Crystal Park

Where is Crystal Park?
Crystal Park is located in the hills above Manitou Springs. From Interstate 25, take Exit 141. Turn Left onto Crystal Park Road, and travel approximately 1.5 miles to the Gatehouse. To reach Crystal Park from the airport, take Powers Boulevard north to Fountain Boulevard. Turn West on Fountain to reach I-25 North. Again, take Exit 141 for Highway 24 West to Manitou Springs. Turn Left onto Crystal Park Road, and travel approximately 1.5 miles to the Gatehouse.
What local attractions are in this area?
  • The Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway will take you to the top of Pikes Peak elevation 14,115 feet.
  • At the Cave of the Winds, you will descend into the colorful depths of Colorado.
  • Miramont Castle and the Cliff Dwellings Museum will take you back in time.
  • The Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama will tickle your funny bone and delight your senses.
  • The Garden of the Gods Park and the Garden of the Gods Visitors & Nature Center will lift your spirit.
  • Visit the Garden of the Gods Trading Post for the largest gift shop and gallery at the south edge of the park.
  • The Ghost Town Museum and the Manitou Springs Heritage Center will bring you back 100 years to an old west town of the 1800s.
  • The North Pole & Santa’s Workshop, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Seven Falls, Dinosaur Resource Center, Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center and the Air Force Academy, are all a short drive away.
What recreation facilities and activities does Crystal Park offer?
The community’s recreation facilities include a stocked trout pond, basketball, sand volleyball, tennis, miles of hiking trails, and a clubhouse that is used for large parties.
What types of homes are in Crystal Park?
Crystal Park offers a variety of home styles which include single family homes and a 4-plex townhome complex.
What school district is Crystal Park located in?
Students are served by Manitou Springs School District 14 and Manitou Springs High School. Manitou Springs School District 14 serves approximately 1510 students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. They offer a “small town” educational environment and are driven by “Relationships, Rigor and Opportunity”. In addition to a challenging academic curriculum, all of the schools offer comprehensive art, physical education, music, computer technology, special education, and gifted and talented instruction. The class sizes in the elementary schools typically range from 18-25 students. Average middle school size is 24 students, and average high school class size is 22 students. For more information, please visit the Manitou Springs school district website:
What utilities are available in Crystal Park?

Water is provided by a private water wells. Sewage is handled by private septic systems.

The community supplies a dumpster/compactor for all residents.

Colorado Springs Utilities provides electricity and gas.

Ferrell Gas, AmeriGas and Glaser Gas are just a few companies that supply propane to residents.

Century Link provides residential phone service

Hughesnet and Skybeam are the two suppliers of internet service.

DirecTV and Dish Network provide residential television service

What fire protection is available in Crystal Park?
Crystal ParkVoluntary Fire department(CPVFD) provides fire protection services within the boundaries of two subdivisions which comprise Crystal Park, a 2,200 acre private community set in the mountains above Manitou Springs, Colorado. Crystal Park has 360 individual memberships/home sites, of which over 220 are developed sites. In coordination with El Paso County, the Department may also be called upon to respond to other private areas in the vicinity of the service area through mutual aid. Please visit:
What are the building requirements for Crystal Park?
Building requirements include at least 1,000 finished square foot with a kitchen and one bathroom. Most homes far exceed that amount but the purpose for the smaller size is to accommodate those who wish to build a part time cabin. Mobile or modular homes are not permitted. Exterior colors must be earth tones and approved by an Architectural and Site committee. The committee approves the placement of the home so that it does not block the view of another home. The minimum separation between structures in every direction is 100 feet. Once construction begins you have twelve months to complete the exterior. Crystal Park members can change approved plans by resubmitting the changes to the community and to the El Paso County regional building department and as long as the new plan meets the requirements for building i.e.: colors, height, materials, separation of structures you will have no problems.
What are the restrictions regarding exterior remodeling?
Exterior colors must be earth tones and approved by an Architectural and Site committee. Please visit their website to download forms, submittal instructions and other information that you might need in preparing your application.
What is the approval process for exterior remodeling?
All exterior remodeling must be approved by an Architectural and Site committee. Please visit their website to download forms, submittal instructions and other information that you might need in preparing your application.
How far is Crystal Park from main locations?
  • Downtown Colorado Springs: 12 miles
  • Denver: 77 miles
  • Woodland Park: 21 miles
  • Cripple Creek: 47 miles
  • Canon City: 58 miles
  • Cascade: 13 miles
  • Colorado Springs Airport: 23 miles
  • Denver Airport: 95 miles
What public transportation is available in this area?
Greyhound Bus – The Greyhound terminal is two blocks from the metro bus terminal.  

Metro Bus – From the metro bus terminal, located in downtown Colorado Springs, you need bus #3 to Manitou (does NOT run on Sunday). This is the only bus which will take you all the way to Manitou Springs. The stops are located every few blocks along Colorado and Manitou Avenues, look for the purple colored “Metro” signs. Get off the bus at the corner of Manitou Ave./Ruxton Ave.  

Taxi – There are two taxi cab companies servicing the area:
  • Spring Cab – 719-444-8989
  • Yellow Cab – 719-550-9300
What is the weather like in Crystal Park?
Crystal Park averages over 250 days of sunshine per year. The climate is mild with very low humidity. Typically the coldest months are January and February and the hottest is July. Snowstorms are followed by sunshine, which means the snow melts quickly. Crystal Park also has “chinook winds” (that means “snow eater” in Eskimo) in the winter and spring that can take our temperature up to 60 degrees instantly.

Winter (Dec. 22 – March 20) Average snowfall: 7 inches per month. Average high temperatures: 35-45 degrees

Spring (March 21 – June 21) March can be the snowiest month with a 12 inch average, followed by April with 10 inches. Average high temperatures: March – 41 degrees, April – 52 degrees, May – 55 degrees, June – 70 degrees.

Summer (June 22 – September 23) Warm mornings with afternoon rain showers. Average high temperatures: July – 80 degrees, August – 80 degrees, September – 70 degrees.

Fall (September 24 – December 21) Warm days, cool and crisp evenings. Average snowfall 7 inches in November. Average high temperatures – 40-60 degrees.