Fort Carson

Fort Carson is a United States Army installation located near Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Fort Carson is one of the Army’s youngest installations and is located southwest of Colorado Springs, Colorado, between Interstate 25 and Highway 115 in El Paso county. This post is recognized as one of the world’s premier locations to lead, train, and maintain while preparing soldiers to win on the battlefield. The southern Colorado Springs and Fountain areas are considered affordable to live in when compared to the national average cost of living. This geographical area provides some of the most beautiful scenery and outdoor recreational opportunities in America!

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The history of Fort Carson began with Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Less than one month later on January 6, 1942, it was announced that Colorado Springs had been selected as the site for an army camp. On February 22, 1942, Colorado Springs newspapers reported that the installation would be named Camp Carson in honor of Brigadier General Christopher “Kit” Carson, the famous frontiersman. The original military reservation consisted of 60,048 acres of land; 5,533 donated by the City of Colorado Springs, 29,676 purchased from private owners, 262 acquired from the Department of Interior, and 24,577 leased from the State of Colorado.


The Division’s mission is “To train, deploy and sustain brigade units of action; on order, conduct decisive full-spectrum combat operations in order to accomplish Combatant Commander Objectives.

Population Served

Fort Carson is home to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Brigade Combat Teams of the 4th Infantry Division. The 43rd Area Support Group supports the major units on post. In 2003, over 13,000 of its troops deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Base Transportation

Currently, there is no shuttle bus operating on Fort Carson. The Colorado Springs Transit System does operate on post.


To request a sponsor prior to your arrival at Fort Carson, e-mail your request. For more information you can go to the web site or call 719-526-4590 or toll free at 1-866-804-8763.

Temporary Quarters

If you are a Staff Sergeant or below, unaccompanied by your family, you will receive temporary billeting at the Replacement Detachment. The Colorado Inn, the post’s temporary lodging facility, is operated on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made up to 60 days in advance. TDY personnel and PCS families will be housed on a priority basis. The Colorado Inn has also contracted with several local, name-brand hotels to provide rooms for overflow personnel. These hotel contracts provide for lower than normal rates for military personnel and families.

Relocation Assistance

The Army Community Service (ACS) Family Connection is located in Building 1354 off of Barkeley Avenue. For more information or directions, call (719) 526-1070 or (719) 526-4590.

Contact Information

Fort Carson, CO
(719) 526-5811

The base operator’s phone number is 719-526-5811 or DSN 312-691-5811.