90, and included Seavey's Addition, West Colorado Springs, East End, and another North End addition. In 1891 the Broadmoor Land Company built the Broadmoor suburb, which included the Broadmoor Casino, and by December 12, 1895, the city had "four Mining Exchanges and 275 mining brokers." By 1898, the city was designated into quadrants by the north-south Cascade Avenue and the east-west Washington/Pike's Peak avenues.
From 1899 to 1901 Tesla Experimental Station operated on Knob Hill, and aircraft flights to the Broadmoor's neighboring fields began in 1919. Alexander Airport north of the city opened in 1925, and in 1927 the original Colorado Springs Municipal Airport land was purchased east of the city.
In World War II the United States Army Air Forces leased land adjacent to the municipal airfield, naming it "Peterson Field" in December 1942. This was only one of several military presences in and around Colorado Springs during the war.
In November 1950, Ent Air Force Base was selected as the Cold War headquarters forAir Defense Command (ADC). The former WWII Army Air Base, Peterson Field, which had been inactivated at the end of the war, was re-opened in 1951 as a U.S. Air Force base. The 1950s through 1970s saw a continued expansion of the military presence in the area, with the establishment of NORAD's headquarters in the city, as well as the ADCOM headquarters.
Between 1965 and 1968 the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College and Colorado Technical University were established in or near the city. In 1977 most of the former Ent AFB became a US Olympic training center.
On October 1, 1981, the Broadmoor Addition, Cheyenne Canon, Ivywild, Skyway, and Stratton Meadows were annexed after the Colorado Supreme Court"overturned a district court decision that voided the annexation". Further annexations expanding the city include the Nielson Addition and Vineyard Commerce Park Annexation in September 2008.
Colorado Springs has a semi-arid climate(Köppen BSk), and its location just east of the Rocky Mountains affords it the rapid warming influence from chinook winds during winter but also subjects it to drastic day-to-day variability in weather conditions. The city has abundant sunshine year-round, averaging 243 sunny days per year, and receives approximately 16.5 inches (419 mm) of annual precipitation. Due to unusually low precipitation for several years after flooding in 1999, Colorado Springs enacted lawn water restrictions in 2002. These were lifted in 2005.
Colorado Springs is one of the most active lightning strike areas in the United States. This natural phenomenon led Nikola Tesla to select Colorado Springs as the preferred location to build his lab and study electricity.
Winters range from mild to moderately cold, with December, the coldest month, averaging 30.8 °F (−0.7 °C); historically January has been the coldest month, but, in recent years, December has had both lower daily maxima and minima. Typically, there are 5.2 nights with sub-0 °F (−18 °C) lows and 23.6 days where the high does not rise above freezing, and extended sub-zero (°F) cold snaps are possible but infrequent.
Snowfall is usually moderate and remains on the ground briefly because of direct sun, with the city receiving 38 inches (97 cm) per season, although the mountains to the west often receive in excess of triple that amount; March is the snowiest month in the region, both by total accumulation and number of days with measurable snowfall. In addition, 8 of the top 10 heaviest 24-hour snowfalls have occurred from March to May. Summers are warm, with July, the warmest month, averaging 70.9 °F (21.6 °C), and 18 days of 90 °F (32 °C)+ highs annually. Due to the high elevation and aridity, nights are usually relatively cool and rarely does the low remain above 70 °F (21 °C) . Dry weather generally prevails, but brief afternoon thunderstorms are common, especially in July and August when the city receives the majority of its annual rainfall, due to the North American Monsoon.
Climate data for Colorado Springs
|Record high °F (°C)||73|
|Average high °F (°C)||43.2|
|Average low °F (°C)||17.7|
|Record low °F (°C)||−26|
The city lies in a high desert with the Southern Rocky Mountains to the west, the Palmer Divide to the north, high plains further east, and high desert lands to the south when leaving Fountain and approaching Pueblo.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 194.6 square miles (504.1 km2), of which 194.6 square miles (503.9 km2) is land and 0.35 square miles (0.9 km2), or 0.19%, is water.
