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INTRODUCTIONS

WELCOME Welcome to the Pikes Peak region! Once you have lived in the shadow of America’s Mountain, old timers say, you always will return. You’ll be hooked not only on Pikes Peak, but also on the Garden of the Gods, Red Rocks Canyon and hundreds of other beautiful sites for hiking and biking. Plenty of golf courses also grace our fair city, and you can take your pick. So to get a good start, take a look at FYI magazine. Here you’ll find a description of various neighborhoods in our city of about 465,000 people, with a metro population of about 700,000. The data also will tell you what schools and hospitals serve that neighborhood, plus how long it will take you to drive to Fort Carson or to downtown from the neighborhood of your choice. Explore our city fully and with zest; you have a plethora of choices on where to live, and each has unique offerings. So welcome, once again, to the friendliest city in the Rockies. We’re glad you’re here!

Your newcomers’ guide to the Pikes Peak Region.

GAZETTE LEADERSHIP PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER Chris Reen EDITOR Vince Bzdek VP OF SALES Jim Broyles VP HUMAN RESOURCES Ivy Morris VP CIRCULATION Rich Williams

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VP FINANCE Dedie McKenzie

NEIGHBORHOODS

FYI CREDITS

Northeast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7 Black Forest, Tri-Lakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 Powers Corridor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Northwest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-13 JUST THE FACTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 REGIONAL MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Southeast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17-18 Southwest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19-21 West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-24 Downtown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25-26

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As Colorado Springs’ growth continues to surge north and northeast, the Briargate, InterQuest and Northgate areas have become ground zero for some of the city's most modern housing and newest shopping centers.

Laura Karcher and her grandson, Tyler Karcher, took a walk around the fountain after the weather passed at Wolf Ranch. (Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

Each neighborhood has its own schools, and with so many children in the area, developers created year-round, family-friendly activities.

Briargate, Cordera and Wolf Ranch, some of the newest 'hoods in town RICH LADEN

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BRIARGATE, A MASTER-PLANNED COMMUNITY WHERE THE FIRST HOMES WERE BUILT IN 1978, has become home to several subdivisions, with Cordera, Pine Creek and Wolf Ranch among the largest and newest.

It's also a great area for retail therapy, with the Chapel Hills Mall, Promenade Shops at Briargate, Briargate Crossing and the new Highlands at Briargate among high-profile shopping centers. The area has more than 13,000 homes on its 9,600-plus acres, with many more developments on the way. Briargate was one of the Springs’ first master-planned communities — an area where residents could live, work and play. In addition to neighborhoods and shopping, the area is home to dozens of employers at the Briargate Business Campus. Home builders in Briargate stay within strict design guidelines, producing houses in the Prairie, Craftsman, cottage and Spanish styles. All of the neighborhoods are family-centric, boasting some of the best schools in Colorado. Academy District 20 serves all three neighborhoods with 22 elementary schools, nine middle schools and seven high schools.

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DID YOU KNOW? BRIARGATE ALSO IS HOME TO A YMCA AND A GOLF COURSE. Pine Creek, at the northernmost edge

of Briargate, has an 18-hole championship course. This development started in 1980 and hasn't slowed, as buyers have flooded the real estate market, hoping to get a home that faces the Rockies.

FARTHER NORTH OF BRIARGATE, FLYING HORSE, INTERQUEST AND NORTHGATE are among the city’s

fastest-growing residential and commercial areas. Flying Horse is an upscale development with posh homes, a golf course, clubhouse and boutique hotel, among other amenities.

One of the roundabouts in the Flying Horse neighborhood has a beautiful garden and horse sculpture. (Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

BRIARGATE RECENTLY WELCOMED THE STATE'S NEWEST CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL: CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL COLORADO AT COLORADO SPRINGS.

It opened in late May on UCHealth’s Memorial Hospital North campus; Children’s is the first southern Colorado hospital that specializes in pediatric care.

THE AWARD-WINNING WOLF RANCH, on the far

northeast edge of Colorado Springs, has a high walkability rating, as the pedestrian-friendly ranch has many parks and walking trails.

