PCS To Colorado? Military Relocation Guide!

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Colorado Springs History

 

Colorado Springs has a rich and unique history. Many Native American tribes such as Ute, Arapaho, and Cheyenne, to name a few, once lived near the foothills of the mountains in Colorado Springs.

Colorado City (now Old Colorado City) was the first establishment within the region.

Later on, General Jackson Palmer, a Civil War hero, founded Colorado Springs in 1869, and was responsible for the city’s growth and development, to include the development of the Rio Grande and Denver Railroad.

Many, including Spencer Penrose (responsible for mining in Cripple Creek along with Tutt, the Broadmoor Hotel, El Pomar Foundation, and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo)Caught on to Colorado Springs’ potential and began to invest in the growth of the city.

By the 1940s, the United States Army opened up Camp Carson which then led to a strong military presence with the opening of Air Force Academy in 1954, followed by Peterson Air Force Base, the U.S. Space Command, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), and Schriever Air Force Base.

 

Colorado Springs Geography and Climate

 

Colorado Springs sits one mile above sea level (6,035 feet to be exact) and sits near the base of America’s Mountain (Pikes Peak) and is surrounded by unique geography that includes rock formations as well as other geological features such as Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds.

Colorado Springs' climate (alpine desert) is generally sunny, dry, and generally milder than one might expect, receiving about 17.4 inches of annual precipitation, and an average of 44.6" total snowfall for the area.  Average January low and high temperatures are 14°F/ 42°F and average July low and high temperatures are 55°F/ 85°F.

 

Colorado Springs Stats

 

Colorado Springs population is around 472,688. The median age is around 34 years old. The average commute time is around 23 minutes. The average salary is $50,050 and the average unemployment rate of 2.8%. It’s no wonder Colorado Springs has received such high rankings as top 3 of the Best Big City in "Best Places to Live" by Money magazine in 2019, and top 3 on U.S. News list of most desirable cities. 

 

Tourist Attractions

 

1.     Pikes Peak

2.     Cave of the Winds

3.     Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

4.     Colorado Springs Museum

5.     Ent Center for the Arts

6.     Olympic Training Center

7.     Garden of Gods

8.      Seven Falls

9.     Focus on the Family

 

 

Outdoors

 

Colorado Springs is known for its access to numerous outdoor adventures, amazing trails, and beautiful majestic scenery. Some of the adventures include a hike up the Manitou Incline, a bike ride down the Santa Fe Trail, and kayaking or SUPing on Prospect Lake to name a few.

 

 

Community

 

The best way to meet people and build a sense of community is to get involved. There are many wonderful organizations to get involved with. Here is a list of a few local organizations:

 

1.     Team Red, White, and Blue Colorado Springs Chapter

2.     UpaDowna

3.     Team Rubicon

4.     Moms Run This Town

5.     Jack Quinn’s Running Club

6.     Pikes Peak Road Runners

 

Shopping

Colorado Springs has many wonderful places to shop which include:

1.     Downtown Colorado Springs

2.     Old Colorado City

3.     Manitou Springs

4.     The Promenade Shops at Briargate

5.     Chapel Hills Mall

6.     First and Main Town Center

7.     The Citadel Mall

Military and Veterans Resources

 

Fort CarsonPeterson AFBSchriever AFBCheyenne MountainUSAFA

 

 

Colorado Springs Military Health System Facilities

 

1. Evans Army Community Hospital  

2. Premier Army Health Clinic 

3. Mountain Post Medical Home 

4. U.S. Air Force Academy Clinic (10th Medical Group) 

5. Peterson Air Force Base Clinic (21st Medical Group) 

6. Schriever Air Force Base Clinic

7. Cedar Springs Hospital 

8. PFC Floyd Lindstrom Outpatient Clinic 

9. Crawford House (Colorado Veterans Resource Coalition) 

10. El Paso County Veterans Services 

11. Mt. Carmel 

12. Stable Strides 

13. The Home Front Cares 

 

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