King's Deer Homeowners Association   Updated: October 21, 2017

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Environment

King's Deer is about space...OPEN space.

Located in unincorporated El Paso County, at the north end of the Black Forest, where the Great Plains transition into the Rocky Mountains, King's Deer is an area where fox, deer, antelope, and an occasional black bear still roam, although not frequently.

Weather  Not only is King's Deer located at one of the highest points on the Great Plains, it is right atop a high ridge, called the Palmer Divide, that separates Denver from Colorado Springs. Winter typically comes late to the Palmer Divide...the heaviest snows often occurring in March and April. Although not an annual event, blizzards have been known to create five foot drifts...most often across driveways of course. And with driveways here being 100 feet and longer, many residents either have their own snowplow or they have a contract for snow plowing service. But these events are the exception rather than the rule and the residents of the area enjoy "relatively" mild winters and summers.

Animals  Red fox are still frequently seen running across yards and scampering into drainage culverts under roads in King's Deer. The lack of fencing throughout the development has left the spaces open to wild animals.

Plants  Prairie grass and ponderosa pine dominated the landscape until houses began to bloom in King's Deer in the mid-1990's. There's still plenty of prairie grass and ponderosa pine, but the grass is in competition with more hearty and aggressive noxious weeds of various types. And the pine are constantly threatened by the nasty little pine beetle.

Water  A resource "as good as gold." We live in a very dry climate. Annual precipitation is approximately 16 inches and it occurs in sudden cloud-bursts, usually in spring and summer, rather than being evenly distributed throughout the year. Each property is dependent on a well as a source of water, and these wells extend down in excess of 300 feet. Being an arid climate, drought tolerant landscaping is encouraged; residents are limited on the amount of lawn they may plant and irrigate. Although each lot has a well, the water consumption of each lot is recorded by meter and reported to the association once a year because the entire development has a maximum water usage allowed by the state. Water conservation is therefore strongly encouraged.

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