The natural beauty of our snow-capped peaks, bike trails and open spaces, access to arts and cultural venues, family attractions, proximity to world-class ski resorts, and over 300 days of sunshine each year enhances the magic that is Colorado Springs. Drawing more than 6 million visitors a year, Colorado Springs is prime vacation destination.
Immortalized in Katherine Lee Bate’s America The Beautiful, Colorado Springs is tucked at the foot of Pikes Peak at an altitude of 6,035 feet. The city was founded in 1871 by General William Palmer. A bustling hub for the mining industry, the city was dubbed Little London for its affinity to arts and culture.
Today, Colorado Springs is enjoying a resurgence of national recognition for its quality of life and abundant opportunities. Money Magazine rated our city number one - the Best Big City in the nation to live and work - in its August 2006 issue. Cities Ranked & Rated, published by Frommer’s (April 2007), ranked our community 4th in the nation based on a rigorous analysis including cost of living, climate, education, health and healthcare, crime, transportation, leisure, arts and culture, economy and jobs, and overall quality of life. Frommer’s is the market leader in travel guides and its 300 publications reach 7 million travelers. MSN.RealEstate reported that Colorado Springs was number 10 in the Top 10 Value Cities for retirees in a study conducted by author and expert Warren Bland.
Looking for fun attractions to experience while on vacation? With a wide variety of Colorado Springs tourist attractions to see when in town, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy. Feed the giraffes at the America’s only mountain zoo, take a step back in time in an old ghost town or roar with dinosaurs. Colorado Springs attractions have something for everyone. The region features over 60 incredible Colorado Springs tourist attractions including Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and the U.S. Olympic Training Center that are ready to make your next vacation the experience of a lifetime.
Colorado Springs features a semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk). The city receives approximately 16.2 inches (411 mm) of annual precipitation. The average snowfall is 37 inches (94 cm) per year. Due to unusually low precipitation for several years after flooding in 1999, Colorado Springs enacted lawn water restrictions in 2002. These were lifted in 2005.
January averages 28.1 °F (−2.2 °C), and daytime highs can range anywhere from single digits all the way up to low 60s with the average high temperature around 44 °F (6.7 °C) degrees. Summers are typically very warm with occasional heat waves and generally arid with occasional and brief heavy rainfalls, with a July average of 71 °F (21.7 °C) and highs reaching 90 °F (32 °C). Also very hot days can reach the mid to upper 90s relatively often. The summers in Colorado Springs are generally warm and dry, 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.
Colorado Springs is just east of the Southern Rocky Mountains, which protects the city from alpine weather. The city is made up of the mountains to the west, the mountain divide to the north, high plains further east, and desert land to the south once you leave Fountain and approach Pueblo. The city has abundant sunshine throughout the year, averaging over 300 days of sun per year.
The winters in Colorado Springs range from mild to occasional bitter cold at certain times, with snow possible from September until May. Snow in May, September, and October is very rare and usually only occurs in brief flurries. Most snowfalls melt often, due to the high altitude and abundant sunshine throughout the year. However, the mountains just west of the city can receive very large amounts of snow during the winter.