Fort Carson Newcomers

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Directions to post

Base access:

Fort Carson is not an open post. If you are entering in your privately-owned vehicle which has not been registered, you must enter through the Main Gate (Gate 1). All incoming soldiers and civilian personnel are required to permanently register their vehicles, including motorcycles. To enter Fort Carson, you must have a valid driver's license, vehicle registration, proof of insurance and valid photographic identification. To permanently register your vehicle, you will also have to have to pass a Colorado emissions inspection, For more information on vehicle registration, during normal duty hours (0830 -1630 M-F) please call 524-1896. After duty hours, please call the MP desk at 526-2333. Please contact your unit or vehicle registration prior to arrival as policies are subject to change.

Traveling to Fort Carson

Fort Carson is located on the front range of the Rocky Mountains and is 60 miles South of Denver on Interstate 25 at Exit #135. The post is nestled in the extreme Southwest corner of Colorado Springs, beneath and in the shade of Cheyenne Mountain. You can also enter the post from State Highway 115 (Nevada Avenue).

Rules of the road

All Colorado state statutes apply to driving on Fort Carson. Additional federal regulations apply, such as mandatory helmets and reflective vests for personnel operating motorcycles on and off post. Military traffic violators are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, or the Magistrates Court depending on the offense. All civilian traffic violators are subject to the U.S. Magistrates Court.

Air Transportation:

Colorado Springs Airport is currently served by 8 airline carriers and is located about 10 miles from Fort Carson. The Armed Forces YMCA Booth, located near baggage claim area #4, is available for assistance. Military transportation is available 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-279-1151.

Commercial Bus Transportation:

The Greyhound bus terminal is located at 120 S. Weber Street. For fare information, call the Greyhound terminal at 719-635-1505.

Taxi Service:

Civilian taxi service is available from a variety of local companies. Fare for trips from Fort Carson to downtown Colorado springs is approximately $10; to the airport is approximately $15.

Personal transportation:

Directions from Colorado Springs Airport

  1. Follow the Airport road exit which turns into Drennan Road and follow it heading west until you reach Academy Blvd. Turn left.
  2. Academy Blvd will curve back to the right and the front range (mountains) will be directly in front of you.
  3. Pass the exit for Fort Carson Gate #4 at B-Street, continue west towards the front range.
  4. Take the State Highway 115, exit south towards Canon City.
  5. Pass the Fort Carson Gate #2 exit. After approximately two miles, Fort Carson Gate #1 will be on the left.
  6. Follow the brown signs to the In-processing/Welcome Center or Colorado Inn (billeting).

Directions from Denver:

  1. Take I-25 south to Colorado Springs.
  2. Take the south Academy Blvd exit at Exit #135.
  3. Keep right at the fork in the ramp. Merge onto south Academy Blvd heading west.
  4. The Front range (mountains) will be directly in front of you.
  5. Pass the exit for Fort Carson Gate #4 at B-Street.
  6. Continue west towards the front range.
  7. Take the State Highway 115 exit south towards Canon City.
  8. Pass the Fort Carson Gate #2 exit. After approximately two miles, Fort Carson Gate #1 will be on your left.
  9. Follow the brown signs to the In-processing/Welcome Center or Colorado Inn (billeting).

Directions from Pueblo:

  1. Take I-25 north to Colorado Springs.
  2. Take the south Academy Blvd exit at Exit #13
  3. The Front range (mountains) will be directly in front of you
  4. Pass the exit for Fort Carson Gate #4 at B-Street. Continue west towards the front range.
  5. Take the State Highway 115 exit south towards Canon City.
  6. Pass the Fort Carson Gate #2 exit. After approximately two miles, Fort Carson Gate #1 will be on the left.
  7. Follow the brown signs to the In-processing/Welcome Center (open 24/7) or Colorado Inn (billeting).