About Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, at an elevation of 6,035 ft., is a city in Colorado at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains. It lies near glacier-carved Pikes Peak, a landmark in Pike National Forest with hiking trails and a cog railway leading to its 14,114-ft. summit. The city's Garden of the Gods park features iconic red-sandstone formations and mountain views. The city had an estimated population of 445,830 in 2014. In 1871 the Colorado Springs Company laid out the towns of La Font (later called Manitou Springs) and Fountain Colony, upstream and downstream respectively, of Colorado City. Within a year, Fountain Colony would be renamed "Colorado Springs", and was officially incorporated. Winters range from mild to moderately cold, with December, the coldest month, averaging 30.8 °F (−0.7 °C); Snowfall is usually moderate and remains on the ground briefly because of direct sun, with the city receiving 38 inches (97 cm) per season, summers are warm, with July, the warmest month, averaging 70.9 °F (21.6 °C). The most popular things to do in Colorado Springs are to get out into the countryside around, cycling, hiking, horse-riding and white water rafting.