Stretch of Ute Indian trail will soon be open to public

Ute Pass Trail.

A 3-mile segment of a historic Ute Indian trail in Manitou Springs will soon be open to the public.

The Ute Pass Regional Trail will ultimately span 12 miles following a route once used to traverse Ute Pass.

The finished segment begins at the Manitou Incline trailhead and ends in an interpretive loop touching on Ute culture, Ute Pass history, watershed management, local habitat and rock formations. The trail will be open to nonmotorized uses after a grand opening set for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 6.

Those wishing to attend the public ceremony will be required to ride an El Paso County shuttle to the ceremony. One shuttle will leave from the Red Rock Canyon Open Space and another from Ute Pass Elementary School in Cascade. Both depart at 
9:45 a.m.

Reservations are required to ride the shuttle. To register, contact Dana Nordstrom at 719-520-6983 or at

The cost of the new trail, interpretive loop and signs is $161,354, of which about $120,000 was supplied by a nonmotorized State Trails grant.

The rest came from matching funds from El Paso County, Manitou Springs, the Ute Pass Trails Committee, Ute Pass Historical Society and the Trust for Community Parks.

About 4 miles of trail are unfinished. El Paso County Parks will seek grants next year and could start building work on the last remaining segment by 2016, said Jason Meyer of the parks department.


Contact Lance Benzel: 636-0366

Twitter @lancebenzel

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