Parks & Trails


Our parks in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region are a great place to take a stroll, walk your dog, see great geological formations or spend some quality time in nature. Garden of the Gods Park features towering red rocks and beautiful, winding trails. Colorado Springs state parks include our area’s newest, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, which offers beautiful views and wonderful wildlife. Other Colorado Springs parks 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 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 open to the public, free of charge and serve as great wildlife watching locations. Get started now and explore Colorado Springs state parks on your next vacation. Check out our Top 25 Hiking and Biking Trails.

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Acacia Park

Acacia Park

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.

America the Beautiful Park

America the Beautiful Park

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.

Austin Bluffs Open Space

Austin Bluffs Open Space

This 500-acre parcel includes land from the University Park Open Space, Pulpit Rock Park and Austin Bluffs Park. The Open Space includes paved and gravel trails with great views of the mountains and the city.

Barr Trail (Pikes Peak)

Barr Trail (Pikes Peak)

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.

Bear Creek Dog Park

Bear Creek Dog Park

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.

Bear Creek Nature Center

Bear Creek Nature Center

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.

Catamount Trail

Catamount Trail

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.

Centennial Trail

Centennial Trail

The Centennial Trail is a wide, paved trail that parallels State Hwy 67 and travels from Woodland Park to the Manitou Lakes Recreation Area. Gentle grades make this trail great for bicycling or hiking with the family.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Cheyenne Mountain State Park

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…

Columbine Trail

Columbine Trail

Located just a few miles southwest of downtown Colorado Springs in North Cheyenne Canon Park. The trail can be accessed from any of three trailheads (Upper, Mid or Lower Columbine trailheads). Select your trailhead depending on difficulty level and the amount…

Crags Trail

Crags Trail

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.

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

This national park area preserves one of the richest fossil deposits in the world. Massive petrified redwood trees and detailed fossils of fish, insects, leaves and more can be seen at the visitor center and two, short self-guided tours.

Fox Run Regional Park & Dog Park

Fox Run Regional Park & Dog Park

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.

Garden of the Gods Park

Garden of the Gods Park

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…

Heizer Trail

Heizer Trail

Heizer trail is an old but not very well known trail. It climbs relentlessly from the town of Cascade up to the Cascade Mountain. After passing the trailhead sign start your ascent through first series of wide switchbacks.

Helen Hunt Falls

Helen Hunt Falls

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.

Intemann Trail

Intemann Trail

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…

Longs Ranch

Longs Ranch

Long's Ranch Road is one of several alternative routes that link up to Barr Trail. It is used by trail runners seeking a loop trail around Barr Trail or as an alternative approach.

Lovell Gulch Trail

Lovell Gulch Trail

Lovell Gulch Loop Trail is located just northeast of Woodland Park, Colorado in the Pike National Forest. It is a great place for a stroll through the forest with your family.

Manitou Incline

Manitou Incline

The Manitou Incline is a challenging hike up an historic cable car line, gaining 2,000' of elevation in 1 mile. Recent renovations have made the trail even better! To access, park in lot of the Tajine Restuarant and take the free shuttle to the trailhead.

Memorial Park

Memorial Park

Memorial Park is home to a professional skate park, Prospect Lake, multi-use sports fields, the 7-11 Velodrome and much more.

Midland Trail

Midland Trail

Midland Trail is a 5 mile trail that connects downtown Colorado Springs at the America the Beautiful Park (Pikes Peak Greenway Trail), Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. It is a paved trail and is used primarily as a connector trail.

Mount Buckhorn Trail

Mount Buckhorn Trail

Mt. Buckhorn Trail is one of the more popular trails near the North Cheyenne Canon Park. Off road users and mountain bikes love this trail, especially on weekends, so be alert for them.

Mount Cutler

Mount Cutler

Mt. Cutler Trail is located just a few miles southwest of downtown Colorado Springs in North Cheyenne Canon Park. Along the way you'll see great views of Stratton Open Space, Seven Falls and Will Rogers Shrine. Enjoy this great hike with views.

Mount Herman Trail

Mount Herman Trail

Mt. Herman lies within the Rampart Range of the Front Range between Denver and Colorado Springs. The town of Monument, Colorado is just to the east of this peak which looks over the Palmer Divide.

Mount Muscoco

Mount Muscoco

A one way trail that parallels N. Cheyenne Canon Road along the Mt. Cutler trail and then heads west at the trail intersection of Mt. Cutler saddle. See great views of Stratton Open Space and 360 degree views of Colorado Springs.

Mueller State Park

Mueller State Park

Mueller is beautiful mountain habitat with abundant wildlife and fabulous views. Year-round recreational opportunities include horseback riding, camping, picnicking, trail use, and nature studies; with winter activities such as sledding, snowshoeing and cross…

North Cheyenne Canon Park

North Cheyenne Canon Park

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.

Palmer Trail Loop

Palmer Trail Loop

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…

Pancake Rocks

Pancake Rocks

The Pancake Rocks Trail begins at a closed tunnel along Highway 67 and rewards you with aspens in high meadows, great views of Sentinel Rock, and of course, the famous pancake shaped rock formations.

Rainbow Gulch

Rainbow Gulch

This trail begins just outside of Rampart Reservoir and proceeds to the Reservoir through wooded forests.

Rampart Reservoir

Rampart Reservoir

Rampart Reservoir is northwest of Colorado Springs, Colorado in the Pike National Forest. The reservoir is located on a granite plateau approximately 9,000 feet above sea level.

Seven Bridges

Seven Bridges

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.

Silver Cascade Trail

Silver Cascade Trail

Silver Cascade Falls Trail is a popular short trail that starts at Helen Hunt Falls and in a short amount of time allows you to experience the beauty of N. Cheyenne Canon and two beautiful waterfalls.

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