FYI 2016: Northwest
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Rockrimmon neighborhood August 8, 2015. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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There are incredibly beautiful areas on Colorado Springs’ northwest side, areas almost signature Colorado.

Rockrimmon has mature trees in rolling foothills with plenty of wildlife, miles of trails and mountain views. Deer are everywhere, and the first fawn of the spring is a sight to behold. Bears, bobcats, foxes, coyotes and other critters are common visitors.

Houses and other buildings — all in earth-tone colors — blend into the natural setting. You can eat at nearby restaurants, visit a sports bar or coffee shop or favorite national chain restaurant; buy groceries in the shopping plaza; visit the library; relax at a favorite watering hole. Yet, downtown, the Air Force Academy and shopping areas are just minutes away.

Hike Ute Valley Park and Blodgett Peak Open Space and find yourself even farther off the beaten path. It’s in Academy School District 20.

Peregrine is high above the city, a luxury development of 1,000 homes tucked into the side of the mountains at the base of Blodgett Peak where there are parks, trails and amenities, mature trees and landscaping, sub-association communities and a Peregrine Master Association.

Cedar Heights is a breathtaking private mountainside community bordered by Garden of the Gods and Pike National Forest. Acres within Cedar Heights have been set aside as open space and for parks and trails. Wildlife is plentiful.

Kissing Camels gets its name from the famous rock formation in Garden of the Gods, visible just across the mesa. It’s a private golf community sharing amenities with Garden of the Gods Club and Resort. Very country club and with unmatched views. Nearby is the city’s xeriscape demonstration garden, which is open to the public.

In the northwest area is the neighborhood of Mountain Shadows, which is rebuilding after the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire. Almost 77 percent of the 347 homes destroyed have been rebuilt.


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