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Map 1: Colorado.[Map 1] with link to larger version of map.

The Air Force Academy is located eight miles north of Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Pikes Peak rises more than 14,000 feet in the distance and the Rampart Range (6,000-7,000 feet) forms the Academy's western boundary. The Academy is one of the nation's highest (ranging between 6,380 and 8,040 feet) and largest (18,500 acres) campuses. Despite its elevation, the Colorado Springs area offers a moderate, sunny climate.

Before selecting the Colorado Springs site in 1954, the Air Force Site Selection Commission considered more than 550 proposals in 45 states. Some of the specific criteria the committee looked for included: an area not less than 15,000 acres; proximity of cities within 50-mile radius; no extreme heat or cold; and transportation accessibility.


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1. Locate Colorado Springs and describe its location within the state of Colorado.

2. Locate the Air Force Academy. What natural features are nearby? How would you describe its setting?

3. Based on the criteria listed above, did the Colorado Springs site seem like an appropriate location for the Air Force Academy?

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