There are many attractions in nearby communities that can make your Schriever AFB assignment exciting and rewarding. From the professional sports offered in Denver to the colleges and universities in Pueblo and Colorado Springs, to the hiking trails and mountains in the area, there are a number of fantastic attractions in the nearby communities. The following is a list of the areas available to explore.
Manitou Springs, just west of Colorado Springs, takes its name from the many mineral springs in the area. The area once was marked off as a sanctuary by the local Indian tribes who attributed supernatural powers to the springs’ waters. Today, Manitou Springs thrives as a tourist trade abounds in the downtown area. Besides being home to several world-class restaurants, as well as many favorite neighborhood eateries, Manitou Springs has a wide selection of quality accommodations.
Fountain, founded in 1859 and incorporated in 1903, is the oldest community in the Pikes Peak region and is home to a variety of lifestyles. Large cattle and horse ranches as well as undeveloped land border the city limits. Fort Carson is west of Fountain. To the north and east are the communities of Security, Widefield, Stratmoor Hills and Stratmoor Valley.
Security and Widefield
Security and Widefield primarily serve as bedroom communities for Colorado Springs and Fort Carson, which is directly to the west. Once separate and distinct areas, these two communities have grown together and are often referred to jointly as Security-Widefield.
North of Colorado Springs on Interstate 25 is the community of Monument. It seemingly wraps itself over and around the high rolling foothills. Monument is slightly higher in elevation than Colorado Springs and has more snowfall.
Woodland Park is one of four Ute Pass communities—the others are Green Mountain Falls, Cascade and Chipita Park. Woodland Park is 25 miles west of Colorado Springs on U.S. 24 in Teller County. Year-round residents commute daily to Colorado Springs on a wide, well-paved, road which twists though the scenic Rockies.
Denver, the state capital, is about an hour’s drive north of Colorado Springs on Interstate 25. It offers music, art, education, sports, outdoor recreation and entertainment. Performing arts, exhibitions and conventions are held in the Denver Performing Arts Complex and the Denver Convention Complex. Denver supports professional hockey, basketball, football, baseball and soccer teams. INVESCO Field at Mile High is the home of the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Rapids. The Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets make their home in the Pepsi Center and the Colorado Rockies play their home games at Coors Field. The Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Zoo, Colorado State Capital Building, U.S. Mint, Children’s Museum of Denver, Six Flags Elitch Gardens Theme Park and Red Rocks Amphitheatre are other attractions.
Pueblo is 40 miles south of Colorado Springs on Interstate-25 and offers a variety of cultural events, including the Pueblo Symphony, the Children’s Playhouse Series, the Broadway Theatre League and the Sangre De Cristo Ballet Theatre. For more than 100 years, Pueblo has been the home of the Colorado State Fair. The event attracts more than a million visitors each year. Top national entertainers, a rodeo and a military appreciation day are highlights. Pueblo also is home to the University of Southern Colorado, a four-year state university.
Castle Rock, located midway between Denver and Colorado Springs, is home to an estimated population near 42,500 people and has a small town atmosphere, abundant parks and historic downtown shopping district. Castle Rock occupies more than 30 square miles, is the home to the Outlets at Castle Rock and is the seat of Douglas County. The town lies at an elevation of 6,202 feet, in the Plum Creek Valley along Interstate 25 at the base of the Rocky Mountains.