Neighborhoods. Green Mountain Falls taken Aug. 10, 2015. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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Neighborhoods. Green Mountain Falls taken Aug. 10, 2015. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Visiting Woodland Park and Ute Pass is like coming home, especially if you happen to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, with Pikes Peak as your background.

A small, hometown atmosphere encompasses Woodland Park , up Ute Pass west of Colorado Springs. Woodland Park has grown, with a nice selection of businesses, and has community and special events throughout the year to attract a variety of vendors and attendees. Some new housing has come to town, and Charis Bible College is building a new campus.

Woodland Park is well-known for its restaurants and the Donut Mill, an almost imperative stop for drivers as they head for the mountains.

Visitors looking for Woodland Park’s Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center typically receive instructions to “look for the palm trees in front.” Yes, indeed, palm trees and not pines. Don’t ask. The center is a project of Triebold Paleontology, a world leader in fossil and cast replica skeletons.

Residents of Woodland Park and all the Ute Pass communities — Cascade, Chipita Park and Green Mountain Falls — have incredible access to hunting, camping, fishing, biking and hiking. The focal point of Green Mountain Falls is its lake and its on-the-water gazebo as well as popular eateries such as The Pantry, on the lake.

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