Wooded foothill lifestyle, minutes from everything – and personal, heartfelt resonance with the statement, “this feels like Colorado.” That would be northwest.
The northwest area of Colorado Springs was built from 1970 to 1980, with larger homes in Mountain Shadows, Pinecliff, Peregrine, and upper Rockrimmon constructed from the late ‘80s to late ‘90s. The zip code for the Northwest area is 80919. There is still some limited new construction in the area, but like it’s neighbor to the south, West (WES) the Northwest (N/W) area is sparsely settled. The exceptions are along the west side of Ute Valley Park and Oak Valley Ranch below the Castle Concrete Gravel Mine. In both places, some max density housing went in during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. But trails, open space, hillsides and shoot, terrain are all characteristic of the area.
Ute Valley Park, centrally located, now has 500 acres of space with nearly a dozen miles of trails. Here you can often find groups of lunchtime mountain bike adventures and occasional Hash House Harrier blitzes. As casual as any part of town, it’s not unheard of to arrive on bike at NaRai Thai, Trinity Brewing or Red Leg Brewing after an afternoon jaunt. But beware! Red Leg is a known haunt of our buddies in the SRAMily, as high-end biking company SRAM literally has their mountain biking research and design center right around the corner.
The area is 60/40 split between Colorado Springs School District 11 and Academy School District 20 with two elementary schools serving D11 and three elementary schools and a middle school serving D20. The D11 High School and Middle School are Coronado and Holmes further south and the D20 High School is Air Academy on the Air Force Academy base. The northern boundary is the Air Force Academy and the south by Garden of the Gods, this area is near a wide variety of technology employment and retail areas, I-25 and is 10 to 20 minutes from downtown. A large portion of the Northwest area is undeveloped making traffic patterns very predictable.
A legacy of the area is the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire which destroyed 347 homes in Mountain Shadows (and a couple decks in Peregrine, but no actual houses). The entire zip code was evacuated for three to eight days and it changed things in a variety of ways. But one of the odder and sweeter (literally) legacies is that Starbucks pulled out. And in it’s place went local high-butterfat ice cream hero Josh and John’s.
As an on-going service, we can provide almost-instant information on over 8-dozen neighborhoods in the Pikes Peak Region. The neighborhoods we track annually in our Where to Buy Product for Northwest include: