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Black Forest, Colorado borders Colorado Springs to the north in El Paso County. The community of Black Forest covers approximately 200,000 acres, with an elevation between 6,500 and 7,800 feet and has a population of approximately 13,000. The area was first occupied by the Comanche and Ute Indians. The Kiowas pushed out these tribes around 1800, but later the Cheyenne and Arapahoe gained possession of the land by joining forces. Settlers came in the late 1850s and several sawmills were built to supply lumber to the railroads and for construction in nearby communities. Lumbering continued but by the 1950s agriculture had become the main source of income. Subdivisions started being built in the 1920s in the forest, and by 1965 most of the area had five-acre minimum plots. In 1974 The Black Forest Preservation Plan was adopted. The plan allowed for rural building sites but also included areas for urban uses. Colorado Springs had expanded, but the planning allowed the Black Forest area to continue its rural flavor and historic legacy.
One of the historic places worth seeing is the restored Ponderosa Lodge, built in 1928. It sits on a 400-acre plot. Owned by the United Church of Christ, the lodge is leased to different religious organizations for meetings and activities. It is also used for public events, like conferences and music festivals. Overnight camping is available in cabins and yurts, which are circular structures with lattice walls. Another beautiful location is the Black Forest Regional Park. This park provides several recreational options for El Paso County residents. There are many maintained trails that loop around the park for approximately four miles of trails. Of course, there are plenty of places for horseback riding, and historic ranches and buildings to see as you travel through the area.
Real estate options in Black Forest focuses mostly on single family homes. You'll find most of the homes are at least three bedrooms, of more modern design, and sit on two or more acres. Black Forest has a commercial center at the intersection of Black Forest Road and Shoup Road. You'll find a community center, churches, and other small businesses. There are local restaurants when you want to stay close, or you have the convenience of going into Colorado Springs for different choices. Black Forest has elementary schools, middle schools and high schools, which include private, public and charter schools. This is a beautiful area surrounded by amazing sites. If living simply is your choice of lifestyle, you will see that Black Forest is a must-consider for home buyers in the Colorado Springs area. If you would like more information on homes for sale in Black Forest, Colorado, please contact us today and allow us to assist you.