Colorado Springs' economy is driven primarily by the military, the high-tech industry, and tourism, in that order. The city is currently experiencing some growth mainly in the service sectors. The unemployment rate for the city as of October 2015 was 3.9% compared to 4.8% in October 2014 and 7.3% in November 2013 and compared to 3.8% for the state and 5.0% for the nation.
The defense industry plays a major role in the Colorado Springs economy, with some of the city's largest employers coming from the sector. A large segment of this industry is dedicated to the development and operation of various projects for missile defense. With its close ties to defense, the aerospace industry has also influenced the Colorado Springs economy.
Although some defense corporations have left or downsized city campuses, a slight growth trend is still recorded. Significant defense corporations in the city include Boeing, General Dynamics, Harris Corporation, SAIC, ITT, L-3 Communications,Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman. The Space Foundation is based in Colorado Springs.
A large percentage of Colorado Springs' economy is based on manufacturing high tech and complex electronic equipment. The high tech sector in the Colorado Springs area has decreased its overall presence from 2000 to 2006 (from around 21,000 down to around 8,000), with notable reductions in information technology and complex electronic equipment.Due to a slowing in tourism, the high tech sector still remains second to the military in terms of total revenue generated and employment.Current trends project the high tech employment ratio will continue to decrease in the near future.
High tech corporations with connections to the city include:
Verizon Business, a telecommunications firm, had nearly 1300 employees in 2008.Hewlett-Packard has a large sales, support, and SAN storage engineering center for the computer industry.
Storage Networking Industry Association is the home of the SNIA Technology Center.Agilent, spun off from HP in 1999 as an independent, publicly traded company. Intel had 250 employees in 2009. The facility is now used for the centralized unemployment and social services complex.
Broadcom (formerly LSI Corporation) designs semiconductors and software that accelerate storage and networking in datacenters and mobile networks. Microchip Technology (formerly Atmel), is a chip fabrication organization.Cypress Semiconductor Colorado Design Center is a chip fabrication research and development site. The Apple Inc. facility was sold to Sanmina-SCI in 1996.
- Colorado City Creamery, Rockrimmon & Delmonico. Network is secured, information available inside for how to connect.
- The Daily Grind, 1200 S Tejon St. Free WiFi.
- Einstein Bros. Café, 4325 Centennial Blvd (at intersection with Garden of the Gods Rd), +1 719 548-8408. Also at Woodmen & Academy. M-F 5:30AM-6PM, Sa 6AM-4PM, Su 7AM-4PM. Free WiFi.
- Mountain Perks Coffee, 5765 N. Academy. Free WiFi.
- Oldeworld Bagel, 1670 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd Suite A (in the same shopping plaza as Target, near I-25 and Circle), +1 719 527-9651. Free WiFi.
- Panera Bread, 7344 North Academy Blvd, +1 719 522-1100; 1845 Briargate Parkway +1 719 266-9200; 3120 New Center Point +1 719 637-3500; 1832 Southgate Road +1 719 389-0808. [www]. Free wireless; however, after you connect your browser only directs you to Panera's portal until you click on the appropriate link agreeing to their terms of service.
- Raven's Nest, 330 N Institute Suite #A (SW corner of Institute at Boulder), +1 719 632-3433. M-F 5AM-5:30PM, Sa-Su 7AM-noon. Free WiFi. "A neighborhood gathering place."
- Rico's Coffee & Wine Bar, 324 N. Tejon St. Free WiFi throughout the cafe with seating in the adjacent bookstore.
- Serranos Coffee Company, 7335 N Academy Blvd (at Falcon Landing, north of Woodmen on the east side), +1 719 266-0843. Free WiFi. Original store is in Monument.
- The Summit House, (in the shopping plaza at the corner of Voyager Parkway and Middle Creek in the northernmost part of town, From the north exit I-25 at #156A, take Northgate Road east to Voyager Parkway, turn south; from the south exit I-25 at Interquest Parkway, turn north onto Voyager Parkway), +1 719488-8893. M-F 6AM-9PM, Sa 7AM-6PM, Su 7AM-5PM. Free WiFi.
- unwiredaccess.net. Has many customers downtown. They charge a $6 one-time ("lifetime") fee for an account. Then you can use their wireless hotspots with no further charges (until they go out of business). (Their pricing is different depending on location - the PikesPerk Coffee House on North Academy still uses unwiredaccess.net but does not require a fee. It's assumed the coffee house is paying for the access).
- The towns of Monument and Palmer Lake, about 10 miles north of Colorado Springs, also have free wireless access.
Prices in Colorado Springs
MARKET / SUPERMARKET
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||$2.50|
|Bottle of Wine||1 bottle||$13.00|
|Dinner (Low-range)||for 2||$25.00|
|Dinner (Mid-range)||for 2||$50.00|
|Dinner (High-range)||for 2||$|
|Mac Meal or similar||1 meal||$6.50|
|Beer (Imported)||0.33 l||$5.30|
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||$4.00|
|Coctail drink||1 drink||$8.00|
|Men’s Haircut||1 haircut||$14.00|
|Mobile (prepaid)||1 min.||$0.16|
|Pack of Marlboro||1 pack||$5.30|
|Toilet paper||4 rolls||$2.50|
CLOTHES / SHOES
|Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)||1||$42.00|
|Dress summer (Zara, H&M.)||1||$32.00|
|Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)||1||$80.00|
|Local Transport||1 ticket||$1.80|
78 $ per day
Estimated cost per 1 day including:
- meals in cheap restaurant
- public transport
- cheap hotel
261 $ per day
Estimated cost per 1 day including:
- mid-range meals and drinks
Transportation - Get In
- Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS) - This is a full-service airport, but small enough to be able to get in and out quickly. Recent renovations, including free wireless internet, make it a very nice place to wait for an hour or two if you arrive early for your flight. Airport is located 11 miles east of downtown Colorado Springs.
- Pueblo Memorial Airport (PUB) - Small full-service airport located 40 miles south of downtown offering regional commercial air service.
- Greyhound bus terminal is at 120 S. Weber St., in downtown Colorado Springs.
- Interstate 25 is the only Interstate, running north-south through the city. Colorado Highway 83 provides a secondary route between East Denver and The Springs. US Highway 24 connects the city with mountain communities to the West and Limon Colorado on the Eastern Plains.
- Denver is 70 miles north on I-25.
- Albuquerque is about 380 miles south on I-25.
Transportation - Get Around
Colorado Springs lies along the foothills east of the Rocky Mountains. It runs north-south along I-25, with the Air Force Academy to the North, downtown to the south, and Pikes Peak rising in the west.
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- Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd. (Near N. Academy and I-25). Shopping, food court.
- The Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Dr. East (Academy & Platte (CO-24)). Shopping, food court.
- Old Colorado City (W Colorado Ave, between 23rd and 28th Streets). Historic district with shopping and restaurants.
- Manitou Springs (West on CO-24). Shopping, many restaurants, designated national historic district.
- Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza & Brewery, 11 S. Tejon, . Great gourmet pizzas.
- The Blue Star, 1645 S Tejon (next to Bristol), . Great atmosphere and good food.
- Shuga's, 702 S. Cascade, . Mon-Sat 11AM-1PM. Funky.
- Big Train, 3050 N Nevada, . Good place for chicken fried steak breakfast.
- Biaggis (shops at briargate). Great gourmet Italian food. A little on the expensive side but well worth it.
- North End Diner, 3005 N Hancock, . Big, cheap breakfast plates.
- Jake and Telly's, 2616 Colorado Avenue in Old Colorado City, .Great Greek food; under $15 for lunch, over $20 for dinner. Sit outside on their second floor patio and enjoy the gorgeous Colorado Springs weather.
- O'Furry's, 900 E. Fillmore, . Hole-in-the-wall Irish-style pub, featuring some of the best burgers in Colorado Springs.
