living in colorado springs

 

If you are thinking of living in Colorado Springs, Colorado then here are a few fun facts you should know:


Tons of hiking places.
People here are active and exercise often. The local government of Colorado Springs has also created tons of recreational parks for families and athletes to do their training or hiking. Bar trail is one of our favorites.  The manitou incline and the red rock canyon are also great.  Before you make a huge decision of relocating to Colorado Spring or or in any place around the United States, you should weigh the advantage and disadvantages of what you are about to do. Colorado is one of the most beautiful places I have seen in my life. It is so rich in natural attractions. Living in Colorado Springs is so pleasant. People are kinda conservative but mostly mind their own business.living-in-colorado-springs

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Expect  a higher crime rate on some areas. Colorado Springs is one of the largest city in Colorado so you can expect all the same conveniences and inconveniences of a medium sized city. There are a few places with higher crime rate because of its bigger and growing population. However, compared to some other parts of the US, the crime is pretty low.

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The housing is another thing you have to check for.  I noticed the house prices are fluctuating a lot. It was continuously dropping on months of february-april 2015. Military workers were moving to other places and selling their properties. This place is a hot area of buying a house.  Any time of the year is ideal. You can also check it’s neighboring towns with a smaller population like Fountain. The interest rates are dropping drastically as people are moving in and out of the city.

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There are jobs available in the area. There are 5 bases around town. Most of the jobs that will be available here are associated with the military.  There are also some companies operating in Colorado Springs but the overall population of people’s jobs here are working in the military.living-in-colorado-springs

Lower Tax is also attractive. Colorado Springs tax charge only 7.63 %. It is way lower comparing to other places like LA which is 16 %. I found out the price difference are HUGE between Coloradod and California as we were booking a hotel in in places like Hollywood and tickets for LA.

Colorado Springs has a variety of food and restaurants.  The variety is definitely not as good as some larger cities in other states.  For example, there is an Asian market really only one and it is a 20 minute drive from the place we live. I always look for the filipino store.  There is one in Colorado Springs, but it is pretty small.  For filipino stores are even fewer.  Generally, when it comes to food and restaurants, there are not much availability here.

Colorado Springs is a great place to raise a family.  There are many areas that are very peaceful and it is great if you love nature.

 

 

Red Rock Canyon Colorado

Red Rock Canyon (in Colorado.. not to be confused with the one in Nevada) is one of the more leisurely hikes we frequent. Unlike Barr Trail, Red Rock has less of an incline.  It is a series of criss-crossing trails through a canyon of red rock.  It is an area of 789 acres in Colorado Springs, Colorado next to a city called Manitou Springs.

On the way through the trails you can sometimes see wild life (mostly deer and rabbits minding their own business).  This trail is great for the family.

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Red Rock Canyon Location: 3550 W High St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

The Red Rock Canyon Open Space is located along Highway 24.

From I-25 take the Cimarron Street exit west. Cimarron Street will turn into Highway 24. After the 31st Street light, turn left onto Ridge Road. Red Rock Canyon will be on the south side of the street. The parking lot is located at the end of Ridge Road – Red Rock Canyon

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Contact Number: (719) 385-2489

Owned by: City of Colorado Springs

Parking lot closed: 9:00 pm – 5:00 am Red rock National Park Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Red Rock Canyon Rules and Regulations

  1.  Stay on designated trails. Remember trail etiquettes for safety and protection of sensitive natural resources.red-rock-canyon (9)
  2. Dogs must be on leash at all times.
  3. Clean up after your pet.red-rock-canyon
  4. Park in designated areas only.red-rock-canyon (2)
  5. No motorized vehicles.
  6. No dumping, littering, alcoholic beverages, tree cutting, fires and no camping.

Warning: Serious and fatal rock climbing incidence have occured in other city parks with large rock formation like those found in Red Rock Canyon. Technical climbers are required to register at Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Technical climbing is permitted in group of two or more with proper climbing equipment.

You can also volunteer in helping with community activities on parks preservation.

http://www.openspacevolunteers.org

Vegetations found in Red Rock Canyon :

  • Typical Mountain shrub community of the front range foothillshiking-colorado
  • Mountain shrubs more dense than typical
  • Mountain shrubs more sparse than typical
  • Mixed grass open meadows
  • Pinyon-Juniper Forest on rocky outcrops
  • Cool conifers found on the sides of the deep canyons
  • Mixed Conifers where the canyons open up a little
  • Niobrara formation
  • Ponderosa-oak forest
  • Disturbed ground in areas of high anthopogenic disturbance
  • Disturbed mix where native species persist but with high disturbance

Types of animals seen while hiking :

1. Deers

2. Rabbit

3. Birds

4. Geese

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hiking photos: Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon is one of the best hiking trails in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  It makes  for the perfect outdoor activity for the whole family.  Compared to Barr trail, Red Rock Canyon is not a very exhausting hike.  Red Rock is such a gradual incline that it feels like a leisure walk in many areas of the trails.  As we go on the trail, we noticed that Red Rock is composed of MANY trails leading through the valleys, crests and passes of the small canyon.

We have found that the perfect time to go hiking there is 8:00 o’clock in the morning when the sun is still rising.  If you start at 8 am, you can finish about 9:00 am as more people start to show up.

Here are the hiking photos taken from our trips from March 2015.

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a stump in Red Rock Canyon

hiking photos - first steps into Red Rock Canyon (Colorado)

entry into Red Rock Canyon (Colorado)

hiking photos - path of Red Rock Canyon (Colorado)

path of Red Rock Canyon (Colorado)

hiking photos - Red Rock Canyon Trail System Sign

Red Rock Canyon Trail System Sign

hiking photos - Red Rock Trail

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hiking photos - Red Rock Canyon Food Chain Sign

Red Rock Canyon Food Chain Sign

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hiking photos - Red Rock Trail 8:30 am

Red Rock Canyon Trail in the morning

hiking photos - small hill on Red Rock Trail

small hill on Red Rock Trail