Location: Just southwest of Colorado Springs in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains
Military Population: 25,099 service members and 38,018 family members
One of the Army’s youngest installations, the Mountain Post was established just one month after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. If you are currently stationed in the Pikes Peak Region, consider scenic hikes, nature and doing anything outdoors some of your main missions. Here are a few recommendations for your time beyond the base.
- Take a day trip to Cañon City to visit Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, home to America’s highest suspension bridge.
- View Pikes Peak through the Siamese Twin Rocks Formations at the Garden of Gods Park, a registered National Natural Landmark.
- With 105 miles of urban trains and 106 miles of park trails, hike often and never take the same trek twice.
- Learn what it takes to be an Olympic athlete on a tour of the flagship U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center, or enjoy an interactive experience at the recently opened U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum.
- Plan a weekend adventure to one of Colorado’s many hot springs. With a day pass to Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, kids enjoy a splash zone filled with fountains and water slides, while parents soak stressors away in the mineral-rich natural pool surrounded by mountain scenery.
- Snag military-discounted tickets to see a bareback-riding, roping and racing rodeo at the Cinch Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo.
- Spend the day eating all of your meals on Tejon Street in Downtown Colorado Springs — Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, La’au’s Taco Shop, Urban Egg and plenty more.
- See the stars or hear from a NASA astronaut at the Air Force Academy Planetarium.