Dont littler, be profane or do anything questionable passing through El Paso or Douglas Counties you might get arrested and sent to the jailhouse.
The police are very strict (like Denver) and the people call them alot here
Unfortuantly a lot of the people here don't know how to drive in the snow. There are a lot of accidents when there is only a couple of inches on the ground. They are quite frequently caused by people who think that their SUVs are designed to be driven at high speed in any conditions.
When driving around the city, watch out for school zones. The speed limit is 25 mph in these areas, and you really don't want to exceed that, if not for the kids' safety, than for the fact that the cops love these areas, because not only are you breaking the speed limit, but it's in a school zone, so they probably get to give you a bigger ticket. Anyway, seriously, go slow in these areas.
Other than that, I haven't seen too many undercover cars. I haven't driven that much there either, so I'm sure they exist. They do, however, have a huge mosquito of a helicopter which buzzes annoyingly about the city. The few police I've come in contact with were nice, decent guys.
Colorado Springs seemed, upon my first visit here, a magical place. And it is. It is also a city, with crime. I don't think the crime rate is all that bad here, but there is still a night-long flight by what I think is a police helicopter, every night, searching for bad guys. So, either the cops here do a really good job, or crime isn't that big a problem. One thing I will say about crime, is that there seem to be a lot of homeless people here. Either they are just more visible, or I need to spend more time in cities. They might ask for some money, and leave it at that, but there have been a few incidents where they have attacked people, even in broad daylight, on a public path (Monument Creek Trail). That's few and far between.
If you are from an elevation under 7,000 ft. please do not get off the bus and try to do anything of physical extenuation. You may become faint or pass out because the air is very thin at the elevations in Colorado.
The roads going up the mountains are typically narrow and sometimes steep. Make sure you get breaks and everything checked before going up. And be careful going down--breaks can start smoking! Oh and enjoy the signs('Leaving the road is strictly prohibited'--considering, to leave you'd have to scale a very huge, steep rock, or fall down a couple hundred feet--in other words, unless you're desperate, there's really no place you could go.) SO, be careful!!
This was a sign on one of the most popular ice-cream places in Colorado Springs, Michelle, “This property has been seized for nonpayment of internal revenue taxes…” The lesson is: pay your taxes.
Climbing in the Garden of the Gods could be a great experience... but be very careful. The rocks here are not so good... dusty and fragile.