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A Children's Hospital helicopter flies over the new Children's Hospital in Colorado Springs on May 28, 2019. The 294,000-square-foot hospital, on the UCHealth Memorial Hospital North's campus, celebrates its grand opening July 17. (Parker Seibold, The Gazette)

INTERQUEST HAS BECOME ONE OF THE CITY’S HOTTEST COMMERCIAL AREAS. The Great Wolf Lodge hotel and water park helps anchor the InterQuest Marketplace shopping center, which includes the Regal InterQuest movie theater complex, The Summit entertainment center, restaurants, stores and apartments. InterQuest Commons and Victory Ridge are other commercial developments in the area. InterQuest also will be home to Ent Credit Union’s new headquarters, a Scheels All Sports outdoor store and In-N-Out Burger’s first Colorado restaurant, as well as its distribution center and patty production facility. Northgate boasts single-family homes, apartments and the 200-acre Polaris Pointe retail complex. Bass Pro Shops anchors Polaris Pointe, which also has Overdrive Raceway, Magnum Shooting Center, the new Boot Barn Hall at Bourbon Brothers concert hall, restaurants and stores. Judy Brisbois (left) plays the washboard like a pro after being "volunteered" by Tony Trahan during a free concert July 20, 2017. Trahan was playing with the BlueKrewe Band, a Louisiana roots band, at Angel Mist Park at Flying Horse. The free concerts are held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first and third Thursday in August. Many communities around the Pikes Peak region have free concerts through the summer. (Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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BLACK FOREST AND TRI-LAKES

Black Forest — a popular rural area north of Colorado Springs and east of the Air Force Academy — is home to horses and nature lovers.

Palmer Lake boasts that their town is "Almost Heaven" on a local sign. (The Gazette)

Into the wilderness of Black Forest and Tri-Lakes KATE POWELL

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BLACK FOREST REGIONAL PARK HAS MANY HIKING TRAILS, basketball and tennis courts, picnic areas and much more, along with other parks and recreation areas.

It's also a hamlet of survivors of the Black Forest fire, which killed two people, destroyed more than 500 homes and scorched 14,280 acres June 11-20, 2013. The wooded refuge has recovered substantially since. The area’s schools are highly rated.

TRI-LAKES, AT THE NORTHERN EDGE OF EL PASO COUNTY, ENCOMPASSES MONUMENT, PALMER LAKE AND WOODMOOR.

 Monument has mansions studded throughout its forests and a historic downtown with wooden sidewalks and tourist-friendly antique and toy shops. The town holds free concerts every Wednesday night through the summer in Limbach Park, and popular food trucks always attend.

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 Palmer Lake became a town in 1871. Like Colorado Springs, its founder was Gen. William Jackson Palmer. The old stop on the Santa Fe Railroad has evolved from a primarily agricultural and ranching community to one of the most popular places in southern Colorado to buy a home.  Woodmoor, a tiny covenant-controlled town just east of Monument, has many bridle trails in its common areas, and its Wild Duck Pond and Twin Ponds are stocked with trout and carp. The little burg's ecosystem also is home to bears, deer, foxes, coyotes and sometimes mountain lions.


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Palmer Lake park, overlooking the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts. (The Gazette)

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POWERS CORRIDOR

The Powers Corridor is the hottest retail stretch in Colorado Springs, a magnet for major hotels, dozens of stores and restaurants and even a massive new indoor rock-climbing center.

Toasty, mascot of the Vibes rookie baseball team, is shown here at UCHealth Park. (Gazette file photo)

Powers to the people: Colorado Springs stretch exploding with growth KATE POWELL

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WHY SO MANY AMENITIES? They're thanks to the population hub that has built up in the city's northeast corner.

The Stetson Hills neighborhood is near the Sand Creek Trail as well as all the shopping, theaters and other area attractions. Other major neighborhoods in the area include Greenhaven, Springs Ranch, Indigo Ranch, Claremont Ranch and Constitution Hills.

Springs Ranch is east of the giant First & Main shopping and entertainment complex. It's home to several schools, the Springs Ranch Golf Course and UCHealth Park, home of the Rocky Mountain Vibes minor-league baseball team.

 TRI-LAKES, AT THE NORTHERN EDGE OF EL PASO COUNTY, ENCOMPASSES MONUMENT, PALMER LAKE AND WOODMOOR.

 Banning Lewis Ranch is so massive that it covers about a third of the city, offers a variety of home styles, well-regarded schools and easy access to shopping, recreation and medical care, whether at UCHealth Memorial Hospital North or the St. Francis Medical Center. The ranch also features 10 recreation areas, such as its community center, Northtree Ranch, junior Olympic pool, Vista Water Park and pickleball courts.

