Colorado Springs is found on Fountain Creek, and is slightly east of the geographic center of Colorado, and 61 miles south of the capital in Denver. Although some areas of the city are even higher, the average elevation of Colorado Springs is 6,035 feet, more than one mile over sea level. Colorado Springs is at the bottom of one of America’s most famous mountains, Pikes Peak, which is just is found on the eastern edge of the southern Rocky Mountains.
Money Magazine chose Colorado Springs as the Number One “Best Big City” in “Best Places to Live” in 2006, and also placed first in Outside magazine’s list of America’s Best Cities in 2009.
Due to its location on the eastern edge of the Rockies, Colorado Springs receives relatively little yearly precipitation, and is considered to have a semi –arid climate, although it is one of the most active lightning strike areas in the U.S. Because of this phenomenon the scientist/inventor Nikola Tesla built his laboratory here to study electricity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.