Colorado Springs is served by its own airport, designated by the three-letter code COS. The convention hotel, the Hotel Eleganté, is about a 20 minute drive from the airport. You can also fly into the Denver International Airport (designation DEN). DIA is about one and a half to two hours drive to Colorado Springs (depending on the traffic). Colorado Springs lies along Interstate 25, which follows the Front Range of the mountains./p>
From Denver or any part north: Take I-25 south to the Lake Ave/Circle Drive exit (Exit 138). Turn left (east) onto Circle Drive, go under the freeway and turn left into the hotel at the next light.
From Fountain or any place south: Take I-25 north to the Lake Ave/Circle Drive exit (Exit 138). Turn right (east) onto Circle Drive and take your first left into the hotel.
“For purple mountain majesties, above the fruited plain...”
Colorado Springs is a city of about 445,000 people (about 680,000 in the metro area) set at the foot of Pikes Peak, along the Rampart Range of Colorado. The city is right at the point where the high prairie meets the mountains, and the scenery in the area inspired the song “America the Beautiful”. Colorado Springs is between 6,000 and 6,700 feet above sea level, well over Denver's 5,280 feet.
Once home to Robert Heinlein, and mentioned in several of his books (either directly, or thinly disguised), Colorado Springs is home to the Olympic Training Center and the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, home of NORAD, beneath Cheyenne Mountain (the one that was pulverized by falling rocks in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress!).
Colorado Springs in January?
You might be surprised by the weather here at that time of year. The average weather in January is often fairly mild with a lot of sun, moderate daytime temperatures, and cold evenings. The average high in Colorado Springs in mid-January is 43°F, with occasional days breaking 60°F. The nights cool rapidly once the sun sets, reaching an average low of 17°F. January is generally a very sunny month, with most days being sunny or partly sunny. This is typical of Colorado Springs, where we enjoy a very sunny climate. Want more information on our local weather? Go to the NOAA website, where you can find climate information on Colorado Springs.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Of course January in the mountains often puts people in the mood for skiing and snowboarding. January is the height of the Colorado ski season, and Colorado Springs is within a few hours of many ski areas, both large and small. If you want to ski or snowboard while you are here, discount tickets are always available through local grocery stores and ski rental shops. The ski areas themselves often have great package deals on rentals, lessons, and lift tickets.
Some of the favorite ski areas of the locals include:
- Copper Mountain
- Winter Park
- Arapahoe Basin