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Falcon, an unincorporated area northeast of Banning Lewis Ranch, also is a hotbed of housing development. With roots as a railroad town, Falcon has grown into a thriving residential and commercial area. It's home to the Homestead Ranch Historical Park, site of the first homestead of the township.


NORTHWEST

Nestled against the leading edge of the Front Range, Colorado Springs' northwest side features stunning views to those lucky enough to live there.

Olivia Brandt, 19, and Tristan Brandt, 15, hike the Dry Creek Trail with their dog, Pim, on Aug. 13, 2018, while exploring the Blodgett Peak Open Space in Colorado Springs. The city of Colorado Springs spent $800,000 to buy 64 more acres for the open space in its northwest quadrant. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

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Aerial photo of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. (Gazette file photo)

While natural beauty abounds, residents also can easily access shopping, restaurants and grocery stores nearby. Downtown Colorado Springs and the Air Force Academy are minutes away.

Stunning views, Blodgett Peak and cargo plane wreckage all in gorgeous northwest corner EVAN OCHSNER

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THE ROCKRIMMON, PEREGRINE, CEDAR HEIGHTS AND KISSING CAMELS NEIGHBORHOODS ALL SIT ALONG THE FOOTHILLS OF THE ROCKIES AND LOOK DOWN OVER COLORADO SPRINGS.

THE ROLLING TOPOGRAPHY IS BLANKETED WITH MATURE TREES, AND DEER ROAM THROUGH THE FORESTED LANDSCAPE.

 It's not only the wildlife that enjoy the area's natural features. Residents have easy access to Ute Valley Park, with hiking and cycling trails that span a hogback ridge.

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 The beloved Flying W Ranch also sits in this quadrant, where chuckwagon suppers were served to tourists and locals alike since 1953. The 2012 Waldo Canyon fire destroyed the ranch buildings, but not the spirit of the westerners who long toiled here. Work has been afoot ever since to restore the authentic ranch, which still runs some cattle and horses. The long-awaited reopening is set for Memorial Day weekend 2020.

Peggy Mamalakis and Angie Roach (from left) lost their homes on Majestic Drive during the Waldo Canyon fire in 2012. They have rebuilt in the same spot, where they continue to be neighbors and good friends. Hundreds attended a dedication at Mountain Shadows Park for a sculpture memorial, playground and the Bill and Barbara Everett Hiking Trail on Nov. 22, 2014. (Jerilee Bennet, The Gazette)


NORTHWEST

NEARBY, BLODGETT PEAK'S 9,426-FOOT SUMMIT TOWERS MORE THAN 2,000 FEET ABOVE THE TRAIL. Hidden on the peak's northwest ridge is the wreckage from a military cargo plane that crashed into the mountain in 1943, killing four. They were flying from Pueblo to Denver when the plane struck the peak.

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Reaching the wreckage is difficult, requiring a short, steep descent on scree down to the mangled metal beneath the ridge. The site is still marked by a U.S. flag to memorialize the lives of the servicemen who died in the crash. The peak also brings hikers close to the Waldo Canyon burn scar, and the devastation there is in stark contrast to Blodgett's verdant lower levels. An open space with rolling trails lies at the peak's base.

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JUST THE FACTS

NORTHEAST

15 MINUTE drive to downtown 26 MINUTE drive to Fort Carson SCHOOLS INCLUDE Palmer Ridge High School, Lewis Palmer, Academy School District 20

NEAREST MEDICAL UCHealth Memorial Hospital North, St. Francis Medical Center and Children's Hospital Colorado in Colorado Springs

BLACK FOREST AND TRI-LAKES 20 MINUTE drive to downtown 35 MINUTE drive to Fort Carson SCHOOLS INCLUDE

POWERS CORRIDOR 30 MINUTE drive to downtown and Fort Carson SCHOOLS INCLUDE

Banning Lewis Academy and Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy. School District 49, serving Falcon, is one of the state's fastest-growing districts.

NEAREST MEDICAL UCHealth Memorial Hospital North, St. Francis Medical Center, UCHealth Falcon Medical Center PARKS AND OPEN SPACES Homestead Ranch and Falcon regional parks, High Chaparral Open Space. The Sand Creek and Cottonwood Creek trails also run through this area, both alongside waterways.

SOUTHWEST COLORADO SPRINGS

Academy School District 20 K-12 Education

NEAREST MEDICAL includes UCHealth Memorial

10 MINUTE drive to downtown 20 MINUTE drive to Fort Carson

TRAILS AND OPEN SPACES

Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 obtain some of the highest achievement levels in the state.

