Newcomers Assistance - Relocation Readiness
Learn about Fort Carson and the local communities. You'll get to meet with other new spouses, get "insider tips" from spouses familiar with the area and have an opportunity to ask questions about your new home. Children are welcome to attend, we'll have activities to entertain them. Open to Soldiers.
- Every Tuesday / 1 p.m. / The Hub, Bldg. 1532
- Post Tour
Join us for a guided bus tour of the Mountain Post. Get to know your new home and become more familiar with all Fort Carson has to offer. If you have kids, you are more than welcome to bring them. Note, if they are under 80 lbs or 8 years or younger, they must be in an approved car seat / booster seat. We are unable to provide a car seat or booster.
- Every 4th Wednesday of the month / 10 a.m. / ACS Center, Bldg. 1526
- Fort Carson
Weather, It Tends to Change
While amazing, our weather can be erratic. During winter and spring, winter storms can suddenly occur. In our local area, we can get snow anywhere from mid October to late May. And depending on what part of Colorado you are in, road conditions can vary drastically. Mountain passes can easily close due to snow and ice or mudslides. South Colorado Springs may be sunny while North Colorado Springs may have snow and ice. Preparation is the key. Keep an emergency kit in your car. Download the CDOT mobile app (iOS & Android) for up-to-date road conditions. Many of the major roadways have live feed video cameras. Checking the roads before you travel can make all the difference.
Climate, It's Not What You Think
Although Colorado is known for its ski resorts, the Colorado Springs area where Fort Carson is located has a mild year-round climate. In January, the coldest month, temperatures average a high of 43 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 23 with a mean of 33 degrees. The area averages 37 inches of snow annually. August, the warmest month, has an average high of 84 degrees and a low of 61 degrees with a mean of 73 degrees.
Altitude, Adjusting to It
Colorado Springs elevation is 6,035 feet. Acclimation to our area varies for every individual. If you are not a fan of drinking water, it is highly recommended you become one. The air is drier and your body will dehydrate much faster. Because of the elevation, newcomers may experience slight fatigue at first. New personnel are allowed 30 days to adjust to the altitude and to reach Fort Carson fitness standards.
- Hotel Options
Currently under construction. Openning within the next couple of months.
Personnel needing a hotel for themselves, as well as Family, can contact the IHG Army Hotels, Bldg. 7301, +1(719)526-4832, the post's temporary lodging facility. Depending on the time of year, availability may be limited. Reserve room (s) in advance. Nonavailibity statements can be provided by IHG along with a list of available hotel.
- Getting Here
Driving: Located on the South side of Colorado Springs. Depending on what direction you are coming from on Interstate 25, you'll take either Exit 135 to South Academy Blvd. or Exit 132B onto Magrath Ave. which will take you directly to Gate 20.
Flying: Denver International Airport (DIA) is about 90 miles North from Colorado Springs; visit their USO to get refreshed. Locally, fly into the Colorado Springs Airport, you'll be about 10 miles from Fort Carson. Single Soldiers and BLC students not assigned to Fort Carson are authorized to use the Colorado Springs Kiosk, +1(719)622-7985, located in the airport to be shuttled to Fort Carson at no cost.
- Signing In and In-processing
Signing In: Replacement Detachment, Bldg. 1456, is located on 1783 Nelson Blvd., Fort Carson, Colorado, 80913. If reporting during duty hours, Soldiers must be in uniform. If after 1500 & on weekends, Soldiers are authorized to report in civilian clothes; however, must be clean shaven in accordance with AR 670-1. Newly arrived personnel, Colonel & below, complete all in-processing requirements while assigned to Replacement Detachment.
Lodging during In-Processing: Unaccompanied (SGT & Below): Provided at barracks, Bldg. 1449. While assigned to the Replacement Detachment, Soldiers participate in a 5 day in-processing schedule. APFU is required for scheduled PRT sessions.
Accompanied SSG & below, WO1, 2LT & 1LT: Please make your own lodging arrangements. Soldiers participate in a 5 day in-processing schedule. APFU is required for scheduled PRT sessions.
SFC & Above, CW2 & Above, CPT & Above: Please make your own lodging arrangements. Soldiers participate in Executive in-processing, 1-3 days in length.
