Air Force Academy

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Air Force Academy

Aliases: United States Air Force Academy

The Air Force Academy, located on the north end of Colorado Springs, is a major nature preserve and tourist attraction in addition to being a major military academy. The Academy has traditionally been an ‘open base’ that allows a great deal more public access than most military installations. In recent years more stringent controls have been put into effect, so call the Visitor’s Center for the most recent information: (719) 333-2025. There are several trails for birders which extend from 7200 to 9300 feet, and of varying difficulty. Be sure to stop at the Visitor Center to obtain a map of the trails.  Many of the trails pass through Ponderosa and mixed-conifer forest. Look here for Williamson’s Sapsucker, Merriam Turkeys and Abert’s Squirrel, as well as deer, elk, and various foothills birds. The academy police ask that birders attempt to refrain from looking or acting suspicious, so ask permission before using binoculars or spotting scopes around the buildings.

County: El Paso

Attractions: Air Force Academy Chapel, New Santa Fe Trail

Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Lowland Riparian

Directions: The public may enter the Air Force Academy through the North Gate entrance located at exit 156B from I-25, and from the South Gate entrance located at exit 150 from I-25.

Delorme: 62 A3
Roads of Colorado: 89 D3-E4

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Visitor center: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily
Ownership: Department of Defense
Admission: Free

Restrictions: Many parts of the base are restricted. Ask at Visitors Center for most recent updates

Parking: Paved parking lots
Lodging: Hotel in Colorado Springs

Handicapped: Yes
Handicapped Access: Limited

Elevation: 7200

Latitude: 39.02506
Longitude: -104.837873

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Contact Info:

Call (719) 333-2025 or email


Drinking FountainYes
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsYes
Visitor CenterYes
Gift ShopYes

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