From the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains to the Eastern Plains, the Colorado Springs area and its breathtaking natural landscape have inspired many people in the past 150 years. This fascination and wonderment has led to the continuous growth of the city and its surrounding communities. Whether it's the spectacular views, thriving economy, excellent schools, state-of-the-art healthcare facilities or numerous cultural activities, residents have discovered a higher quality of living in Colorado Springs.
The city itself provides endless opportunities for economic and cultural growth. Downtown Colorado Springs successfully combines an eclectic mix of historic homes and modern structures to create a unique, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with small shops, cafes, galleries, parks, and theaters. The U.S. Olympic Center, a premier training facility located in the heart of the city, has prepared many American Olympians to compete against the top athletes of the world.
The mountains to the west of Colorado Springs have encouraged different kinds of enthusatists. Hundreds of runners travel to Pikes Peak each year to participate in a marathon to the mountain's summit - reaching an altitude of more than 14,000 feet. Other activities to enjoy include hiking, biking, horseback riding, golfing, hunting, mountain climbing, or just taking in the magnificent views. A teacher, who traveled to the summit of Pikes Peak, was inspired by the view to pen the poem, "America The Beautiful." The Garden of the Gods, Manitou Springs, Old Colorado City and Cheyenne Mountain also offer countless activities and attractions.
Communities to the northeast and northwest of Colorado Springs offer something for everyone. From planned communities such as Briargate and Northgate, to rural towns like Black Forest and Tri-Lakes, residents can enjoy the lifestyle they choose without leaving shopping, dining, and entertainment options far behind. East Colorado Springs encompasses many small, close-knit communities that have only recently seen a growth in their populations and economies. While many retail businesses and planned communities are finding a place in Falcon, Peyton has maintained a more rural setting with many ranches.