Colorado Springs Community Information
The City of Colorado Springs is the second most populous city in the State of Colorado. The city is the county seat of El Paso County. Colorado Springs is located just east of the geographic center of the state and 63 miles south of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. At an elevation of 6035 feet, Colorado Springs is well over one mile above sea level, though some areas of the city are significantly higher. The natural physical beauty of the area, situated at the base of Pikes Peak and with an uninterrupted view of the Front Range, can be enjoyed by all. The magnificent scenery inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write the poem "America the Beautiful" after her visit here.
Most residents of Colorado Springs will tell you one of the advantages of living in this part of the state is the daily sight of Pikes Peak towering in the west. The Peak, at 14,100 feet above sea level, is an inspiring vision to those who live beneath its magnificence. Zebulon Pike tried to climb the mountain in November 1806 at the direction of President Jefferson to determine the southwestern boundary of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, but was forced back by a blizzard. Since that time, thousands of annual visitors, hikers and other outdoor-recreation enthusiasts take pride in scaling the Peak, either on foot, by train or drive the 19-mile scenic highway and enjoy the view from the new Summit House. The city's founder, General William Jackson Palmer, built the first house in the area in 1871 then the Gold Rush era of the 1890s brought many Easterners this way. Many adopted the well-known saying of "Pikes Peak or Bust" on their travels West to seek their fortunes in gold.
The climate in Colorado Springs is classified as an "alpine desert" with dry, clean air .The moderate winter and summer temperatures combined with more than 300 days of sunshine per year make Colorado Springs an ideal city for outdoor activities. Summers are dry with temperatures in the 80s to mid 90s, with cool nights in the 60s. Spring and fall temperatures range from the mid 50s to the low 70s and winters here can be white, but normally the snow that does fall melts quickly and reveals a sunny sky again. Winter temperatures range from the low 30s to the upper 40s. Snowfall averages 42 inches per season, but due to the area's plentiful sunlight, most snow melts from roadways in a day or two.
In addition to attracting a wide variety of industry, from military to high-tech to nonprofit, the city boasts more than 12,000 acres of parks, trails and open space. People from all over the World are being drawn to Colorado Springs. A great climate and the promise of financial opportunity have moved Colorado Springs from a small prairie town to one of the premier cities in the country and in July 2006, Money magazine's 2006 Best Places to Live in America survey ranked Colorado Springs No. 1, and employers will be looking at the city as a potential boomtown for their businesses.