There’s the west-side and then there’s the far-westside. Between Manitou Springs and Woodland Park is a forested valley alongside both the north and south sides of Highway 24 called Ute Pass. This area is encompassed by the sunny south-facing north side (town of Cascade) and the thickly forested north-facing southside (got that?).
Life in Ute Pass is pretty quiet. Highway 24 obviously crosses directly through the area, but most homes are set well back from the road, and depending on how the wind is blowing, you may or may not hear Harleys on a summer weekend. Due to the forest and Forest Service trail access backing to the Pikes Peak Watershed, there is an abundance of wildlife: raccoons near Fountain Creek, numerous black bear and the occasional golden eagle and mountain lion. For those that like to bring their shoes home muddy from the out of doors, yeah, this works pretty darn well.
The area is an eclectic collection of mountain homes, cabins, cottages, and the occasional forested estate. There are three “towns”, Cascade, Chipita Park (same zip code 80809 as Cascade) and Green Mountain Falls (GMF). Cascade has “the” traffic light on the south side at the base of the Pikes Peak Highway. Chipita Park is really just a voluntary Home Owner’s association stretching west of Cascade. Green Mountain Falls is an almost too-quaint for words hamlet around a mountain pond with a gazebo, a couple bars and restaurants, live music, a constable’s office across the street from live music, and an out of this world cool summer arts festival called The Green Box Arts Festival. If you like a breakfast that will last you into the next month, there is almost no better place than The Pantry across the street from the village pond. Average lots are steeply pitched and usually forested. Homes are usually on municipal water (either Green Mountain Falls or Cascade) and while most homes are on septic, some small lots might be on cesspool.