The Black Forest area of Colorado Springs encompasses some 200,000 acres. 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. 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.