Why Colorado Springs

Why Colorado Springs

About Colorado Springs

America The Beautiful

At 6,035 feet, Colorado Springs sits over one mile above sea level. The city is situated near the base of one of the most famous American mountains, Pikes Peak.

America the Beautiful was written by visiting English professor Katharine Lee Bates in August 1893 after visiting the summit of this majestic mountain. Colorado Springs averages 250 days of sunshine per year.

Average snowfall is moderate at five to nine inches per month during the snowing season. Average January low and high temperatures are 14°F/42°F and average July low and high temperatures are 55°F/85°F. Colorado Springs has mild winters, with large snow accumulations in the downtown area relatively rare.

In 2016, Forbes Magazine named Colorado Springs as one of the best places to retire.About Colorado Springs

Lee Bolin

Colorado Springs is the recipient of many awards and top rankings as shown on http://www.forbes.com/best-places-to-retire/list/

Whether you are relocating to Colorado Springs with the military, transferring with your company, moving your small business, retiring or just looking for a new home with views of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains, we think you’ll agree; it doesn’t get any better than this.

Lee Bolin, Saddletree Home’s founder and president, moved to Colorado Springs for many of the same reasons you may be considering: beautiful scenery, fresh air, friendly neighbors and a bustling economy.

Colorado Springs is the second largest city in Colorado and is located just 63 miles south of the state’s capital, Denver. A Saddletree Home in Northern Colorado Springs or Monument makes for an easy commute to Douglas County, South Denver and the Denver Tech Center.

Learn more about Colorado Springs events, happenings and more on our “When You Dream” blog.

Why you should live in Colorado Springs

View this video to get a summary of what Colorado Springs has to offer!  http://www.visitcos.com/colorado-springs/media/awards-rankings.

Whether you are moving to Colorado Springs as a student attracted to the nationally ranked colleges, relocating with the military, transferring with your company, moving your small business, retiring or just looking for a new home with views of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains, we think you’ll agree; it doesn’t get any better than this. It is a quiet and gentle place to live but it comes with so much more. From the relaxing lifestyle to the natural wonders you can have it all!

Facts & Rankings Proving Colorado Springs is the Perfect Place for You

Reasons to live in Colorado Springs do not stop at the entertainment options but it also has low unemployment rates at 4.0% (the U.S. average is 5.5%) and a low cost of living. Colorado Springs is one of the top job generating cities in America (Milken Institute) and has one of the lowest per capita taxes in the United States (US Census Bureau).

According to the U.S. News & World Reports in 2016, Colorado Springs, is ranked 5th in the U.S. of best cities to live in and is only a one-hour drive Denver Colorado which was ranked #1. See why Colorado Springs got a spot in the top 5 cities to live in out of 100 cities analyzed by the U.S. New at: http://realestate.usnews.com/places/colorado/colorado-springs

Not only has the U.S. News & World Reports ranked Colorado in the top places to live but CBS News reported in January 2016 that Colorado is ranked #4 for having the healthiest and happiest people! It doesn’t stop there though; the people of Colorado Springs were also ranked the third smartest state in the nation by CNN Money in 2011. Also in 2011, Forbes Magazine named Colorado Springs named Colorado Springs as one of the best places to retire and that has continued to uphold now

2016. http://www.forbes.com/best-places-to-retire/list/#tab:overall.\

Top 12 Things to Do in Colorado Springs

  • Pikes Peak
  • Garden of The Gods
  • Red Rock Canyon
  • Seven Falls
  • Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings
  • United States Olympic Training Center
  • S. Air Force Academy
  • Incline
  • Broadmoor World Arena
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • Cave of the Winds
  • Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum

1. Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak


Pikes Peak is an American icon. Behind Mount Fuji, Pikes Peak is the second-most visited mountain in the world. America the Beautiful was written by visiting English professor Katharine Lee Bates in August 1893 after visiting the summit of this majestic mountain. It is a 14,115 ft fourteener—a mountain exceeding 14,000 ft above sea level—stands 8,000 ft high. Pikes Peak got its name after explorer Zebulon Pike who lead an expedition up the mountain. He however did not make it to the summit and since then travelers from around the world have made the journey. You can get to the top by hiking up the Barr Trail, driving up Pikes Peak Highway, or taking the Broadmoor’s Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Read more at: http://www.pikes-peak.com/about-pikes-peak/

2. Garden of The Gods

Garden of the gods


Garden of The Gods is National Natural Landmark and is composed of red sandstone formations that cover 1,367-acres. This sandstone was seen as sacred by the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Kiowa and Ute tribes. It got its name after M.S. Beach and his companion. When they came across the majestic rock formations, M. S. Beach, suggested that it would be a “capital place for a beer garden“. However, Rufus Cable who was his companion was awestruck by the extraordinary rock formations, and exclaimed, “Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods.”

