About Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colorado Springs, Colorado (elevation 6,035 ft.) is a city located at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains. It’s Colorado’s second most populous city. It lies near glacier-carved Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain – a landmark in Pike National Forest with hiking trails and a cog railway leading to its 14,114-ft. summit. The city’s Garden of the Gods Park is outstanding and features iconic red-sandstone formations and mountain views. The city is home to 24 national governing bodies of sport, the United States Olympic Committee, and the United States Olympic Training Center.
The Ute, Arapaho, and Cheyenne peoples were the first to inhabit the area. In 1859, after the first local settlement was established, it became part of the Jefferson Territory on October 24 and of El Paso County on November 28. Old Colorado City, located at the Front Range confluence of Fountain and Camp creeks, was formally established in 1859. This all came during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. It served as the capital of the Colorado Territory from November 5, 1861, until August 14, 1862, when the capital was relocated to Denver.
The city’s location at the base of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains makes it a popular tourism destination. Colorado Springs has more than 55 attractions and activities in the area, including Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, Manitou Incline, United States Air Force Academy, Cave of the Winds, ANA Money Museum, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Old Colorado City, and the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
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