News Nov 1, 2017

Midland Trail closed at Beckers Lane
Incline to open Dec 1
Give Campaign starts Nov 1
Full Moon Hike Nov 4 in Garden of the Gods.
Bear Run Nov 4 in Bear Creek Park.
Ring the Peak Forum Nov 18 in Cripple Creek
Volunteer projects and events.
Trails and Open Space Coalition celebrates 30 years.


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Indy Give! campaign is live!

2017 has been a huge year for us, with major projects around Ring the Peak, the Legacy Loop, and El Paso County Parks. We’ve got exciting new projects coming up around parks, trails, and open spaces. But we need your help to make it happen!
From Nov 1st to Dec 31st, our donation page will be open for business at the Indy Give! site at Our goal is $50,000. We already have matching grants of $10,695, so your dollars go farther!  Donate now!
We have free, fun events scheduled from now until the end of the year. November events:

Nov 16th and 30th (Thurs), 5-8 pm

Thirsty Thursdays at Trails End Tap Room

Help us conserve open space and parks, get great swag, and have some fun–join us!


Midland Trail closure at Beckers Lane.

As part of the Colorado Avenue Reconstruction and replacement of the Adams Crossing bridge, the stretch of Midland Trail between Columbia Road and Beckers Lane will be closed for several months while creek and bridge work are completed. The closure will allow for the demolition of the existing trail to make room for the road and trail improvements associated with the Westside Avenue Action Plan along Colorado Ave. Visit for project information and to sign up for weekly updates.


Tentative Incline Opening Date–Dec 1!

You’ve been asking, and we got the word on Nov 1 at the TOPS Working Committee that, if there aren’t any major weather issues between now and then, December 1 is the day!

We’ll be following up and reporting on the date as it approaches. Watch this space, or check the closures page on our website,


Full Moon Hike Nov 4 in Garden of the Gods

Saturday, Nov 4
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center
$5 individual, $10 family
Join the Trails and Open Space Coalition, the Friends of Garden of the Gods and the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center for a magical walk under the (nearly) full moon.

Read more.


Envision Ring the Peak Public Forum Nov 18


Envision Ring the Peak Forum
Sat, Nov 18, 1 – 4 pm
The Heritage Center
The public is invited to Envision Ring the Peak: Gateway to the Outdoors
The forum, sponsored by the Trails and Open Space Coalition, Friends of the Peak, and Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance, provides an opportunity for community members, property owners, public officials and all interested individuals to learn more about economic development opportunities associated with outdoor recreation in the Pikes Peak Region and provide input on the Ring the Peak Trail Master Plan.


Outdoor Sports & Rec Expo Nov 30
Thurs, Nov 30, 5 – 8 pm
Ivywild School Gym
We’re excited to participate once again in the COS Outdoor Rec Expo! Everything to do with outdoor recreation–clubs, nonprofits, retail, manufacturers, events, rehab, cross training, and more–on display for your entertainment, education, and shopping pleasure. Join us for a fun time in the gym!
Being in Ivywild School gives people the chance to order drinks in the gym or The Principal’s Office as well as food. Plus when you’re done at the show, swing by Bristol Brewing Company or Axe and the Oak Whiskey House to snag a growler of beer or bottle of whiskey to go, or just stick around and get social with others passionate about outdoor based recreation. This is more than a simple expo, it’s a community.


Volunteer Events:
Sat, Nov 4
8:30 am Garden of the Gods
Sun, Nov 5
8:30 am Garden of the Gods


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Friends and Partner News


Bear Creek’s 3K Bear Run
November 4, 10 am.
Bear Creek Regional Park
The bears are out! Join us for Bear Creek’s 3rd Annual Bear Run; a silly, charity fun run and walk for a cause. All new runners receive a bear suit to wear during the run and to keep! Returning runners can dust off their suit and register at a discounted rate.  Register before costumes are gone!  Come early for pre-run festivities!


Friends of Homestead Ranch Regional Park Nov 8

Wednesday, November 8, at 6 p.m.
JAKs Brewing Company
Bring a Friend! Meet the Friends Group and hear about what’s new in the park, upcoming projects and volunteer opportunities. For more information contact Dana Nordstrom at 719-520-6983 or

Please help create the Master Plan for North Cheyenne Cañon by attending these community workshops:
  • Thursday, Jan 25, 6 pm
  • Tuesday, March 6, 5 pm
All will be held at Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road.

More info here.


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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