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A horse grazes in a field off Hwy 24 just east of Falcon, Colorado at sunrise Monday, October 13, 2014. Weather in Colorado Springs is expected to stay mostly clear through the weekend, with a high in the mid 70's Wednesday and mid 60's for the rest of the week. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Out east of Colorado Springs, it’s “the plains” as far as you can see. To the west, there are suburban developments and shopping not that far away. The options for lifestyles are diverse.

As Gazette columnist Bill Radford has said, his family chose the country out east “so my wife could have horses in the back-yard.” It’s a place for barnyard animals, solitude, wide-open spaces and raising your own food.

Nearby Falcon has shopping areas and the equestrian-centered Latigo Trails development where the Latigo Equestrian Center is operated by the Pikes Peak Range Riders Foundation and is home to the riders’ new museum. The center also houses the Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center.

In this developing area close to military facilities is family-oriented Woodmen Hills with two recreation centers and ample trails. Golfers, it’s for you: Antler Creek Golf Course in Meridian Ranch . Meridian Ranch is a 2,500-acre master-planned community with new homes, golf and recreation community close to life’s necessities and pleasures — but feels a world apart from city hassles. A large recreation center, outdoor pool, parks and trails keep you moving. And the lively CreekView Grill is your go-to spot for everything from post-game drinks to dinner with friends.

Students in this area attend Falcon District 49 schools.

Driving past large properties — some agricultural, others with cattle — you’ll find small towns here and there dotting the plains. They’re places where it’s no problem when residents know to call a local cafe to ask the mayor a question and where high school football is fodder for days of conversation. Ellicott and Limon, for example, are known for their winning high school teams and strong community support. There’s Peyton and Ramah. Calhan is home to the El Paso County Fair, cattle auctions and auto races. It’s all just a short distance from a city and the suburbs.


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