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Colorado Springs Parks & Trails

Parks in Colorado Springs are a great place to take a stroll, walk your dog, see great geological formations or spend some time in nature. Garden of the Gods Park features towering red rocks and beautiful trails. Colorado Springs state parks include our area’s newest, Cheyenne Mountain State park, which offers beautiful views and wonderful wildlife. Be sure to make a stop at this state park gem. Other parks in Colorado Springs like Bear Creek Dog Park and the Paint Mines are unique to the area and are not to be missed. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast you’ll love our many Colorado Springs area parks which offer a variety of outdoor activities, such as jogging, rappelling, viewing fossil beds or just taking a leisurely stroll. Many parks in Colorado Springs are also open to the public and free of charge.  Get started now and explore Colorado Springs state parks on your next area vacation.

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    Area: Downtown Colorado Springs
    Price: FREE
    Acacia Park is a fun, multi-use oasis in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. Stop by the Visitor Info Hub, and enjoy the picnic tables, Uncle Wilber's Fountain, playground and shade trees.
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    Area: Downtown Colorado Springs
    Price: FREE
    Downtown park with expansive grass lawn, Julie Penrose Fountain sculpture, pavilion avalable to rent for private functions and a creative playground the kids will love.
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    Area: Manitou Springs
    Barr Trail is a 12+ mile (one-way) hike gaining over 7,800 vertical feet from Manitou Springs to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.
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    Area: Southwest Colorado Springs
    Price: FREE
    Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, this off-the-leash park provides dogs and their owners with a variety of options. The park is also known for it's beautiful scenery and views.
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    Area: Southwest Colorado Springs
    Price: FREE
    Hike the foothills, search for mule deer, and discover Bear Creek! Scrub oak thicket, ponderosa pine forests, meadows, a mountain creek, and abundant foothills wildlife.
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    Area: Southwest Colorado Springs
    Picnic pavilions, playgrounds, volleyball, athletic fields, dog park, tennis courts
  • Area: Northeast Colorado Springs
    Enjoy spectacular views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range at this 385-acre regional park filled with ponderosa pines and trails.
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    Area: Mountain Communities
    Catamount Trail is a 6 mile round trip hike from Green Mountain Falls to Catamount Reservoir. It is a moderately difficult hike and pet friendly.
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    Area: Southwest Colorado Springs
    Open daily - 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., day use only. Located off Hwy.115, offering a visitors center, gift shop, picnicking, and miles of hiking or biking in a beautiful natural setting. A crown jewel of Colorados state park system with state of the art facilities and recreational opportunities.
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    Area: Southeast Colorado Springs
    Price: FREE
    970-acre park features grasslands and foothills ecosystems and riparian habitat along Fountain Creek.
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    Area: Mountain Communities
    Price: $
    This national park area preserves one of the richest fossil deposits in the world. Massive petrified redwood trees and detailed fossils of insects and leaves can be seen at the visitor center and two, short self-guidede tours.
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    Area: Southeast Colorado Springs
    Located 15 minutes south of Colorado Springs. The center offers a unique look at the Cattail Marsh Wildlife Area. Enjoyable to visitors of all ages.
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    Area: Southeast Colorado Springs
    Price: FREE
    Picnic pavilions, playgrounds, volleyball courts, athletic fields, basketball, horseshoe pits.
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    Area: Northeast Colorado Springs
    Price: FREE
    El Paso County Park with picnic pavillions, playgrounds, athletic fields, lakes, gazebos, interpretive trails. 5-acre fenced off-leash dog park with lots of shade, located in southeast corner of the park.
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    Area: Southwest Colorado Springs
    Price: FREE
    Level, off-leash area with great views of Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods. Just west of 30th Street and east of Rock Ledge Ranch Histioric Site. Click link for details.
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    Area: Southwest Colorado Springs
    Price: FREE
    Garden of the Gods Park is free to the public and has 15 miles of hiking trails as well as accessible paved paths. Parking is available in several lots or in designated areas on the roadside. Walk through the Central Garden or enjoy a loop path to the Siamese Twins rock formation.
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    Area: Southwest Colorado Springs
    Price: FREE
    Stop in to the Garden of the Gods Visitor Nature Center to get your free map of the park. Our volunteers will help you route a hiking or biking trail.
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    Area: Southwest Colorado Springs
    Helen Hunt Falls offers a pleasant hike through the forest alongside a cascading stream and waterfall. The new Cub Visitor Center at the base gets you off to a great start.
