In Colorado Springs, it’s easy to immerse yourself in nature with an abundance of trails located within short distances from the city. Hit up one of the local running, hiking or meetup clubs in the region or go on a path of your own.
Garden of the Gods Park is an iconic and free park filled with accessible trails and a breathtaking view of Pikes Peak. Snap photos of the giant red rocks and the wildlife that will cross your path. In addition to all the trails, you can also take the scenic drive around the park, roll your windows down and enjoy the fresh Colorado air.
Red Rocks Canyon Open Space isn’t far from Garden of the Gods Park, and offers some of the same stunning scenery and rock formations. Varied terrain offers a variety of trails while enjoying 240-million-year-old geology. An off-leash dog park awards the opportunity for you and your four-legged friend to explore together. Dogs, mountain bikes and horses are allowed on most trails.
North Cheyenne Cañon is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and totals 148 acres. Head to one of the two visitor centers inside the Canon for a little history or a few recreation suggestions. The views out the car window are reason enough to explore this park, and the gorgeous trails are an added bonus. Easy and popular hikes include Mount Cutler and Silver Cascade Falls trails.
The photo-worthy Paint Mines Interpretive Park is located east of Colorado Springs in Calhan. Delve into the region’s history while exploring the inspired “hoodoo” formations. The 750-acre open space has evidence of human life dating back as far as 9,000 years.
Palmer Park is a 730-acre escape from the urban area of Colorado Springs. With over 25 miles of trails, picnic areas, sport fields, scenic drives and overlooks, dog parks and more, you can let yourself get intentionally lost in the beauty. Palmer Park has been named a Gold Standard Site by Leave No Trace for being an exemplary model of environmental stewardship.