Fountain Valley

Two-year-old Kiefer See plays Wednesday, August 12, 2015 in the Splash Park in Fountain's Aga Park. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

The Fountain Valley area, just south of Colorado Springs, includes the communities of Fountain, Security and Widefield and some of the most famous ranches in the state.

This area is rich in history, natural beauty and community pride. Residents also enjoy lower home prices and convenience to Interstate 25 and Fort Carson. Security and Widefield have been recognized nationally as “cities on the rise,” and Fountain has retained its small-town atmosphere as it’s surrounded by growth.

There are many local parks and open spaces, such as the Fountain Regional Park and the Fountain Creek Nature Center, one of the top spots in the country for migratory birds. These provide opportunities for educational and recreational activities, including hiking, fishing, walking and bike riding.

Around the Fountain Valley, which has a heritage of farms and ranches, there are numerous free, family-oriented annual events. Weekly farmers markets provide residents with access to local produce and goods. Venetucci Farm is maintained by a nonprofit as a working farm and continues the beloved tradition of providing free pumpkins for kids at Halloween.

Also in the area is Pikes Peak International Raceway, which has most recently specialized in luxury sports-car racing and show events.

An exclusive private boarding school, Fountain Valley School of Colorado, is in the valley.

In Widefield, the school district has the unusual distinction of owning and operating its own parks and recreation district, as well as a community center where there are year-round activities. Fountain Valley has its own theater troupe.

Fountain, a home-rule town, has been nationally recognized as a special place to live for its Olde Town Fountain-area downtown, its support of almost 300 businesses and its Veterans Memorial recognizing the Fountain Valley veterans from all wars and conflicts.

Many military personnel and veterans call the Fountain Valley home.

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