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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Picnic pavilions, playgrounds, volleyball, athletic fields, dog park, tennis courts
Enjoy spectacular views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range at this 385-acre regional park filled with ponderosa pines and trails.
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.
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.
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…
970-acre park features grasslands and foothills ecosystems and riparian habitat along Fountain Creek.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Picnic pavilions, playgrounds, volleyball courts, athletic fields, basketball, horseshoe pits.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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 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.
El Paso County park with playgounds, pond and lots of open space and picnic pavilion.
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…
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 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.
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 is home to a professional skate park, Prospect Lake, multi-use sports fields, the 7-11 Velodrome and much more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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…
El Paso County 14-mile portion of the American Discovery Trail follows the Santa Fe Railroad. Call for trailhead locations.
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.
This El Paso County park features fantastic geological formations including spires and hoodoos.
El Paso County park featuring picnic pavilions, playground, volleyball, horseshoe pit, fishing (with license).
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.
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…
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.
This trail begins just outside of Rampart Reservoir and proceeds to the Reservoir through wooded forests.
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.
A variety of trails wind along the canyons and ridges of red rock and provide great views of Garden of the Gods.
El Paso County trail with landmark views visible for this 9-mile section of the Chicago Rock Island line. Call for trailhead locations.
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 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.