Experience the trails, open spaces, and state parks of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region.
With dozens of Open Spaces and Parks and hundreds of miles of hiking trails, Colorado Springs is one of the most accessible cities for hikers in the state. From heart-pounding to relaxing, our wide variety of terrain offers a little something for everyone. From TripAdvisor's #1 ranked park in the USA to Colorado's newest State Park, we have enough trails to keep even the biggest outdoor enthusiast engaged. Explore the buttons below to discover your perfect hiking experience.
Hiking Trails Best For:
Spectacular Views - Garden of the Gods Park
Best For: Spectacular Views
Garden of the Gods Park
Rated the #1 U.S. Park by TripAdvisor, you'll find both paved and gravel trails that wind through magnificent red rock formations and offer stunning views of Pikes Peak. Admission is free and a few paved trails are handicap accessible too!
Local's Tip: This park can get busy, especially during the summer months. Get up early if you want to enjoy the park without the crowds. Besides, a sunrise viewed from Garden of the Gods Park is simply breathtaking.
Family Friendly Trails - Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Best For: Family Friendly Trails
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Located just south of the Resort, Cheyenne Mountain State Park allows you to explore nature's diversity on 2,700 acres with over 20 miles of hiking and biking trails. With multiple restroom facilities, picnic areas, and a playground, Cheyenne Mountain State Park makes the top of our list for family-oriented parks in Colorado Springs. Entrance fee, dogs are not allowed on trails.
Local's Tip: The Sundance Trail is an easy 3.25 mile loop that leaves from the Limekiln Trailhead Parking Lot, which has parking, restrooms, picnic tables and a playground.
Hiking Where The Locals Go - North Cheyenne Canyon
Best For: Hiking Where The Locals Go
North Cheyenne Canyon
Located on the opposite side of the canyon from Seven Falls, North Cheyenne Canyon features a wide variety of trails -visitors can enjoy waterfall hikes, summit a mountain, or even walk through old mining tunnels. North Cheyenne Canyon is popular among road bikers, mountain bikers and equestrians too. Free admission.
- To see the waterfalls, take the Silver Cascade Trail which offers a short hike through the forest and follows a stream.
- To catch a glimpse of Seven Falls, take the Mt. Cutler Trail.
- To walk through the old mining tunnels, hike down the dirt road at the top of the Canyon - Gold Camp Road.
Working Up A Sweat - Manitou Incline Trail
Best For: Working Up A Sweat
Manitou Incline Trail
For the ultimate workout, tackle this 1 mile, 2,000 foot vertical rise trail made from the track of a historic rail car line. Not for the faint of heart... or the out of shape. Entry is free, but you'll have to pay for parking if you want to park your car close to the trailhead.
- Park in one of the free parking lots outside of downtown Manitou Springs and then take their free shuttle up to the trailhead.
- Bring lot's of water.
- For those who want a more mellow descent, take the 4 mile long Barr Trail back down to the bottom - it'll drop you off in the same place that you started. The Barr Trail is not well marked at the top of the Incline, so just ask one of the locals where it starts.
Bringing The Dog Along - Bear Creek Regional Park
Best For: Bringing The Dog Along
Bear Creek Regional Park
Bear Creek Regional Park is one of the region's most loved outdoor spaces. Covering 575 acres, this area includes a garden, pavilion, playground, tennis courts, archery range, horseshoe pit, volleyball court, miles of well-groomed gravel hiking trails and of course, one of the state's finest dog parks!
Local's Tip: The entrance to Bear Creek's 25-acre off-leash dog park is located off of Cresta Road. This dog park provides great amenities such as shade, a creek, a small-dog area, agility course and restrooms.
Summiting a '14er - The Barr Trail
Best For: Summiting a '14er
The Barr Trail
This 12-mile (one-way) hike gains 7,900 vertical feet from Manitou Springs to the 14,115 foot summit of Pikes Peak. Once you reach the top, you can hike back down or take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway down into the town of Manitou Springs. You'll need to have a good level of physical fitness to hike this whole trail.
- The whole trail is really only accessible during the summer months, when most of the snow has melted at the top. Even though it may be warm at the base, bring layers! The summit is often 20-30 degrees cooler than the bottom.
- As with summiting any mountain, you'll want to get an early start - thunderstorms start to roll in during the mid-afternoon and you'll want to be off the top of the mountain by then.
- Bring lots of water, plenty of calorie-dense foods, and know your limits.
Discovering a Well Kept Secret - Paint Mines Interpretive Park
Best For: Discovering A Well Kept Secret
The Paint Mines Interpretive Park
This park is a well-kept secret in the Pikes Peak Region. Located approximately 30 miles East of Colorado Springs, this incredible natural wonder makes for a good morning or afternoon trip. The Paint Mines are located in a badlands-type area in the Colorado prairie and features chasms, spires, hoodoos and sculpted walls carved out of brightly colored clay deposits. The colorful clays - layers of snowy white, golden yellow, rose pink and purplish mauve - are what give the park its name. Native Americans used the deposits for paints and pottery, and settlers later mined the clay to make bricks.
Local's Tip: Make sure you have good directions because you can not see the park very well from the road - the rock formations are sunk down into the hillside out on the prairie. You can't even see the rock formations from the park's parking lot!
Learning Some History - The Vindicator Trail
Best For: Learning Some History
The Vindicator Trail
Located about a 45 minute drive West of Colorado Springs, the Vindicator Trail is a two-mile loop just outside of the historic mining towns of Cripple Creek and Victor. View a plethora of old mining buildings, artifacts, and photos from the late 1800s with educational signs along the way that detail the area's history. Not to mention, the views of the distance mountain range are spectacular!
Local's Tip: Cripple Creek and its surrounding area make for an excellent day trip from Colorado Springs. This is one of the best places to view our golden aspen trees during the Fall season too!
Red Rock Formations Without the Crowds - Red Rocks Open Space
Best For: Red Rock Formations Without the Crowds
Red Rocks Open Space
This little known gem is located directly across Highway 24 from Garden of the God's South entrance. 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 other hiking trails in the area. There are two off-leash dog loops and a free-ride bike park as well.
Local's Tip: The Quarry Pass Trail and Cordell Trail get you up onto the rocks and hillsides and offer some of the best views of the park.