Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Pikes Peak region with these 12 easy hiking and biking trails for beginners. 

#12. South Slope Recreation Area

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

This area recently opened to the public after being off limits for more than 100 years.  Access is by permit only on the ColoradoSprings.gov website. The 4.7-mile trail (one-way) takes you past three reservoirs, through meadows and offers a unique view of the south side of Pikes Peak.  

#11. Mueller State Park

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Scenic wildlife viewing of elk, bighorn sheep and birds on 5,511 acres of land with 55 miles of hiking & biking trails. No dogs. Entrance fee. 

#10. Mt. Cutler

Difficulty: Easy

This one-way trail parallels N. Cheyenne Canon Road and heads up to the summit. Along the way, you'll see great views of Stratton Open Space, Seven Falls and Will Rogers Shrine. 

#9. Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Difficulty: Easy

Rich in both animal and plant life, the park’s gentle trails take you by overhangs, spires, hoodoos, carved walls and chasms that are in beautiful colors such as golden yellow, rose pink, snowy white and mauve.  No dogs. 

#8. Midland Trail

Difficulty: Easy

This 5-mile trail runs from the town of Manitou Springs to American the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs; some parts of the trail are on streets.

#7. Fountain Creek Park

Difficulty: Easy

View wildlife, marshes, streams and ponds as you hike these gentle and shaded trails.

#6. Bear Creek Dog Park

Difficulty: Easy

Located near the foothills, this 25-acre off-leash park provides dogs and their owners with a variety of hiking options; great amenities such as shade, creek, small-dog area, agility course and restrooms. Named a top-10 US dog park and considered to be among the region's finest. 

#5. Austin Bluffs Open Space

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

This area is known for unique rock formations created by the most recent geological uplift. The 585 acres can be accessed via two trailheads. 

#4. Palmer Park

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

737-acre wildlife preserve offering hiking and biking on a mesa overlooking the city. Enclosed dog park as well as a separate off-leash area with incredible views.

#3. Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Just south of Colorado Springs you can explore nature’s diversity on 2,700 acres with prairie-to-peak ecosystems on 20 miles of hiking and biking trails. Dogs are welcome. Entrance fee.

#2. Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

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.

#1. Garden of the Gods Park

Difficulty: Easy

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. Off-leash dog area between Rock Ledge Ranch & 30th St. 

Information from visitcos.com

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