Picture this: you wake up just before your alarm. A new blanket of snow coats the ground, the foothills, and Pikes Peak. Take a deep breath: You're over a mile high.
This is our reality.
Colorado College is located just blocks from downtown Colorado Springs, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Life at CC is busy and fast-paced, but it's just a slice of the vibrant community that comprises the Pikes Peak Region.
Here are a few of our student curators' local favorites:
- Catch the latest indie flick at Kimball's Twin Peak Theater, which you can then critique to your heart's content over a scoop or three of homemade ice cream at Josh & John's Ice Creams (free if the temperature outside is below freezing!)
- Take a day trip and picnic (with items from the Colorado Springs Farm and Art Market) to the Red Rocks Open Space, one of the Springs' best kept secrets.
- Enjoy a cranberry white chocolate muffin and hot chai tea at Wooglin's Deli before strolling a couple blocks to see the latest art exhibit at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
- Spend an afternoon getting lost among the thrift shops and hipster-chic boutiques in Old Colorado City, and then relax in a comfy old couch at Jives Coffee Lounge during Wednesday open mic and weekend talent showcases.
Within 15 minutes of campus:
- Garden of the Gods Park
- Shopping and hiking in Manitou Springs
- Division 1 CC Hockey games at World Arena
- U.S. Olympic Training Center
- The Pikes Peak trailhead
Within an hour or less of campus:
- Concerts at the nation's best natural venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
- Boutique shopping in Cherry Creek, Larimer Square, or 16th Street Mall in Denver
- Professional sports (Colorado Rockies, Denver Nuggets, Denver Broncos, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids)
- Gold-medal fly fishing on the South Platte River
"The Springs" in a Nutshell
- Elevation 6,035 feet
- Population 439,886 (2013)
- Founded 1871 by General William J. Palmer
- Averages 300 days of sunshine per year
- 444 miles of biking and hiking trails, including the Pikes Peak trailhead
- 75 miles from Denver and within three hours of several national parks and five ski resorts
- Located at the foot of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak, which inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write "America the Beautiful"
- Named one of America's 50 Best Cities by Bloomberg Businessweek