Woodland Park, the City Above the Clouds with the best views of Pikes Peak
Just 17 scenic miles west of Colorado Springs in Teller County, a short 25 minute drive by four lane divided highway, experience the history, adventure and beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Surrounded by unspoiled wilderness, nestled among one million acres of Pike National Forest, bathed in sunshine at the base of Pikes Peak, is the pristine mountain community of Woodland Park. A small town with charm and friendliness, your perfect mountain hideaway. The natural surroundings include spectacular views of Pikes Peak and the Rampart Range, thick stands of spruce, pine and aspen. . . and deep blue skies and fresh air. Centrally located, Woodland Park is your ideal base camp for day trips into the Pikes Peak region.
Comfortable summers and mild winters offer year-round outdoor recreation, including hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain biking, cycling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice skating. Fishing along the South Platte River, Manitou Lake, Rampart Range Reservoir, or Eleven Mile Canyon and Reservoir are all within 25 miles of Woodland Park. Bring your clubs and play our 18-hole championship golf course amid scenic mountain views.
Coined "The City Above the Clouds", Woodland Park often enjoys clear, bright sunny skies!
The climate for Woodland Park is alpine. The four seasons are mild and glorious. Uncomfortable extremes in either winter or summer are rare. There are vibrant springs, moderate summers, crisp falls and winter wonderlands!
The weather in Woodland Park is typical of a high mountain area, 8500', with at least 300 days of sunshine, typical summer daytime temperatures are in the 70's while nights are cool. Humidity is low.
Woodland Park average annual precipitation is 15.42 inches per year, with August typically the wettest month.
Woodland Park average annual snowfall is 37 inches per year, with the snowiest month being March with about 9 inches.
Woodland Park average annual humidity is 33
The average summer temperature is 84.9 degrees F.
How to Pack
At an elevation of 8,500feet, Woodland Park is located on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains at the north side of Pikes Peak. The mountains to the west and the Monument Divide to the north protect the Pikes Peak area from harsh and snowy winters.
Abundant sunshine and pockets of yellow aspen trees make autumn a refreshing and beautiful season to visit the region. Warm days and cool nights usher in springtime. In summer, visitors escape from hot, sticky conditions to our low humidity and highs in the 70's. In the winter, sweaters, gloves and coats are recommended (though temperatures can climb into the 50's. Always dress in layers so that you are comfortable through temperature and altitude changes.
Cool-weather clothing is proper dress for summer days, but carry a windbreaker or light jacket for evening. When the sun goes down the coolness of the mountains makes evening very pleasant. Please remember that temperatures at the top of Pikes Peak are usually 20-30 degrees below temperatures measured in Colorado Springs - giving you a great reason to pick up a Pikes Peak or Woodland Park sweatshirt at one of our many fine gift or clothing shops.
Woodland Park’s restaurants require a more casual attire, as vacationers mingle with the local community at restaurants, pubs and shops throughout the region.
High altitude has its benefits. Our bodies use more calories and burn more fat. But, for lowland travelers who are new to our area, altitude can produce some unusual sensations such as dizziness, nausea and headaches. Colorado is a state consisting of various and extreme altitudes with 54 peaks over 14,000 feet. Colorado Springs climbs to an altitude of 6,035 feet. Manitou Springs, just five miles to the west of Colorado Springs, is 6,320 feet and Woodland Park only 25 minutes from Colorado Springs is at 8,500 feet. Further west, the towns of Victor and Cripple Creek are over 9,500 feet. The summit of Pikes Peak towers above them all at 14,115 feet.
To enjoy your visit here in the Pikes Peak region, here are a few things to keep in mind to give your body time to adjust to the altitude and prevent altitude sickness:
Stay below 7,000 feet the first day (the city of Colorado Springs is 6,035 feet above sea level.
Give your body time to adjust (there's lots to see and do at lower altitudes).
Avoid strenuous exercise the first day. Drink plenty of water.
Limit alcohol intake. Alcohol binds oxygen and water and robs your body of these two important nutrients.
Drink more water. The air is drier and your body will dehydrate much more quickly. The higher up you go, the more water you should drink. If your lips feel dry, they are telling you to drink more water.
Always travel with a companion. If someone begins to experience severe coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or chest pain, get him or her to a lower altitude as quickly as possible.
The effects of some drugs such as tranquilizers can be greatly increased at higher altitudes. Be sure to check with your doctor first before exerting yourself at higher altitudes.
If you are baking during your visit, be sure to follow the high altitude instructions.
Get plenty of good rest and enjoy yourself!
Once you have stabilized for that first day, adventure awaits you just minutes west to Woodland Park where you can experience the real Colorado lifestyle.