Woodland Park -- "The City Above the Clouds" -- lies about 20 miles northwest of Colorado Springs on the edge of Pikes Peak National Forest. The city was incorporated in 1891, and while still a small suburb of about 7,000 people, it offers unbelievable access to the wildlife, recreation and beauty of Pikes Peak and the rest of the region.
Some of the most popular attractions around the City of Woodland Park are the recreational sites and parks, such as Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and Mueller State Park and Wildlife Area. Florissant Beds contains one of the most concentrated fossil deposits in the world, with approximately 1,700 species identified to date. It holds traces of native tribes and pioneers, in addition to ancient plants and animals. Mueller State Park is just a half-hour drive from Woodland Park and offers a number of activities for outdoor lovers. Fifty miles of trails are available for hiking, biking, wildlife watching and exploring the park's 5,000 acres. Mueller has over 100 campsites, 16 of which are available in the winter.
Another great option for families is a trip to the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. This unique attraction features a wide variety of fossils, animal skeletons and a fossil laboratory, all showcasing dinosaurs, prehistoric reptiles, pterosaurs and ancient fish. Additionally, the center's exhibits change periodically, offering new showcases of ancient and fascinating animals. Check out the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce for more attractions in the area.
Thanks to the numerous activities surrounding it, reasonable cost of living and its prime location -- proximity to Colorado Springs, 95 miles from Denver and 90 from Breckenridge -- houses for rent in Woodland Park are perfect for any family.