WelcomeFort Carson, “The Mountain Post,” is located just south of Colorado Springs at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The unparalleled beauty and mild climate of Colorado Springs make it a gateway to a wide variety of outdoor activities. Many internationally known ski areas and some of the nation’s most scenic parks and finest hunting and fishing areas are located within a short drive. Fort Carson Families have easy access to the many cultural attractions of “The Springs” and the bright lights of nearby Denver.
Fort Carson is one of two installations designated by the Army to achieve “Net Zero” energy, water and waste by 2020. As part of a Net Zero installation community, Soldiers, Family members and staff all play a part in conserving water and energy and reducing, reusing and recycling waste to achieve these goals.
Whether you have already arrived to Fort Carson or have just received orders to report here, the information in this publication will help you get settled and take advantage of the on- and off-post services and attractions for your enjoyment.
Climate and Altitude
The Colorado Springs area has a mild year-round climate. In January, the coldest month, temperatures average a high of 43 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 23 degrees, with a mean of 33 degrees. The area averages 37 inches of snow annually.
August, the warmest month, has an average high of 84 degrees and a low of 61 degrees, with a mean of 73 degrees.
Fort Carson’s elevation is above 6,000 feet and some newcomers may experience slight fatigue at first. Because of the elevation, new personnel are allowed 30 days to adjust to the altitude and to reach Fort Carson fitness standards.
Entering Fort Carson
Incoming personnel with valid military identification can enter through any gate. Visitors without military identification or an installation pass must enter through Gate 1. In accordance with Department of the Army guidance, Fort Carson no longer requires vehicle decals. All vehicles are subject to search at any of the installation’s gates.
To enter Fort Carson, you must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of current insurance.
For more information, during normal duty hours, call the Vehicle Registration Office at 719-524-1896.
Getting HereFort Carson is located 60 miles south of Denver on Interstate 25, Exit 135, South Academy Boulevard, or Exit 140A, Nevada Avenue (State Highway 115). The Colorado Springs Airport is currently served by five airlines and is located about 10 miles from Fort Carson. The Greyhound bus terminal is located at 120 S. Weber St. in Colorado Springs. Its phone number is 719-635-1505.
Colorado Road ConditionsColorado weather can be erratic. Mountain passes are frequently closed due to snow and ice or mudslides — even in summer months. During winter months, storms may suddenly occur. Preparation is key to staying safe.
If you are traveling in the winter, come prepared. It is advisable to have equipment such as tire chains, blankets, flashlights and bottled water for emergency situations. The Colorado State Highway Patrol road conditions are updated around the clock; call 303-639-1111.
In-ProcessingAll incoming personnel, colonel and below, who arrive during duty hours (7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays) will report to the in- and out-processing section at Building 1218, Room 128, to sign in off leave and initiate in-processing. Newcomers will then proceed to Building 1013, where CQ personnel will issue a barracks room if necessary and ensure they have all paperwork and information to begin in-processing the next duty day. Arrivals during nonduty hours report to Building 1013, where CQ personnel will sign them in off leave, issue a barracks room if necessary, and ensure they have all paperwork and information to begin in-processing the next duty day.
If you have Family members with you, or are a staff sergeant (promotable) or above, you must arrange for your own lodging. Rooms may be available at the IHG Army Hotels on Fort Carson (719-526-4832). If the IHG Army Hotels is not available, make arrangements with off-post lodging.
If you are a sergeant or below and you do not have Family members, you are required to live in the replacement detachment barracks. If you are in this category, do not make any other lodging arrangements without first contacting CQ at 719-526-6961. If you are an unaccompanied staff sergeant, you may stay in the barracks if space is available.
Department of the Army CiviliansDepartment of the Army civilians should report to Building 1118, 1626 Ellis St., Room 161, at 7:45 a.m. on the first day of their employment at Fort Carson. For information on employment at Fort Carson, call 719-526-8341 or DSN 691-8341.
Where to StayStaff sergeants and below, unaccompanied by their Families, will receive temporary billeting at the replacement detachment. Those accompanied by their Families or in the rank of sergeant first class and above should contact IHG Army Hotels, Building 7301, 719-526-4832, the post’s temporary lodging facility.
Fort Carson Army Lodging is now managed by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and called IHG Army Hotels. A number of amenities and services (including daily complimentary breakfast, free weekly socials, free wireless Internet and free on-post shuttle service) are now available while enjoying the convenience of staying on post.
Household GoodsContact the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office as soon as possible. The office will coordinate delivery of household goods, unaccompanied and hold baggage. For more information or for delivery coordination, call 719-554-9298. Claims on damaged shipments are handled by the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.
Weapons RegistrationMilitary personnel assigned or attached to Fort Carson, civilian employees, visitors or anyone wishing to bring a firearm onto the installation must register their weapon with the Vehicle Registration Office, Building 6012, within five working days after acquisition of the firearm or initial arrival to Fort Carson.
Privately owned firearms may only be transported on Fort Carson if the individual is transporting the weapon to or from a place of authorized storage, sale, hunting area, hunter safety class, firing range or gun/repair shop.
Persons with firearms registered at the VRO must clear their registration upon departure from the Mountain Post. For details, call 719-524-1896.
Post regulations make it illegal to possess, store, maintain or display a blackjack, gravity or inertia knife, switchblade, stun gun, zip gun or any other instrument designed to injure or cause death. Weapons should not be stored in vehicles under any circumstances.