Discover Colorado Springs' Top 25 Trails
Hike and bike easy to challenging outdoor offerings
January can be a blur of exercise videos, crash diets and anxiety-filled moments with intimidating gym equipment. Reduce the resolution stress and burn off those pesky calories with endless natural outdoor opportunities in Colorado Springs, CO. Hike and bike more than 14,000 acres of scenic trails, parks and open spaces with motivational backdrops like Pikes Peak-America's Mountain and the glowing red rocks of Garden of the Gods. From the best options for beginners, to those that offer a true outdoor challenge, here's a list of the top 25 trails in the region.
1. Garden of the Gods Park: Rated the #1 U.S. park by TripAdvisor®, find both paved and gravel trails that wind through magnificent red rock formations and with stunning views of Pikes Peak. Easy
2. Red Rock Canyon Open Space: A variety of trails wind along the canyons and ridges of red rock and provide great views of Garden of the Gods. These trails connect to many others in the area. Easy to Moderate
3. Cheyenne Mountain State Park: Just south of Colorado Springs, explore nature's diversity on 2,700 acres with prairie-to-peak ecosystems on 20 miles of trails. Entrance fee. Moderate
4. Palmer Park: 737-acre wildlife preserve offering hiking and biking on a mesa overlooking the city. Enclosed dog park as well as separate off-leash area with incredible views. Easy to Moderate
5. Austin Bluffs Open Space: Known for unique rock formations created by the most recent geological uplift, the 585 acres can be accessed via two trailheads. Easy to Moderate
6. Bear Creek Dog Park: Located near the foothills, this 25-acre off-leash park provides dogs and owners with a variety of hiking options and amenities. Named a top-10 US dog park, it's among the region's finest.Easy
7. Fountain Creek Park: View wildlife, marshes, streams and ponds along these gentle and shaded trails. Easy
8. Midland Trail: This 5-mile trail runs from the town of Manitou Springs to America the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs. Easy
9. Barr Trail: 12-mile (one-way) hike gaining 7,800 vertical feet from Manitou Springs to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak-America's Mountain. Hike down or take the Broadmoor's Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Moderate to Difficult
10. Palmer Loop Trail: A 6-mile loop hike of moderate difficulty among the pine forest with spectacular views, shade and a small waterfall. Moderate
For the entire list, go to www.VisitCOS.com/Top-25-Trails.
About Colorado Springs, CO
Founded as a resort town in 1871, Colorado's second largest city has drawn travelers from around the world for decades offering unrivaled natural beauty, ample sunshine, a mild climate and more than 55 man-made and natural attractions. Home to iconic landmarks including the U.S. Olympic Training Center, U.S. Air Force Academy and Pikes Peak – America's Mountain, the city and surrounding region is a popular destination for families, outdoor enthusiasts and couples. Find out more and order a free vacation planner at VisitCOS.com.
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