Hospital North, St. Francis Medical Center and Children's Hospital Colorado in Colorado Springs Fox Run Regional Park, Greenland Open Space, Monument Lake and others.

NEAREST MILITARY INSTALLATION

The U.S. Air Force Academy, is about 15 minutes south of Tri-Lakes.

NORTHWEST 15-30 MINUTE drive to downtown 25-35 MINUTE drive to Fort Carson SCHOOLS INCLUDE Academy School District 20 TRAILS AND OPEN SPACES Ute Valley,

Rockrimmon Open Space, Mountain Shadows Open Space, Woodmen Valley Park, Oak Valley Ranch Park

NEAREST MILITARY INSTALLATION

The U.S. Air Force Academy

WEST SIDE AND MANITOU SPRINGS 15 MINUTE drive to downtown 30 MINUTE drive to Fort Carson SCHOOLS INCLUDE Manitou School District and Colorado Springs District 11, the area's biggest NEAREST MEDICAL includes UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central and Penrose Hospital 14

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SCHOOLS INCLUDE

NEAREST MEDICAL

Penrose Hospital and UCHealth Memorial Central

RECREATION Bear Creek Regional Park, has 545 acres in the rolling foothills of Pikes Peak with an adjacent off-leash dog park.

DOWNTOWN COLORADO SPRINGS JUST EAST OF 1-25 stretches from Uintah Street on the north to West Cimarron Street on the south

SCHOOLS INCLUDE

Colorado Springs School District 11, the region's biggest district, provides K-12 education. Pikes Peak Community College and Colorado College, a private liberal arts school, both are downtown, as is a relatively new branch of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

NEAREST MEDICAL UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central and Penrose Hospital FOR FUN Visit the gorgeous, 100-year-old Patty Jewett Golf Course. Rising above the Old North End with two-story windows is the steeple of Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Grace Episcopal organized as a parish in 1873 on land donated by the city's founder, Gen. William Jackson Palmer.


JUST THE FACTS

JUST THE FACTS

NORTHEAST

15 MINUTE drive to downtown 26 MINUTE drive to Fort Carson SCHOOLS INCLUDE Palmer Ridge High School, Lewis Palmer, Academy School District 20

NEAREST MEDICAL UCHealth Memorial Hospital North, St. Francis Medical Center and Children's Hospital Colorado in Colorado Springs

BLACK FOREST AND TRI-LAKES 20 MINUTE drive to downtown 35 MINUTE drive to Fort Carson SCHOOLS INCLUDE

POWERS CORRIDOR 30 MINUTE drive to downtown and Fort Carson SCHOOLS INCLUDE

Banning Lewis Academy and Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy. School District 49, serving Falcon, is one of the state's fastest-growing districts.

NEAREST MEDICAL UCHealth Memorial Hospital North, St. Francis Medical Center, UCHealth Falcon Medical Center PARKS AND OPEN SPACES Homestead Ranch and Falcon regional parks, High Chaparral Open Space. The Sand Creek and Cottonwood Creek trails also run through this area, both alongside waterways.

SOUTHWEST COLORADO SPRINGS

Academy School District 20 K-12 Education

NEAREST MEDICAL includes UCHealth Memorial

10 MINUTE drive to downtown 20 MINUTE drive to Fort Carson

TRAILS AND OPEN SPACES

Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 obtain some of the highest achievement levels in the state.

Hospital North, St. Francis Medical Center and Children's Hospital Colorado in Colorado Springs Fox Run Regional Park, Greenland Open Space, Monument Lake and others.

NEAREST MILITARY INSTALLATION

The U.S. Air Force Academy, is about 15 minutes south of Tri-Lakes.

NORTHWEST 15-30 MINUTE drive to downtown 25-35 MINUTE drive to Fort Carson SCHOOLS INCLUDE Academy School District 20 TRAILS AND OPEN SPACES Ute Valley,

Rockrimmon Open Space, Mountain Shadows Open Space, Woodmen Valley Park, Oak Valley Ranch Park

NEAREST MILITARY INSTALLATION

The U.S. Air Force Academy

WEST SIDE AND MANITOU SPRINGS 15 MINUTE drive to downtown 30 MINUTE drive to Fort Carson SCHOOLS INCLUDE Manitou School District and Colorado Springs District 11, the area's biggest NEAREST MEDICAL includes UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central and Penrose Hospital 14

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SCHOOLS INCLUDE

NEAREST MEDICAL

Penrose Hospital and UCHealth Memorial Central

RECREATION Bear Creek Regional Park, has 545 acres in the rolling foothills of Pikes Peak with an adjacent off-leash dog park.

