Colorado has had its share of natural disasters in the past few years so often when I go visit friends that live in other states; they inevitably ask why I still live in Colorado. Besides the incredible resiliency of the residents of Colorado, who as I write this, are trying to recover from the recent devastating floods and the aftermath and rebuilding of both the Waldo Canyon Fire area and the Black Forest fire area, this is the most beautiful state that I’ve ever lived in. And there are many other reasons why I think people move to Colorado Springs or visit regularly.
Not surprising Garden of the Gods is ranked #1 of 79 attractions in Colorado Springs and was a Travelers’ Choice 2013 Winner. And that’s just one city park in our impressive city. Many residents not only use the park regularly but make a point to take out of state visitors.
We love to show off spectacular Pikes Peak views, hike the miles of trails and gaze at the awesome rock formations. The Springs is also home to other amazing places including Red Rock Canyon, Pikes Peak, Palmer Park, North Cheyenne Canon Park, Bear Creek Nature Center and so many more! You’ll feel right at home amongst 1200 acres of open space where wildflowers, pines, plains cottonwood, aspens, spruces and wildlife inspire artists, writers, photographers and nature lovers on a daily basis.
Visitors and residents alike love the (on average) 247 days of sun. That means more time to enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, biking, rock climbing, trail running, river rafting, golfing, fishing, and hunting. In fact, Colorado Springs has hundreds of miles of trail running. And according to the city of Colorado Springs website the city offers, “118 miles of urban bicycle trails and about 61 miles of un-paved mountain bike trails.” Visitors to Colorado Springs often comment how peaceful, beautiful and impressive the mountain scenery is and residents don’t take it for granted.
Heath and Fitness Centered Community
Being home to the Olympic Training Center is a source of local pride. And there’s also the fact that yearly Colorado is named one of the healthiest states in the county. Locals in general, are more active and have access to annual events that promote good health.
In the past few years there’s been a resurgence in celebrating and funding events, restaurants and festivals that feature locally grown food, small family farms and urban farming.
Arts, History and Culture
Museums including the Fine Arts Center, Pioneers Museum, McAllister House Museum, Peterson Air and Space Museum, Miramont Castle Museum, and the Money Museum attract visitors but locals love and are loyal to these impressive attractions too. The arts organizations in the Springs support monthly First Fridays, weekly concerts (many of them FREE), theatre, comedy events, poetry, and creative writing events.
Trip advisor named Colorado Springs as a Travelers’ Choice 2012 for 10 destinations on the rise. How many of the 122 Things to do in Colorado Springs have you experienced in Colorado Springs? If you’re planning on visiting or moving to the area what draws you to our beautiful state?
What is it about Colorado Springs that you love? We’d love to know…please tell us in the comments!