What to Bring: Fort Carson Soldiers need all CIF. Reporting documents include,
- 5 copies of all assignment orders & amendments
- 5 copies of DA Form 31 (Leave form)
- Copies of profiles (P3 & above only)
- Medical Record (If given to you by losing Command)
- Dental Record (If given to you by losing Command)
- Please attempt to bring all copies on your own. We can assist with making copies if needed, by exception.
Compassionate Reassignment Requests: Report to MPD CAPS in the Mountain Post Soldier Center, Bldg. 1525, Rm 210.
Permissive TDY: If taking in conjunction with PCS leave & it is annotated on DA31 & approved by an O5 or higher, please sign in at the Replacement Detachment CQ desk. CQ NCO will modify the DA31 to reflect the 10 days PTDY; no longer completed at housing. When PTDY is complete, return to the Replacement Detachment CQ desk to start in-processing. Save the DA31, Finance will need it to complete travel requirements.
DA Civilians Reassigned to Fort Carson: Report on the the 1st day of employment to the Civilian Personnel Assistance Center (CPAC), Bldg. 1118, Rm 161. Located on 1626 Ellis St. Recommend contacting CPAC prior to arrival, +1(719)526-8341 or DSN 691-8341.
- Places to Eat
Anthony's Pizza - Main PX
Arby's - Triplex
Baskin Robbins - Stand alone
Boston Market - Main PX
Charley's Philly Steaks - Main PX
- Evans Army Community Hospital (EACH) DFAC
- James R. Wolf DFAC
- Robert C. Stack DFAC
- Warfighter DFAC - Bldg 9420 / 10101 Warfighter Rd
Domino's Pizza - Mini Mall
Dunkin' Donuts - B Street Express and Stand alone
Hunt Brother's Pizza - Wilderness Express
Jimmy John's - Gate 20 Express and stand alone
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) - Triplex
Korea Express - Mini Mall
Mulligan's Grill - Cheyenne Shadow's Golf Club
Outpost Food Truck (DFAC) - In front of the Mountain Post Soldier Center
Pizza Hut - Stand alone
Qdoba - Triplex
Starbucks - Main PX and EACH Hospital
Strike Zone Snack Bar & Grill - Thunder Alley Bowling Center
Subway - B Street Express, Mini Mall, and Wilderness Express
- Housing on Post
Fort Carson Family Homes has single-family, duplex, and townhome floor plans from 2 to 5 bedrooms, in pet-friendly neighborhoods featuring playgrounds, athletic courts, recreational trails and community gardens. Select homes are available for rent to military retirees and DOD civilian employees.
Residents enjoy a secure and comfortable community environment with the convenience of on-site management and maintenance, curbside trash and recycling pick-up, lawn care services and a calendar full of exciting resident activities and events. Starting the process is easy, but if you have questions, call +1(719)579-1606 and speak with a leasing specialist.
- Housing off Post
More than 70% of the military population live off of Fort Carson. Numerous housing options available. It's important to note, the cost of homes in the local areas have significantly increased within the last couple of years. If you plan on living in one of the many local communities, take the time to research.
- Black Forest
- Security-Widefield (Local city directly outside of Fort Carson)
Rentals can be found by visiting the DoD off post housing website, Homes.mil.
Be proactive. Start the process and visit ACS Employment Readiness for information on the local job market. For questions, call +1(719)526-0452. Ask about the ACS Volunteer Program, it's a great way to add to your resume while you are on the search. And, free onsite childcare is available for ACS Center volunteers.
Childcare: It is highly encouraged that you contact CYS Parent Central Services for information on local daycare options, to include military-operated and military-subsidized child care options. For details, visit Bldg. 1528 or call +(719)526-1101.
Child & Youth Services (CYS): If you have kids, take advantage of available programs ranging from daycare to youth sports to online tutoring.
Events for 0 to 5 Years
Events for 6 Years to 12 Years
Events for 13 Years to 18 Years
Schools and Making the Best Choice
- Army Community Service
Say "Hello" to the Moms, Dads and Kiddos participating in our Nurturing Parenting Programs.
Participating at the War Dog Memorial Run!
ACS staff celebrates World Autism Awareness Day! Fort Carson annually participates in LIUB by turning the lights at the Main Gate and Nelson Blvd Roundabout to blue.
Participating at the annual Fort Carson Color Fest.
