August 26–Ute Valley Park Member Adventure, Saturday, August 26th, 8 am – 10:30 am, free to current members of the Trails and Open Space Coalition. The Friends of Ute Valley Park have exciting new trails to share with our Members-the new East Ridge and Ridge Line Trails are complete and they are beautiful!
Sept 30–Ring the Peak Member Adventure, Saturday, September 30th, 8 am, free to current members of the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Join us for a very special Members-only fall color hike at the peak of aspen viewing season. with photography advice!
We’re launching our new member campaign Sept 1, with videos and slideshows, prize drawings, our 30th Anniversary Party–all for our Members! If you haven’t donated, September is the perfect time to do it. If your friends aren’t members, tell them now is the time! Watch for more information on the campaign here, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Our members love trails and want to give back–join us!
Trails and Open Space Coalition
30th Anniversary Member Party!
Wednesday, September 13, 6-8 pm
Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort
2 El Paso Blvd
Come out to the Buff to celebrate 30 years of the Trails and Open Space Coalition! Because it’s our anniversary, we’re doing it up a little bigger than usual, to thank YOU, our members, for all your support over the decades. Enjoy food and drink, music and fun. We’ll have partners there from Parks and other organizations to give you updates on what’s coming next, trail closures, new projects, and more.
Dust off your boots and join El Paso County Nature Centers for an evening of great food, music, wine, incredible desserts and friends at this special event at Bear Creek Nature Center. Buffalo Gals are back with their delicious beef tri-tip barbecue.
A free family bicycle parade from five starting locations that all end at the Shooks Run Park for a family Carnival with music and games at the park. Bring a picnic and enjoy time with family, friends, and everything bikes! More info and signups here.
Sign up now for the American Discovery Trail Races!
Labor Day, Sept 4, 2017
Join over 1,000 runners competing in the 2017 American Discovery Trail Races:
The scenic course along paved and dirt trails is about as fast and flat as you can find in Colorado. All proceeds directly benefit local trails and local non-profits dedicated to trail stewardship and community running events in Colorado Springs.
Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road.
To prevent long wait times and manage traffic, you must pre-register for a time to arrive. Bring your ticket, either paper or on your phone.
Items accepted at the event include automotive products (motor oil limit is ten gallons per vehicle), batteries, household chemicals, lawn and garden products, paint and paint products, and electronics including any size televisions and monitors (limit is three (3) total TVs and or monitors any size).
Take action during Creek week by volunteering for cleanup duty and litter patrol along a creek, trail, park or open space throughout the Fountain Creek Watershed. Get together with your family, club, school or neighborhood and form a Creek Crew, or join an existing cleanup as an individual. Get outside, get active and make a difference for your community and your waterways! More information and signups here.
Colorado Bicycle Summit Monday, October 2, 2017 The Curtis Hotel | Denver
This event is dedicated to educate and empower attendees, identify common bicycling trends and solutions in our communities and set priorities to improve the future of bicycling in Colorado. This year’s theme, Expanding and Exploring, will guide discussions aimed at empowering bicyclists across the state of Colorado. Be a part of making bicycling accessible for everyone, everywhere! More info and registration.
Saturday, August 26
Cheyenne Cañon Cleanup
Thursday, August 31
Seven Bridges Trail
Saturday, Sept 2
Special overnight volunteer opportunity:
September 29-October 1 Bear Creek Watershed Weekend
Thousands of Waldos and Wendas will take to the streets in downtown Colorado Springs, Saturday – October 21, 2017. Waldo Waldo is the region’s most popular untimed 5K walk and fun run. Local exhibitors, music, and food trucks all added to the fun. Best of all, registered participants receive a Where’s Waldo costume kit. Money raised benefits local nonprofits that support community priorities like Waldo Canyon restoration and trail maintenance. More information and registration at this link.
Help the Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park fund the completion of the Dixon Trail to the top of Cheyenne Mountain, and run a challenging race with gorgeous views!
The 2017 race distance will be at least 10 miles and will increase each year as the trail to the top of Cheyenne Mountain is completed. When the trail is completed, this race will provide runners with a new challenging trail race that will be 12-13 miles long with about 3,000 feet of elevation gain and loss. More info and registration.
Pikes Peak Forest Health Symposium
Friday, October 20.
10a-4p, at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion.
The Pikes Peak Heritage Series is presenting the Pikes Peak Forest Health Symposium October 20, with panels on: Pikes Peak Fire History, Case Studies, Possible Solutions, and a Discussion on Next Steps.
The Trails and Open Space Coalition Celebrates 30 years!
Donate now–your donation helps preserve open space and parks.
Thanks to those of you who have generously renewed your membership AND added $30 as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. It was 1987 when a group of community leaders came together to form the Pikes Peak Trails Association to see that land was set aside, trails were built and connected.