News December 12, 2018

News December 12, 2018
Upcoming Events
Karma Hour at Bristol Brewing
Tues. Dec 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
1604 S. Cascade Ave
Let’s drink to support parks, trails and open spaces! $1 from every pint sold goes to the Trails and Open Space Coalition. So enjoy some beer and don’t forget to donate for your chance to win exciting prizes, one lucky donor will receive a group rafting trip courtesy of Echo Canyon River Expeditions. Doing good never tasted better.
TOSC Night at Trails End
Thur. Dec 20, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
3103 W Colorado Ave
Meet us at Trails End Taproom for an evening of holiday cheer and prizes. The Trails and Open Space Coalition will be around to chat about how you can help support local parks and trails and will be giving out fun door prizes for donations! So pour yourself a drink and let’s celebrate our great outdoor community.
The Give! Campaign ends Dec 31, so don’t forget to vote for Trails and Open Space Coalition to win the Trails Ends’ Great Outdoors Giving Challenge!
Give! Black Lager
Any time you purchase a Black Lager at Bristol Brewing or Old Chicago, now through 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
Shooks Run Trail Clean-up
Thur. Jan 10, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
739 E Pikes Peak Ave
Join us for a Shooks Run trail clean-up on PikeRide bikes! Meet at the PikeRide office to get supplies, then we will head off to clean up the trail and creek area between Costilla St and Williamette Ave. You will be amazed by the fun we have and the things we found.
Please register so PikeRide can be sure to have enough bikes for everyone.
Friends and Partner News
Parks and Wildlife Annual Holiday Open House
​Sat. Dec 15, 10:00 – 2:00 pm
410 JL Ranch Heights
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.
Winter Solstice Astronomy Hike
Fri Dec. 21, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Garden of the Gods Visitor Center
Celebrate the shortest day of the year by learning about the winter sky on a guided night hike in Garden of the Gods. Dress for cold weather with appropriate hiking boots and bring a flashlight.
Reservations required and space is limited, click here to sign up.
2019 Rescue Run
Tue Jan. 1, 10:00 am
3650 Maizeland Rd
Rain, snow, or 20° below, it’s time for El Paso County Search and Rescue’s 41st Rescue Run! Start the New Year with some healthy competition on a challenging 5K or 10K courses in Palmer Park.Price increases after December 15, so sign up soon.
Visit for more information, click here to register
and share on Facebook.
Morning Hike & Campfire
Sat. Jan 5, 10:00 – 11:30 am
320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain
Start the new year off with a short winter hike at Fountain Creek. Then gather round the campfire for songs, stories, and of course s’mores!
Register here. Search activity #304000-47
Holiday Gift Ideas
Need something “Colorado” for that out-of-state Friend? All profits at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Gift Shop go right back into maintaining the Garden. While you’re there, check out the new improvements on Gateway and Foothill Trails!
Need a small something for a teacher, coworker or holiday host? Buy a Red Rock Bar from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory! A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Supporting the trails never tasted sweeter.
Find great deals on outdoor gear at Mountain Equip Recyclers (MER). Plus, donate your old lightly used items to raise money for Trails and Open Space Coalition. Since opening in 2010 MER has donated $290,000 to local non-profits!
Spend your dollars locally and support the places and organizations committed to making our community great!
Do your shopping at and Amazon will donate to Trails and Open Space Coalition!
Trail Updates
Foothills Trail gets concrete through Rock Ledge Ranch
The Foothills trail through Rock Ledge Ranch is getting updated!
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.
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.
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