Situated in Woodland Park, about 45 minutes outside of town in and up into the mountains lies Rampart Reservoir and Rainbow Gulch. This particular trail is an excellent choice for hikers who like to stay active year-round—it can certainly be a workout. In the winter you can snowshoe this popular trail.
Stratton Open Space is a diverse region of five ecosystems including ponderosa pine forest, scrub oak brushland, high meadow grassland, cattail marshes and a riparian area. The area contains a wide variety of wildlife and wildflowers. Eight miles of trails range from easy to difficult.
A moderate hike traversing through a mixed pine forest that leads to one of Colorado's most iconic rock formations-Pancake Rocks. These rocks are quite capacious and look like pancakes stacked on top of one another.
Palmer Trail (Section 16) is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Ute Valley Park is home to diverse wildlife, vegetation and rich archeological features. The rocky-forested hogback formations are an integral part of the Colorado Springs backdrop, a place of important historical, environmental, scenic and recreational value.
On the southwest side of town lies Cheyenne Mountain State Park, a year-round gem in El Paso County. This natural area is home to roughly 20 miles of trails and also wonderful campsites. As hikers make their way up Cheyenne Mountain, the trails get harder and the scenery gets lovelier. The lights of Colorado Springs twinkle in the distance as the plains roll along beyond the city limits.