Central Colorado attracts visitors from across the globe. The San Isabel and Pike National Forests combine for over 2 million acres of Rocky Mountain splendor, with hunting areas, rock-climbing challenges, hiking and horseback riding trails across the Sawatch Range, the Collegiate Peaks and the Sangre de Cristo Range. The San Isabel National Forest contains 19 of Colorado’s 14,000-plus-foot peaks, including Mount Elbert, the highest point in the state.
For fun on the water, Lake Pueblo State Park just outside Pueblo West, Colo., provides 4,600 surface acres, 60 miles of shoreline and nearly 10,000 acres of land or you can tee off at numerous golf courses including Four Mile Ranch Golf Club, Shadow Hills Golf Club and Sumo Golf Village. Living in Fremont or Southern El Paso County means you’re never far from some of the finest ski and snowboard resorts in the world including Copper Mountain, Monarch, Keystone, Breckenridge, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Silverton Mountain and more. In Cañon City you’ll find the famed Arkansas River and Royal Gorge Bridge, while Florence, Colo., contains the canon of Eight Mile Creek.
Military operations like Fort Carson, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station and NORAD greatly benefit the area economy. Other large employers in the area include Xcel Energy, Centura Health and the Department of Corrections.
Fremont School District and Cañon City Schools provide primary and secondary educational needs, while Pikes Peak Community College and Colorado State University at Pueblo offer higher education.
Medical services can be obtained at Thomas More Hospital, Parkview Medical Center and St Mary-Corwin Medical Center.
The town of Penrose can trace its history back to the early 1900s, when Spencer Penrose formed the Beaver Land and Irrigation Company, and began to purchase water rights in the Beaver Creek area. The town was originally intended to be called Fremont by Penrose, but its residents named the town simply Penrose for its founder. Fremont County was founded in 1861, the same year as El Paso County.
Situated at an elevation of 5,338 feet, Penrose has a dry and sunny climate with an average of 12 inches of rain and 18 inches of snow annually. 259 sunny days per year are also typical. Weather is seasonal, with warm summers and cool winters.