Falcon is an unincorporated community exurb in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. It lies along US 24 about 14 miles northeast of Colorado Springs. A railroad hub in the early 20th century, the town spent several decades as a quiet ranching community until it experienced rapid residential growth throughout the 1990s which has continued increasingly through today.
In 1881, the area now known as “Falcon” was crossed by the railroads: first the Denver and New Orleans on a rail bed parallel to today’s Eastonville Road, then the Chicago and Rock Island on a rail bed parallel to today’s U.S. Highway 24. The lines’ intersection remains an important center of the Falcon area today. By 1896, there were two hotels, a newspaper, six saloons, a pool hall, stockyards, two train depots, two general stores, a blacksmith shop and a school. In the early 1990s, Falcon began residential development at a rapid pace and the area’s population nearly doubled between 1990 and 2000. With the rapid growth, suburban amenities began appearing in Falcon.
Geographically, students are served by Falcon School District 49, but some choose to attend other school districts in El Paso County instead. District 49 currently has four high schools: Falcon High School, Vista Ridge High School, Sand Creek High School and the Patriot Learning Center. The area’s rapid growth has caused the district to grow by 1,100 new students annually over the past few years.