Hikes and Outdoors

Close by

Black Forest Regional Park — walk through the aftermath of the most destructive forest fire in state history

Castlewood Canyon State Park — East SideWest Side — great scenery, but very popular

Cheyenne Cañon Seven Bridges TrailMt. Muscoco, Columbine Trail, Helen Hunt Falls

Cheyenne Mountain State Park — Lots of trails through oak and pines on the lower slopes of Cheyenne Mountain

Dawson Butte Ranch Open Space

Devil’s Head National Recreation Trail to Fire Lookout Tower

Eagle Peak — steep, hard climb to great views of Pikes Peak and north Colorado Springs

Fox Run Regional Park — walk through a Ponderosa forest and maybe see black Abert’s Squirrels

Garden of the Gods Central Garden TrailBalanced Rock, Siamese Twins

The Incline

Lincoln Mountain Open Space — not super exciting, but close and not crowded

Monument Rock — rock outcropping and easy trails in Pike National Forest

Mount Herman Trail — “like The Incline, but without steps”

New Santa Fe Regional Trail — Palmer Lake to MonumentMonument to Baptist Roadflat and easy walk along old railroad bed

Palmer Lake Reservoir Trail — short but steep hike to two small lakes in pine woods

Palmer Park — Templeton TrailOverlook — the feel of the wild right in the city

Pulpit Rock — views of Colorado Springs

Red Rocks Canyon Open Space — great views of mountains and city with quarries and ponds

Spruce Mountain/Spruce Meadows Open Space

Ute Valley Parkthe feel of being away right in town

Further away

Arkansas River whitewater rafting through the Royal Gorge (Cañon City)

Eleven Mile State Park (Lake George)

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument — easy to moderate trails through meadows and pine forests at 6,800 feet with great views of Pikes Peak.

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Mount Evans (Idaho Springs)

Mueller State Park (Divide) — Grouse Mountain Overlook, Raven Ridge Overlook

Paint Mines Interpretive Park (Calhan) — small canyon, easy hike, stunning colors

Pancake Rocks and Horsethief Falls (Divide)

Rocky Mountain National Park — Bear Lake, Trail Ridge Road, West Side

Roxborough State Park (Roxborough Park) — amazing sandstone formations

Spinney Mountain State Park (Lake George)

Vindicator Valley Trail (Goldfield) — two-mile loop with amazing views at 10,000 feet past the remains of old gold mines