The City Above The Clouds

Take a drive up a narrow canyon carved out by a small creek that twists and turns along the side of Pikes Peak. You will pass deep crevices and ravines colored with the dark green of pine trees and dotted with adorable cabins and homes nestled in the shadow of the mountain. As you continue up the canyon, called Ute Pass, it suddenly opens up into a broad view of meadows and mountain tops. Nestled in these meadows is a little city that hugs the side of America’s mountain. This city is known as the City Above The Clouds, because at 8500′, there are many days Woodland Park feels the warmth of the sun’s rays while Colorado Springs, and the towns tucked along Ute Pass, are in the shadows of the clouds.

hwy 24 in woodland park
Woodland Park surrounds HWY 24 which takes you into the mountain playgrounds.

Woodland Park is quiet, offers a feast for your eyes, and invigorates your senses with the fresh mountain air. This town was once a summer playground for vacationers looking for a quiet place to build their cabin, however, it’s close proximity to Colorado Springs made it a perfect bedroom community for those seeking a permanent vacation close to their work.

log and chinking
log and chinking home

House styles range from the old log and chinking siding to modern and up-to-date styles. Woodland Park has been experiencing a housing boom as more and more Colorado Springs residents realize the benefits of living in the mountains, yet having a reasonable commute to work. The trend toward telecommuting has also granted many people the option to live in a more remote location.

townhome in woodland park
Townhomes and apartments are readily available.

Driving through the center of town on HWY 24, you would never realize the large suburban-looking neighborhoods hidden among the evergreens. Looking for more of a wilderness feel? There are plenty of options for homes that keep your neighbors at such a distance so you feel like you have the mountain to yourself.

woodland park neighborhood
Large neighborhoods with lots of acreages are readily available.
tire swing
There’s enough room to ride a four-wheeler or set up a tire swing and have a piece of the mountain all to yourself.

The culture in Woodland Park is growing as fast as the community. Micro-breweries, local restaurants, art galleries, and a new, modern library are evidence of the popularity and growth of this city of nearly 9,000; not to mention, a new Regional Medical Center to keep up with the demands of the ever-growing mountain communities in Teller and Park Counties.

photo courtesy Bierwerks
photo courtesy Bierwerks
farmers market woodland park
The Farmer’s Market is in a temporary location this year off the highway. Next year it returns to Memorial Park.
Woodland Park has one of the nicest libraries, even compared to Colorado Springs!
Woodland Park has one of the nicest libraries, even compared to Colorado Springs!

In the summer you can enjoy a very popular and large Farmer’s Market on Fridays, along with monthly outdoor concerts held on a beautiful log outdoor stage, overlooking the snow-capped Peak, with a lush green lawn for you to lay out and enjoy the music. The city does a marvelous job of bringing in top talent for your entertainment.

bandstand
A log bandstand overlooks Pikes Peak and gives concert goers a visual feast along with music to their ears!
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Beautiful mural giving homage to the Ute Indians who lived in these mountains.

Woodland Park is attracting people of all ages and walks of life. A new tiny home community is being created, along with brand new apartments, townhomes, and a complete renovation of the city’s Memorial Park (expected to be finished at the end of August 2016).

memorial park woodland park
Memorial Park is undergoing a massive reconstruction. It will be the pride of the city once completed end of summer 2016.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Woodland Park has many churches, the schools are wonderful (Woodland Park School District Website), and it’s centrally located for outdoor enthusiasts. Some of the attractions within 5-30 minutes that you have to check out:

pikes peakThe best part about living in Woodland Park is by far the stars. Nothing beats leaving the city lights and the noise of traffic to embrace the fresh mountain air, the whisper of the pines, and the brightest stars set against the darkest night. Come home to your refreshing, permanent vacation home!

Interested in learning more about living in Woodland Park, Green Mountain Falls, or Chipita Park? Give me a call at ____ or email me at agentsusanna@gmail.com and we will start looking for your mountain home today!

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