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We’ve all had days when we wanted to just pack up and disappear. Oddly enough, there’s a place where some can do just that. Called “the city above the clouds,” Woodland Park Colorado is famed for being tucked into Pike National Forest – the perfect place to call a “hideaway.”

Woodland Park isn’t for the homebody. Woodland Park CO realestate is for the physical type, the type who likes to hike mountain paths, fish in the lake, tube down a river, or go snowmobiling. Nature lovers will go over the edge identifying all the trees in Pike National Forest while listening to the wolves call. While Ramona Williams of Keller and Williams Group shows you the homes for sale Woodland Park CO, we’ll be telling you all about dinosaurs.

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The Basics

Woodland Park is 17 miles west of Colorado Springs in Teller County. The city was named for the sheer amount of trees surrounding it. Woodland Park comprises almost seven square miles upon which nearly 8,000 people live. Eighteen schools educate the young, four of which are elementary schools, with two middle schools and one high school.

Students must travel to Colorado Springs to attend one of several colleges or the United States Air Force Academy. These include Colorado Technical University at Colorado Springs, National American University at Colorado Springs, Colorado College, Remington College at Colorado Springs, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology, and Pike’s Peak Community College, to name just a few.

Woodland Park is a professional community with the majority of its workers in management, business, sciences, and the arts. You’ll find work in health care, education, and social services. Right behind that is sales and office work and public administration. Thirty-two percent of workers are entrepreneurial or otherwise not in the work force.

How It All Began

Most towns grew around railroads. They shipped produce or timber to coastal ports for shipment around the country or abroad. In Colorado, there were four reasons Woodland Park grew into a town: the Gold Rush, railroads, timber, and tourism. The town was incorporated in 1891, with timber shipping continuing until the 1930s and with tourism continuing up to today.

Miners and lumberjacks weren’t the only people staying. Business persons, seekers after the healthy air and waters, and homesteaders built their merchant stores, hotels, restaurants, doctor offices, as well as homes. Schools and churches sprang up as well as things like rodeos, dances, and baseball matches.

Today, Colorado visitors seek a western experience at dude ranches and touring the old towns of the Gold Rush and the enticements of the mountains. The Woodland Park Rodeo Association and the Paradise Ranch are two of the reasons Woodland Park is popular with tourists.

Woodland Park CO Real Estate

You’ll have an interesting mix from which to choose, from the one bed one bath 700 square foot mountain cabin covered by trees to the A-frame lake house with windows instead of walls. Looking for homes for sale in Woodland Park Colorado like a log cabin with nine beds and seven baths? Ramona Williams will show you one. Perhaps a four bed three bath 3,000 foot spread with multiple decks and even more windows would do. Ramona can show you that, too.

You’ll find not so much modern architecture here as mid-century modern and some Craftsman. A lot of homes for sale Woodland Park CO are A-frame houses and houses with multiple steeply pitched roofs in the A-shape style. Some feature stunning wood siding, some stone. Some are built into the mountainside while others perch atop it.

If your idea of disappearing includes design/build, there’s plenty of Woodland Park CO realestate upon which to do it. You have a choice between a quarter of an acre lot clean up to 50 acres. Plenty of flat, unwooded acreage is available to those whose idea of the perfect Woodland Park realestate doesn’t include a slalom.

Miners and lumberjacks weren’t the only people staying. Business persons, seekers after the healthy air and waters, and homesteaders built their merchant stores, hotels, restaurants, doctor offices, as well as homes. Schools and churches sprang up as well as things like rodeos, dances, and baseball matches.

Today, Colorado visitors seek a western experience at dude ranches and touring the old towns of the Gold Rush and the enticements of the mountains. The Woodland Park Rodeo Association and the Paradise Ranch are two of the reasons Woodland Park is popular with tourists.

Can We Get To The Dinosaurs?

In the dinosaurs’ “back in the day,” or several hundred million years ago, the land masses were joined (until a comet hit the earth 9,000 years ago and separated them.) It was perfectly normal for a dinosaur in Asia to decide to take a vacation to the continents that would become the Americas. So he strolled over for a visit.

