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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is a popular resort town located at the base of Pikes Peak. Colorado Springs is where Katherine Bates was inspired to write “America the Beautiful” in 1893. Once a booming mining town, Colorado Springs is now a top place for technology companies. The picturesque Pikes Peak (el. 14,110 feet) is the city’s backdrop and draws your attention. The towering Rocky Mountains run north and south of the city, with high plains to the east giving it a vast, open feeling.

Located near the center of the state, Colorado Springs is Colorado’s second-largest city, with over half a million people living in the metro area. Under the snow-capped majesty of Pike’s Peak at the edge of the Rockies, Colorado Springs provides a less-crowded alternative to Denver but maintains a similar level of services. Colorado’s second largest city is modern yet still maintains a small town charm. Colorado Springs has an amazingly low crime rate, a healthy quality of life and a near perfect climate, boasting 300 sunny days a year. All of this contributes to a city bursting at the seams with newcomers. Hiking, skiing and rock climbing are among the favorite activities found here.

Pikes Peak, seen from Colorado Springs

A number of natural wonders are only minutes from downtown Colorado Springs. The unique sandstone formations at Garden of the Gods are free to explore and within the city limits. A cog railroad takes visitors to the top of Pike’s Peak for spectacular views of Colorado in every direction. The Manitou cliff dwellings, Cave of the Winds and Florissant Fossil Beds are among the other nearby attractions.

The largest attraction in the Colorado Springs area is the 14,110 foot Pikes Peak, named for the man who discovered it in 1806, Zebulon Pike. It’s one of America’s most visited mountains, partly because there are several ways to visit it. You can hike 12 miles up the Barr Trail to the summit, ride on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway or drive the 20 mile scenic highway and enjoy the spectacular view from the Summit House. For a real thrill, descend the mountain on a bicycle along the Pikes Peak Highway.

Garden of the Gods is an amazing natural wonder

Weather

The weather in Colorado Springs is mild. Light snowfall in winter usually melts quickly since temperatures tend to stay above freezing. Summer temperatures rarely reach the ’90’s. Rapidly changing weather and four distinct seasons also characterize the region.


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