Congratulations to Mateusz Makowski (Poland), Josue Remy (Haiti) and Roodyana Augustin (Haiti) who became citizens of the United States of American. ACS partners with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Denver Office to assist Soldiers and Families. Naturalization ceremonies are held on a monthly basis at ACS.
Check out these lucky babies and Rocking Grannies at the ACS Nurturing Center!
Regardless of what stage of life you and your family are in, Army Community Service has services and programs to make your Army life more successful. If you are new to the Fort Carson Colorado area, make sure to stop in and pick up a welcome packet, get maps and directions about the local area and meet our professional staff. ACS offers monthly classes on parenting, finances, relationships, volunteerism, exceptional family members, and much, much more.
ACS offers many different classes on a variety of subjects, all designed to improve the quality of your life.
Visit the Education Center, Bldg. 1012, room 138 for higher learning or call +1(719)526-2124. Onsite campuses include
- Colorado State University - Pueblo
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,
- Pikes Peak Community College
- University of Colorado - Colorado Spring
Campuses in the local communities:
- Colorado Christian University
- Colorado College
- Colorado State University - Pueblo
- Colorado Technical University (CTU)
- IntelliTec College
- Pikes Peak Community College
- Pueblo Community College
- University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
- Health Services
Fort Carson MEDDAC is the Army Medicine command that operates Evans Army Community Hospital (EACH) and manages its 2,300 military and civilian personnel. Newly arrived Soldiers and Family Members will be assigned a provider and clinic. Questions and concers can be referred to the patient advocates. Remember, if you have a Qualifying Life Event (QLE) in TRICARE, such as marriage or birth of a child, it opens a 90-day period for you to make eligible enrollment changes.
- Recreation and Leisure
Campgrounds and Facilities (Joint Services)
If you and your family are looking for adventure in the great outdoors of Colorado, then the Morale, Welfare and Recreation joint services campgrounds and facilities are available.
- Location: Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora
- Tel: +1(720)847-6853
- Accomodations: 38 RV spaces with tent areas
- Ammenities: Laundry, Showers, Picinic Area, Golf, Gas, Commissary, Exchange, Fitness Center, Shoppete, Snack Bar, Class VI, Car Wash, Dump / Sewer, Water, Electric
- Location: United States Air Force Academy, Woodland Park
- Tel: +1(719)687-9098
- Accommodations: 15 tent sites (primitive), four log camper cabins, six duplex units, lodge with four rooms
- Amenities: Hiking, mountain biking, fishing, cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating, ice fishing, snowshoeing
- Location: United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Tel: +1(719)333-4980
- Accommodations: 105 gravel sites, eight tent sites
- Amenities: Playground, picnic area, hiking, commissary, exchange, package store
- Things to Consider Before PCSing
Childcare: It is highly encouraged that you contact CYS Parent Central Services for information on local daycare options, to include military-operated and military-subsidized child care options. For details, call +(719)526-1101.
Employment Assistance: Be proactive. Start the process before you leave. Visit ACS Employment Readiness for details on the local job market or call +1(719)526-0452. Ask about the ACS Volunteer Program, it's a great way to add to your resume while you are on the search. And, free onsite childcare is available for ACS Center volunteers.
Firearms on Fort Carson: All weapons brought on post must be registered with FC Form 66-E. Start before you arrive, form can be completed via mail. Takes 2 to 3 weeks.
Getting Around Without a Car: Fort Carson offers free shuttle buses.
Housing in the Local Communities: Numerous options are available. It's important to note, the cost of homes in the local areas have increased significantly within the last couple of years. Take the time to research your options before you arrive.
The Fort Carson Housing Services Office (HSO) has an onsite volunteer realtor to assist, call +1(719)526-2323. Once you arrive, attend our monthly Homebuyer's Workshop. For rentals, visit Homes.mil. First months rent and initial deposit assistance is available via Army Emergency Relief (AER), +1(719)526-4590. For more information, visit the below subheader, Housing in the Local Communities.
Per Diem Rates: Up-to-date details for Fort Carson.
Schools (Kids): Colorado has open enrollment. Contact the School Liaison Office (SLO) for assistance with the numerous options available to parents. Additional information available through the Colorado Department of Education.
Single Soldiers: Reach out. Get involved in the Fort Carson Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program.
