The Hiker’s Paradise: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Author: Lauren Ross

Garden Of The Gods In Colorado Springs

Nestled just below the foundation of America’s most popular peak, Colorado Springs boasts panoramic views of frost-tipped mountains as well as desert valleys.  With an incredible mix of scenery, as well as a favorable climate, it’s no surprise that locals and outdoor enthusiasts call this El Paso County city “home”.

MONEY Magazine has ranked Colorado Springs as one of the “Best Places to Live” in 2006 – and we understand why. Downtown is flanked with charming brick boutiques, contemporary art galleries, and world-class dining. The city also features a number of urban parks, natural landscapes, family attractions, and top schools.

If you decide to make Colorado Springs your new home, be prepared for a whirlwind of outdoor adventures, recreation, and fitness. Memorial Park is a recreational community park in Colorado Springs, with a multitude of sports facilities and biking trails. You’ll find an aquatics center, gym, volleyball court, skatepark, and tennis courts surrounding Prospect Lake. An annual tradition at Memorial Park has residents seeing big, bright and beautiful colors dotting the Colorado sky.  This event, held on Labor Day Weekend, is a hot air balloon festival where festival-goers can watch the balloons lift off of Prospect Lake.

Memorial Park is just one of many beautifully-kept parks in Colorado Springs. Another park to check out is the Garden of the Gods, a national and natural landmark in the region. The park is scattered with red rock formations and is located near Kissing Camels Golf Course. Pet-parents who love hiking can also bring their pup to the park. The annual Starlight Spectacular nighttime bike race takes place at the Garden of the Gods every summer, benefiting the Trails and Open Space Coalition.

The avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast will find Colorado Springs an enjoyable place to live. From hiking Pikes Peak to cycling urban and natural trails to whitewater rafting and hot air balloon rides, this city is the perfect place to experience outdoor adventures.

Many family-friendly attractions can be found here, too. Take a train ride through the beautiful foliage of the Rockies and endless babbling brooks on the Broadmoor’s Pikes Peak Cog Railway excursion. On your journey, you’ll view majestic mountain ranges, wildflowers, gorgeous aspen trees, and woodland creatures while ascending Pikes Peak.

Speaking of the Broadmoor, the Broadmoor Hotel and Resort is a gem of its own in Colorado Springs. Built in 1918, this Italian-Renaissance style hotel has 779 rooms plus a luxurious cabin lodge site on Cheyenne Mountain.

Defense and high-tech firms are big players in Colorado Springs’ economy. Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, NORAD, and Schriever Air Force Base are located here. Higher education schools in the area include University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado College, and The United States Air Force Academy.  Athletes of the Olympic- and Paralympic- games receive training at the US Olympic Training Center campus.

With outdoor attractions like the Garden of Gods, The Broadmoor Seven Falls, Manitou Mineral Springs, and Cave of the Winds, Colorado Springs and its surrounding areas are a hiker’s paradise. Are you ready to find your dream apartment for rent in Colorado Springs? Begin your search today on Apartment Finder, where you can even view neighborhood apartments in Sky View, Downtown, and Briargate.