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Peterson AFB: In-Depth Welcome Center (2021 Edition)
Peterson AFB: In-Depth Welcome CenterPeterson AFB: In-Depth Welcome Center

Peterson AFB: In-Depth Welcome Center (2021 Edition)

Introduction

Welcome to Peterson AFB located in the community of Colorado Springs, Colorado home to more than 8,750 active-duty military personnel. The base of over 91,000 square miles is about 61 miles south of Denver, and the majestic Rocky Mountains will be within arm’s grasp of your new home at Peterson AFB.

Colorado Springs is rated one of the best cities to live in the country, and you will have no shortage of options of homes, school districts, and things to do in and around Peterson Air Force Base. Whether you are enjoying the sunny summer hikes around Colorado Springs or enjoying the picturesque snowfall in the winter, we hope this guide helps you settle into your new home of Peterson Air Force Base.

Find out all you need to know about what you’ll be in for by reading our Peterson AFB in-depth welcome center guide.

  1. Where Is Peterson AFB?
  2. Google Map View
  3. Getting There – Directions to the Base
  4. Entering Peterson AFB and Base Amenities
  5. Where Should I Live Near Peterson AFB?
  6. What Schools are Near Peterson AFB?
  7. What’s the Weather Like in Peterson AFB?
  8. Things to Do Around Peterson AFB

COVID-19 Notice

Due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, many businesses, venues, and parks may be temporarily closed or operating under restricted hours. Therefore, a place we mention here may not currently be open or available for the time being. Check individual websites, there’s no shortage of accessibility getting around the area.

Where Is Peterson AFB?

Peterson Air Force Base Welcome & Visitors Center
1334 W. Stewart Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO, 80916-0000
Phone: 1(719) 556-6660
Hours:

  • Monday-Friday – 0700-1600
  • Saturday/Sunday – Closed
  • Federal Holidays – Closed

Peterson AFB Map

Peterson AFB Map

Peterson AFB Directions

Driving Directions

From Colorado Springs
  1. From N Nevada Ave exit E Platte Ave towards Suffolk St
  2. Take E Platte Ave to exit right on Peterson Ave
  3. Continue straight to Peterson North Gate
From Denver
  1. Take I-25 South
  2. Take exit 153 INTERQUEST Pkwy
  3. Turn Right on CO-21 South
  4. Take exit 141 for E Platte Ave and turn left
  5. Exit right onto Peterson Ave and head straight towards Peterson North Gate
From Colorado Springs Airport
  1. Take CO-21 N
  2. Turn right onto Airport Rd
  3. Take Airport Rd through Peterson AFB West Gate
From Union Station Denver
  1. Head northwest on 16th St Mall toward Wewatta St
  2. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Wewatta St.
  3. Turn left onto Speer Blvd.
  4. Turn right onto Auraria Pkwy.
  5. Use the left lane to keep left at the fork and merge onto I-25 S
  6. Take exit 153 INTERQUEST Pkwy.
  7. Turn Right on CO-21 South
  8. Take exit 141 for E Platte Ave and turn left
  9. Exit right onto Peterson Ave and head straight towards Peterson North Gate

Greyhound Bus Station

  1. Head north on N Nevada Ave
  2. Turn right on E Platte Ave
  3. Take E Platte Ave to exit right on Peterson Ave
  4. Continue straight to Peterson North Gate

Greyhound Bus

Unfortunately, there are no Amtrak lines that service Colorado Springs. But there are Greyhound Bus stations connected to the Amtrak schedules, and you can get more information on them here on the Amtrak site.

Flights To Peterson Air Force Base

There’s one airport (Colorado Springs Airport) that is connected to Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs. The next closest major airport is located in Denver, the Denver International Airport.

Peterson AFB Transportation Office

Peterson Air Force Base Household Goods/Transportation Office
121 South Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903-0000
Phone: 1 (800) 771-1819
Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 0800 to 1600
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Entering Peterson AFB and Base Amenities

Entering Peterson AFB and Base Amenities

All drivers on base must have a valid military ID, veterans or retiree ID, a valid driver’s license, and a valid driver’s insurance card. For visitor’s passes, head to the Visitor’s Center and sign in.

Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel

Regular duty hours at Peterson AFB are from 0730-1530. All active-duty military personnel must use the arrival point in the unit Commander Support Staff. If your unit does not have a CSS report to the 21st Military Personnel Section in building 350 during regular duty hours. Outside of normal duty hours, report to the Peterson Temporary Lodging Facility in building 1425.

Peterson AFB Visitor Center

Peterson AFB Welcome and Visitor Center
1334 W. Stewart Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO, 80916-0000
Phone: 1 (719) 556-6660
Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 7:00 AM-4:00 PM
  • Saturday/Sunday: Closed
  • Federal Holidays: Closed

Peterson AFB DEERS Office

Peterson AFB ID Card & DEERS Office
135 Dover Street Building #350
Colorado Springs, CO 80914-0000
Phone: 1 (719) 556-0008

Peterson AFB DEERS Office Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 0730 – 1600
  • Saturday/Sunday: Closed
  • Federal Holidays: Closed

Peterson AFB Gate Hours

Peterson AFB has 3 three gates for three points of access. The West gate is considered the Main Gate into Peterson AFB.

  • West Gate – Main Gate: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • East Gate: Mon-Fri: 0500-1800, Sat: 0600-1800, Sun: 0830-1800
  • North Gate: In & Out: 0600-0900 Mon-Fri, 0600-1800, Mon-Fri, Saturday and Sunday the North Gate is closed.

Peterson AFB Commissary

Peterson AFB Commissary

1040 E. Stewart Avenue, Building 2019
Peterson AFB, CO 80914-1610
Phone: 1 (719) 556-7765

Peterson AFB Commissary Hours

  • Sunday: 0900 – 1800
  • Monday-Friday: 0900 – 1900
  • Saturday: 0800 – 1900

Peterson AFB BX

Peterson Air Force Base Exchange
1030 E STEWART AVE BLDG 2017
Colorado Springs, CO 80914-2900
Phone: 1 (719) 596-7270

Peterson AFB Exchange Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 0900-1800
  • Saturday and Sunday: 0900-1800

Peterson AFB Barber Shops

Peterson AFB Barber Shops

Peterson Air Force Base Barber Shop
1030 E Stewart Ave, Bldg 2017,
Peterson AFB, CO 80914
Phone: 1(719) 597-8307
Hours:

  • Monday-Saturday: 0900-1700
  • Sunday: 1000-1700

Peterson AFB Post Office

360 W Otis St
Colorado Springs, CO 80914-3103
Phone: 1(719) 556-4596

Peterson AFB Post Office Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Peterson AFB Finance

Peterson Air Force Base Finance Office
135 Dover Street Building #350
Colorado Springs, CO, 80914-0000
Phone: 1(719) 556-4770

Peterson AFB Finance Office Hours

  • Monday-Thursday: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Friday-Sunday: Closed

Peterson AFB Legal Office

135 Dover Street Building #350
Colorado Springs, CO, 80914-0000
Phone: 1(719) 556-4871

Peterson AFB Legal Office Hours

  • Monday-Wednesday: 7:30 AM–4:30 PM
  • Thursday: 7:30 AM–12:30 PM
  • Friday: 7:30 AM–4:30 PM
  • Saturdays and Sundays: Closed

Peterson AFB Library

201 W. Stewart Ave., Bldg. 1171
Peterson AFB, CO 80914-1600
Phone: 1(719) 556-7462

Peterson AFB Library Hours

  • Monday to Thursday: 11:00 AM–5:00 PM

Hotels Near Peterson AFB

Hotels Near Peterson AFB

Colorado Springs is home to many hotel options. Luckily, there are plentiful choices near Peterson AFB thanks to the immediate proximity of Colorado Springs Airport. We’ve selected a few for you to consider if you need a stay at one of the hotels near base.