Sponsorship: Whether your a Soldier or Family Member, a sponsor can help with getting to know the local area. For details, call +1(719)526-0457.
Welcome Packet: Request a packet. Include your name, address, contact number, arrival date, and any other information you may be needing.
- Tips to Help You
Banana Belt: If you hear someone refer to this term, it is the area around Barkeley Avenue and McGrath Avenue. If you look at the streets on a map, they form a banana.Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: Welcome to the highest zoo in America. It sits at an elevation of 6,800 feet above sea level and has more than half a million visitors every year.
DEERS & ID Card: Schedule an appointment online.
Dog Parks: Two fenced-in parks are available at Iron Horse Park.
Drink Water: Colorado Springs elevation is 6,035 feet. Acclimation to our area varies for every individual. If you are not a fan of drinking water, it is highly recommended you become one. The air is drier and your body will dehydrate much more quickly.
Family Readiness Group (FRG): Get up-to-date FRG contact information.
- Food Handlers Training - Nutrition Care Division, Evans Army Community Hospital, Bldg 7500, Room 1945. For details, call +1(719)524-0730.
Fort Carson: Great news, you made it to one of the top requested locations in in the Army. Make Community Connection, Bldg 1524, one of your 1st stops. You'll find various newcomers services, information and resources. Did you know, our local community has the 3rd largest DoD retiree population in the U.S.
Firearms on Fort Carson: All weapons transported on post must be registered with FC Form 66-E. The process takes 2 to 3 weeks.
Getting around Fort Carson: If your vehicle is not here yet or you don't have one, the post provides free shuttle buses.
Golfers: Great news, because of our altitude, a golf ball flies on an average 10% farther in Colorado than other states. Tee-up at the Cheyenne Shadows Gold Course.
Household Goods: Contact the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office as soon as possible. The office will coordinate delivery of household goods, unaccompanied and hold baggage. For more information or for delivery coordination, call +1(719)554-9298. Claims on damaged shipments are handled by the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.
Hunting: The post Conservation Law Enforcement Program offers a Colorado Hunters’ Education Course. Registration required, next course is 30 & 31 March.
Incline: It's just 2,744 steps up the Manitou Incline. Gaining 2000 feet in elevation from start to finish, it's a bit under 1 mile in length. Take the challenge.
Information, Tickets and Registration (ITR): Stop by The HUB and get any upcoming family vacations, getaway cruises, or tickets to local/state/national/international attractions. They also help you put together a perfect trip. ITR has many working relationships with various travel companies & resorts around the world. For details, call +1(719)526-5366.
Loan Closet: Discontinued as of Nov 1, 2018.
Military & Family Life Counselors (MFLC): Available to Service Members and their Families to provide non-medical short term, situational problem-solving counseling. Services can be provided on or off the installation and can be for individuals, couples, families and groups.
- North American Aerospace Command Defense (NORAD) - Colorado Springs
- Peterson Air Force Base - Colorado Springs
- Schriever Air Force Base - Colorado Springs
- United States Air Force Base - Colorado Springs
- Buckley Air Force Base - Denver
Mountains are to the West: If you get lost in Colorado Springs, remember that, it's a helpful trick to finding your way around.
MWR: Up-to-date information ranging from recreation to sports & fitness to community support.
Per Diem Rates: Up-to-date details for Fort Carson.
- Stray Animal Facility: If you live on Fort Carson and your pet gets loose, you can contact Tumbleweed Country Kennels, 12599 Jordan Road, Fountain, CO 80817. Photos are taken of collected animals on Fort Carson and posted online. Owners have 5 days to recover their pet before it is abandoned and placed for adoption. For details, call +1(719)382-1126.
Reporting to Fort Carson: If you have not signed in yet, report to the Replacement Center. Make sure you know in-processing procedures and required items.
Schools (Kids): Colorado has open enrollment. Parents are highly encouraged to contact the School Liaison Office (SLO) prior to making education decisions. Additional resources are available through the Colorado Department of Education.
