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    Colorado Springs

    Picture this: you wake up just before your alarm. A new blanket of snow coats the ground, the foothills, and Pikes Peak. Take a deep breath: You're over a mile high.

    This is our reality.

    Colorado College is located just blocks from downtown Colorado Springs, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Life at CC is busy and fast-paced, but it's just a slice of the vibrant community that comprises the Pikes Peak Region.

    wornerskyHere are a few of our student curators' local favorites:

    Within 15 minutes of campus:

    • Garden of the Gods Park
    • Shopping and hiking in Manitou Springs
    • Division 1 CC Hockey games at World Arena
    • U.S. Olympic Training Center
    • The Pikes Peak trailhead

    hammockWithin an hour or less of campus:

    • Concerts at the nation's best natural venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
    • Boutique shopping in Cherry Creek, Larimer Square, or 16th Street Mall in Denver
    • Professional sports (Colorado Rockies, Denver Nuggets, Denver Broncos, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids)
    • Gold-medal fly fishing on the South Platte River


    "The Springs" in a Nutshell

    • Elevation 6,035 feet
    • Population 439,886 (2013)
    • Founded 1871 by General William J. Palmer
    • Averages 300 days of sunshine per year
    • 444 miles of biking and hiking trails, including the Pikes Peak trailhead
    • 75 miles from Denver and within three hours of several national parks and five ski resorts
    • Located at the foot of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak, which inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write "America the Beautiful"
    • Named one of America's 50 Best Cities by Bloomberg Businessweek