People who live in Colorado are consistently ranked as some of the healthiest people in the country, and that’s because they live in a state with over 300 days of sunshine and access to an amazing array of outdoor activities, like hiking, skiing, rafting, kayaking and so much more.
There are many fun and active cities in Colorado, but Colorado Springs is one of the best. It’s the second largest city in the state, so it offers all of the amenities of an urban area, but it’s surrounded by national parks, canyons, forests and foothills.
Colorado Springs is the perfect place to live if you love the great outdoors, so if you’re thinking of moving to or visiting Colorado, check out these great outdoorsy neighborhoods in Colorado Springs:
Kissing Camels is one of the westernmost neighborhoods in Colorado Springs, and it gets its name from an incredible rock formation nearby in Garden of the Gods. Garden of the Gods is a Registered National Landmark with amazing hiking trails and picturesque views of Colorado’s trademark red sandstone rock formations.
If you visit Garden of the Gods on a nice day, you’ll see people taking advantage of the vast park by rock climbing, horseback riding, biking, hiking and picnicking.
Broadmoor, another western Colorado Springs neighborhood, is just east of North Cheyenne Canyon Park. The park is located at the bottom of North Cheyenne Canyon and offers scenic hiking trails, including trails to North Cheyenne Creek’s charming waterfalls.
Helen Hunt Falls is a beautiful waterfall that’s known for being relatively easy to get to, even for kids, compared to other Colorado hikes. From Helen Hunt, visitors can take a short walk to see Silver Cascade Falls, which boasts great views of the North Cheyenne Canyon.
The park’s varying altitudes mean you may see several different types of wildlife on your hike, like deer or even black bears!
Southwest Colorado Springs
Residents of Southwest Colorado Springs live in one of the greatest neighborhoods for taking advantage of the great outdoors because they are in close proximity to lakes, parks and reservoirs.
Cheyenne Lake and the Fisher Canon and Penrose reservoirs offer fishing opportunities along with trails for walking and biking. And Broadmoor Valley Park and Broadmoor Bluffs Park are both nearby with playgrounds, sports fields and picnic areas.
Northwest Colorado Springs
Northwest Colorado Springs, just north of Garden of the Gods, has more great hiking and outdoor activities. The Glen Eyrie Castle is nearby, which is a massive Tudor-style home built by the founder of Colorado Springs, William Jackson Palmer.
Beginning at Glen Eyrie, you can go on a 2-mile hike to Queens Canyon, one of the more underrated hikes in Colorado Springs. The hike takes you along the canyon, back and forth across the creek past an amazing waterfall, and finally to the punch bowls, which are natural swimming holes filled with cool water. The hike is difficult at parts, but perfect if you’re experienced and adventurous!
The Centennial Boulevard neighborhood puts you in the perfect area to access Ute Valley Park, so it’s great for lovers of the great outdoors. Ute Valley Park is actually surrounded by neighborhoods of Colorado Springs, instead of bordering the city, but it’s big enough to spend some fun time exploring. Different areas of the park range from wooded flatlands to wetlands to higher sandstone mesas and hills, which makes it a great place for hiking and biking.
West Colorado Springs
The West Colorado Springs area is where you’ll gain access to Pikes Peak, which is lovingly referred to as “America’s Mountain.” Pikes Peak is Colorado’s most famous mountain, and has almost every outdoor activity you can think of.
The summit is open year-round, but during the warmer months experienced hikers can make their way to the top on foot, and those with less experience can drive or take a ride on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway to reach the peak.
The mountain itself is located west of Colorado Springs, but on the way there you’ll also find the North Slope Recreation Area, where outdoorsy folks can enjoy three gorgeous reservoirs. The North Slope Recreation Area is a great place for fishing and boating, along with hiking, biking and simply enjoying the scenic views.
Though not an actual neighborhood of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs earns an honorary spot on the list for being a great place for outdoorsy people. Manitou Springs is actually a municipality just west of Colorado Springs, but in the same county.
It’s nestled between Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods, and has amazing opportunities for people who want to spend time in the great outdoors, like horseback riding, river rafting and, of course, hiking. And if you’re there, don’t miss a visit to the historic natural mineral springs in Manitou Springs!