Ms. Inglish has 30 years experience in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, history, and aerospace education for USAF Civil Air Patrol.
Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station - The Chrystal Palace
The NORAD Control Center in Colorado reminds one of the mountain citadel in the television science fiction show, Stargate SG-1. The Black Forest-Colorado Springs Metro Area is home to Cheyenne Mountain, which was used on film as the headquarters of the fictional American Stargate Program for over a decade of popular TV shows, movies, and DVDs.
The mountain has also been a real military headquarters. The Cheyenne Mountain complex southeast of Colorado Springs dates back to 1956, when General E. E. Partridge commanded the US Continental Air Defense Command.
The General asked for a new underground combat operations center to replace his current outmoded facility during the beginning years of the Cold War. The launch of Sputnik in October, 1957 convinced leaders of the US Federal Government that this was a worthy action and the new facility was built inside a mountain. NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command) was constructed at its center, felt the safest place to be in case of enemy attack, especially nuclear attack.
The underground center was mysterious ad glamorous as well as cutting edge for decades. Many of the command operations have since moved to Fort Peterson CO.
Cheyenne Mountain, NORAD and Colorado Springs
Cheyenne Mountain is one of the most unusual facilities one can see anywhere. Built 2,000 feet into the mountainside, the command joins the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard with Canadian Forces in a multinational command. This is, in fact, reflected in related TV show, in syndication - especially Stargate Atlantis.
The complex draws thousands of visitors yearly to see the zoo, shrine, and what little they can of the NORAD facility. The Stargate franchise fans - Gaters - are usually among them.
Cheyenne Mountain Blast Doors and Nuclear Bunker
Space Forces At Cheyenne Mountain
Shriever Air Force Base is an important part of the United States Space and Missile Defense Command, with the following units housed on base:
- 50th Space Wing
- Essential medical personnel of the 21st Medical Group
- 310th Space Wing
- Space Innovation and Development Center
- Missile Defense Agency's Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center
- 527th Space Aggressor Squadron
- Space and Missile Defense Command-Space and Ballistic Missile Defense Forces
- US Army 100th Missile Defense Brigade
- 53rd Signal Battalion
- Detachments of 392nd Training Squadron, Space and Missile Systems Center, and 1st Space Test Squadron
US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs
Sustainability and Preservation
The governors of Colorado and the neighboring state of New Mexico have partnered to plan and implement a new type of wildlife protection program. They will build animal migration corridors to allow animals to migrate seasonally without the threat of hunters.
This initiative brings reality to talk about sustainability and conservation in the America Southwest. The growing community of Black Forest near Colorado Springs has established its own Community Wildfire Protection Plan, a Preservation Plan, and a Slash-Mulch Program for wildfire mitigation and recycling.
Black Forest is an unincorporated village with only two traffic lights, but it is the fastest growing place in Colorado and a suburb of Colorado Springs. Its proximity to Colordao Srings places it near the US Olympic Committee (USOC) Headquarters and training compound, and a number of USAF bases, including Cheyenne Mountain, featured in films and the Stargate SG-1 SyFy Network series.
The US Census Department estimated 13,072 households in Black Forest for 2010, up 106% since 2000.
The village is named for its high-density stands of Ponderosa Pine trees. Black Forest's unincorporated portion of land lies in the Front Range Urban Corridor that is targeted for ongoing business and jobs development by the state and country governments. All this helps it to remain as the fastest growing place within the fastest growing county in Colorado (El Paso County).
The Front Range Urban Corridor begins at Pueblo, Colorado and extends north on Interstate Highway I-25 to Cheyenne, Wyoming. It encompasses the land areas of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood Metro Area, Colorado Springs Metro, Boulder Metro, Fort Collins Metro, the Greeley Metro, Pueblo Metro, Cheyenne WY Metro, and Cañon City CO Micropolitan Area. See the map below for the region covered.
Extent of the Front Range Mountains
During July 2015, at least 300 vacant lots and homes were for sale in Back Forest, just northeast of the US AIr Force Academy.
Price Range: $78,500 - $5,550,000
Median Price: $379,000 (4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3,400+ square footage in the home, 2.22 acres of lot space.)
Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark
Black Forest Links
- About Rock Ledge Ranch
Rock Ledge Ranch Living History Museum and the Living History Association of Colorado Springs near Garden of the Gods
- Black Forest Animal Sanctuary
The Black Forest Animal Sanctuary (BFAS) is a rescue and rehab farm dedicated to helping those animals that are abused, neglected, or no longer wanted by their current owners. Our organization has farms based in Colorado with Nationwide adoption &
- Black Forest Saddle Club
A saddle club provides horse shows, trail rides, gymkhanas, roping club, and ranch horse versatility contest in Black Forest, Colorado.
- PPTRC home
Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center provides therapeutic horseback riding for people with disabilities to encourage independence and improve their quality of life.
- Wonderland Ranch, Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wonderland Ranch is a 30 acre private park in Black Forest, just minutes northeast of Colorado Springs, Colorado. wellcome to groups of 150 to 3000 people for company picnics, family reunions, barbecues, conventions, business meetings, etc.
Fastest Growing Area in Colorado
Black Forest is the fastest growing place in Colorado; however, its job market has been in flux.
Each increase in the late 2000s was followed by a period of decline. Still, jobs began increasing during 2nd QTR 2010 and further increased throughout 2001 and 2012; a decline in 2013 was followed by an increase in 2014.
Business and Industry In the 2010s
The local market economy is largely based in High Tech Industries and Defense.
Some of the largest employers in Colorado Springs are defense related. the largest hiring companies in BOLD: Boeing, General Dynamics, Harris Corporation, ITT, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman.
High Tech successes include: Verizon Business – Software; Hewlett-Packard (HP); SNIA – SNIA Technology Center; and Agilent.
The column to the right, below, shows the leading companies listing job openings in the Black Forest martket, many in Colorado Springs and some involving government contracts. The federal government and the USAF are larger job listers themselves.
Top Hiring Companies
- Centura Health
- University of Colorado
- Barton Associates
- L-3 Communications - IT
- Memorial Health System
- Northrop Grumman - Aerospace, Defense
- Lockheed Martin - Aerospace, Defense
- Genesis Rehabilitation Services
- ITT Exelis
- Envsion Radiology
- University of Colorado
Top 10 Hot Jobs in Black Forest - Colorado Springs
- Operations Analysts - Increased markedly in 2014 & 2015.
- Software Engineers
- Technical Analysts
- Truck Drivers
- Web and Logo Designers
- Physical and Occupational Therapists
- Project Managers
- Network and Systems Engineers
- Registered Nurses (RNs)
- Sales Specialists
Largest Local Private Employers
Companies in BOLD are also Top Job Listers:
- Memorial Health Services
- Penrose-St. Francis Health Services
- Lockheed Martin Corporation - Member of NASA Commercial Crew
- The Broadmoor Hotel
- Hewlett Packard - Member of NASA Commercial Crew
- Progressive Insurance Company
- Verizon Business
- Atmel Corporation
- ITT Industries Incorporated - Systems Division
- United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs - Peterson Air and Space Museum
© 2010 Patty Inglish MS
Comments and Additions
Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on May 17, 2010:
The Garden of the Gods look like the place I would like to be.
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 16, 2010:
Thanks for reading!
marijanareynders - Finding these photos was a blessing and they fit the commentary pretty well. It's a gorgeous part of the world and so interesting.
Granny's House - We should form a group to tour all these great places! Thanks for commenting.
Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on May 16, 2010:
Patty, I wanna go. lol This is a great hub. I also loved the pictures. Thank you for the information
marijanareynders from Toodyay, Western Australia on May 16, 2010:
Wow, what a fascinating insight into your part of the world. The Garden of the Gods is fascinating and until I read your hub, everything about the Colorado Black Forest was unknown to me. Thanks for a very informative piece of work so beautifully illustrated with gorgeous photographs.
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 15, 2010:
Likely not as dense a forest as in Bavaria. I have heard how the forests in Germany and the surrounding areas are beautiful and very clean, no littering.
Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on May 15, 2010:
I did not realise there was a Black Forest area in the USA. Only knew of the Bacarian one. Interesting hub
EnLydia Listener on May 14, 2010:
Hello, hello, from London, UK on May 14, 2010:
Thank you, Patty, for this wonderful hub and helpful information. I really enjoyed the pictures. I wish hub would have the description underneath the picture in heavy black letters because I got to strain my eyes to read it. I sure many people don't even see it is there and yet it is always explanatory which adds to the quality of the hub.