Parks & Trails In Colorado Springs, CO - Visit Colorado Springs

Parks & Trails

There's nothing quite like hitting a trail here in Colorado Springs


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.
  • Check out our Top 25 Hiking and Biking 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.
  • For an up-to-date list of trail closures, click here.

 

Over the past fifty years, the County Park system has grown to 8,000 acres of parks and open space, 130 miles of trails, two award-winning nature centers, and a wide variety of education and recreation programs and facilities.

Learn more at El Paso County Parks website.

Discover 50 things to do to celebrate 50 years of El Paso County Parks. Click here to learn more.


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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.

Skateboard Park in Memorial Park

Skateboard Park in Memorial Park

The 40,000 square foot competition-size skate park located in Memorial Park at the corner of Pikes Peak Ave. and Union Blvd. was professionally designed and constructed. Located in Memorial Park, the facility welcomes incline skaters, skateboarders and BMX bikers.

Sondermann Park

Sondermann Park

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.

South Slope Recreation Area

South Slope Recreation Area

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.

St. Mary’s Falls

St. Mary’s Falls

St. Mary's Falls Trail is one of the more popular trails near the North Cheyenne Canon Park. The trail starts out on Upper Gold Camp Road, proceeds over the closed railroad tunnel and follows a creek until you reach the beautiful falls.

Stanley Canyon

Stanley Canyon

Stanley Canyon Trail is located within the grounds of the US Air Force Academy. It is a steep hike that leads to a beautiful mountain reservoir.

Trails & Open Space Coalition

Trails & Open Space Coalition

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.

Ute Pass

Ute Pass

The Ute Pass is a mountain pass west of Colorado Springs. U.S. Highway 24 cuts through the Ute Pass

Water Pipe Trail

Water Pipe Trail

The Water Pipe Trail is one of several trails surrounding the Barr Trail and connects Barr Trail to Trail 706. It is used mostly by locals to create loop trails around Barr Trail and is seldom used.

Willow Springs Fishing Area

Willow Springs Fishing Area

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,

Aiken Canyon Preserve

Aiken Canyon Preserve

A high-quality example of southern Front Range's foothill ecosystem; a preserve composed of habitat types, including shrublands, tallgrass prairie meadows, pinyon juniper woodlands and mixed coniferous woodlands.

Arkansas Headwaters State Recreation Area

Arkansas Headwaters State Recreation Area

Recognized as one of the nation's most popular locations for whitewater rafting and kayaking; known for its eddies, ripples and deep pools, the Arkansas River offers excellent angling opportunities.

Beaver Creek State Wildlife Area

Beaver Creek State Wildlife Area

Wildlife viewing, wild turkeys, birds, raptors, deer, hunting, fishing, wilderness area, on Freemont County Road 123 west of Penrose.

Bighorn Sheep Canyon

Bighorn Sheep Canyon

Wildlife viewing on the Arkansas River, big horn sheep, deer, raptors, on US Highway 50 between Canon City and Salida

Ft. Carson Watchable Wildlife

Ft. Carson Watchable Wildlife

Permit required - stop at Visitor Center, wildlife viewing, wild turkeys, eagles, deer, elk, pronghorn, CO Highway 115 South of Colorado Springs at Turkey Canon Ranch Road.

Manitou Lake

Manitou Lake

Pike National Forest, forest trails, reservoir, wildlife viewing, fishing, camping on CO Highway 67 north of Woodland Park.

Temple Canyon

Temple Canyon

Driving tour for wildlife viewing, birds, raptors, pn 1st Street in Canon City to Temple Canyon Road to Freemont County Road 3 to Copper Gulch Road to US Highway 50


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