WELCOME TO COLORADO SPRINGS
Starting in 2018, The Human Potential Running Series has hosting it’s annual Stories Ultra in beautiful Colorado Springs. If you’re joining us for Stories Ultra, this page has been designed specifically to help you better plan and navigate the Colorado Springs area come race weekend.
About Colorado Springs: At 6,035′ Colorado Springs sits well over 1-mile above sea level. It is also the largest city (by area) in the State of Colorado. Colorado Springs is situated near the base of one of the most famous American mountains, Pikes Peak, rising above 14,000 feet. The city is home to 24 national governing bodies of sport, including the United States Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Training Center, and USA Hockey. The city had an estimated population of 465,101 in 2016, and a metro population of approximately 712,000, ranking as the second most populous city in the state of Colorado, behind Denver, and the 40th most populous city in the United States. The city covers 194.9 square miles, making it the most extensive municipality in Colorado.
The Ute, Arapaho and Cheyenne peoples were the first to inhabit the area which would become Colorado Springs. Part of the territory included in the United States’ 1803 Louisiana Purchase, the current city area was designated part of the 1854 Kansas Territory. In 1859, after the first local settlement was established, it became part of the Jefferson Territory on October 24. Colorado City at the Front Range confluence of Fountain and Camp creeks was “formally organized on August 13, 1859″ during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. It served as the capital of the Colorado Territory from November 5, 1861, until August 14, 1862, when the capital was moved to Denver. Colorado Springs’ economy is driven primarily by the military, the high-tech industry, and tourism, in that order. The city is currently experiencing some growth mainly in the service sectors. The defense industry plays a major role in the Colorado Springs economy, with some of the city’s largest employers coming from the sector. A large segment of this industry is dedicated to the development and operation of various projects for missile defense. With its close ties to defense, the aerospace industry has also influenced the Colorado Springs economy.
Colorado Springs is home to The US Olympic Training Center, USA Hockey, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, Cheyenne Mountain Complex, and the United States Air Force Academy.
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Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs, A Dolce Resort
Best Western Executive Inn and Suites
Double Tree by Hilton Colorado Springs
Quality Inn South
La Quinta Inn & Suites Colorado Springs South AP
Courtyard by Marriott Colorado Springs South
Hampton Inn & Suites Colorado Springs/I-25 South
Holiday Inn Colorado Springs Airport
THINGS TO DO
Because this is a major metropolitan area, expect to find most of your notable nationwide and regional chains.
OTHER AREA TOWNS OF INTEREST
Monument, CO is just 20 miles (22 min) North of Colorado Springs on I-25
Castle Rock, CO is just 41 miles (40 min) North of Colorado Springs on I-25
Downtown Denver, CO is 71 mile (1 hr 10min) North of Colorado Springs on I-25
Woodland Park, CO is just 19 miles (30 min) West of Colorado Springs on US Highway 24
Cripple Creek, CO is just 45 miles (1 hr 5 min) West of Colorado Springs on US-24 and S on COHwy 67
Fountain, CO is just 14 miles (17 min) South of Colorado Springs on I-25
Pueblo, CO is just 45 miles (42 min) South of Colorado Springs on I-25