Colorado Springs, Colorado, in popular culture

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Colorado Springs has been the subject or setting for many books, movies and television shows, and is especially a frequent backdrop for political thrillers and military-themed stories because of its many military installations and vital importance to the United States continental defense.

Interactive Media[edit]



"Stargate" Fountain
"Stargate" Fountain close-up
  • The TV series Stargate SG-1 has several episodes which take place in Colorado Springs; SGC is based out of nearby Cheyenne Mountain, and most of the team members reside in Colorado Springs. The new Julie Penrose Fountain and two Egyptian style obelisks (in background) located in the America the Beautiful park in Colorado Springs resemble elements of the show.
  • The Disney Channel Good Luck Charlie was filmed in Denver, Colorado.
  • The title characters' home in the Adult Swim cartoon The Venture Bros. is located in Colorado Springs.
  • In the South Park episode "Super Fun Time", one of the workers at the Pioneer Village the boys visit is said to be from Colorado Springs.
  • In the South Park episode "ManBearPig", the boys visit the Cave of the Winds located in Manitou Springs.
  • The TV series Here's Lucy Season 2 Episode 1 and 2 are a part of a season premiere titled "Lucy Joins the Air Force Academy". Aired in 1969 it is extensively filmed on the campus of the Air Force Academy.
  • Several episodes of Dog the Bounty Hunter were filmed in the city, usually identified as "Denver, Colorado". Dog occasionally made the local and national news during the filming in the city, especially for an alleged shooting the show aired as "Easy Rider" in its seventh season.
  • The last three episodes of the first season of Revolution were set in Colorado Springs in an underground facility known as "The Tower".
  • Homicide Hunter an Investigation Discovery series that showcases retired Colorado Springs police detective Lt. Joe Kenda. In each episode, he recounts a murder investigation on which he worked, going from the 911 call to the final resolution of the case. Many landmarks throughout the city are depicted.
  • In Lassie Season 8 episode "Bird of Prey" airing on 02/04/62 Ruth and Timmy tour the Air Force Academy

Print Media[edit]

  • Clive Cussler sets a chapter of his thriller Cyclops in Colorado Springs.
  • Robert A. Heinlein lived in Colorado Springs during part of his career, and built a custom home that was featured in Popular Mechanics.[2] In his novel The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, Colorado Springs is destroyed by an attack on NORAD. His novel Farnham's Freehold is also based in Colorado Springs.[3]
  • Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz lived briefly in Colorado Springs in 1951, on North Franklin Street. Linus and Lucy Van Pelt, characters in the comic, were neighbors. In 2001 a wall in the home, painted by Schulz with some of the Peanuts characters, was donated to the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California.
  • L. Ron Hubbard's novel Battlefield Earth takes place near Colorado Springs with part of the human resistance using the United States Air Force Academy in northern Colorado Springs as their base.



  • Colorado Springs has been a featured Santa Cam location, since the start of Santa Cam use with the 1998 NORAD Tracks Santa tracking season.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Andrew Wineke (October 27, 2005). "Willis and crew film at Springs restaurant:Other movies filmed in Colorado Springs". The Gazette. Colorado Springs, CO. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ Stimson, Thomas. "Robert & Virginia Heinlein's Colorado Springs House". Popular Mechanics. Archived from the original on 2010-03-07. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  3. ^ Stimson, Thomas. "Robert & Virginia Heinlein's Colorado Springs House". Popular Mechanics. Archived from the original on 2010-03-07. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  4. ^ NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2009 - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - English from YouTube