News August 31, 2017

Ute Pass Regional Trail closure.
New member campaign launches Sept 1
American Discovery Trail Races this weekend
Volunteer projects–special weekend events.
Trails and Open Space Coalition celebrates 30 years.
NEWS AUGUST 31, 2017


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Trail Closure–Ute Pass Regional Trail

Ute Pass Regional Trail is closed through December.
El Paso County manages the Ute Pass Regional Trail, which has a trailhead next to the Incline off Ruxton Avenue in Manitou Springs.





Sneak Peek–New Member Campaign Sept 1 -30

Join us–New Member Campaign Sept 1 – 30

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!


Sat, Sept 30–Ring the Peak Member Adventure

Join us for our final Member Adventure this summer–space is filling up!
  • Sept 30–Ring the Peak Member AdventureSaturday, 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!
This is a Members-only event. Please do not sign up if you are not a current TOSC member. To become a member, please go to For questions about your membership status, please email us or call 719.633.6884.

Trails and Open Space Coalition 
30th Anniversary Member Party!
Wednesday, September 136-8 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.
Free to Members, but you must register:


Friends and Partner News

American Discovery Trail Races!
Labor Day, Sept 4, 2017
Join over 1,000 runners competing in the 2017 American Discovery Trail Races:
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • 10K
  • Kids 1K

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.

Labor Day – Monday, September 4, 2017
America the Beautiful Park.

More information.            Registration link


Duckwood Community Gardens meeting Sept 7


Pikes Peak Urban Gardens presents 
Duckwood Community Gardens
Fountain Creek Nature Center
320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain
Thursday, September 7th, 6 pm.
Join us if you are interested in joining a community garden at Fountain Creek Regional Park. Attendees will learn about the plans to build the Duckwood Gardens at Fountain Creek Regional Park.

Saturday September 9, 2017 8am -1pm
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).

Register here–the last one sold out!


Ute Valley Park Bioblitz Sept 15


Fri. Sept 15th, 2017, 3:30pm to Sat. Sept 16th, 2017, 1:30pm
Ute Valley Park – All events will begin at the new parking lot off of Rockrimmon

A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Groups of scientists, naturalists and volunteers conduct a field study over a continuous time period. You can sign up for one or many activities, but space is limited.
Hikes, workshops, talks and exploring make this a great opportunity for the public to learn more about water, flowers, moths, bats, birds, archaeology, and more!


4th Annual Creek Week cleanup Sept 30 – Oct 8

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.


Volunteer Events:
Saturday, Sept 2
8 am Palmer Park
Wednesday, Sept 6
5 :30 pm Ute Valley Park
Saturday, Sept 9
8 am Devil’s Playground
8:30 am Garden of the Gods
Sunday, Sept 10
Special overnight volunteer opportunity:
  • September 29-October 1 Bear Creek Watershed Weekend


Save the Dates

Third in a series of public meetings for the Strawberry Hill Master Plan
Date:   Tuesday, September 12 
Time:   5 to 7 p.m. 
Location:  Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road.
Focus of the Meeting:  Public input to help define the multi-purpose sustainable trail system.

Please help create the Master Plan for North Cheyenne Cañon by attending these community workshops:
  • Tuesday, Sept 19
  • TuesdayOct 17
  • WednesdayDec 13
  • ThursdayJan 25
All workshops will begin at 6pm at Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road.

More info here and take a short survey.


Waldo Waldo Saturday, October 21
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.

More details on our blog.


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.
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