DOWNTOWN COLORADO SPRINGS JUST EAST OF 1-25 stretches from Uintah Street on the north to West Cimarron Street on the south

SCHOOLS INCLUDE

Colorado Springs School District 11, the region's biggest district, provides K-12 education. Pikes Peak Community College and Colorado College, a private liberal arts school, both are downtown, as is a relatively new branch of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

NEAREST MEDICAL UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central and Penrose Hospital FOR FUN Visit the gorgeous, 100-year-old Patty Jewett Golf Course. Rising above the Old North End with two-story windows is the steeple of Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Grace Episcopal organized as a parish in 1873 on land donated by the city's founder, Gen. William Jackson Palmer.


MAP

NEIGHBORHOODS & CITIES

THE BIGGER PICTURE While this map is not to scale, it provides general guidelines of where newcomers can find their perfect neighborhoods, retail shopping hubs, outdoor venues for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and rock-climbing, and a wide variety of arts and cultural venues in the Colorado Springs metro area. From Palmer Lake on the north to Fountain at the south, from the western arts communities of Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City to the easternmost Banning Lewis Ranch, the Pikes Peak region has variety galore.

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Colorado Springs' southeast side and Fountain Valley lie farther from the mountains that tower over our city, but those areas have their own unique features, history and natural beauty.

Travelers head out of the Colorado Springs Airport after arrival. Passenger numbers were up in 2018. (Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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THE COLORADO SPRINGS' SOUTHEAST SIDE AND FOUNTAIN VALLEY LIE FARTHER FROM THE MOUNTAINS THAT TOWER OVER OUR CITY, but those areas have their own unique features, history and natural beauty. The area is anchored by the Colorado Springs Airport, an economic driver that has generated tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic impact. Four of the nation's largest airlines — American, Delta, United and Frontier — provide nonstop flights across the country.

◉ The hallmark attraction for southeast Colorado Springs

has to be the National Museum of World War II Aviation, 755 Aviation Way. It honors a time when the Air Force had yet to be conceived, and pilots flew with the Army Air Corps in daring bombing runs deep over Nazi Germany and Japan. The museum houses many rare planes, and it complements the city's rich military presence with a nod to its historical significance.

John Henry, museum spokesman, walks past a B-25 Mitchell plane at the National Museum of World War II Aviation at the Colorado Springs Airport. The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday for tours. Reservations are recommended. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette) gazette.com/fyi

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THE BLUESTEM PRAIRIE OPEN SPACE, just south of the airport, boasts 650 acres of wildflower-specked grasslands inhabited by pronghorn, black-tailed prairie dogs, as well as mountain plovers, red-tailed hawks, burrowing owls and migratory shorebirds. This gorgeous terrain surrounds the Big Johnson Reservoir.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY has been recognized nationally as "on the rise," providing affordable housing and easy access to Fort Carson and Interstate 25. The region is spattered with parks and open spaces, including Fountain Regional Park and the Fountain Creek Nature Center. Both of these areas provide a respite from hectic city life, with suburban homes, farms, ranches and open spaces galore.

◉ The Fountain Valley School of Colorado, a private

boarding college preparatory school, has graduated such stars as Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr., actress Dominique Dunn and Denver author Mike McPhee. Fountain Valley is also home to Tee Cross Ranches, an enormous operation that raises and sells cattle, show horses and stallions.

◉ Bluestem Prairie Open Space has 650 acres of grassland that is home to pronghorn, prairie dogs and other wildlife.

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Fountain Valley School’s new athletic center features one of the nation’s largest high school climbing facilities. (Photo courtesy of Fountain Valley School)


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The Pikes Peak region is known for its tourist attractions, but southwest Colorado Springs has its own diversions — and not just for visitors.

A Broadmoor neighborhood. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

Southwest Colorado Springs a magnet for hikers, bikers, even giraffes JESSICA SNOUWAERT Special to The Gazette

LOCALS' FAVORITE ADVENTURE HUB IS NORTH CHEYENNE CAÑON, boasting a variety of views and trails for hikers and mountain bikers of all types. Whether it's a quick jaunt up Mount Cutler or a deeper escape to St. Mary's Falls, there's something for everyone. Out-of-towners delight at Helen Hunt Falls. As they do at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, which has the largest giraffe herd of any zoo. Visitors can buy lettuce bundles to hand feed the gentle creatures. They also pay to behold Seven Falls, not far from The Broadmoor, a world-renowned, fivestar hotel.

