FORT CARSON COLORADO: IN-DEPTH WELCOME CENTER
IntroductionWelcome to Fort Carson, “The Best Hometown in the Army!” Fort Carson, in Colorado, is known as the Mountain Post and is one of the top requested stateside locations. If you include its Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site, Fort Carson encompasses 373,000 acres and supports approximately 64,750 personnel and family members. The post is home to the 4th Infantry Division, the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), the 627th Hospital Center, the World Class Athlete Program headquarters, the 1st Space Brigade, and other supporting units. For a full list of units at Fort Carson, visit the post’s website. Fort Carson’s location is an ideal place to train soldiers. It also offers stunning scenery and unmatched outdoor recreational opportunities. Continue reading for our in-depth guide on Fort Carson so you can get to know your new post and surrounding community.
- Where Is Fort Carson?
- Google Map View
- Getting There – Directions to the Post
- Entering Fort Carson and Post Amenities
- Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel
- Fort Carson Visitor Center
- Fort Carson DEERS Office
- Fort Carson Gate Hours
- Fort Carson Commissary
- Fort Carson Exchange
- Fort Carson Barber Shops
- Fort Carson Post Office
- Fort Carson Finance Office
- Fort Carson Legal Office
- Fort Carson Library
- Fort Carson Hotels
- Where Should I Live Near Fort Carson?
- What Schools are Near Fort Carson?
- What’s the Weather Like in Fort Carson?
- Things to Do Near Fort Carson
Where Is Fort Carson?
Fort Carson Visitor Control CenterBuilding 6012, Nelson Boulevard Fort Carson, CO 80902
Phone:1 (719) 526-2332 Fort Carson is southwest of Colorado Springs, Colorado, between Interstate 25 and Highway 115. The post is in El Paso County, approximately 60 miles south of Denver, Colorado. El Paso County is also home to Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, the United States Air Force Academy, and NORAD. Buckley Air Force Base is in nearby Denver. The post is part of the Pikes Peak region, which encompasses El Paso, Park, and Teller counties.
Fort Carson Map
Fort Carson Directions
Driving Directions to Fort Carson
From Colorado Springs Airport
- Follow the airport road exit until you arrive at Powers Boulevard; make a left turn.
- This road will turn into Mesa Ridge Parkway, which will take you directly to Fort Carson’s Gate 20.
From Denver International Airport
- Follow the airport road exit onto Pena Boulevard until you arrive at Interstate 70; go west to Colorado Springs.
- Follow I-70 until you arrive at I-225; go south to Colorado Springs.
- I-225 will take you to I-25; go south to Colorado Springs for approximately 60 miles.
- Exit at 132B; this will take you directly to Fort Carson’s Gate 20.
- Take I-25 south to Colorado Springs.
- Exit onto 132B; this will take you directly to Fort Carson’s Gate 20.
- Take I-25 north to Colorado Springs.
- Exit onto 132; make a left over the bridge (west).
- This will take you directly to Fort Carson’s Gate 20.
Fort Carson Post ShuttleFort Carson has a post shuttle with five designated routes that provide transportation throughout the post. This daily shuttle service is free to military members, Department of Defense personnel, and family members. For more information, call shuttle dispatch at 1 (719) 524-RIDE or visit the Fort Carson post shuttle’s website.
Public Transit Near Fort CarsonMountain Metro provides local fixed-route bus service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. Visit the Mountain Metro website for route and fare information.
Greyhound StationNear Fort CarsonFort Carson’s nearest Greyhound Station is in Colorado Springs at 120 S. Weber St. The station provides service to many popular destinations throughout the United States. Visit the Greyhound website for fare and route information.
Colorado Springs AirportThere are a number of small and regional airports near Fort Carson, but the closest major airport is the Colorado Springs Airport. Colorado Springs Airport is only 10 miles from Fort Carson (a 15- to 20-minute drive without traffic). Visit the Colorado Springs Airport website for more information on airport amenities and transportation services.
Fort Carson Transportation OfficePCS time is never easy on military personnel and families. Get things started off right by contacting the Fort Carson Transportation Office when your next move is coming up.
Fort Carson Transportation Office6351 Wetzel Ave Bldg. 1025, Room 101 Fort Carson, CO 80913
Phone:1 (719) 526-3755
Fort Carson Transportation Office Hours
Monday through Thursday -0730-1530
Entering Fort Carson and Post AmenitiesIf you do not have a valid military ID, you may have to stop at the visitor control center to gain post access. Click here for more information on the visitor control centers at Fort Carson.
Check-in Procedures For Incoming PersonnelSign in at the Replacement Center CQ. Be sure to have a copy of your DA31 as well as your orders. You must be in uniform if you are reporting during duty hours. Civilian clothes during check in are authorized after 1500 and on weekends. However, you must be clean shaven and in accordance with AR 670-1. For more in-processing and check-in requirements and guidance, visit the Fort Carson website.
