Black Forest

Black Forest

Black Forest is a beautiful unincorporated region just north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County. It encompasses some 200,000 acres of a larger area known as the “Pineries.” Many say it got its name from the highly dense ponderosa pines that gave is a dark hue making it look like “The Black Forest”.

When people began to settle in the 1850’s, Black Forest was a major source of timber. As time went on, farming and ranching became more prevalent, providing agricultural products throughout the region. With the Drought of 1920 and The Great Depression in the 1930's, almost all agriculture was eliminated leaving only a few remaining ranches that are still around today. In the late 1900’s, subdivisions started popping up throughout the land with large plot properties exceeding 5 acres each. Today, the Black Forest community has grown to be a popular historic rural area with a population of 13,116, according to the 2010 census.

 

Living in Black Forest

Come live in the pine tree forest! If you are looking for a true escape into the wilderness, Black Forest is the perfect place for you. Many of the homes are placed on 5 acre or larger plots of lands giving each homeowner a true sense of privacy. Black Forest also has plenty of horse properties for those looking to live the ranch lifestyle.

Although the area is rapidly growing it still has a true small town feel with a population of just over 13,000. The center of Black Forest has a community center, Fire Station, gas station and country store. The median home price is $454,400 with a median household income of $150.760.

Neighborhoods: Cathedral Pines, High Forest Ranch, Walden, Wissler Ranch

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Shopping and Dining Options in Black Forest

Being so close to Colorado Springs, residents can take a short ride to have access to all of their shopping, entertainment, and dining needs. With over 100 local boutiques and shops, there is endless amounts of retail therapy to be had Head over to Powers Boulevard and find every big box store imaginable.

The cuisine selection in Colorado Springs ranges from coffee shops to late-night attractions and microbreweries. Colorado Spring's individual neighborhoods hold some of the best dining treasures, like delicious Cajun cuisine at Springs Orleans, a 5-star dinner at the Broadmoor's Penrose Room, a steak and seafood dinner at The Steakhouse at Flying Horse, brunch at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, or BBQ at Bird Dog BBQ.

 

Black Forest Parks and Recreation

Black Forest is an outdoor getaway from the city life and everyday stresses. The serene forest region has many natural attractions, parks and trails to explore.

Black Forest Regional Park – this Regional Park has been around since the 1970’s, preserving the natural beauty of the land. With 3 looping trails of 4 miles each, this is the perfect place for people who like to get outside for some activity. There also is a gazeebo and kids’ playground for families to enjoy.

Cliff Dwellings – the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde are some of the best preserved in North America. In the late 1190s, the Ancestral Pueblo people began building pueblos beneath the cliffs where they resided. They ranged from one-room areas for storage to villages that were over 150 rooms. This natural phenomenon is a must see.

Paint Mines – The paint mines show evidence of human life as far back as 9,000 years ago. The natural erosion of the land has exposed beautifully colored layers of the clay and jasper, giving the spires a painted look. The park has 4 miles of trails and an adventure through the park’s natural wonders.

Garden of the Gods, Ute Valley Park, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, and Cheyenne Canon not only have breathtaking views, but contain numerous hiking paths, bike paths, and horse trails.

 

Black Forest Education and Transportation

Black Forest region is a part of the Academic District 20 school district. With Choice Enrollment, the district allows you to pick the school that best fits your child’s needs if space is available, whether you reside inside or outside of the boundaries. District 49 is another local school district that allows School of Choice enrollment which allows enrollment of your child outside of your zoned school.  

Within the subdivisions of Black Forest many with bike, hike and ride horses to get around. In order to get to Colorado Springs and the outskirts of any subdivision, all residents use cars as the main means of transportation. Colorado Springs Airport is close by with local and domestic flights and Denver International Airport is about an hour commute. 

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Cindy Grey
Broadmoor Bluffs Realty
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Colorado Springs CO 80906
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