News May 9, 2018

Shuttles in the Garden May – June
“Motorless Morning” to be repeated
May 10 LIVE radio remote with RXP 103.9 at Trails End Taproom
May 12 Member Adventure–Mt Dewey with Hiking Bob
Starlight Spectacular Registration OPEN
Live Dream Colorado Donates to the environment
Roll Bike Art May 19
Crit Races and Beginner coaching starting May 15
Volunteer for PikeRide Bike Share
May 24 bike Month Kickoff and Happy Hour at Tap Traders
Volunteer events. Wilderness First Aid Training.
Community cleanups scheduled April, May and June–Help out!
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Shuttles in the Garden; More “Motorless Morning”


Shuttles in the Garden of the Gods 
May – Sept

The Colorado Springs Parks Dept is partnering with the Garden of the Gods Foundation to offer a shuttle service between Memorial Day and Labor Day to cut down on congestion. Two 15-seat shuttles will operate from 9 am to 4 pm, picking up visitors in the Rock Ledge Ranch parking lot, swinging through the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center for a stop and then dropping off at the end of Gateway Road where they will walk the paved trail to the central garden. Adventures out West has been contracted to provide the shuttles and drivers..

“Motorless Morning Redux”
Motorless Morning on April 22nd was considered a success with plans to try it again in late September/October. 200+ participated. Public response to the event was overwhelmingly positive. Parks staff will look into partnering with local Bike Groups for volunteer support to lower park costs.


Live radio remote with RXP 103.9 at Trails End May 10

Trails End Happy Hour with KRXP
Thursday, May 10, 5-7 pm
Trails End Taproom, 3103 W Colo Av
Join us for a LIVE remote with the Alternative RXP 103.9 !
featuring music, food and drink, bikes and fun! Don’t miss out on the on-air shenanigans, games, prizes and swag! We’ll be giving away lots of goodies! RXP 103.9 will have swag, concert boxes and event tickets. We’ll have drawings for tee shirts, rafting trips and entries for the 24th Annual Starlight Spectacular–taking over the City on June 16th for a night of bicycling under the stars!

Starlight info and registration at this link.


May 12 Member Adventure–Mt Dewey!


Member Adventure with Hiking Bob
Saturday, May 12, 8 am
Mount Dewey Trail, Cascade
This is the perfect hike! Tough at first with some climbing, then you get the reward of AMAZING views and a nice easy downhill finish. We’ll hike to the top of Dewey Mountain, with views of the town and Ute Pass, then the easy Bratton Trail winds its way generally southwest  and down until it meets the Catamount Trail.
This is a Members-only event. You may bring a non-member friend, if you are a member. Email us to check your membership status. If you would like to become a member, please go to
Sign up at this link.


Starlight Registration OPEN–celebrate the “Wild, Wild West!”
24th Annual Starlight Spectacular
June 16th, 2018, 9 pmNEW THIS YEAR– EARLIER START TIME FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN!Start at 10:15 pm ahead of the crowd.
Join the Trails and Open Space Coalition for the 24th Annual Starlight Spectacular on June 16th, 2018. This fun and family-friendly night-time bicycle ride is suitable for most ages and abilities. We’ve had kids as young as 8 and adults in their 80s ride with us! Get out your western wear and celebrate the Wild, Wild West!
Info and sign ups here. Sign up early and save!


Bike Month Kickoff and Happy Hour May 24 at Tap Traders


Thursday, May 24th 5- 8 pm
Bike Month Kickoff Party
Tap Traders, 3104 N Nevada Ave
Come celebrate the kickoff to Colorado Springs Bike Month! Join the City, nonprofits, bike clubs, and people who ride bikes at Tap Traders for an informal get-together at Tap Traders. Learn about the dozens of rides and events going on in June, find out how to get plugged in, whether you’re looking for family friendly rides or intermediate groups to join.
Find out how you can participate and get free breakfast on Bike to Work Day, June 27-get your company to join the corporate challenge and compete with other businesses of the same size, for prizes and bragging rights.
Learn more about Bike to Work Day and the Corporate Challenge


VOLUNTEER PROJECTS–Get outside and make a difference!
More opportunities at
Upcoming Volunteer Events:
Sat, May 12
Garden of the Gods
Monument Valley Park
Sun, May 13
Intemann Trail Repair
Garden of the Gods
Wed, May 16
Blodgett Peak Open Space
Ute Valley Park


May 13 Intemann Trail work with Manitou CATS
work crew

Intemann Trail Repair

Sun, May 13, 8am – 1pm
10 Old Man’s Trail, Manitou Springs
Join the Manitou Cats for general trail maintenance, repair and corridor clearing on the Intemann Trail and Iron MountainTrail.  Meet at the free parking lot at 10 Old Man’s Trail.
Work until 1:00 PM and the go back to Manitou for a complimentary beer or beverage at a local tavern.
Please pre-register at at this link.


