Woodland Park is known as the “City Above the Clouds” at 8,465 feet above sea level, it is often clear and sunny in Woodland Park, while Colorado Springs is covered in clouds. In Spite of the altitude it’s just a 30 minute scenic drive up Highway 24 to Woodland Park from Colorado Springs.
Woodland Park has a mountain town feel, if you didn’t know better you would think you were in a ski town. This is a great place to live if you don’t mind a little commute to work or better yet, if you don’t have to work! There are a lot of things to do in Woodland Park and plenty of places for food and drink. Much of the activity in Woodland Park revolves around hiking, biking and horseback riding, so for this Local Line up we are going to look at different activities.
The Meadow Wood Sports Complex is located at 2000 Evergreen Heights Drive on the west side of Woodland Park. Meadow Wood is a 43.86 acre park. Meadow Wood has:
- Synthetic Turf Baseball Field
- 2 Regulation size Synthetic Turf Soccer Fields
- 3 Lighted Ball Fields
- Playground Equipment
- Concession Stand
- An Ice/Inline Hockey Rink
- 4 Lighted Tennis Courts
- A Fitness Trail
While outdoor activity in Woodland Park has traditionally been about hiking and biking, Meadow Wood provides a great change of pace for both residents and visitors. It’s common to see a fierce game of pickleball in progress or a pick up basketball game, not what you expect in a real mountain community but a nice change of pace.
The Donut Mill has been a Woodland Park favorite since 1983. Both locals and tourists make the daily stop to try the massive bear claws, donuts, strudel, breakfast burritos and the famous biscuits and gravy.
The Donut Mill also serves “Blue Bell Ice Cream ” this might be the most celebrated Ice Cream in The entire State of Texas. The Donut Mill staff claims to actually drive to Texas in order to select and bring back the freshest Blue Bell Ice Cream flavors.
The Donut Mill is a comfortable place to grab a little treat. If you are in the area and hungry, you need to stop in and give it a try, It will certainly make your list of favorites.
Blues Natural Pet Market and Dog Wash is located in the Gold Hill Shopping Center, right in the heart of Downtown Woodland Park. Blues features locally sourced pet products along with a large variety of dog and cat food.
Blues is also a great place to take your pets in for grooming. They have a dog wash, blowdryers and offer nail trims.
This is a great place to take care of your pet needs in a local shop and without a drive down to the Springs. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, which makes Blues a great resource for Teller County pet owners.
BierWerks has been a Woodland Park favorite since 2010. They serve German style ales and lagers along with a handful of hoppy beers. They have a great but limited menu. They supplement this with a rotation of food trucks.
This is a great spot to stop after a day of hiking, biking or climbing. The large outdoor fire pit is a great place to sit outside and take in the sights of Woodland Park
The Dinosaur Resource Center is a 25 minute drive from the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. This makes it the perfect stop to prep the kids for a trip to the Fossil Beds. It’s also just really cool and fun! The center features impressive skeletons alongside educational exhibits. Of course there is a gift shop full of pretty much any dinosaur related thing you’d ever want. This is a short ride from Colorado Springs and well worth the trip.
Woodland Park has grown into a self sufficient mountain community over the past 20 years. The addition of Hospitals, Grocery Stores as well as restaurants and shopping have transformed this sleepy mountain town into a great place to live and visit.
If you would like to learn more about living in Woodland Park or Teller County, please give us a call we would love the opportunity to introduce you to this incredible area.