About COS

Colorado Springs
  • Colorado's second-largest city with a population of 426,388 (city) / 604,542 (metro area)
  • Founded in 1871 by General William Jackson Palmer
  • Elevation: 6,035 ft.
  • Average August Temperature: High = 82 F, Low = 54 F
  • Average Yearly Days of Sunshine: 300+
Colorado Springs is easily accessible whether by air travel through the Colorado Springs Airport or by auto via Interstate 25, Highway 115 and 24. Airline service includes: Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta and United.
 
Often referred to as the “Amateur Sports Capital of the U.S.”, Colorado Springs is home to the United States Olympic Committee, the Olympic Training Center and over 57 national or international sports organizations including 23 National Governing Bodies of Sports (USA Hockey, USA Triathlon, USA Volleyball, USA Wrestling, etc.).
 
The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Colorado Springs one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Colorado Springs was selected for its walkable historic areas, its commitment to sustainability and its natural attractions and ample recreational opportunities in the nearby Rocky Mountains. Colorado Springs attractions include:
  • The Broadmoor Hotel, a member of the Historic Hotels of America program, is the longest running five-star resort in the United States.
  • Cliff House at Pikes Peak, has been a hotel longer than Colorado has been a state and has hosted such luminaries as Clark Gable, Theodore Roosevelt and Buffalo Bill Cody.
  • Garden of the Gods – Attracts visitors from all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Discover the beauty and history of the 1,367-acre Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, which has been designated as a National Natural Landmark. Located near the base of Pikes Peak, America’s Mountain, the 300 million years of geological history of the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs reveals one of the most extensive pictures of earth history found anywhere in the United States.
  • Manitou Incline – Originally built as an incline railway to carry materials to build pipelines on Pikes Peak, it later turned into a tourist attraction, and most recently, a local favorite for those savoring the challenge of an intense workout. It is known as one of, if not the most popular, hike in the Colorado Springs area. The Incline gains almost 2,000 feet of elevation over less than 1 mile. It is, perhaps, the most unique and challenging trail in the country, attracting runners, Olympic athletes and cyclists.
  • Pikes Peak - Pikes Peak is one of the most beautiful landmarks in Colorado. The views from the summit inspired the words to America the Beautiful. Now that's high praise! Whether traveling by car on the Pikes Peak Highway, by train on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway or by foot on the Barr Trail, more than a half million people reach the summit every year. In fact, Pikes Peak is the most visited mountain summit in North America.

For a complete listing of attractions and events in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region, please visit the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitor's Bureau (visitcos.com).


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