New Nov 21, 2018
News November 21, 2018
Foothills Trail gets concrete
through Rock Ledge Ranch
Crews were pouring concrete on Tuesday as the Foothills trail through Rock Ledge Ranch gets a big upgrade!
Colorado Springs City Council approved shifting Trails, Parks and Open Space (TOPS) Trails dollars to the Foothills and Gateway Trails in Garden of the Gods for the repairs.
2018 Garden of the Gods Full Moon Hike
Fri. Nov 23, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
This Black Friday, opt outside! Take in spectacular views of Garden of the Gods under a full moon. Enjoy a magical self-guided walk, telescope stations and refreshments. Hosted by the Trails and Open Space Coalition, Garden of the Gods Foundation, and Friends of Garden of the Gods.
Check out and share our Facebook Event. Prices increase at the door so register early! Ticket link.
The Bob Telmosse Foundation will be collecting toys for their 36th annual Bob Telmosee Christmas Giveway during the Full Moon Hike. The toys must be new and unwrapped. The biggest needs for this year are toys for kids 8 and up: sports equipment, Legos, and gift cards to movie theaters and restaurants.
Do your shopping at and Amazon will donate to Trails and Open Space Coalition!
Upcoming Events
Last Ladies PikeRide of 2018
Sat. Nov 24, 11:00 – 1:00 pm
Gear up for the final 2018 Ladies Ride, sponsored by Bike Colorado Springs! This low-key social ride is for women, age 18 and older, who want to have some fun explore the area using the convenient PikeRide share bicycles. Registration is limited to 10 attendees.
More info on Facebook. Click to Register.
Bike CO Springs Fall Social
Thurs. Nov 29, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Meet us at Tap Traders to show your support for our bike friendly city! The Bike Colorado Springs leadership team will be there to chat about improvements made over the past year linking neighborhoods to trails, and plans to make the community safer for bicyclists.
TwentyOne8 Gallery
Open Wed. – Friday, 10:00 – 3:00 pm
If you missed the “Summit” art show reception, there is still time to check out this unique exhibit of local artists.Stop by TwentyOne8 Gallery to peruse the artwork and support our community. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Show ends Nov 30th.
Visit for more information about the gallery.
Sat. Dec 1 10:00 – 4:00 pm
Celebrate the 3rd annual Global Fat Bike Day hosted by the City of Colorado Springs and Bike Colorado Springs! Explore Sand Creek’s new access points and trail extension. Don’t have a fat bike, no problem, demo bikes will be available courtesy of Boreals Fat Bikes.
Tour de Lights
Sun. Dec 9, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Deck the halls and your bicycle for the 1st Annual Tour de Lights! Bike Colorado Springs is partnering with Trails End Taproom to put on this fun, pedal-powered and festively-lit event. Riders will cruse around Old Colorado Best decorated bike(s) and helmet will win prizes.
Don’t forget to vote for Trails and Open Space to receive funds for Trails End’s Give! Great Outdoors Challenge!
Link to Facebook Event.
Give! Campaign
Join us for some fun events (most of them are free entry!) and let’s celebrate!
Give! is a year-end multimedia and guerrilla marketing campaign designed to generate funds, volunteers and applause for the important work local nonprofits perform. This year there are 90+ nonprofits in Give!
Do Good Drinking
Tue. Nov 27, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Join us for a good cause at Pikes Peak Brewing. $1 from each beer purchased will go to Give! nonprofits, aka Trails and Open Space Coalition. Make a donation and you could win a fabulous door prize.
Bikes and Brews
Wed. Dec 5, 6:00 – 8:30
Come out to the Old Town Bike Shop for a night of entertainment, treats and fun. Learn about and support a few organizations that are helping to make our community a better place. Donate $10 to ALL 5 non-profits (Trails and Open Space Coalition, Kids on Bikes, Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Millibo Art Theatre and the Council of Neighborhoods and Organizations) for entry into a drawing for great prizes!
Karma Hour at Bristol Brewing
Tues. Dec 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Gather at the Bristol Pub for a pint, and support the good work that’s being done in our community. $1 from every pint sold goes to the Trails and Open Space Coalition.  Doing good never tasted better!
Visit Bristol Brewing to learn more about Karma Hour.
Trails End – Give! Great Outdoors Challenge
Trails End Taproom will donate 5% of all sales throughout November and December to the Great Outdoors Give! nonprofits. So pour yourself a craft beer at the only self-pour taproom in Colorado Springs and vote to support the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
Give! Black Lager
Any time you purchase a Black Lager at Bristol Brewing or Old Chicago, now throw December, $3 from each pint sold goes to the Give! charity of your choice. Vote for Trails and Open Space Coalition to help us raise money for local parks and trails.
Volunteer Projects
Palmer Park Work Day
Sat. Dec 1, 9:00 – 12:00 PM
Palmer Park 3600 Maizeland Rd
Traverse the park while doing some good. Volunteers are needed for picking up trash and collecting dog waste. Smaller groups will be led in performing light trail maintenance and clearing trail corridor throughout the park. You must register to participate!
Visit Guardians of Palmer Park for more information and registration.
Friends and Partner News
Fresh Air Friday
Friday Nov 23, 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
This year, turn Black Friday into Fresh Air Friday by venturing outside and avoiding hectic crowds and long checkout lines. Colorado Parks & Wildlife encourages you to take time and explore the outdoors with free access to all 41 Colorado state parks on Fresh Air Friday!
Punkin Chunkin
Sat. Nov 24, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Bring your leftover small pumpkins (or pumpkin pieces) and see how far the catapult can launch your pumpkin piece at Fountain Creek Nature Center. It’s fun for everyone!
Prepaid registration required.  Call 719-520-6745 or click here and search activity number 303000-13.
Jones Park Community Meeting
Please contact El Paso County Parks 520-7529 for additional information.
Thur. Nov. 29, 6:30 pm
245 Bear Creek Road
Learn about and discuss the development of Jones Park at the community meeting. Jones Park is 1,200 acre site located west of Colorado Springs within the Bear Creek Watershed.The meeting will consist of an overview of the master plan process and residents will have the opportunity to provide input on proposed Jones Park improvements.
Parks and Wildlife Annual Holiday Open House
​Sat. Dec 15, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Cheyenne Mtn State Park
Get to know your local state park during the annual Holiday Open House. Come to Cheyenne Mountain State Park Visitor Center to learn all about the park and the wildlife that call it home in winter. Enjoy hot chocolate and special treats, while the kids visit Santa and create a special craft to take home!
Sand Creek Stormwater Project
The Sand Creek Trail has been extended and now has the first-ever Navigable Drop Structures in Colorado Springs! The City’s Water Resources Engineering Division is introducing Complete Creeks as a way to bring educational and recreational components into the design of stormwater infrastructure projects.
Visit the City of Colorado Springs for more information about the project.
Report park issues to El Paso County
To report an El Paso County park facility or park maintenance issue to Parks Operations, submit an online Customer Service Request through Citizen Connect. Citizen Connect allows you to keep track of the progress of your request.
Give back to trails and parks.
Support the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
We speak for the parks, trails and open spaces we all love and want to protect. Won’t you help us?
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