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    Area: Northeast Colorado Springs
    Price: FREE
    El Paso County park with playgounds, pond and lots of open space and picnic pavilion.
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    Area: Manitou Springs
    Price: FREE
    With several established trail links for hikers to explore, experience stunning views that surround the foothills of Manitou Springs. Considered an easy to medium trail. Easy to hike but the total distance does increase the difficulty if the whole trail is done in one day.
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    Area: Manitou Springs
    The Manitou Incline, located in west Manitou Springs, is a challenging hike up an historic cable car line. With a gain of almost 2,000 feet of elevation in about one mile, this hiking trail is one tough workout.
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    Area: Southeast Colorado Springs
    Memorial Park is home to a professional skate park, Prospect Lake, multi-use sports fields, the 7-11 Velodrome and much more.
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    Area: Northwest Colorado Springs
    El Paso County 14-mile portion of the American Discovery Trail follows the Santa Fe Railroad. Call for trailhead locations.
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    Area: Southwest Colorado Springs
    Price: FREE
    Free/ Visitor Centers/ Heavily wooded 1,600 acre park has mountain stream and waterfalls. Enjoy scenic drive, hiking, rock climbing, biking, picnicking and horseback riding. Information and free maps at the Visitor Centers.
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    Area: Northeast Colorado Springs
    Price: FREE
    This El Paso County park features fantastic geological formations including spires and hoodoos.
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    Area: Northwest Colorado Springs
    El Paso County park featuring picnic pavilions, playground, volleyball, horseshoe pit, fishing (with license).
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    Area: Northeast Colorado Springs
    Price: FREE
    737-acre wildlife preserve offering hiking, biking sports fields on a mesa overlooking the city. Enclosed dog park as well as separate off-leash area with incredible views.
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    Area: Southwest Colorado Springs
    Palmer Trail Loop/Section 16 is a 6 mile loop with fantastic views of Garden of the Gods Park and Red Rock Canyon. This moderate level hike starts out on Gold Camp Road at the Section 16 Trailhead and winds you through the pine forest. Hiker, mountain biker and dog friendly.
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    Area: Southwest Colorado Springs
    Price: FREE
    Located south of US 24 between Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. Variety of trails wind along the canyons and ridges of red rock. Trails link to many other hiking trails in the area. There are two unfenced off-leash dog loops and a bicycle area with features and structures to ride on.
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    Area: Northeast Colorado Springs
    El Paso County trail with landmark views visible for this 9-mile section of the Chicago Rock Island line. Call for trailhead locations.
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    Area: Southwest Colorado Springs
    Seven Bridges Trail is a 4.75 mile round trip trail found in North Cheyenne Canon. This is an easy to moderate trail as there is a constant gain in elevation but it’s a fun hike for families and kids of all ages.
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    Area: Northwest Colorado Springs
    Price: FREE
    100 acres of trails and open space. Wheelchair accessible, picnic shelter, restroom, trails, access to the Mesa Valley Trail. Beidleman Environmental Center: environmental programs, multi-use room, kitchen facilities.
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    Area: Mountain Communities
    Price: $
    This beautiful and remote area opened in the fall of 2014 after being closed to the public for 100+ years. Hiking, biking, fishing horseback riding on the southern slope of Pikes Peak - by permit only, seasonal. 10-mile out-and-back trail takes you by 3 reservoirs.
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    Area: Southwest Colorado Springs
    Price: FREE
    Cherished as a local landmark for many years, this stone building was originally the home of the Starsmore family. It serves as an introduction to Cheyenne Cañon and its beautiful waterfalls, rock formations, wildflowers and wildlife.
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    Area: Mountain Communities
    The Crags Trail is a wonderful 4.2 mile hike in Pike National Forest in nearby Divide, CO that is great for families and dogs. At the end of the trail, you are sitting at the top of a mountain with breath-taking views of the Rocky Mountains and Crystal Reservoir.
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    Area: Services
    Advocates for 100 hiking, biking and equestrian trails and mountain parks in Colorado Springs, El Paso County and the Pikes Peak region to include Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Canyon, and Cheyenne Mountain State Park.
  • Area: Southeast Colorado Springs
    El Paso County park featuring playground, basketball court, multiuse court, disc golf course and baseball backstop.
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    Area: Southeast Colorado Springs
    Price: FREE
    Hiking and walking trails nearby that connect to the Fountain Creek Nature Center. You can catch bluegill, rainbow trout and channel catfish. Plentiful shade; picnic tables,