The Colorado Springs area offers many employment opportunities in the military, aerospace, electronics and tourism industries. Some of the city’s largest employers are military installations and research centers, including Fort Carson, U.S. Air Force Academy, Fort Peterson Air Force Base, the North American Air Defense Command and the Combined Services Space Center.
Local tourism is fueled by the popularity of the U.S. Air Force Academy and Pikes Peak. Combined, the two destinations bring several million visitors to Colorado Springs each year. The Air Force Academy is an undergraduate training center for U.S. Air Force officers; visitors are allowed to walk parts of the campus, including Cadet Chapel, the Field House and the Honor Court.
Notable natural sites in the area include Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods. Pikes Peak, which reaches an elevation of 14,110 feet, is accessible via Barr Trail, Pikes Peak Highway or the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Barr Trail begins in Manitou Springs and runs a full 13 miles one way to the summit. Several events are held at Pikes Peaks each year, including the Pikes Peak Marathon and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Garden of the Gods is a registered national historic landmark, featuring picnic areas, horseback riding, biking, rock climbing, hiking, and guided walks. The park is known for its impressive red and white sandstone formations as well as the fossils and other historic markings.
Colorado Springs/Norwood residents enjoy a climate of four seasons. Winter brings cool temperatures and snow; spring provides colorful blooms as the snowcaps thaw; summers are warm and humid; and fall temperatures slowly transition back to the winter lows. Throughout the year, temperatures range from lows in the teens to highs in the mid-80s.
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