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Located in between the foothills of the front range and Interstate 25, the "West side", as locals refer to it, is home to an eclectic group of neighborhoods. From private communities to single-family bungalows, West side has a home for everyone. With views of Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon Open Space, there is no better place to find a home to live in in the area. Close enough to Manitou Springs and downtown, you can choose which lifestyle fits you better: the urban or the rural.
The area is home to some of the states best hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing trails. West side prides itself on being a community that is one with nature. Wildlife is abundant in the area, and you can have some of the best views in the state. Close to both Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon Open Space gives residents a feeling of being close to the setting in which they have placed their homes. With a variety of neighborhoods, there is a good chance that you can find your dream home in this area, whether you are looking for a small, quaint home, or a home in one of Colorado's most exclusive luxury neighborhoods: Cedar Heights. While some homes have incredible views of Pikes Peak, some homes are situated on the mountain and conversely have incredible views of the city of Colorado Springs.
West side is home to some great views, but that is not all you have to do when you're living there. You can venture over to Manitou Springs and enjoy the Penny Arcade, the Manitou Incline, or even drive up Pikes Peak. These are only a few things you can do, but there are many more. The proximity of downtown Colorado Springs means you are never far away from a great show, a great restaurant, or a great time. There are plenty of parks and open spaces in West side, and you will be sure to find your favorite with ease.
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This community has a 22-acre park within it including a mile-long hiking trail. With parts of Douglas Creek Open Space in the neighborhood, this community is a dream for anyone who loves the outdoors. Most properties have beautiful views of Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak visible from them. The older charm of the area mixes well with modern upgrades, creating an ambiance not felt in many communities.
Named after the famous rock formation inside Garden of the Gods, this community is located right next to the park. This private community has a manned gate 24 hours a day, keeping the neighborhood safe. It has multiple trails leading from the neighborhood into the park, creating easy access to one of the state's beautiful areas. Also available with the purchase of a home in the neighborhood is a purchase to Garden of the Gods and Kissing Camels Golf Club. This club has a 27 hole course as well as a spa and clubhouse. This community still has lots available to be built on, but it has already cemented itself as one of southern Colorado's finest communities.
This beautiful community lies minutes from Garden of the Gods. Tucked away in some trees, the community has a secluded feel to it, even though you are minutes from downtown. Westmoor Park, accessible in the community, has incredible views of Pikes Peak and has incredible scenery in trees. Pleasant Valley is a beautiful neighborhood that is perfect if you want to get away from city life and live among the wildlife in this wild state.
As one of the most highly desired neighborhoods in all of Colorado, Cedar Heights is a sanctuary for the mind, body, and spirit. With over 900 acres of community space and over 300 acres of designated open space, the scenery of the community is second to none. Sandwiched in between Pike National Forest and Garden of the Gods, Cedar Heights has some of the prettiest views in the state. Inside the community, you can see Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods, and Pike National Forest all from the same lot. There is no other place in the state that provides the views that Cedar Heights provides. It is truly a sanctuary for all who come.
History of West Side
Back before Colorado Springs was even a city, the west side was an important part of the people's lives that lived here. The Cheyenne, Ute, and Arapaho tribes all worshiped at the base of Pikes Peak in what is now Garden of the Gods. The Spanish and French Flags flew over the area until Thomas Jefferson completed the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. As people began to come to Colorado Springs, they came for gold. It became known as the city of millionaires thanks to the successful gold rushes at Cripple Creek and Pikes Peak. This led to a large amount of money being put into the city. The Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes all used the west side of the city and Pikes Peak as places of worship. This area is a very spiritual area, and it is easy to tell why they used it to worship. The Ute called Pikes Peak "Ta¬Wa¬Ah¬Gath" which means "Sun Mountain Sitting Big". They called it that based on the way the sun would reflect off of the snow-capped mountain.
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Life in West Side
Life on the west side is all about enjoying the beautiful scenery just outside your door. Whether it means venturing over to Manitou Springs for an evening or enjoying a nice mountain hike, living on the west side means living outdoors. The availability of multiple parks and open spaces to visit, and they all provide a great opportunity to see the natural scenery of the state.
Old Colorado City. With available shopping and dining, this beautiful area blends small town with history and culture. Inside this quaint city, there are wide streets perfect for enjoying the day while walking down the brick-lined sidewalks. Established in 1859, Old Colorado City is now home to some of Colorado Springs' greatest boutique shopping experiences and art walks. With plenty of great food and shops to explore, as well as learn about the history of the area, Old Colorado City is a must-visit, whether you are a resident or tourist.
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Located actually on the property of Garden of the Gods, this living history museum is dedicated to showing guests how the early settlers of the area lived their lives. From hunting and farming to herding and finding out how to raise a family, this historical site provides a very accurate historical perspective to an incredibly important area to those who came before us.
Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. Every July, the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo showcases some of the best professionals in the rodeo industry. Kicking off every year's rodeo with a parade downtown, the rodeo brings the community together for fun activities. A Colorado Springs tradition since 1937, this rodeo is fun for the whole family. With seven standard events including bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and barrel racing, you will marvel at the talent and skill the professionals have.
Manitou Springs. Manitou Springs is such a short drive away from the west side, yet it is home to some of the most fun you will ever have. If you want to go back in time to arcade games of the 1980s and 1990s, enjoy the Manitou Springs Penny Arcade, equipped with time-realistic prices, so the cheapest game is a nickel. Cave of the Winds and the Manitou Cliff Dwellings are close by, giving you a realistic look at some of Colorado's natural history. Manitou Springs is home to a great number of activities, so you will never leave without having fun.
Garden of the Gods. Living on the west side gives you easy access to one of the nation's top parks. With plenty of trails to hike on, you can spend days exploring the area. If hiking isn't your forte, take a guided segway tour of the park, or mountain bike some of the trails. With classes available to take in the park, you do not need to be an expert to enjoy your time there. You can learn to rock climb on some of the prettiest rocks in the world. Garden of the Gods is a wonderful place to spend time outdoors, and it continues to provide beauty to the region.
Adventures Out West. Looking to zipline over a rocky mountain forest? Looking to take a hot air balloon ride over this beautiful state? Want to take a segway or jeep tour through Garden of the Gods? Adventures Out West can help you do all of this and more. With tours to the summit of Pikes Peak and through Garden of the Gods, AOW is a wonderful place to help you discover the inner adrenaline junkie in you. You can ride the zipline strapped into a professional or you can strap yourself in and take complete control over your experience. With enough activities for the whole family to enjoy, spending the day with Adventures Out West is well worth your time.
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