One hundred ten to 70 million years ago, an inland sea flooded what would become Woodland Park Colorado real estate. The whole state was under water. When it drained, something caused the Rocky Mountains to push up and up. Following this was a time of erosion and the seabed tilting upward to cause ridges and hogbacks to be grown. Dinosaur Ridge was born.

Triceratops, Tyrranosaurus Rex, Stegosauruses, they all lived. They left footprints in the sand. They left their bones as calling cards for modern-day Coloradans to study, to rebuild, and to pass on to future generations. The footprints and bones form all we have and know about dinosaurs and how they lived.

Their tracks are preserved on Dinosaur Ridge and Picketwire Canyonlands. The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center preserves and studies the bodies of dinosaurs. Here, you’ll see 30 full sized dinosaur skeletons and restorations. You can actually watch as paleontologists prepare fossils, restore, mold, cast, and mount them.

Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center

If a more modern animal is more your thing, then check out the wolves and foxes. Urban development has taken away the former lands which nourished and housed our wildlife. The other side of the coin is hunters with no bag limit destroying the stunningly beautiful animals just for something to hang on the wall. The Wildlife Center changed all that.

Buyers of Woodland Park realestate will appreciate the information from tour guides about the animals with which you’ll be up close and personal if you so choose. You can feed them and watch these close kin to our domestic dogs as they live in their protected domain.

Anything Else To Do In Woodland Park?

Of course there is. Remember the sheer amount of trees surrounding the homes for sale in Woodland Park Colorado? There are up to 25 hiking trails of up to 18 miles. That’s one way of getting to know the trees as you’re getting to know the forest. The trails can be hiked, but many are accessible by mountain bike, Jeep, horse, and more.

Rainbow Falls Historic Site

 Want to hike some more trails in different surroundings? Early native Indians lived in this area close to Manitou Springs. It isn’t just one falls, either, but several cascading down the line. There are picnic facilities when you want to stop for lunch as well as overlooks for admiring the stunning views.

Manitou Park Lake

 We discussed above the fishing and boating. Add bird-watching to that, because those so inclined can watch the birds while someone is fishing. All this on a stocked lake with little wind. When you’ve seen the birds and caught your fish, hike the trails around the park for the natural beauty and the trees.

Great Outdoors Adventures

 Fat tire e-bikes, Polaris General, and other ATVs are rented for tours of the Pike’s Peak and other mountain areas. Tunnels, mountain trails, overlooks with views words aren’t enough to describe, and skies that look like you can stretch up to touch them aren’t all you’ll see when you have your outdoor adventure. Notice the birds, the wildlife, and, yes, the trees as you’re whizzing about the Great Rocky Mountains.

Eleven Mile State Park

 Some people want just one place in or from which they can do it all. Eleven Mile State Park just might be that place. Mountain views aren’t all that’s offered here. You’ll have wildlife, birds, fish, swimming, stand up paddleboarding, canoeing, road biking, mountain biking, offroading, running, hiking, biking, and more. Eleven Mile State Park offers nine campgrounds from which you can do it all. See? We told you Woodland Park was for the physical!

Mueller State Park

Located in Colorado Springs, this park offers all the outdoor activities Eleven Mile State Park does, but the best time to see it is in the fall when the aspens’ leaves turn. It’s scenery you won’t forget.

One thing the park is known for is its Nordic skiing. You can stay in a cabin or a yurt (much like a tent, except it’s taller, round, and offers features of a brick and mortar building.)

Shining Mountain Golf Club

No description of Colorado’s outdoor adventures would be complete without noting its deservedly amazing golf courses. Woodland Park has its course, too. Mountain views and a challenging course are an enticement to any golfer. The beauty surrounding the emerald course will entice non-golfers, so bring your cameras and/or your sketchbook and pencils.

There’s a reason people come to visit Colorado. There are more reasons they buy Woodland Park Colorado real estate. The natural beauty, the history, and the lure of Mother Nature at her absolute best is enough to draw anyone away from the big cities. Welcome home!