The Incline is open! Re-Opening Ceremony Dec 1, 8 am
Support Bicycling with a donation to the Trails and Open Space Coalition
Indy Give! Free events, beer and fun!
Outdoor Sports Expo Nov 30
Bear Creek by Candlelight Dec 1
Pup Pics with Santa Paws Dec 2
Global Fat Bike Day Dec 2
Volunteer projects and events.
Trails and Open Space Coalition celebrates 30 years.


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The Incline re-opens ahead of schedule.


Great news for Incline addicts–the Incline re-opened ahead of schedule, on November 22nd.
Hikers will only experience the most recent repairs if they make it past the false summit, and on to the top.
The Incline has been closed since August for the final scheduled round of repairs.
A re-opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday, December 1, at 8 am at the base of the incline.
Graphic by Timberline Landscaping.


Support Bike Colorado Springs with your Give! Donation
OK, the clothing in the prize is for adults, but it will make you FEEL like this happy kid if you win!

Support local cycling–get cool swag, and a chance at a great bicycle prize from our friends at Criterium Bicycles!
Bike Colorado Springs is a program of the Trails and Open Space Coalition, so a donation to TOSC through the Give! campaign helps BCS with our mission of making cycling better in the Pikes Peak Region. Here’s how to qualify for the drawing:

You’ll be entered into a drawing for a great prize; over $200 value!
–  Pearl Izumi Canyon shorts

–  Pearl Izumi Divide gloves
–  Swiftwick Aspire socks
–  Giro Verona MIPS helmet
–  Criterium water bottle by Purist
–  Criterium Bicycles gift card 


Upcoming fun, FREE events!
Have fun and give back!
Tuesday, December 5, 5 – 8 pm
Pikes Peak Brewing Co
Join the Trails and Open Space Coalition, Kids on Bikes, Black Forest Animal Sanctuary, and Tri-Lakes Cares for a fun evening at the Pikes Peak Brewing Company! Prize drawings, incentives and great beer await–and $1 from every pint goes to the nonprofits!

Dec 7 Bikes and Brews at Old Town Bike Shop
Thursday, December 7, 6-8:30 pm.
Old Town Bike Shop, 426 S. Tejon.
Give! Black Lager, available at the Bristol Pub and area Old Chicago Restaurants.
For every pint of Give! Black Lager you enjoy, Bristol will give $3 directly to the Give! nonprofit of your choosing–and we hope you will choose the Trails and Open Space Coalition! Just make your selection on the ballot you get with your pint.
Help us conserve open space and parks, get great swag, and have some fun–join us!


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.
  • Being in Ivywild School gives people the chance to order drinks in the gym or The Principal’s Office as well as food.
  • 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
  • Stick around and get social with others passionate about outdoor based recreation. This is more than a simple expo, it’s a community.


Friends and Partner News


Preview the Draft Bike Master Plan and give input.

If you bicycle–or perhaps 2018 is the year you plan to get back on your bike–take time to read the city’s draft bike plan. Grounded in common sense with a toolkit to improve existing infrastructure and connectivity, it describes a path forward for making cycling safer and more convenient.
You can see the City’s draft Master plan at this link.

You have until December 10th to add comments. This is your chance to get your ideas on what would make Colorado Springs a cycling friendly-community into the plan. Go to the Master Plan page at this link.

The City will be hosting several public meetings where the Bike Plan will be discussed before final presentation to City Council for approval in early 2018.


Garden of the Gods Public Open House Nov 30

Final Public Open House
Thurs, Nov 305 to 7 p.m.(presentation 5:30 p.m.)
Garden of the Gods Visitor Center
The City of Colorado Springs and RTA Architects are seeking input from the public on the Master Plan for Garden of the Gods Restroom Improvements. Citizens and interested parties are invited to attend the final public meeting to provide feedback. You can also take an online survey (link below).
The Garden of the Gods Park was recently listed as the top ranked park in the country and second ranked park in the world by TripAdvisor. Nearly four million people are expected to visit the park in 2017. 


Save the Dates


Bear Creek by Candlelight Dec 1

Friday, December 1, 5-8 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
$5 per person
  • Candlelit nature trails
  • Photos with Santa
  • Live music
  • Live animals
  • Crafts
  • Hot cocoa
  • Warm Chili
Call 719-520-6387 for more information.


Dec 2 Pup Pics with Santa Paws

Saturday, Dec 2, 10 am – 1 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
Have your pup’s picture taken at Bear Creek Nature Center with “Santa Paws.” Enjoy education stations and festive treats. Proceeds benefit Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers & Friends of Bear Creek Dog Park. $7 per picture; includes 4×6 print and digital download.


Global Fat Bike Day Dec 2
Sat, Dec 2, 10 am – 1 pm
Sand Creek & Platte Ave
Try out a fat bike or bring your own. Preview a stormwater project that will incorporate multi-use trails! To request a bike demo, email **You must bring your own helmet in order to ride.

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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