Why Colorado Springs
About Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs is more than one mile above sea level and is situated near the base of one of the most famous American mountains, Pikes Peak. You can have a mountain view from most areas of the Springs and see beautiful cotton candy skies at sunset. Colorado Springs is one of the most beautiful cities to see a sunset in!
America the Beautiful was written after an English professor, Katharine Lee Bates when she visited Colorado Springs in August 1893 and saw Pikes Peak for herself.
Colorado Springs averages 250 days of sunshine, 18 inches of rain and 57 inches of snow, yearly. The average temperature in January is a low of 14°F and a high of 42°F, while in July the average low is 55°F and high of 85°F.
Employment/ Job Opportunities
Reasons to live in Colorado Springs does not stop at the outdoor options. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of December 2019, Colorado Springs had an unemployment rate of just 2.5% while the U.S. average was at 3.6%. Colorado Springs is one of the top job generating cities in America (Milken Institute) and has one of the lowest per capita taxes in the United States (US Census Bureau). Colorado Springs job market will continue to successfully grow.
The city is a sought after location for businesses to lay their roots, Amazon being one of them. According to Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s Vice President, Amazon is currently constructing an 800,000 sq ft facility near the Colorado Springs Airport. This new development will provide the city with over 1,000 new job opportunities. Along with Amazon, Ent Credit Union just began construction on a new headquarters location at I25 and Interquest Pkwy. The 330,000 sq ft Ent headquarters anticipates on being completed by the end of 2021 and will employ over 1,100 new employees (The Gazette). Another company laying its roots in the Springs is In-N-Out Burger. The restaurant company is constructing a 100,000 sq ft burger patty facility and a 150,000 sq ft office building located near Voyager and Interquest Pkwy (Denver Post). The company is expected to be open in late 2021 or early 2022 and will bring in many new jobs along the way. As you can expect, Colorado Springs will continue to grow its job market in the coming years!
Out of 125 ranked cities in the United States, Colorado Springs is ranked #3 for best cities to live in and #30 for the best city to retire in, according to US News in April 2019. Colorado Springs is one of the highest sought after cities to live in. This is where younger families move to for military relocation or accepting a new job offer and end up falling in love with the city. Eventually, these families decide to stay and retire here and create their forever home to build lasting memories within the walls.
In March 2019, statistics show that Colorado holds seven of the top 20 spots for healthiest cities in America, Douglas County (just south of Denver) being #1, stated by USA Today. The Springs citizens love the city because of the variety in outdoor activities and fresh crisp air it has to offer year round.
Why you should live in Colorado Springs
View this video to get a summary of what Colorado Springs has to offer! http://www.visitcos.com/colorado-springs/media/awards-rankings.
Whether you are moving to Colorado Springs as a student attracted to the nationally ranked colleges, relocating with the military, transferring with your company, moving your small business, retiring or just looking for a new home with views of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains, we think you’ll agree; it doesn’t get any better than this. It is a quiet and gentle place to live but it comes with so much more. From the relaxing lifestyle to the natural wonders you can have it all!
Lee Bolin, Saddletree Home’s founder and president, moved to Colorado Springs for many of the same reasons you may be considering: beautiful scenery, fresh air, friendly neighbors and a bustling economy.
Top 12 Things to Do in Colorado Springs
- Pikes Peak
- Garden of The Gods
- Red Rock Canyon
- Seven Falls
- Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings
- United States Olympic Training Center
- S. Air Force Academy
- Broadmoor World Arena
- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
- Cave of the Winds
- Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum
1. Pikes Peak
Pikes Peak is an American icon. Behind Mount Fuji, Pikes Peak is the second-most visited mountain in the world. America the Beautiful was written by visiting English professor, Katharine Lee Bates in August 1893 after seeing the majestic mountain. Pikes Peak is a 14,115 ft fourteener—a mountain exceeding 14,000 ft above sea level—stands 8,000 ft high. Pikes Peak got its name after explorer Zebulon Pike who lead an expedition up the mountain. He however did not make it to the summit and since then travelers from around the world have made the journey. You can reach the top by hiking up the Barr Trail, driving up Pikes Peak Highway, or taking the Broadmoor’s Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Read more at: http://www.pikes-peak.com/about-pikes-peak/
2. Garden of The Gods
Garden of The Gods is National Natural Landmark and is composed of red sandstone formations that cover 1,367-acres. This sandstone was seen as sacred by the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Kiowa and Ute tribes. It got its name after M.S. Beach and his companion came across the majestic rock formations. M. S. Beach, suggested that it would be a “capital place for a beer garden“. However, Rufus Cable who was his companion was awestruck by the extraordinary rock formations, and exclaimed, “Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods.”