Save the Date! Help clean up our streams June 23


Saturday, June 23
10 am – 2 pm

Join volunteers with the Adopt-a-Waterway program to clean up our creeks from American the Beautiful Park to Manitou Springs!

More information to follow. SAVE THE DATE!

For more info:
  • Midland Trail/ Fountain Creek
  • America the Beautiful Park to Ridge Rd. near Manitou Springs
  • Adopt-A-Waterway Groups: Bal Seal Engineering and Pedals-N-Pints.




Live Dream Colorado donates annually to help protect our natural spaces in COS
Live Dream Colorado, a local real estate firm comprised of Realtors® Lauren D Collier and Rob Hoben, recently donated $1,794.69 to Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC). As a member of international nonprofit organization 1% for the Planet, Live Dream Colorado pledges to donate 1% of annual income to support the environment.
“We joined 1% for the Planet to give back to our community. And we chose Trails and Open Space Coalition as our nonprofit partner because they preserve the outdoor environment in Colorado Springs, which makes for our incredible quality of life here. We don’t take that for granted, and we want to do our part to preserve it,” says Live Dream Colorado owner Lauren D Collier.
We are grateful for the support of companies like Live Dream Colorado, who recognize the importance of our natural spaces and quality of life.
Read more here.


2018 Crit Races and Beginner Session May 15


Tierra Plan Community Crits presented by Southern Colorado Velo
May 15 & 29
June 5 & 26
July 10 & 24
Racer’s Handbook (be in the know):
Beginner-friendly Crit 101
Coaching and race simulation
May 15
Intro session designed for beginner/novice racers to get their feet wet. Participants will receive instruction from cycling coaches and experts as well as participate in a race simulation.


Roll Bike Art Festival 2018, and group rides May 19
14th Annual ROLL Bicycle Festival
Saturday, May 19, 10 am – 8 pm
Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, 2 El Paso Blvd
Come out for a full day of a Rawkus & Roll 80’s themed party!
  • AWARD-WINNING BICYCLE-THEMED ARTWORKS on display through the summer. See ROLLBIKEART.COM for more info and on submitting artwork or being a vendor.
  • Start the day with a bike ride–a “Roll thru the Garden” or a family-friendly “Roll on the Midland Trail.”
  • Totally 80’s Rawkus & Roll costumed bike parade around the Buffalo
  • Custom and classic bike show
  • Art & craft market
  • Food trucks, Colorado beers, wine & moonshine
  • A portion of the event proceeds benefit Bike Colorado Springs, a program of the Trails and Open Space Coalition.


Help make Bike Share a reality!


PikeRIDE, a program of Downtown Ventures, the charitable nonprofit arm of Downtown Partnership, needs your help! They have 208 bikes that need to be unpackaged, assembled, decals placed,
smartkit installed, and tested!
*No specific skill set required.
Volunteer Schedule
Wed 23 5:45-8:30pm
Sat 26 9am-1pm and 12:30-4pm
Wed 30 5:45-8:30pm
Sat 2 9am-1pm and 12:30-4pm
Tue 5 5:45-8:30pm
Wed 6 5:45-8:30pm
Sat 9 9am-1pm and 12:30-4pm
Wed 13 5:45-8:30pm
Sat 16 9am-1pm and 12:30-4pm
Meet at the old Gazette building on 30 S. Prospect Street, on the south side of the building at the loading dock.


El Paso County Spring Events


Free Youth Fishing Derby
Willow Springs Ponds, Ftn Creek Regional Park
Sat, May 19
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Get outside and learn to fish at Willow Springs Ponds! This is a free fishing derby for children ages 5 to 15. Bring your own rod, reel, tackle, and bait.
 For more information call 719-520-6977 or Visit the website.
Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival

Fri, May 11- Sun, May 13.

This year’s festival promises to be a special event! El Paso County, situated where the short grass prairies rise to meet the majestic summit of Pikes Peak, has much to offer nature lovers. Look over the website for festival information, registration, speaker bios, and field trip descriptions to help you decide how to spend your weekend.
Registration is open for nature camps at Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers!


Wilderness First Aid–Two Opportunities


Advanced Wilderness First Aid & CPR
Fri, May 11, 6 pm – 10 pm
Sat, May 12, 8 am – 6 pm

16-hours of training.
Cost is $125.00 per person for the Wilderness First Aid Only.
$140.00 with Adult CPR and AED.
Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid, CPR and AED course. 
Mon, Tues Wed May 21-23
8 am – 12:30 pm
12 hours of training.
Cost per participant is $160.
For more information or to register, contact


Volunteers needed for Pikes Peak Races this summer


Please consider being a volunteer for one of the Pikes Peak races. The Pikes Peak Racing organization is a supporter of the Trails and Open Space Coalition.Volunteers are critical to their success.
The Pikes Peak races include:
  • Garden of the Gods Race – 10 Mile and 10K – June 10
  • Summer Roundup Trail Run – Cheyenne Mountain State Park – 10K/Half Marathon July 8
  • Barr Trail Mtn Race – July 15
  • Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon –
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