Colorado Springs is the second most populous city in Colorado, located in the east central portion of the state. At 6,035 feet the city stands over 1 mile above sea level, this is higher than Denver. Colorado Springs is situated near the base of one of the most famous American mountains, Pikes Peak, rising above 14,000 feet on the eastern edge of the Southern Rocky Mountains. The city covers 194.9 square miles, making it the most extensive municipality in Colorado. A popular Colorado Springs myth is that the city gets 300 days of sunshine a year. Turns out this was made up by the publicist for a long-defunct railroad company, hoping to lure travelers out west.