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Woodland Park Colorado

Woodland Park Colorado

The City of Woodland Park is a Home Rule Municipality that is the most populous city in Teller County, Colorado, United States and is immediately west of El Paso County and the unincorporated community of Crystola. Many residents in this bedroom community, which is surrounded by the one-million acre Pike National Forest, make the 17-mile commute to Colorado Springs. Ute Pass lies 12 miles to the west of Woodland Park on US 24. The population was 6,515 at the 2000 census. Nearby Douglas County is about a fifteen-minute drive from the city.

Called the "The City Above the Clouds," Woodland Park, at 8,465 feet above sea level, often enjoys clear skies while weather in neighboring towns may be rainy or overcast. The city has pursued a policy of careful growth, and enjoys breathtaking views of Pikes Peak. Woodland Park offers easy access to hiking, climbing, and fishing. Because of the city's location, there is a natural limitation to population growth.
Dinosaur Known as a bedroom community for folks who work in Colorado Springs, Woodland Park is a town in transition. While it's always had some good restaurants and shops, these days The City Above the Clouds offers more than just a stop on the way to the mountains.

A paved path takes mountain bikers from town to Manitou Lake, a scenic fishing-hole eight miles away. The Pike National Forest, recovering well from serious forest fires in 2001, is full of hiking trails offering visitors a close look at how nature makes a comeback from devastation.

Woodland Park's newest attraction is the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, a terrific new museum with lots of hands-on activities for children.


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