Fort 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 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 Army 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 go to the Visitor Control Center to complete a National Crime Information Center check. This requires a state or federally issued photo identification card. 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 Visitor Control Center at 719-526-2332.
Fort Carson is located 60 miles south of Denver on Interstate 25, Exit 135, South Academy Boulevard, or Exit 140, Nevada Avenue (State Highway 115). The Colorado Springs Airport is currently served by eight airlines and is located about
10 miles from
Fort Carson. Make sure you stop by Fort Carson Information Connection located by the baggage claim area. The Greyhound bus terminal is located at 120 S. Weber St. in Colorado Springs. Their phone number is 719-635-1505.
Colorado Road Conditions
Colorado weather can be erratic. During the colder months, days can vary from snow to sun to rain or ice. And if you are traveling through a mountain pass, take the time to check the weather conditions to ensure roads are not closed due to frequent snow and ice or mudslides — even in the summer months. Storms may suddenly occur, and 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.
All newly assigned Soldiers arriving to Fort Carson, colonel and below, for inprocessing will report to building 1013 Wetzel Avenue at the CQ desk. CQ personnel will issue a barracks room if necessary and ensure they have all paperwork and information to begin inprocessing 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 Civilians
Newly hired civilian employees report to the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) on the date of Entrance-On-Duty (EOD) for New Employee Orientation. It promptly starts at 8 a.m., and employees should arrive 10-15 minutes early. The CPAC is located in building 1118, at 1626 Ellis Street. New Employees Orientation will be in room 153. For information on employment at Fort Carson, call 526-8341.
Where to Stay
Staff 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 the IHG Army Hotels, building 7301, 719-526-4832, the post’s temporary lodging facility.
Fort Carson Army Lodging on Fort Carson is now managed by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and called IHG Army Hotels. With this change, enjoy a list of amenities and services (including daily complimentary breakfast, free weekly socials, free wireless internet, and free on-post shuttle service) while enjoying the convenience of staying on-post.
Contact 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 554-9298. Claims on damaged shipments are handled by the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.
Military 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 Provost Marshal Office (PMO) Military Police Desk, building 2700, within five working days after acquisition of the firearm or initial arrival to Fort Carson. For details, call 719-526-6199.
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. During transport, the firearm and the ammunition must remain separated within thevehicle.
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 will not be stored in vehicles under any circumstances.