Replacement Center CQBuilding 1456 1783 Nelson Blvd. Fort Carson, CO 80913
Phone:1 (719) 526-6961 or 1 (719) 524-4475
Fort Carson Visitor CenterThere are two visitor control centers on Fort Carson. The first center is in Building 6012 on Nelson Boulevard, just east of Colorado Highway 115, immediately outside of Gate 1. It is open 0500 to 2100 seven days a week. Call 1 (719) 526-2332 for more information. The second center is inside the Gate 3 guardhouse on Chiles Avenue south of Academy Boulevard. This center is open 24/7. For more information post access and visitor centers, visit the Fort Carson Directorate of Emergency Services website.
Fort Carson Visitor Center6012, Nelson Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80902
DEERS Fort CarsonNeed a new CAC card, dependent ID, or other assistance with administrative matters? The Fort Carson ID Card Section offers customers the ability to make appointments for services online. Walk-in service is always available, but an appointment may be desirable for those who have time constraints and want service provided as quickly as possible. The appointment system may be used to schedule the issuance and renewal of ID cards as well as DEERS updates.
- For new marriages, the marriage certificate along with a valid state or federal photo ID and Social Security card are required for new spouses.
- Child enrollments require an original or certified copy of birth certificate or live birth record along with the child’s Social Security card, if one has been issued.
Fort Carson DEERS Office1839 O'Connell Blvd Bldg 1039 Fort Carson, CO 80902
Phone:1 (719) 524-3704
Fort Carson DEERS Office Hours
Monday through Wednesday -0730-1130 & 1230-1600
Thursday -0830-1130 & 1230-1600
Friday -0730-1130 & 1230-1600
Fort Carson Gate Hours
Gate 1:Nelson Boulevard east of Colorado Highway 115, open 24/7.
Gate 2:O’Connell Boulevard east of Colorado Highway 115 (currently closed).
Gate 3:Chiles Avenue south of Academy Boulevard, open 24/7. This is the primary commercial vehicle gate.
Gate 4:Barkley Avenue south of Academy Boulevard, open 24/7.
Gate 5:Titus Boulevard east of Colorado Highway 115, open 0500 to 2100 seven days a week.
Gate 6:Wilderness Road east of Colorado Highway 115, open 0500 to 1800 Monday through Friday.
Gate 19:Eassayons Road west of Charter Oak Ranch Road, open 0500 to 1800 Monday through Friday.
Gate 20:Magrath Avenue west of Interstate 25, open 24/7.
Fort Carson CommissaryGroceries, food, home supplies, and more. Whatever’s on your shopping list, the Fort Carson Commissary has it at low prices.
Fort Carson Commissary1551 Prussman Blvd #1800 Fort Carson, CO 80913
Phone:1 (719) 503-8300
Fort Carson Commissary Hours
Monday through Saturday -0900-2000
Fort Carson ExchangeBldg 6110 Martinez St. Colorado Springs, CO 80913
Phone:1 (719) 576-4000/ 4141
Fort Carson Exchange Hours
Monday through Sunday -0900-1800
Wednesday -0800-0900 open to ages 65+ only
Fort Carson Barber ShopsKeeping your hair neat and well-groomed is a regular part of military life. And the multiple barber shop locations on Fort Carson mean you’ll never have trouble staying in regs.
Barber Shop Locations & Hours
Mini Mall with Class Six, Bldg. 1510
Phone:1 (719) 576-8013
Monday through Friday -0700-1730
Fort Carson Post OfficeWhatever you have that needs to be mailed, the United States Post Office on Fort Carson can get it where it needs to go.
Fort Carson Post Office1611 Mcdonald St
Phone:1 (719) 579-9617
Monday through Friday -0900-1630
Fort Carson Finance OfficeConcerns about pay other financial matters can be handled right here on post at the Fort Carson Defense Military Pay Office. They also help with PCS and travel payments.
Fort Carson Finance Office1676 Evans Ave. Bldg 1220, 1st Floor Fort Carson, CO 80913
Phone:1 (719) 526-9233
Fort Carson Finance Office Hours
Monday through Wednesday and Friday -0930-1530
Fort Carson Legal OfficeThe Legal Assistance Division of Fort Carson’s JAG office is the perfect resource for members of the military community who need help or advice on any legal matters. From adoption paperwork to estate planning, they’ve got you covered.
Fort Carson Legal Office1633 Mekong St, Bldg 6222 (Post Courthouse) Fort Carson, CO 80913
Phone:1 (719) 524-1071
Fort Carson Legal Office Hours
Monday through Thursday -0900-1600
Fridays -0900- 1500
Fort Carson LibraryFrom their 40,000 books to the computer lab with 33 desktop stations, the Grant Library has all the resources you’d possibly need for research, education, or just finding a good read. Plus a great summer reading program for the kids.
