13 days over 90 much better than Las Vegas 111 summers
You can exercise harder in cooler weather, not die from heatstroke.
Colorado Springs a great summer place for getting in shape Mecca for athletics. Run up Pikes Peak 14,000 feet every day on the trail.
Prepare for marathon in Late August on the same trail.
Healthy population, do as they do outdoors, not doctor death kill pill get rich system big pharma Mountain bikes invented there?
Get as high as a big city you can
Get dry only 18 inches of rain snow per year
Fresh forest air rolling down Pikes Peak.
60 miles south of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver
high desert with the Southern Rocky Mountains to the west
high plains further east
high desert lands to the south
At 6,035 feet the city stands over 1 mile above sea level.
Colorado Springs is situated near the base of one of the most famous American mountains,
Pikes Peak, rising above 14,000 feet on the eastern edge of the Southern Rocky Mountains.
136 neighborhood parks,
8 community parks,
7 regional parks,
5 sports complexes totaling
9,000 acres managed by the city
500 acres of trails
160 miles of park trails
105 miles of urban trails
5,000 acres of open spaces in 48 open space areas
Garden of the Gods, considered by many to be the most beautiful park in the world.
300 foot sandstone rock formations often viewed against a backdrop of the snow-capped mountains of Pikes Peak
America the Beautiful Park
Monument Valley Park
Austin Bluffs Park
Ponderosa pine, Gambel oak, narrow leaf yucca, prickly pear cactus are some of the more common flora endemic to the Front Range in Colorado Springs.
a semi-arid climate 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.
243 sunny days per year
16.5 inches of annual precipitation.
5.2 nights with sub-0 lows and
23.6 days where the high does not rise above freezing
Snowfall is usually moderate and remains on the ground briefly because of direct sun, city receiving 38 inches of snow per season,
Summers are warm
July, the warmest month, averaging 70.9
18 days of 90 highs annually.
Due to the high elevation and aridity,
nights are usually relatively cool and rarely does the low remain above 70 °F
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
The first autumn freeze and the last freeze in the spring, on average, occur on October 2 and May 6,
average window for measurable snowfall is October 21 through April 25.
78.8% White People
16.1% Hispanic or Latino
6.3% Black or African
1.0% Native American,
0.3% Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander,
5.5% Some other race,
5.1% Two or more races.
median age in the city was 35 years
home to 24 national governing bodies of sport, including the United States Olympic Committee, the
United States Olympic Training Center, and
United States Anti-Doping Agency.
24 of the United States’ national federations for individual Olympic sports have their headquarters in Colorado Springs, including: US bobsled,
Further, over 50 national sports organizations (non-Olympic) headquarter in Colorado Springs including National Strength and Conditioning Association,
Sports Incubator various non-Olympic Sports (such as USA Ultimate) 1962 World Ice Hockey Championships
long association with the sport of figure skating, having hosted the U.S. Figure Skating Championships six times and the World Figure Skating Championships five times. It is home to the World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame and the Broadmoor Skating Club, a notable training center for the sport.
the World Arena has hosted skating events such as Skate America and the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC),
also known as The Race to the Clouds,
is an annual invitational automobile and motorcycle hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak on the last Sunday of June.
The local colleges feature many sports teams.
Notable among them are the following nationally competitive NCAA Division Iteams: United States Air Force Academy (Falcons) Football, Basketball and Hockey, Colorado College (Tigers) Hockey, and Women’s Soccer.
Colorado Springs also boasts three top-ranked Division III collegiate ultimate programs: Air Force Afterburn (Open),
Colorado College Wasabi (Open), and
Colorado College Strata (Women’s).
The Mountain West Conference and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference is based in Colorado Springs.
Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and the headquarters of the
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
original headquarters of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) from its founding in 1992 Built Ford Tough Series event at the World Arena
population of 465,101 in 2016
metro population of approximately 712,000,
ranking as the second most populous city in the state of Colorado, behind Denver, Front Range Urban Corridor,
an oblong region of urban population along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and Wyoming, path of Interstate 25
many features of a modern urban area, such as
bike trails, and
urban open-area spaces.
not exempt from problems that typically plague cities that experience tremendous growth, such as overcrowded roads and highways,
government budget issues.
Many of the problems are indirectly or directly caused by the city’s difficulty in coping with the large population growth experienced in the last twenty years Annexation to accommodate further population growth of 175,000 future residents
The Ute, Arapaho and Cheyenne peoples were the first to inhabit the area 1803 Louisiana Purchase
1854 Kansas Territory
1859 El Paso County
1859 Pike’s Peak Gold Rush capital of the Colorado Territory 1862 the capital was moved to Denver
Colorado Springs has in particular attracted a large influx of Evangelical Christians and Christian organizations in recent years.
Colorado Springs was counted to be the national headquarters for 81 different religious organizations
“the Evangelical Vatican”
“The Christian Mecca.”
Religious groups with headquarters in Colorado Springs include:
• Andrew Wommack Ministries
• Association of Christian Schools International
• Children’s Hope Chest
• Christian and Missionary Alliance
• Community Bible Study
• Compassion International
• David C. Cook
• Development Associates International
• Engineering Ministries International
• Family Talk
• Focus on the Family
• Global Action
• Hope & Home
• The Navigators
• One Child Matters
• Roman Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs
• WAY-FM Media Group
• Young Life
Colorado voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2013 legalizing retail sales of marijuana for recreational purposes,
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
Colorado Springs’ economy is driven primarily by the
unemployment rate as of October 2015 was 3.9% compared to 5.0% for the nation
The defense industry plays a major role in the Colorado Springs economy
A large segment of this industry is dedicated to missile defense. offense
aerospace. defense offense corporations in the city include
The Space Foundation is based in Colorado Springs.
A large percentage of Colorado Springs’ economy is
manufacturing high tech and complex electronic equipment.
high tech sector still remains second to the military in terms of total revenue generated and employment.
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
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.
Broadcom (formerly LSI Corporation) designs semiconductors and software that accelerate storage and networking in data centers 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
Almost immediately following the arrival of railroads beginning in 1871, the city’s location at the base of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains made it a popular tourism destination.
Tourism is the third largest employer in the Pikes Peak region, accounting for more than 16,000 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 Peak Radar website to communicate city events
Three trails, the
New Santa Fe Regional Trail,
Pikes Peak Greenway and
Fountain Creek Regional Trail,
form a continuous path from Palmer Lake, through Colorado Springs, to Fountain, Colorado.
The majority of the trail between Palmer Lake and Fountain is a soft surface breeze gravel trail. A major segment of the trail within the Colorado Springs city limits is paved.
The Urban Trail system within Colorado Springs consists of more than 110 miles of multi-use trail for biking, jogging, roller blading and walking.
The trails, except Monument Valley Park trails, may be used for equestrian traffic.
Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the trails.
Many of the trails are interconnected, having main “spine” trails, like the Pikes Peak Greenway, that lead to secondary trails.