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5 Things to Do While Living in El Paso County

El Paso County is one of the most historic counties in Colorado, and it has a number of great features to offer its residents —  mainly ample activities, amenities, and attractions within driving distance. It’s a great place to build a home for anyone who loves sports, music, and nature. If you’re thinking about building a home in Colorado Springs or the El Paso County area, then you can’t go wrong with a custom built house in an area that has everything. 

At Murphy Custom Homes, we’ve been building homes in the El Paso and Colorado Springs area for more than 35 years, and we know what it takes to make a custom home luxurious for our clients. With building plots all over the area, you can pick the setting that’s right for you. Whether you want mountains and lakes to be your view or you want to be a part of one of the best neighborhoods in the area, our home builders will help you find the backdrop to your dream home and then help you develop, design, and build your project every step of the way. If you’re considering moving to El Paso County and need a home builder, then we hope you’ll choose us. If you’re still on the fence about the area, here’s a little more on all our hometown has to offer!

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Attractions and Things to do in El Paso County

El Paso County is in eastern central Colorado, with the county resting in Colorado Springs. The county offers something unique to the front range — mountains on the west side of the county and prairies on the east. It’s also one of the more historical areas in the state, being recognized as a territorial county fifteen years before the state itself was recognized. Not much has changed honestly, and El Paso County is still a destination area that manages to keep its quant, rural roots at heart while accommodating a new influx of citizens. If you want to sit back, relax, and enjoy the quiet beauty and relics of the past, then El Paso County may be the place for you to build a custom home and settle down!

Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs is a municipality on western side of El Paso County. Historic and lovely, Manitou springs has something for everyone to enjoy. From train rides and novelty shops to the historic penny arcade and the hot springs that give the area its name, Manitou Springs delivers for couples, families, and friends who want to get away to something simpler for the weekend. On top of all the easy going attractions, an arcade like you won’t see anywhere else in the 2020’s, and the delicious local restaurants, there’s also the Manitou Incline — an incline of stairs that rises over 2000 feet in less than a mile. With grades as steep as 68 percent, conquering should be possible for most able-bodied people, but you have to have the will to get there.

Historic Attractions

As we’ve said, El Paso County is a historic place, so bits of it can be seen all around you. If you walk a short ways, you can quickly be in a number of mining and vacation towns that have been around as long or longer than the state itself. From old gold mines and ghost towns to tribal cliff dwellings, remnants of the past stand proudly in El Paso County. One of the most immediate though, is Old Colorado City in Colorado Springs. Old Colorado City helps form a downtown hub, and was rated as the best neighborhood to live in in 2019. While the area is modernized now, many of the older buildings still stand, and the neighborhood holds a unique air of lightheartedness and whimsy.

Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak is one of the nations most well known and historically relevant mountains. Standing at 14,115 feet, it used to serve as a beacon for those traveling west in search of gold because its sometimes purplish peak was one of the first signs of the Rockies that settlers could see from the plains. Now, Pikes Peak is still a place for travelers to come get a taste of the west. With the Arkansas River, gold mines, and lakes to go along with it in the area, Pikes Peak is a great place to spend your weekends.

The Riding Culture

While some of our northern neighbors in Wyoming may call themselves cowboys, there’s a big steak to that name in Colorado as well. With a huge riding culture throughout Colorado, Colorado Springs and El Paso County are fortunate enough to host the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Whether you want to see if you can hold your own at the rodeo or just want to take a leisurely stroll on a beautiful beast, there are a number of ways that you or your family could pursue their love of horses in Colorado, as with many other outdoor activities, there are few states that match the horse back riding amenities of Colorado.

Taking in the View

Lastly, and certainly not least, is the view. While we’ve mentioned some of them here, there are just too many landmarks, angles, and perspectives out there that we can’t capture or that don’t even have a name. Colorado is home to more than 60 different ecological systems. With all those different systems colliding at their borders, you can see things like you wouldn’t anywhere else in the country or the world, building your home here might just help you see it all.

Build Your Custom Home in El Paso County Today

If you’re going to move forward with having a home custom built in El Paso County or Colorado Springs, then Murphy’s Custom Homes is the home builder for you. Our experienced contractors and design team will help you design and build a home that meets all your needs and helps you live the life you want. Get in touch with us today, and let’s see what we can do to build your dream home!

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