This quadrant of the city is a perfect spot for locals to emulate our visitors and slow down to appreciate the striking scenery and fresh mountain air.

◉ At the base of Cheyenne Mountain, neighborhoods are a

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Cheyenne High School cross country runners Gavin Ugianskis, left, and Brandan Myers run on the Columbine Trail in Cheyenne Canon during practice. (Gazette file photo)


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THE ARMY'S SPRAWLING FORT CARSON SITS TO THE SOUTH, and downtown Colorado Springs

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ALSO GRACING THE CITY'S SOUTHWEST QUADRANT IS IVYWILD, a neighborhood of eclectic homes surrounding the popular

Ivywild School. There, people report to the Principal's Office for cocktails, coffees, juices and other libations, and they head to the school gym for live music. They gather at the Bristol Brewing Co. or Bristol Pub, chow down at the Ivywild Kitchen, sip locally distilled libations at the Axe & the Oak Whiskey and buy ethnically sourced gifts and other handmade items at the Yobel Market.

UPHILL AT THE BROADMOOR, A 93,500-SQUARE-FOOT EXPANSION IS UNDERWAY AT BROADMOOR HALL, an

is minutes away.

NEIGHBORHOODS INCLUDE BROADMOOR BLUFFS, THE BROADMOOR RESORT COMMUNITY AND THE STRATTON PRESERVE, near the beloved Stratton Meadows Open Space.

exhibition space that hosts meetings, conferences and the worldfamous Space Symposium, which attracts thousands from around the world. The Space Symposium is hosted by the Colorado Springsbased Space Foundation.

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The Old West rules on the city’s west side and in adjacent Manitou Springs SETH BOSTER

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MANITOU SPRINGS, JUST WEST OF OUR CITY, is the gateway to Pikes Peak, nestled at the base of Barr Trail to the summit. Residents also delight in Manitou's Intemann Trail, connecting neighborhoods to some of the region’s best nature preserves, including Red Rock Canyon Open Space. But most popular is the Manitou Incline, a grueling stretch of railroad ties that never seems to frighten visiting flatlanders. More rustic living is had farther west along Ute Pass, in the forested hamlets of Cascade, Chipita Park and Green Mountain Falls, the latter of which joins Manitou in becoming tourist central every summer. Manitou has plenty of funky shops and eateries to explore, not to mention the penny arcade, fun for all ages.

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The Northern Wind Native Dancers entertain the crowds at Old Colorado City on May 26, 2019. The festival celebrates Old Colorado City being the state’s first capital. (Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Downtown, the heart of Colorado Springs, has thrived with recent commercial development, condos and upscale apartment complexes.

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DOWNTOWN The 5- to 7-mile free bike ride through downtown brings a sense of community and fun to the streets.

Downtown Colorado Springs: The mountain town that's still a city LIZ HENDERSON

Central Colorado Springs, from the revived stretch along South Tejon Street to the prized, historic Patty Jewett and Old North End neighborhoods, combines an eclectic mix of new buildings and retail with homes that still champion the city’s history.

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DOWNTOWN, THE HEART OF COLORADO SPRINGS, has thrived with recent commercial development, condos and upscale apartment complexes. Downtown boasts historical jewels such as the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and McAllister House Museum, as well as the annual Art on the Streets exhibit and many other arts and cultural experiences. The Fine Arts Center at Colorado College is home to permanent and traveling art exhibits, a theater company, a 450-seat performing arts theater, a music room, gift shop and the Bemis School of Art. "Explore the creative corridor" from April through October by riding the free First Friday shuttle bus to art galleries from downtown through Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. Downtown living options have never been more abundant. Multistory structures offer units for renters who want to walk or bike to coffee shops, bars and jobs. Residents can enjoy all the perks of living in a city, while the grand view of Pikes Peak reminds them that the soul of Colorado Springs is still a mountain town. The bustling urban life also provides plenty of outdoor opportunities. Stop at Oskar Blues, 118 N. Tejon St., during the summer for UpaDowna's weekly Pedal Party.

The annual Children's Parade kicked off the Fourth of July holiday in the Old North End. (Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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