Peterson Air Force Base was established in 1942, named after a fallen airman who lost his life on the base. Peterson AFB maintains a community lifestyle built around unity and services. Several clubs and groups for spouses and family members including Moms & Tots, Stamping and Scrapbooking, card game clubs, cooking and crafts round out the community offerings to enrich the lives of residents.
The culture, recreation and entertainment of the surrounding cities and nearby Colorado Springs presents museums, craft shows, street festivals, theaters and annual events taking place year-round. A local IMAX theater provides thrills up close and personal, or for a glimpse into the sport of rodeo, visit the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the only mountain zoo in the United States situated on 146 acres at an elevation of 6,800 feet. Home to more than 750 animals, the Zoo was voted “Best Place for Family Fun” and "Best Outdoor Attraction" by local newspapers. The Garden of the Gods Park is a Registered National Natural Landmark in Colorado Springs, presenting spectacular views, plenty of hiking, climbing, biking and horseback riding opportunities for outdoor lovers.
As the stunning backdrop for Colorado Springs and the surrounding neighborhoods, Pikes Peak is the most visited mountain in North America. Wildlife can be viewed from the walking or driving trails, such as the yellow-bellied marmot, the bighorn sheep and the black bear. For sea life, take a tour on the self-propelled bellyboat ride on Crystal Reservoir. Each year, the Park holds events such as a fireworks display, a car race and the Pikes Peak Marathon, a 26 mile round trip foot race up Barr Trail and then back down each August, drawing thousands of runners from all over the world.
Nearby Colorado Springs has evolved into a diverse community with breathtaking scenery, a variety of attractions and eclectic local businesses. Founded in 1871 as a resort destination, Colorado Springs has virtually unlimited options when it comes to participating in recreational and sporting activities. Hiking, mountain biking, running, rafting, boating, rock climbing, horseback riding, fishing, golfing and ballooning are some of the most popular activities that are enjoyed year-round in the mild climate.
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