The City of Colorado Springs is the seat of El Paso county in the state of Colorado. The city is considered a Home Rule Municipality, which means it is self-governing and may declare itself either a city or a town. Colorado Springs is the most populous city in El Paso county and the second most populous city in Colorado. The city is located on Fountain Creek, a stream that begins in Woodland Park, Colorado and runs through Pueblo, Colorado. Fountain Creek is about 75 miles long and flows into the Arkansas River. Colorado Springs is located at the base of Pikes Peak, one of the most famous mountain ranges in the world. Rising about 8,000 feet above Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak is the highest summit of the Rocky Mountains’ Front Range.
Colorado Springs experiences a wide range of weather throughout the year. Winters are cold, though not frigid, with December’s weather averaging at about 30 degrees. At about 37 inches per year, snowfall in Colorado Springs is moderate. Colorado Springs residents enjoy warm summers with cool nights, though thunderstorms are common in the summer months.
Colorado Springs is home to a number of Army and Air Force bases. Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, the NORAD and Cheyenne Mountain Air Station, and the United States Air Force Academy are all located in the city. The United States Air Force Academy is the location where cadets train to become officers in the Air Force.
The United States Air Force Academy is one of the many reasons Colorado Springs maintains such a high tourist population. Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center are some of the other tourist destination spots in the city.