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Fort Carson Army Post Review

Base Location: Colorado Springs, CO

How long have you been here? (give years please, ex. 2003-present)

December 2009 – present

What is housing like? On-post? (waiting list, conditions, etc.) Off-post? Any areas to stay away from? Average price to rent or buy?

The waiting list is long, but we happened to get housing on post. It’s really nice, but we are in the newer housing…I can’t really speak to the rest of the post.

Rate the PX & Commissary.

This is our first post, so I don’t have anything to compare it to. The PX seems nice, we’ve been able to get some great deals on bedding, shoes and cold medicine. The commissary is pretty good, but I will not make the mistake of going on a Saturday afternoon again. The line to check out was about 30 mins. Also, since this is our first post, I didn’t know you are supposed to tip the baggers, since that’s the only money they make. I bag my own groceries.

Activities on base?

There’s always something going on, but we are still trying to get adjusted.

Active Spouses Club?

Yes, through coffees and other activities. I have been able to go to a few things, and look forward to going to more.

Things to do in area?

Tons to do around here. Over a holiday weekend we went to Denver and explored the area. They have a great aquarium and children’s museum. In Colorado Springs you have Garden of the Gods, and many other outdoor activities. Plus we’ve made it to the mountains and explored Breckenridge.

School System?

So far so good – our child attends a school on post. They have just restructured the district 8, so some kids will have to be changing schools on post and go to the new school (it’s supposed to be ready this summer).

Any colleges in area?

Yes, but I don’t know anything about them. I may look into some classes for fun, but I have my degree already.

Favorite aspect of this base/surrounding city?

I love the mountains, great views.

Least favorite aspect?
Baking in high altitude, it’s an adjustment.

Any other tips?

Even if you are far down on the housing wait list, go in there once a day starting the first day you arrive. They have a short amount of time to fill the housing, so it seems like they fill it first with people that are physically checking in with them (regardless of wait list position).

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  • Amanda June 4, 2010, 6:48 pm

    Base Location: Colorado Springs, CO

    How long have you been here? (give years please, ex. 2003-present)

    February 2010-present

    What is housing like? On-post? (waiting list, conditions, etc.) Off-post? Any areas to stay away from? Average price to rent or buy?

    Don’t really know much about on-post housing, the older apartments look bad though. We live right off base at gate 3, westmeadow peaks.

    Rate the PX & Commissary.

    Found some good deals and its nice to use these stores instead of wal-mart.

    Activities on base?

    Haven’t really done much around base or off base. We just found the North Cheyenne Canon Park and we absolutely love it!

    Active Spouses Club?

    I’m on a facebook club but haven’t done anything with them yet. hopefully soon I will start. I need some friends here!!

    Things to do in area?

    So much, Garden of the Gods, North Cheyenne Canon Park, the Zoo, Seven Falls, its a very nice area.

    School System?

    I don’t know because I don’t have any kids.

    Any colleges in area?

    Yes, but I’m already doing online college.

    Favorite aspect of this base/surrounding city?

    The mountains, makes me feel like I’m still home sort of. I’m not a city girl so I’m adjusting….

    Least favorite aspect?
    The city, the traffic, and rude people.

    Any other tips?

    No….

    • Ashley June 8, 2011, 4:47 am

      Hey, I saw you said you need some friends here. So do I, I am an army wife and my soldier is stationed here and will be on deployment no later than Aug 18th. I need all the support I can get, and right now I know no-one!
      PLease email me if you want
      toxikxlove@gmail.com

  • Silva May 9, 2015, 12:31 pm

    I will be going to Fort Carson soon. Although having to adjust again and meet new people hasn’t exactly got me joyous, I’m still ecstatic about going to Carson after being in Alaska for my first duty station. Raised in Denver part of my life.

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