1. Radisson Hotel Colorado Springs Airport
1645 Newport Rd,
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Phone: 1(719) 597-7000

2. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Colorado Springs South
1570 Newport Rd,
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Phone: 1(719) 637-0800

3. Holiday Inn Colorado Springs Airport
1855 Aeroplaza Dr,
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Phone: 1(719) 380-8516

4. Hampton Inn Colorado Springs-Airport
2077 Aerotech Dr,
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Phone: 1(719) 591-1100

5. Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Airport
2035 Aerotech Dr,
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Phone: 1(719) 622-0300

Download MyBaseGuide’s Military Relocation Guide for information about hotels nearby.

Hot Tip: Download MyBaseGuide’s Peterson AFB Military Relocation Guide for information about hotels nearby.

Where Should I Live Near Peterson AFB?

Where Should I Live Near Peterson AFB?

Cities Near Peterson AFB

Peterson Air Force Base is in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Colorado Springs has been listed as one of the best places to live from multiple sources, including U.S. News, Money Magazine, and Outside Magazine. Colorado Springs sits at the base of Pikes Peak at the eastern edge of the southern portion of the Rocky Mountains. You’ll be about 61 miles south of Denver.

If you’re considering living on base, check out the available on-base housing options. Otherwise, read on to find out more about living off base.

 

Best Places to Live Near Peterson AFB

Colorado Springs

Peterson AFB itself sits right in the city of Colorado Springs. Sitting at the base of the Rockies, Colorado Springs is an excellent choice to live, and you’ll be conveniently close to base. There’s a wide range of homes offered here, and with a multitude of outdoor activities, you’ll be sure to find a perfect home here. Colorado Springs has a population of around 456,000, the second most populated city in Colorado.

Fountain

About 8 miles from Peterson AFB is Fountain, Colorado. Here you’ll be nestled near Fountain Creek right against the Rocky Mountains. The city boasts that it is a touch of the charm of country living while having the amenities of urban life.

Stratmoor

Also, only about 8 miles from Peterson Air Force Base is Stratmoor Colorado. There are houses in Stratmoor in the median range and offer a quick commute to base. With a population of just over 7,000, Stratmoor is a great choice for a small-town feel without being too far away from Colorado Springs proper.

Look for homes and apartments for rent or sale at AHRN.com.

Hot Tip: Look for Peterson AFB homes and apartments for rent or sale, and find BAH, PCS, TLA & ETS military housing information at AHRN.com.

Peterson AFB Schools

Peterson AFB Schools

Peterson AFB has multiple options for schooling for families with children of all schooling ages. There are over 10 school districts near base but no schools on Peterson AFB. Many on-base residents attend Colorado Springs School District 11, Falcon School District, and Harrison School district.

Find more local school information at The Best Peterson AFB Schools: Daycare – High School.

 

Peterson AFB Weather

Peterson AFB Weather

In a community so near the Rocky Mountains, you are bound to get a little snowfall. But, don’t worry too much the winters in Colorado Springs are relatively mild. The lowest temperatures come in the month of January, and cold snaps are never out of the question from October to March and even into April. Unfortunately, Blizzards aren’t entirely unheard of, but the accumulation of snow downtown is relatively rare. Be prepared for all kinds of weather, from warm summers to snow in the winter.

Peterson AFB Things to Do

Peterson AFB Things to Do

Peterson AFB is surrounded by wide-open spaces and outdoor activities. The Rocky Mountains provide countless hiking trails and camping options, sure to provide you with an adventure or two. Besides the great outdoors, Colorado Springs is home to a variety of educational, historical, and cultural attractions that include the Cheyenne Mountain Heritage Center and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. And one fun fact: Colorado Springs is home to the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center and headquarters to the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

Suggested Read: 18 Of the Best Peterson AFB Things to Do

 

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Conclusion

Relocating can be a stressful experience, but we hope this guide has given you a clearer picture of the area surrounding Peterson AFB. We hope that you find your next adventure here around the base, whether in one of the communities surrounding Peterson or in the Rocky Mountains.

 

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