Read more information at: http://www.gardenofgods.com/park-info/park-2/park-history

3. Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock


Red Rock Canyon is a beautiful hiking place where there are trails along the canyons and ridges of red rock. Here you can hike with the luxurious view of Garden of The Gods. It is located south of US-24 between Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. Read more and get trail information from: http://redrockcanyonopenspace.org/recreation/trails/

3. Seven Falls



Seven Falls reaches a height of 181 feet and is composed of seven cascading waterfalls. To get to the top of seven falls you climb a 224 step staircase from the base to the peak. Seven Falls made National Geographic’s list of international waterfalls! Read more at: http://www.visitcos.com/broadmoors-seven-falls-colorado-springs

5. Manitou Springs Cliff Dwelling

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The Cliff Dwellings is a museum of preserved architecture of the ancient Anasazi Indians. It is made out of fine stonework and was moved from Mesa Verde to Manitou in Colorado Springs by the founder of the Cliff Dwellings Virginia McClurg, McClurg was worried that vandals would diminish the cliff houses. Here in Manitou Springs the ruins are now a rare historical treasure. The dwellings are over 800 years old and visitors are encouraged to explore each room and take in the fascinating remnants from the American Indian culture.

Read more at: http://www.visitcos.com/venue/colorado-springs-attractions/Manitou-Cliff-Dwellings

6. United States Olympic Training Center

Olympic Training Center


Colorado Springs became The United States Olympic Training Center administrative headquarters in July 1978. They provide housing, dining, and recreational facilities and more for up to 557 coaches and athletes. Each year about 140,000 people come visit the center. You can get a tour of the Aquatics Center and the Sports Center Gymnasiums as well as the weightlifting and wrestling facilities. Once you’ve taken a look around you can see the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Rotunda. While you explore don’t forget to take a look at the ever-changing art exhibitions found throughout the center. Read more about the Olympic Training Center at: http://www.visitcos.com/us-olympic-training-center-colorado-springs

7. United States Air Force Academy

US Air Force Academy


Visit The United States Air Force Academy and learn the Academy’s history, what a cadet life is like, and see some campus attractions. There have been seven U.S. presidents who have spoken at an Air Force Academy graduation ceremony: John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Read more about the visitor center at: http://www.academyadmissions.com/visit-the-academy/self-guided-tours/visitor-center-information/

8. Cave of the Winds

Cave of the winds


Discover the amazing formations of Cave of the Winds! It was discovered in 1881 but its history goes back millions of years. According to the Colorado Springs Cave of the Winds homepage, “the Jicarilla Apaches, who lived in the Pikes Peak region around 1000 AD, passed on legends of a cave where the Great Spirit of the Wind resided”. Go inside the caves and explore! Read more at: http://www.visitcos.com/cave-winds-colorado-springs

9. The Manitou Incline

The Manitou Incline


The incline is one of the most challenging hikes in Colorado Springs. It is only one mile up the mountain however it climbs 2,000 vertical feet.  With its unique features it attracts Olympic athletes, runners and cyclists from around the world. Originally it was built as a cable car to carry pipeline materials to Pikes Peak. Once the pipeline was finished locals started using its steep hill as a tough workout. Soon it became a tourist attraction and one of Colorado most renown features. Read more about the incline and their hours at: http://www.visitcos.com/manitou-incline-near-colorado-springs-colorado

10. The Broadmoor World Arena

World Arena


There are many things you can go to see at the Broadmoor World Arena. It is one of the finest training facilities in the world. To read more about the World Arena or to get tickets to events at the World Arena visit http://www.broadmoorworldarena.com/icehall

11. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo



The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the only mountain zoo in America. It is located on the side of a mountain and is well known for having the largest herd of reticulated giraffes. Because  the zoo is on the mountain they offer an opportunity to fly over the zoo in their Mountaineer Sky Ride. The Mountaineer Sky Ride provides great views of Colorado Springs for visitors and is a relaxing way up the mountain where you can see the grizzly bears! Read more at: http://www.pikes-peak.com/attractions/cheyenne-mountain-zoo/

12. The Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum

Colorado Spring Pinoeer Museum


If you are interested in the history of Colorado Springs, you are in for a treat here at the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum. The museum collects and interprets robust history with pioneer and Indian artifacts, pictures, rifles and pistols and ceramics. The tuberculosis cures and forest fires hit the hearts of more than 50,000 visitors a year. Here you learn what the Colorado Springs community was, is, and is expected to become. Read more at: http://www.cspm.org/