At the timber step marked as the 1,300th on the way up the lung-busting, leg-burning Manitou Incline, one can now step to the flat earth to th…
Going south on U.S. 285 from Denver, the urban landscape changes to rural in less than 30 miles, the glare of tall buildings replaced by coniferous hills.
The urban landscape of Woodland Park fades and the pines and aspens take over along Colorado 67 running north. The woods conceal scenic meadows and such curiosities as red rocks, hulking boulders and bizarre spires. Here also lies Manitou Lake.
One of Colorado Springs locals' favorite nature sanctuaries has a trail named for the act that great nature stirs. To contemplate is to be one…
Tucked high in the Rampart Range, this beautiful body of water and the trail that traces its banks serve scores of outdoor enthusiasts.
Blodgett Peak commands attention on the north side of Colorado Springs. Its pointy, craggy profile stands out among the green foothills, calling to explorers who should not underestimate its summit, however humble near 9,500 feet.
Devil’s Head recreation site on the South Platte Ranger District will remain closed until Dec. 1, unless rescinded.
Electric scooters could be zipping along Colorado Springs' bike lanes and some sidewalks this summer.
Out-of-towners know Philip S. Miller Park for the zip line. That tour ventures near the top the park's other well-known feature: the Challenge Hill, a miniature version of the world-famous Manitou Incline, the mountain-spanning set of railroad ties found about 50 miles down Interstate 25. Castle Rock residents, meanwhile, know Philip S. Miller Park for much more.
On the northeast side of the city, Old Farm neighbors are spoiled with uninterrupted views of Pikes Peak and Rampart Range. Far south on a clear day, they gaze upon the Wet Mountains and the Spanish Peaks. Thanks to the city’s sales tax-funded Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) program, they’re no longer the only ones spoiled.
Colorado Springs’ founding father could not have predicted the many motors that would one day rumble through the city’s greatest nature sanctuary. But Gen. William Jackson Palmer would surely appreciate his namesake footpath. Here, one quickly swaps concrete for dirt, fumes for fresh air.
If you’re in the know — an outdoorsy Monument local or avid mountain biker sweeping the Pikes Peak region’s singletrack — then you know about …
As part of its 2016 master plan for Bluestem Prairie Open Space, the Colorado Springs parks department asked visitors for their observations and came to this conclusion: “The perception is that it is not well-used.”
Another year of Happy Trails has come to a close, our ongoing series spotlighting mostly regional, mostly family-friendly hikes around Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. Here we reflect on some of our favorites from 2019:
What makes Cheyenne Mountain State Park on Colorado Springs’ south side so great are the paths for everyone, those inspiring an appreciation for nature in visitors young and old. The Blackmer Trail is a perfect example.
Jefferson County owns a proud tradition of conservation amid booming development around Denver.
Pike National Forest continues to heal from 2002’s Hayman wildfire. Nature’s wheel turns: quaking aspen grow ranks, animal tracks span the scorched earth between infrequent pine shade and rock gardens. And the scenery has opened, revealing, for one, the regal promontory called Thunder Butte.
Heizer Trail to Cascade Mountain
A hike at this El Paso County preserve is almost like traveling back in time.
Many residents of tiny Green Mountain Falls might prefer their trails be kept secret. Then again, many others — the hard-working members of the GMF Trails Committee — would like for the fruits of their labor to be appreciated.
Near Boulder, Eldorado Canyon is a Colorado state park unlike any other. Winter is a great time to visit for solitude, though you'll want to check road conditions before you go.
Easily within 30 minutes, you can be in downtown Colorado Springs and then on ridges with spectacular vistas — on your way up Mount Muscoco. T…
In the fall and winter, you just might have this hide-away overlook at Garden of the Gods to yourself.
In wilderness, as is written in the protection act of 1964, man “is a visitor who does not remain.”
We had a destination in mind on our last visit to Palmer Park. That’s the first mistake one makes at this signature Colorado Springs preserve.
To beat autumn’s aspen gold-seekers at Mueller State Park in Teller County, you’ll want to get to the Grouse Mountain trailhead early. The options are plenty from here, which is why we didn’t have to share the Buffalo Rock loop much.
Whose fall colors are better, Colorado’s or New England’s?
North Cheyenne Cañon Park’s premier loop is the one that skirts Mount Buckhorn. That’s no secret. But if you weren’t one of the hikers, mountain bikers or dirt bikers in the know, it might be hard to find that loop with the lack of signage. We’re here to help, plus point you to Buckhorn’s unofficial summit.
The Dyke Trail off Kebler Pass
The Dakota Ridge trail, with a steep, nearly mile-long portion designated for downhill mountain bikes only, is one delight of Matthews/Winters Park. The 2,461-acre paradise has been saved from the urban sprawl.
In southern Boulder County, close to the hustle and bustle of the city and university but feeling far away, lies a slice of nostalgia.
The last time we spotlighted the Crags in our Happy Trails series, we hailed it as “a quintessential hike of the Pikes Peak region.” Let us revise that statement. This is the quintessential hike.
Bear Lake is the starting point to higher, more glorious alpine waters. Our destination was Lake Helene, tucked between spectacular, granite marvels. And while Rocky Mountain National Park lists the level of use there as “moderate,” we were pleased to have the shore to ourselves.
However short on time, one can lace up the running shoes or hop on a bike and snag satisfying exercise and scenery in Denver's popular Waterton Canyon. Others enter the South Platte River-carved canyon with waders and fly rods.
You won’t exactly escape crowds by taking the trail to Siamese Twins, one of the Garden of the Gods' most captivating outcrops.
After a nostalgic drive through ranchland, Eleven Mile State Park’s shimmering reservoir emerges, backdropped by verdant hills and distant peaks. Fishing and boating is the main attraction, but don't miss the trails.
If a sandstone fix is what you need in Colorado Springs and crowds are what you fear, Red Rock Canyon Open Space is a better bet than Garden of the Gods in the busy season.
The cascade is within Rocky Mountain National Park but not behind a pay kiosk, making it all the more appealing.
Long Scraggy Peak is a day hiker’s dream, with terrain worthy of its name, a punishing ascent but tremendous views.
That first climb of a Colorado 14er - a mountain that towers above 14,000 feet - can be daunting. But with the right attitude and preparation, it's less daunting than you might believe, and Colorado Springs is close to a wealth of spectacular choices.
South Chamberlain Trail
Strolling the Stations of the Cross in San Luis.
In Pike National Forest, Rampart Reservoir awaits at the end of a forested trail beside a roaring creek.
What makes Ouray the Switzerland of America? You find out with a quick drive up Red Mountain Pass, to overlooks of the quaint town tucked in a box canyon and framed by the white-capped wonders of the San Juan Mountains. But a better way to take in the grandeur? That would be pulling off for the Perimeter Trail.
Many — too many, some would say — flock to North Cheyenne Cañon to catch the Seven Bridges Trail, refreshing on a summer day.
Elephant Rock is but one open space waiting to realized on the outskirts of the Pikes Peak region.
Outdoor enthusiasts in Colorado Springs know Section 16. How about the Bear Creek Trail/Trail 666?
The Intemann Trail runs between Manitou Springs and Section 16.