Welcome to SpringsBlog, this site is a guide to living in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. We think Colorado Springs is a great place to live because it offers a quality of life that is just downright hard to beat.
This area is home to some of the most stunning scenery in the nation, an incredible climate and four distinct seasons and as you will learn a wide range of things to do, eat, buy and experience.
We will keep you up to date on restaurants, shopping, outdoor activities, events and local Real Estate. This is all intended to give you a better sense of what Colorado Springs is all about.
Colorado Springs is located 65 miles south of Denver and perched at the base of America’s Mountain, Pikes Peak. We sit 6,035 feet above sea level and are home to a wide range of people and organizations. The United States Olympic Committee calls Colorado Springs Home as does the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, The United States Air Force Academy, The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado College and The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
So please look around our site and learn about what makes Colorado Springs such a great place to live.
Starting at the Palmer Lake Recreation area, the 14-mile New Santa Fe Regional Trail is popular with Colorado Springs outdoor lovers of all stripes. The north-south trail is rated easy and follows the abandoned Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad right-of-way for the first 6.5 miles, then winds through the U.S. Air Force Academy for another 6.9 miles. Along the way you’ll meet folks on foot, bikes and horseback, and discover informative signs, interesting geological features and wildlife. Some of the more common animals found along the trail are deer, gophers and an occasional snake. The trail bisects two distinct ecosystems—high desert and riparian (along a riverbank)—which affords the opportunity to view a great variety of wildflowers. There are also some fantastic viewpoints, including one of Pikes Peak.
The New Santa Fe Regional Trail is part of the American Discovery Trail system and has a 1,200 foot drop in elevation from north to south. It passes through the town of Monument, where you’ll find some shops and restaurants and then crosses the Air Force Academy campus, taking you past the stadium, chapel and north entrance gate. Be sure to heed the warnings about staying on the trail as you traverse the Academy campus. The trail officially ends at Woodman Road, where it becomes part of the Pikes Peak Greenway.
Although the gravel trail is labelled dog-friendly, there are some clearly marked portions where dogs are prohibited. Bicyclists must wear helmets. Trail hours are dawn to dusk and the phone number is (719) 520-7529.
You can access the trail at several different spots:
The Fountain Creek Brass Band, an elite 33-member ensemble in the classic British brass band tradition, champions music in community and educational settings, inspiring a new generation of audiences, both young and old. They continually strive for excellence in musical performance by adding diverse sets of literature to their repertoire and encouraging the growth of the musical skills of the group.
The ensemble seeks opportunities to collaborate with school music programs in the form of joint concerts or special fundraising events from elementary to college level in the Pikes Peak and Front Range region. For more information, please visit Click Here
Looking for a new place to take your out of town guests? After you tire of Garden of the Gods, try the little know Paint Mines outside of Calhan, CO. The Paint Mines are a county owned and maintained park complete with trails and interpretive signs. There is even a restroom in the parking lot.
The 750 acre park opened in 2005 and is full of unique and colorful geologic spires and hoodoo formations. It is easy to see why the Native Americans favored this area to collect clays for their pottery and wares.For more information check out the county's YouTube video.
The “Jazz Party” takes place October 31, November 1-2, 2014 at the Antlers Hilton in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is a uniquely American musical event. It is a three-day, four-session event that brings together the best straight-ahead jazz musicians in the country.
This event affords an opportunity for these world-class musicians to jam, thereby renewing and revising their craft. Typically, each musician will lead a set bringing their own unique style and playbook.
For the audience, each set is an original experience that may never be heard again.
This event is sponsored by The Friends of Colorado Springs Jazz. This organization promotes, informs and grows the presence of straight-ahead jazz in Colorado.
Here is the itinerary:
The musician lineup includes:
For More information and tickets, please visit http://csjazzparty.com