If you’re moving to Colorado Springs, CO, you may already realize it’s a hiker’s paradise. This mountain town has so many trails that choosing which one to explore is the most challenging part. Here are five favorite Colorado Springs hiking trails with stunning scenic vistas around every bend.
Garden of the Gods
A registered National Natural Landmark and one of the most popular parks in the U.S., it’s easy to see why visitors and Colorado Springs, CO, residents flock to Garden of the Gods. Here, you’ll find stunning red rock formations against the dramatic backdrop of Pikes Peak and Colorado’s perennially blue skies.
You’ll also have your pick of hiking trails. The park has more than 20 miles of trails, from easy walks perfect for beginning trekkers to dirt scrambles for advanced hikers. Leashed dogs are welcome, and there’s an off-leash park on-site.
Palmer/Red Rock Loop Trail
With an elevation gain of 1,678 free across a 5.4-mile stretch, the Palmer/Red Rock Loop Trail offers a workout. This trail is rated “moderately” difficult, is open year-round, and is popular with hikers, bikers, and equestrians.
Also known as the Section 16 trail, you’ll be rewarded with views of the Garden of the Gods Park. Along the way, you’ll pass through juniper pines and red rocks. Keep dogs leashed, and prepare for sun exposure in the summer.
The Midland Trail is about 8 miles out and back and is considered an easy hike. It’s also paved, making it a good choice for hikers of varied abilities. Want an easier hike? If you travel eastward, the trail slopes downhill for much of the way.
This urban trail runs from Colorado Springs’ America the Beautiful Park to Manitou Springs. It follows along Fountain Creek, offering lovely water views along the way. It’s popular with bikers, so be ready to share the trail.
Mount Muscoco Trail
Just southwest of downtown, the Mount Muscoco Trail starts in North Cheyenne Canyon Park. It’s a one-way trail that offers impressive views of the cityscape below and the Stratton Open Space.
At just under 4 miles roundtrip, the trail has a 1,329-foot elevation gain. It’s considered “moderate” in difficulty. Wear your sturdy hiking shoes and prepare for a workout — but the views along the way make the effort well worth it.
Pikes Peak towers over Colorado Springs, and the Barr Trail takes you to the top. This challenging trail gains 7,500 feet in elevation along the 12 miles up to the summit, so it’s only for the experienced hiker. The trail is well-marked but considered “difficult,” so prepare accordingly.
Once you’ve scrambled to the summit of Pikes Peak, the views are unparalleled. Many choose to spread the hike between two days and camp along the way. You’ll share the trail with hikers, bikers, rock climbers, and (leashed) dogs.
On the Move
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