Read more information at: http://www.gardenofgods.com/park-info/park-2/park-history
3. Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon is a beautiful hiking place where there are trails along the canyons and ridges of red rock. Here you can hike with the luxurious view of Garden of The Gods. It is located south of US-24 between Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. Read more and get trail information from: http://redrockcanyonopenspace.org/recreation/trails/
3. Seven Falls
Seven Falls reaches a height of 181 feet and is composed of seven cascading waterfalls. To get to the top of seven falls you climb a 224 step staircase from the base to the peak. Seven Falls made National Geographic’s list of international waterfalls! Read more at: http://www.visitcos.com/broadmoors-seven-falls-colorado-springs
5. Manitou Springs Cliff Dwelling
The Cliff Dwellings is a museum of preserved architecture of the ancient Anasazi Indians. It is made out of fine stonework and was moved from Mesa Verde to Manitou in Colorado Springs by the founder of the Cliff Dwellings Virginia McClurg, McClurg was worried that vandals would diminish the cliff houses. Here in Manitou Springs the ruins are now a rare historical treasure. The dwellings are over 800 years old and visitors are encouraged to explore each room and take in the fascinating remnants from the American Indian culture.
6. United States Olympic Training Center
Colorado Springs became The United States Olympic Training Center administrative headquarters in July 1978. They provide housing, dining, and recreational facilities and more for up to 557 coaches and athletes. Each year about 140,000 people come visit the center. You can get a tour of the Aquatics Center and the Sports Center Gymnasiums as well as the weightlifting and wrestling facilities. Once you’ve taken a look around you can see the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Rotunda. While you explore don’t forget to take a look at the ever-changing art exhibitions found throughout the center. Read more about the Olympic Training Center at: http://www.visitcos.com/us-olympic-training-center-colorado-springs
7. United States Air Force Academy
Visit The United States Air Force Academy and learn the Academy’s history, what a cadet life is like, and see some campus attractions. There have been seven U.S. presidents who have spoken at an Air Force Academy graduation ceremony: John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Read more about the visitor center at: http://www.academyadmissions.com/visit-the-academy/self-guided-tours/visitor-center-information/
8. Cave of the Winds
Discover the amazing formations of Cave of the Winds! It was discovered in 1881 but its history goes back millions of years. According to the Colorado Springs Cave of the Winds homepage, “the Jicarilla Apaches, who lived in the Pikes Peak region around 1000 AD, passed on legends of a cave where the Great Spirit of the Wind resided”. Go inside the caves and explore! Read more at: http://www.visitcos.com/cave-winds-colorado-springs
9. The Manitou Incline
The incline is one of the most challenging hikes in Colorado Springs. It is only one mile up the mountain however it climbs 2,000 vertical feet. With its unique features it attracts Olympic athletes, runners and cyclists from around the world. Originally it was built as a cable car to carry pipeline materials to Pikes Peak. Once the pipeline was finished locals started using its steep hill as a tough workout. Soon it became a tourist attraction and one of Colorado most renown features. Read more about the incline and their hours at: http://www.visitcos.com/manitou-incline-near-colorado-springs-colorado
10. The Broadmoor World Arena
There are many things you can go to see at the Broadmoor World Arena. It is one of the finest training facilities in the world. To read more about the World Arena or to get tickets to events at the World Arena visit http://www.broadmoorworldarena.com/icehall
11. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the only mountain zoo in America. It is located on the side of a mountain and is well known for having the largest herd of reticulated giraffes. Because the zoo is on the mountain they offer an opportunity to fly over the zoo in their Mountaineer Sky Ride. The Mountaineer Sky Ride provides great views of Colorado Springs for visitors and is a relaxing way up the mountain where you can see the grizzly bears! Read more at: http://www.pikes-peak.com/attractions/cheyenne-mountain-zoo/
12. The Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum
If you are interested in the history of Colorado Springs, you are in for a treat here at the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum. The museum collects and interprets robust history with pioneer and Indian artifacts, pictures, rifles and pistols and ceramics. The tuberculosis cures and forest fires hit the hearts of more than 50,000 visitors a year. Here you learn what the Colorado Springs community was, is, and is expected to become. Read more at: http://www.cspm.org/