- Joint Personnel Property Shipping Office North Central (JPPSO-NC)
- Tel: +1(719)526-3755
- Office Hours: Mon-Thu, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Fri, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Chapel Hills Mall (Local)
- Citadel Mall (Local)
- First & Main Town Center (Local)
- Outlets at Castle Rock (About 31 miles North from Fort Carson)
- Promenade Shops at Briargate (Local)
- University Village Colorado (Local)
Ski Resorts: USA Today named Winter Park as the number one spot. Copper Mountain took fifth place and Telluride tenth place. So whether you are an avid skier or new to bunny slopes, stop by the Outdoor Recreation Complex to get information.
Single Soldiers: Get involved in the Fort Carson Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program.
Staff Duty Numbers: 24/7 Unit Staff Duty phone numbers.
Tax Center: Call +1(719)524-1012 or 1+(719)524-1013 to make appointments through the remainder of tax season. Free income tax preparation services for both state and federal returns are available to all Active Duty, Retirees and Family Members. Located in Bldg. 1358, open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Temporary Lodging: If you need lodging, contact IHG Army Hotel on Fort Carson or the Air Force Inn on Peterson Air Force Base (depending on traffic, 15 to 30 minute drive). Due to construction, limited spaces are available on Fort Carson.
Training Programs: Take advantage of the many opportunities.
- Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) Certification: Military spouses can apply through April 2019 for the fellowship.
- Red Cross Dental: For details, call +1(719)526-7144.
Welcome Packet: Stop by and pick one up at Community Connection, Bldg 1524. We're on the South side of Mountain Post Soldier Center.
Weather Conditions: Download the CDOT mobile app. You'll find that many of the major roadways have live feed video cameras. Depending on when you are traveling, Colorado Road Conditions can vary drastically. Check the roads before you travel.
WIC Office: Three locations available in the local area.
- Closest office to Fort Carson: 97 Widefield Blvd, Widefield, CO 80911. For details, call +1(719)578-3199.
- Single Soldiers
- Sports & Fitness
- Fostering and Adoption
We recieve many inquiries on adoption and foster care in Colorado.
- Adoption Reimbursement for Retirees
- Adopt US Kids - Military Resources
- Colorado Heart Gallery - Meet Colorados Kids
- El Paso County DHS Adoption
- Military Adoption Benefits for Active Duty
- Military OneSource Adoption Essentials for Active Duty
- The Adoption Exchange
Local Agencies to assist with the process
- A New World
- Bethany Christian Services
- Catholic Charoties of Colorado Springs
- Courage Community Foster Care
- Dungarvin Colorado
- Family Resource Network
- Foster Courage
- Griffith Centers for Children Chins Up
- Hope & Home
- Kids Crossing
- Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountain
- Maple Star
- Rocky Mountain Kids
- Special Kids, Special Families
- Regulations and Policies
Command Policies - IMCOM
Garrison Commander Policies
- How We Can Help
Hours of Operation
Monday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday Closed Sunday Closed
- Centralized Relocation Readiness Program services.
- Relocation Readiness Program flyer
- Everyday English Course
- Immigration assistance and classes (Green Card, Immigration 101, and Naturalization)
- Meet-Up Groups for German, Latino and Multicultural
- Multicultural assessment appointments
- Naturalization ceremonies
- Office on the Go Services
- Referrals for English as a Second Language (ESL)
- S-1 Naturalization Training
- Tranlation referrals
Newcomers to Fort Carson
- Details listed above on this page.
- Bulk Order of Welcome Packets: If ordering more than 10, allow 2 business days.
- Clearing for ACS, AER, & EFMP
- Destination Overseas
- Loan Closet
- Office on the Go Services
- PCS 101
- Relocation Counseling for Chaptering, ETSing and Retiring
- Relocation Packets for other locations
- Sponsorship Information and Training
- United Through Reading Program
- Waiting Families Program
Available for pickup at Community Connection
Welcome to Fort Carson, Colorado. You are coming to one of the top requested stateside locations. Whether it’s your 1st move or last of many, the Army Community Service (ACS) Relocation Readiness Program is here to help.
Located in the Southern part of Colorado Springs, in the great state of Colorado, Fort Carson is a new adventure, a great place to call home, and location where community makes all the difference. And not to mention, Colorado Springs was ranked # 1 Best Big City in "Best Places to Live" by Money magazine, #1 Outside Magazine's list of America's Best Cities and #2 on U.S. News list of most desirable cities.
Newcomers Orientation and Tour
Digital Welcome Packet
Your Relocation Readiness Program