Colorado College in Colorado Springs,
Nestled at the foot of Pikes Peak, the mountain
that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write “America the
Beautiful”, Colorado Springs offers a unique blend of nature,
adventure and excitement. Founded in 1871 by General William Jackson
Palmer, the city soon acquired the nickname Little London because
of its popularity with the British. Gold was discovered in Cripple
Creek in 1891 and Colorado Springs found itself surrounded by
more than just scenic wealth.
Colorado Springs, a well-known resort famous
for its healthy climate and clean air, caters to summer visitors.
At an elevation of 6,035 feet, residents and visitors alike enjoy
a climatic advantage. During the summer months, the days may be
seasonable warm, but once the sun sets, the evenings are refreshingly
cool. The city boasts public golf courses, live theater, miles
of hiking and biking trails, mountain climbing opportunities,
several notable museums, the Air Force Academy and the US Olympic
The Colorado College campus is located in central
Colorado Springs between the vibrant city downtown area to the
south and the picturesque residential Weber Wahsatch and NorthEnd
National Historic Districts to the north. The campus is bordered
on the west by the City of Colorado Springs Monument Valley Park
with a spectacular view of Pikes Peak. It is in a pedestrian and
bicycle friendly area, you’ll be able to park your car (free
Campus parking) on arrival and enjoy the Colorado summer life
without traffic worries. The lectures will be held in Armstrong
Auditorium, an easy 5-minute walk from the campus residences.
Colorado Springs enjoys one of the
most pleasant climates in the United States. Skies are sunny nearly
every day- this is the place you have heard about when we sing
“where the sky is not cloudy all day”. Summer days
in June are generally comfortable with temperatures in the 70-85
F range. The humidity is quite low at about 30% so daytime temperatures
in the 80’s are quite comfortable. Evenings are cool with
temperatures of about 55-60 F. A brief afternoon thundershower
is not uncommon but a “rainy day” is virtually unheard
of in the summer. The air is clear, fresh and thin; typical barometric
pressure is about 610 mm Hg. Participants should dress for cool
to warm days and cool nights. Dress is casual at the summer school
and in town. Locally, folks wearing suits or ties may be looked
upon with suspicion in the summer. Don’t forget to bring
a light sweater or jacket as the lecture hall is air conditioned.
High Altitude Precautions:
Adjustment to a major change in altitude takes several days. To
help make your stay more comfortable, drink plenty of non-alcoholic
fluids, use sunscreen and lip protection, and take frequent rests.
It can make the transition easier if you start hydrating yourself
a few days before your stay.