- Colorado Bean, S. Carefree & Powers (next to ticket counter of the Cinemark theater).Coffee, drinks, Mexican food. Reasonably priced. Excellent location for dinner when you're also seeing a movie. Tied with The Armadillo for hottest green chili in the city. (now closed)
- Frankie's Bar & Grill, 945 Powers & Galley, . Neighborhood bar/grill since 1984.Burgers and wings. Perfect for watching all the games.
- Frankie's Too!, 7376 McLaughlin Rd, Falcon (Woodmen & Meridian), . Sports, spirits and food.
- Jun Japanese, 1760 Dublin, 3276 Centennial, . Very good Japanese - Popular happy hour
- Rico's Coffee and Wine Bar, 324 N. Tejon, . Wine, chocolate, coffee, tapas, and great music.
- Pueblo Viejo, 5598 N. Academy, . Authentic Mexican food. Run by a family from Jalisco, Mexico who specialize in chile rellenos. Great salsa and atmosphere.
- Solo's Restaurant, 1665 N. Newport (Powers & Fountain), . Ok diner, and you can eat inside a KC-97 aircraft, lots of aviation decor.
- Sheldon's, 204 Mount View Ln #16 (off N Nevada, south of I-25), .6AM-2PM M-Su. Awesome breakfast and daily meat sandwiches or plates for lunch.
Sights & Landmarks
- Garden of the Gods, 1805 N 30th St. (I25 Exit west 2.5mi, then south on 30th St), . 5AM-11PM. A series of dramatic sandstone formations, enclosed by a city park. Excellent for hiking and technical rock climbing. Free.
- Pikes Peak (West about 10 miles on Cimarron St./Rt 24), toll-free: .May-Sept 7AM-7PM. The most famous peak in Colorado, inspiring the song America, the Beautiful, dominates over the city to the west. Drive to the top, or ascend by Cog Rail. Feeling fit? Hike up Barr Trail to the summit, especially beautiful in the summer with all the wild flowers. Feeling really fit? Run up during the Pikes Peak Ascent or run up AND down in the Pikes Peak Marathon. $10 per person/$35 per car.
- Rock Ledge Ranch (Across 30th St from the Garden of the Gods visitor center, left at the main entrance to Garden of the Gods), . June–August and Special Events. A seasonal living history museum ranging across four time periods encompassing authentic American Indian, early settler, Victorian and Edwardian eras. $4-$8.
- Cave of the Winds (West about 6 miles on Cimarron St./Rt 24), . 9AM-9PM. A series of caves near Manitou Springs, offering tours. ~$20.
- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd (I-25 Exit 138, west to the Broadmoor Hotel, then right and follow signs), . 9AM-6PM. A small, scenic mountain zoo with many exotic animals. $12.
- Seven Falls (West on West Cheyenne Blvd), . a privately owned series of falls and nature trails. Fills up quickly on weekends, but you can instead visit neighboring Helen Hunt Falls. $9 Adult, $5.50 child.
- Helen Hunt Falls (West on West Cheyenne Blvd, right at sign). A short hike to some great views, within North Cheyenne Cañon City Park. free.
- United States Olympic Training Center, 1 Olympic Plaza, .Major U.S. Olympic training facility, with an aquatic center, gymnasiums, shooting center, and velodrome. Senior, group and military discounts are available. $5 adult, free children under 10.
- United States Air Force Academy (I-25 Exit 156B), . 8AM-6PM. Academy nestled in the foothills of the Rampart range at the north end of town, you can tour the famous Chapel and other sights. free.
- Air Force Falcons (Air Force Academy), , toll-free: . The Academy's athletic program offers college sports action throughout the school year. The best-known program is the football team, long a solidly competitive program. Football games especially offer a unique combination of military pageantry and traditional college sports atmosphere. Ticket prices vary by sport.
- May Natural History Museum (I-25 Exit 140, South 8 miles on Rt 115, right at huge beetle), . May-Sept 9AM-5PM. An eclectic but unique museum south of town, with thousands of large insects collected by John May from around the tropics. $6.
- ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy, 101 ProRodeo Dr, . The only heritage center in the world devoted to professional rodeo, with two multi-media presentations and Hall of Champions. $6 adults, $3 children.
