Colorado Springs

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.

downtown COS Here are a few of our students' local favorites:

Within 15 minutes of campus:

students-in-hammocks Within an hour or less of campus:

  • Concerts at the world-famous 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, Colorado Springs Switchback FC)
  • Gold-medal fly fishing on the South Platte River
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“The Springs” in a Nutshell

  • Elevation 6,035 feet
  • Population 483,956 (2021)
  • Founded 1871 by General William J. Palmer
  • Averages 300 days of sunshine per year
  • Over 400 miles of biking and hiking trails, including the Pikes Peak trailhead
  • 75 miles from Denver and within a day's drive of six 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"
  • Listed #9 in Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report