Bordering the north end of Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Black Forest area encompasses some 200,000 acres, and is roughly defined as the area from Highway 83 to Eastonville Road, and County Line road to Woodmen Road in unincorporated El Paso County. The area is heavily wooded with some open grassland areas, primarily on the southern boundary, and is characterized by mostly 5 acre and larger lots in a rural setting. This beautiful area was named by a German Immigrant who thought that the dark hue of the Ponderosa Pine very closely resembled The Black Forest in Germany. The area abounds in wildlife, and horses are a common sight. The elevation varies from approximately 6500-7800 feet, with Dennis’s house at 7750 being the highest house in the Forest. Although the area is rapidly growing, the population is estimated to be about 16,600. The commercial center of Black Forest is the corner of Shoup and Black Forest Roads where one can find the Community Center, Volunteer Fire Station, churches, gas station and country store.