Mount Herman is the hulkish backdrop to Monument, like a mound suddenly rising from the flats where the town sits and Interstate 25 runs onwar…
Preacher’s Hollow loop
Mace Trail, Pueblo Mountain Park
Previously in this series, we profiled close to the entirety of the Intemann Trail, spanning about 7 miles one way from Manitou Springs to the…
Ute Valley Park breaks the urban sprawl on Colorado Springs’ north side. This is an example of what makes the city special: The wilds are never far from one’s back door.
These 196 acres are something of a local melting pot — a breath of fresh air for advocates all too aware of equity issues in the state’s outdoors. Locals choose Prospect Lake as a place to introduce kids to fishing and stand-up paddleboarding.
Reservoirs trail, Palmer Lake
Juniper Valley loop, Sandstone Ranch Open Space
Coyote Gulch loop, Bear Creek Park
Ute Trail, Garden of the Gods
In 1994 in Garden of the Gods, archaeologists discovered hearths determined to be used by Ute people 3,000 years ago. “Those early inhabitants…
Sundance loop, Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Recently along Fountain Creek, we came to a kiosk educating about the history and ecology of this riparian corridor. There was also a refreshi…
First and Second Flatirons, Boulder
In a dark year, Coloradans still had sunshine. Despite months defined by COVID-19 and social and political turmoil, we could still find refuge…
Hogback loop, Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Stratton Open Space is a 318-acre slice of paradise a short distance from downtown Colorado Springs, a sublime example of how this city quickl…
Devil’s Backbone, Loveland
Lichen Peak, Golden
A railroad and agricultural company in southeastern Colorado is sweetening the pot in its bid to take over Union Pacific’s inactive Tennessee Pass Line, offering passenger trains and recreational trails to entice mountain communities along the route.
Colorado Springs founder Gen. William Jackson Palmer would be proud of his namesake preserve.
Reynolds Park is a rugged, 2,050-acre-sized example of Jefferson County’s commitment to conservation in the evergreen hills south of Denver.
‘Doc’ Holliday’s grave
Here on the countryside between Colorado Springs and Denver, this nostalgic, colorful scene framed by the evergreen slopes of Pike National Forest is for all to enjoy.
There's no better season than early fall for hiking in Colorado.
The air is crisp. The crowds are light. And autumn’s fabulous colors are on bold display.
This hike in Teller County features stand after stand of gold aspens, plus the shimmering waters of North Catamount Reservoir. Did we mention the unobstructed views of America’s Mountain?
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.