Fountain is a small suburb located 10 miles south of downtown Colorado Springs, near Fort Carson. It’s a popular region for military families and those who need access to both Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Fountain is located along the front range, giving residents beautiful mountain views, and Fountain’s downtown strip is home to plenty of shops and restaurants. Here are our Fountain favorites:
Fountain Creek Nature Center provides a small oasis just 15 minutes south of Colorado Springs where you can explore marshes, meadows, forests, and Fountain Creek. See if you can spot a Blue Heron in the marshes, or participate in one of the center’s tours or special events for a new perspective on the Cattail Marsh Wildlife Area. Other exhibits include plants, wildlife, weather and climate, and of course, a stunning view of the Front Range. This nature center is a great spot for children and adults to learn more about Colorado’s unique natural environment and ecosystems.
Western Omelette has served over a million cups of coffee since its opening in 1992. This Mexican-inspired breakfast and lunch diner is famous for its hot chili, which has been known to bring tears to the eyes of even the bravest guests. They also offer mild, vegetarian, southwestern, and red chilis.
The Western Omelette was hit hard by the pandemic, but fans and customers rallied to save them. The founder wanted to make this restaurant a community gathering place where everyone can enjoy each other’s company, and I’d say he succeeded! The restaurant’s 3 locations in downtown Colorado Springs, Fountain, and Calhan are currently going strong.
Valley Pets has been family-owned and operated since its opening in 1982. They carry a wide variety of exotic animals, including fish, reptiles, turtles, and creepy crawlies. This is a great place to find an unusual companion, as well as all the equipment and food you will need to keep your new pet happy and healthy. Check out their Facebook page for cool new additions to the shop.
Rookies Taphouse, located on Fountain Mesa Rd., prides itself on supporting local businesses, which is why you’ll always find a selection of local beers and whiskeys on their bar menu. Rookies also offer locally sourced food, including gourmet grilled cheeses, wings, and fish and chips. They also offer a brunch menu on Sundays from 11-2, so make this amazing family-owned business your go-to sports bar in Fountain!
May Natural History Museum contains the world’s largest private insect collection. Amateur naturalist James May spent over 50 years traveling to Asia, Africa, South America, and other faraway destinations to build his collection. The museum was founded by James May’s son, John, in 1952, and is a must-see for any insect-loving kid or adult.
The museum is located off of Hwy 115—just turn by the giant beetle. You’ll be delighted by a variety of insects and arachnids, including beetles, butterflies, walking sticks, and spiders. Some of the specimens in May’s collection are now thought to be extinct. The natural history museum also features a nice RV campground if you want to make it a weekend trip.
Check out our other Local Lineups for other parts of Colorado Springs.