The city of Colorado Springs, located at the Rocky Mountains' eastern foot, is well-known for some of its wonderful natural attractions, such as the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak. It's no wonder that many people enjoy living in and near this city, as it was ranked #13 on the New York Times' "52 Places to Go in 2020", as well as #10 on TripAdvisor's "Top 25 Trending Destinations".
With a metro population of about 738,939 people, Colorado Springs is the second-most populous city in Colorado (behind Denver) and the 39th most populous city in the United States. As this is such a popular place to live with many attractions and amenities worth visiting and living near, people may wonder what traffic is like and how long driving into the city's downtown from surrounding suburbs will take. Below are the driving times from popular suburbs into Colorado Springs, so residents old and new can plan how near or far they may want to live from the city.
On a typical weekday or weekend, it should take drivers about the same time to reach downtown, even during the typical rush hours in the morning and evening on a weekday. The fastest time someone may reach downtown Colorado Springs is about 14 minutes, with drive times reaching up to 40 minutes, depending on the route.
It will take drivers anywhere between 14 and 24 minutes to reach downtown via the I-25 S, or anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes if they choose North Union Boulevard. Alternately, drivers may also choose to drive the I-25 S and North Nevada Avenue, which can take 18 to 35 minutes of driving time.
Less than five miles from downtown Colorado Springs are the luxury homes of Broadmoor, which is closer to Southeast Colorado Springs. Drivers can reach downtown in as little as 3.7 miles, though the route that is the shortest distance is not necessarily the fastest driving time.
On a regular weekday during rush hour in the morning or evening, people can drive downtown in as little as 8 minutes, with driving times up to about 18 minutes. The fastest route is via I-25 S or South Tejon Street, with driving times of 8 to 12 minutes or 10 to 14 minutes, respectively. Additionally, South Nevada Avenue has driving times of 8 to 18 minutes.
On weekends, driving times shouldn't be all too different. Typical routes into downtown take anywhere from 9 to 14 minutes.
Cimarron Hills is an area that is less than 10 miles away from downtown Colorado Springs, between Highway 24 and Highway 21.
No matter which route someone takes from Cimarron Hills, they will eventually be driving on East Platte Avenue to reach downtown Colorado Springs. However, driving times can still vary, depending on the exact route taken. It will take a driver between 14 and 30 minutes from Cimarron Hills to downtown Colorado Springs during weekday rush hour. If they choose to drive via East Platte Avenue the entire route, the drive will typically be 14 to 26 minutes. In contrast, driving via Constitution Avenue and East Platte Avenue will be 14 to 28 minutes. Additionally, commuting via Constitution Avenue to North Circle Drive to East Platte Avenue is 14 to 30 minutes.
Driving times via any of these listed routes on weekends are not much longer or shorter than other times; drivers will most likely arrive more quickly on a typical weekend day, with driving times from 14 minutes to 26 minutes.
Downtown Colorado Springs from East Colorado Springs
No matter which route someone decides to drive to reach downtown Colorado Springs from their condo or townhome in East Colorado Springs, their commute will most likely be anywhere from 16 to 18 minutes. The main routes to arrive downtown from here are:
Via Uintah Street and Nevada Avenue
Via Wahsatch Avenue
Via North Union Boulevard and East Boulder Street
The first two options are both a 3.8-mile drive that will take about 8 to 16 minutes during weekday rush hour, and the last route is a 4-mile drive that may be approximately an 8- to 18-minute drive. On weekends during the morning or the day, drive times may take a few minutes less but are never any shorter than 8 minutes, no matter the chosen route.
Manitou Springs is located about six miles away from downtown Colorado Springs and near the Cave of the Winds Mountain Park and Manitou Cliff Dwellings in West Colorado Springs.
Driving from this city during rush hour on a weekday morning will typically take 10 to 20 minutes or 12 to 26 minutes for the evening commute. Drivers may take US-24 E for a direct route of 10 to 18 minutes in the morning, 12 to 24 minutes in the evening, or opt to drive via US-24 E and Uintah Street for similar driving times of 12 to 20 minutes in the morning or 14 to 26 minutes in the evening.
On weekends, driving times do not vary much from the weekday driving times during slower and more heavily trafficked times. If someone decides they would rather not drive, there is a train that will take them from Manitou Springs to Colorado Springs in under 45 minutes.
Downtown Colorado Springs from Northeast Colorado Springs
Approximately five miles from downtown Colorado Springs to the north is Northeast Colorado Springs, which is close to Pulpit Rock Park and Ute Valley Park. Though driving from Northeast Colorado Springs to downtown is practically a straight shot down the map, driving times can still be a bit longer than one might think—though still not too long of a commute.
Driving via the I-25 S will take about 8 to 16 minutes on a weekday morning during rush hour and just a bit longer, around 8 to 18 minutes, during the evening commute. Alternatively, driving via North Nevada Avenue, though it is a shorter drive mileage-wise, will take about 9 to 18 minutes in the morning and 9 to 22 minutes in the evening. Driving on the weekend via either route will be around the same amount of driving time, give or take a couple of minutes.
Those who do not wish to drive may opt to take the train for a longer commute of about 34 minutes.
Those commuting from Northgate to downtown Colorado Springs have one straight route to take, via the I-25 S for 13.5 miles.
During a weekday morning, this commute will typically take 14 to 22 minutes during rush hour, whereas an evening commute on a weekday may take up to 26 minutes at most. On the weekend, the drive will most likely take anywhere from 14 to 24 minutes.
Old Colorado City is one of the closest cities on this list to downtown Colorado Springs. Located about 2.5 miles west, drivers can reach downtown in as little as 5 minutes. Whether they drive via Colorado Avenue the entire way or take the route via Colorado Avenue and West Bijou Street, their drive on a weekday morning will take 5 to 9 minutes or about 5 to 12 minutes on a weekday evening. Driving on the weekend has similar driving times, though a commute could take up to 12 minutes with weekend traffic on any of the available routes.
Reaching downtown Colorado Springs from Security-Widefield has a few commute options, ranging from about 12 to 26 minutes on a weekday morning. Driving via the I-25 N is typically a 12- to 18-minute drive, whereas it'll take about 16 to 26 minutes via Canam Highway and East Las Vegas Street, or 14 to 24 minutes via Hancock Expy and I-25 North. In the evening, these drive times can be increase by a few minutes, taking up to 30 minutes to arrive downtown.
On the weekend, driving times will also be within these same time frames.
Downtown Colorado Springs from Southeast Colorado Springs
About 4 miles from downtown is Southeast Colorado Springs. It will take about 7 to 16 minutes to reach downtown from Southeast Colorado Springs on a weekday or weekend morning or evening commute, no matter which route one takes:
Via East Las Vegas Street and South Nevada Avenue
Via I-25 North
Via East Las Vegas Street Wahsatch Avenue
Downtown Colorado Springs from West Colorado Springs
Driving from West Colorado Springs to downtown in the morning will take about 12 to 20 minutes, depending on the route chosen. Once someone drives in the evening, these driving times will increase slightly, taking up to 26 minutes with more traffic. Similarly to an evening weekday commute, the driving times on the weekend will have more traffic and drive times of up to 28 minutes, depending on the time. To reach downtown Colorado Springs from West Colorado Springs, drivers can drive via Colorado Avenue, US-24 East, or Uintah Street.
Choosing the Best Colorado Springs Suburb
Those planning to move to Colorado Springs should now have a better idea of how near or far these specific suburbs are from the city, which may be a good fit for their lifestyle and work commute. For those who are fine with driving longer times or want to be close to the hustle and bustle of downtown, there is an area around Colorado Springs that will meet their needs.