- Garden of the Gods Trading Post (South end of Garden of the Gods park), , toll-free: . Don't miss the largest art gallery and gift shop in Colorado. Sample delicious buffalo burgers and more at the Balanced Rock Cafe, on the outdoor patio, under the shade of the cottonwood trees.
- Ghost Town Museum, 400 S. 21st St, . Step back in time to Colorado's gold-rush days and experience an 1800's old west town frozen in time. Pan for real gold! $6.50 adults, $4 children, under 6-free.
- Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., . Featuring hands-on exhibits, gold panning, a working steam engine and Oro and Nugget, mascot burros!
Things to do
- Hiking, the Pike National Forest to the west, Pikes Peak, and numerous city parks offer ample hiking opportunities.
- Horseback Riding
- Challenge Unlimited-Pikes Peak by Bike, toll-free: . Bike down over 7,000 feet from the top of Pikes Peak with professional guides, mid-April–October. Bike helmet, all-weather gear and meals are included.
- Rock Climbing, at Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon (non-marking chalk only, register first at the Garden of the Gods visitor center), and in North Cheyenne Cañon City Park.
- The Colorado Climbing Company, . Climb with certified, professional guides in the Garden of the Gods, Cheyenne Cañon, Red Rock Canyon, and more.
- Whitewater Rafting on the Arkansas river, about an hour south of town.
- Pets, Colorado Springs is very dog friendly, with excellent areas for off-leash hiking at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Palmer Park, and Bear Creek Regional Park .
- Card Games
- ACBL Unit 360 Bridge Center, 901 N.17th St, . Sanctioned duplicate games most afternoons and many evenings (except Sunday).
- Bristol Brewing Company, 1604 S Cascade Ave, . Best beer in town. Recently moved to its new location in an old elementary school. Quite charming and unique.
- Porky's Bar, 5910 Omaha at Powers, . Newly revamped, food and drink, with 5 outdoor sand volleyball courts.
- Phantom Canyon Brewing Co., 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., . M-Sa. 11AM-2AM, Sun. 10AM-2AM. Wide variety of excellent brews made on premises. Also serves high quality food for lunch and dinner Mon-Sun. Brunch is available Sunday only.
- Jack Quinns Irish Pub, Tejon St (Downtown). Great Irish and English beers, decent Irish food. Stay for the Irish band!
- Ritz Grill, 15 S Tejon St., . A great bar brings in many singles and couples alike. Popular with locals and always a good variety of reasonably-priced food.
- Trinity Brewing Co, 1466 W Garden off Gods Road (Mile or so west of I 25 on Garden off Gods Road), . Great micro brewery! Has 4-6 of their own beers on tap as well as an ever changing selection of 28 Plus other micro beers. Great food. Great crowd. Easy to find, close to Garden of the Park, Manitou Springs, Old Colorado city and the Air force Academy FREE WIFI
Things to know
Although Colorado voters approved Colorado Amendment 64, a constitutional amendment in 2013 legalizing retail sales of marijuana for recreational purposes, the Colorado Springs city council voted not to permit retail shops in the city, as was allowed in the amendment. Medical marijuana outlets continue to operate in Colorado Springs. As of 2015, there were 91 medical marijuana clinics in the city, which reported sales of $59.6 million in 2014, up 11 percent from the previous year but without recreational marijuana shops. On April 26, 2016 Colorado Springs city council decided to extend the current six-month moratorium to eighteen months with no new licenses to be granted until May 2017.
Safety in Colorado Springs
The town is about as safe as Denver, though be aware that Colorado has one of the highest death rates via automobile accidents in the US. So just remember to drive defensively and you'll be fine. Colorado Springs is infamous for speed traps also. Watch out for motorcycle cops (around 5 or 6) along with one or more cruisers waiting to catch you speeding.
The southern part of town is generally less safe than the northern part. Ft. Carson, on the southern edge of town, is a large Army installation bringing in thousands of young, energetic men and women. The businesses that these clients would frequent sometimes attract a rougher crowd. Stay north of Platte or west of Wahsatch, and all should be well.