The mountains are west—that’s the first thing to remember when orienting yourself to Colorado Springs. The city has a big footprint, covering 186 square miles, but the average commute is under 23 minutes. It’s easy to get north or south, thanks to several major roads plus I-25, which runs through the heart of the city. Going east and west can be a little more challenging. Highway 24 is the major corridor west into the mountains and east onto the plains. This map is not to scale, but it will give an overview of major landmarks and the general lay of the land.