Located at the base of towering Pikes Peak, Fountain is a small town with Colorado Spring's big-city culture and conveniences just 10 minutes away. Recently named America's Millennium City, Fountain is, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city most representative of America's overall composition based on race, income and other factors. Katharine Lee Bates wrote "America the Beautiful" after viewing this area from the top of Pikes Peak, and while visitors aren't likely to see amber waves here, spacious skies and purple mountains abound.
Once the site of a seasonal encampment for Ute, Arapaho and Cheyenne, French explorers named Fountain for a nearby creek. Today the downtown area contains cafes, an old-time bakery and a gift shop. A new city hall plaza features the community's famous fountains, and Metcalfe Park has shady picnic spots and a challenging skateboard park. Golfers will enjoy excellent views of the Rocky Mountains during a round at the nearby Appletree Golf Course. Fountain's residents head to nearby Colorado Springs for other cultural and recreational activities. Top attractions there include the Pikes Peak International Raceway, Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center and the U.S. Air Force Academy.