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 Meeting Location

Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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 Training Center.

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.

 Weather and Wardrobe

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.


Snow-capped Pikes Peak through rocks of Garden of the Gods
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