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Fort Carson Colorado: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)
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Fort Carson Colorado: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)

Introduction

Welcome 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.

1. Where Is Fort Carson?
2. Google Map View
3. Getting There – Directions to the Base
4. Where Should I Live Near Fort Carson?
5. What Schools are Near Fort Carson?
6. What’s the Weather Like in Fort Carson?
7. Things to Do Near Fort Carson
8. Moving Tips
9. Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel
10. Fort Carson Gate Hours and Info
11. Hotels Near Fort Carson

Where Is Fort Carson?

Fort Carson Visitor Control Center
Building 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 Map

Fort Carson Directions

If 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.

Driving Directions to Fort Carson

From Colorado Springs Airport

  1. Follow the airport road exit until you arrive at Powers Boulevard; make a left turn.
  2. This road will turn into Mesa Ridge Parkway, which will take you directly to Fort Carson’s Gate 20.

From Denver International Airport

  1. Follow the airport road exit onto Pena Boulevard until you arrive at Interstate 70; go west to Colorado Springs.
  2. Follow I-70 until you arrive at I-225; go south to Colorado Springs.
  3. I-225 will take you to I-25; go south to Colorado Springs for approximately 60 miles.
  4. Exit at 132B; this will take you directly to Fort Carson’s Gate 20.

From Denver

  1. Take I-25 south to Colorado Springs.
  2. Exit onto 132B; this will take you directly to Fort Carson’s Gate 20.

From Pueblo

  1. Take I-25 north to Colorado Springs.
  2. Exit onto 132; make a left over the bridge (west).
  3. This will take you directly to Fort Carson’s Gate 20.

Fort Carson Post Shuttle

Fort 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 shuttle’s website.

Public Transit Near Fort Carson

Mountain Metro provides local fixed-route bus service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. Visit their website for route and fare information.

Greyhound Station Near Fort Carson

Fort 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.

Flights to Fort Carson

There 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.

Cities Near Fort Carson

While many military family members call post housing their home, nearly 60% choose to live in nearby communities. 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.

Where Should I Live Near Fort Carson?

Fort Carson Housing

Fort Carson Family Homes, managed by Balfour Beatty Communities, has 16 neighborhoods for families who wish to live on post. The neighborhoods feature a variety of rental homes, including single-family, duplex, and townhome styles with two to five bedrooms. Amenities include playgrounds, athletic courts, recreational trails, and more. For more information on Fort Carson Family Homes, including floor plans, pet policies, and photos, visit www.fortcarsonfamilyhomes.com.

Places to Live Near Fort Carson

Places to Live Near Fort Carson

Colorado Springs

The 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.

Fountain

The 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 Springs

Located 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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Best Fort Carson Schools

Best Fort Carson Schools

There 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.

Fort Carson Weather

Fort Carson Weather

You’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

Things to Do Near Fort Carson

Outdoor Activities

Mountain 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 Carson

On post, there are a multitude of recreational opportunities, including camping, golfing, bowling, and a shooting complex.

Suggested Read: 39 Of the Best Things to Do Near Fort Carson

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Moving Tips

Check-in Procedures For Incoming Personnel

Sign 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 CQ

Building 1456 1783 Nelson Blvd.
Fort Carson, CO 80913
Phone: 1 (719) 526-6961 or 1 (719) 524-4475

Fort Carson Visitor Centers

There 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 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. 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 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 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
  • Gate 6: Wilderness Road east of Colorado Highway 115, open 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Gate 19: Eassayons Road west of Charter Oak Ranch Road, open 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Gate 20: Magrath Avenue west of Interstate 25, open 24/7.

Fort Carson Hotels

There 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 Suites

7222 Sheridan Ave.
Fort Carson, CO 80913
Phone: 1 (719) 374-9158

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Colorado Springs

1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone: 1 (719) 576-8900

Holiday Inn Colorado Springs Airport

1855 Aeroplaza Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Phone: 1 (719) 380-8516

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Colorado Springs Central

105 N. Spruce St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Phone: 1 (719) 424-4300

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Colorado Springs First & Main

3431 Cinema Point
Colorado Springs, CO 80922
Phone: 1 (719) 596-6000

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Colorado Springs South I-25

4435 Venetucci Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone: 1 (719) 576-0605

Download MyBaseGuide’s Fort Carson Military Relocation Guide for information about hotels

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Conclusion

Moving 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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