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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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:
- Dinosaur Resource Center in the center of town, with a working lab!
- Grab your hiking boots or kayaks and take a 10-minute drive up a dirt road to the large Rampart Range Reservoir for breath-taking views and fun at the lake at 10,000′.
- Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center just 15 minutes away.
- The best brown trout fishing in the country is a short 20 minutes to Lake George and Eleven Mile Reservoir.
- Take a leisurely drive through Divide to Cripple Creek and view the rest of the state from the top of the world while trying your luck at one of the many casinos.
- Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
- There are so many activities available for camping, dirt biking, rafting, kayaking, snowmobiling….The Woodland Park Chamber Of Commerce has a great list of nearby attractions.
The 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!
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