Fort Carson Library1637 Flint St., Bldg. 1528 Fort Carson, CO 80913
Phone:1 (719) 526-2350
Hours:Monday through Friday 1000-1600
Fort Carson HotelsThere are many hotels near Fort Carson, so you’re sure to find one to fit your budget. For a full list of IHG Army Hotels and affiliated resorts in the area, visit the IHG Army Hotels website.
Candlewood Suites7222 Sheridan Ave. Fort Carson, CO 80913
Phone:1 (719) 374-9158
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Colorado Springs1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone:1 (719) 576-8900
Holiday Inn Colorado Springs Airport1855 Aeroplaza Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Phone:1 (719) 380-8516
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Colorado Springs Airport1815 Aeroplaza Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Phone:1 (719) 591-6000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Colorado Springs Central105 N. Spruce St. Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Phone:1 (719) 424-4300
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Colorado Springs First & Main3431 Cinema Point Colorado Springs, CO 80922
Phone:1 (719) 596-6000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Colorado Springs South I-254435 Venetucci Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone:1 (719) 576-0605
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Where Should I Live Near Fort Carson?If you’re considering living on post, check out the available on-post housing options. Otherwise, read on to find out more about living off post.
Cities Near Fort CarsonWhile many military family members call post housing their home, nearly 60% choose to live in nearby communities. And with picturesque towns both big and small all around the post, you’ll have no trouble finding a place to live that fits your preferences to a tee. The neighboring communities of Black Forest, Colorado Springs, Fountain, Manitou Springs, Monument, Pueblo, Security and Widefield provide housing, employment, and other services for Fort Carson’s military families.
Best Places to Live Near Fort Carson
Colorado SpringsThe city of Colorado Springs has a lot to offer its population of more than 478,000. Known as Olympic City, it is home to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee Headquarters, more than 20 national Olympic governing bodies, more than 50 national sport organizations, the Colorado Springs Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, and the future U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum. It is also home to a number of popular parks and recreation areas, including the Garden of the Gods Park, Pikes Peak mountain, Royal Gorge, the Arkansas River, a zoo, and more. The city borders Fort Carson, so the commute to the post is reasonable. The cost of living is also affordable, so it’s no wonder many military families choose to live in this city.
FountainThe city of Fountain, located south of the post, has a population of nearly 31,000. This is another popular choice among military families, thanks to its close proximity to post and Colorado Springs. The city offers stunning views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range, as well as parks, trails, a nature center, and a community golf course. The city offers country living with modern amenities. The median rent is higher here than in Colorado Springs, according to the U.S. Census, but the cost of living is still affordable and comparable to Colorado Springs.
Manitou SpringsLocated northwest of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs is about 20 to 35 minutes from Fort Carson. The city has a population of almost 5,400. The historic city is known for its mineral spring water that Native Americans considered sacred. A walkable downtown offers many unique shops and eateries. The city is also home to Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, which offers cave tours and other mountain attractions. The cost of living is comparable to Colorado Springs and Fountain.
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Fort Carson SchoolsThere are many options for your child’s education near Fort Carson. Colorado is an open enrollment state, which means that students may enroll in schools outside of their zoned districts. The state offers traditional public schools, as well as public charter schools and private schools. For younger children, there are a variety of local daycares and pre-K programs on and off post. Fort Carson has four elementary schools and one middle school on post. They are not DOD schools; they are part of the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8. The Fort Carson School Support Services website has more information on area school districts, home schooling in Colorado, special education resources, and the youth sponsorship program, which matches incoming students with a fellow student who can guide them in their new community. The website also has contact information for the post’s school liaison officers, who can provide information and guidance on area schools as well as educational resources for your children. Find more local school information at The Best Fort Carson Schools: Daycare – High School (2020 Edition).
Fort Carson WeatherYou’ll enjoy sunshine, low humidity, and all four seasons at Fort Carson. Fort Carson gets just over 12 inches of rain and about 23 inches of snow annually. In the summer, temperatures can soar to the high 80s, but the low humidity keeps the heat tolerable. In the winter, the weather is still relatively mild, with highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s. Snow will fall, but it tends to melt quickly. To find out more in-depth information on the weather in the area, visit Fort Carson Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here.
Things to Do Near Fort Carson
Outdoor ActivitiesMountain living at Fort Carson is unmatched and outdoor recreational opportunities abound. Colorado has it all: “mountains majesty,” stunning waterfalls, national forests and parks, even a Garden of the Gods – no really, that’s its name! Fort Carson and the Pikes Peak region offer opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, rafting, and ziplining. The area is also home to museums, art galleries, a zoo, great restaurants and breweries, vibrant shopping districts, and much more.
Things to Do in Fort CarsonOn post, there are a multitude of recreational opportunities, including camping, golfing, bowling, and a shooting complex.
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ConclusionMoving to a new post comes with challenges, but Fort Carson is a great place to call home. After all, it’s “The Best Hometown in the Army!” Enjoy mountain living, a world-class installation, and access to some of the best outdoor recreational opportunities in the country during your time here.
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