News March 27, 2019

News March 27, 2019
Santa Fe Trail Closure
Trail Closure
Wed. March 27 – Wed. April 3
USAFA will be closing the New Santa Fe Trail at the Tri-Intersection Bridge. Maintenance is scheduled to take a week. After April 3rd work will continue in the area, but will be fenced off so the trail can be accessed.
E-Scooters in our Community
Electric scooters (aka e-scooters) are appearing in cities around the country; read more about how Denver is responding to e-scooters. With speeds up to 20 mph and inexpensive to rent, they are popular with tourists and residents. The question: where do they belong? Colorado lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow e-scooters wherever electric bikes are allowed, including paved trails: Pikes Peak Greenway, Midland, Shooks Run, New Santa Fe, Fountain Creek, Bear Creek and Ute Pass Regional Trails.
We want to know what you think!
Should e-scooters be allowed on our major trails?
2019 Colorado Springs Elections
Ballots are due April 2!  The Trails and Open Space Coalition sent questions to the candidates on topics like TOPS, Parks Funding, Bike Lanes and Park Priorities. Not all candidates chose to participate, but all were contacted and provided with the questions. View Questions and Answers.
View recording of City Council Candidate Debate on environment and energy at Colorado College.
Public Lands News
Massive Ranch Purchased for Recreation and Conservation at Fisher’s Peak
Photo credit: Lauryn Wachs, The Nature Conservancy
Last week The Trust for Public Land and The Nature Conservancycelebrated the purchase and protection of 30 square miles at the base of the iconic Fisher’s Peak outside Trinidad, Colorado. In the coming years, locals will help shape a plan to create public access to the land and to the summit of the mountain, balancing recreation and trail development with critical habitat conservation.
More info available from the Trust for Public Land.
TOSC Membership Hike
Sat. April 13th 10:00 – 12:00 pm
North Cheyenne Canon Park: 3440 North Cheyenne Canon Road
Join us for our first members-only adventure of 2019! The Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC) Members will be joining up with the Friends of Cheyenne Canon to explore one of the newest trails in the area. The Buffalo Canyon Trail is a short easy/moderate loop with lots to check out.
This is a Members-Only event. Please do not sign up for this hike if you are not a current Trails and Open Space Coalition Member or Friends of Cheyenne Canon Member. For questions about membership status, please call 719-633-6884. To become a member, please click here to donate.
Pikes Peak Regional Crew Leader Training
Friday – Sunday, April 26th – 28th
Starsmore Discovery Center
2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Rd
Take your volunteering to the next level! Crew Leader Training is a great way to meet amazing people and make a bigger impact in your community. Crew Leaders are a crucial part of maintaining and improving our public lands.
More information and application available at
25th Annual Starlight Spectacular
Sat. June 15, 9:00 pm – 12:00 am
Garden of the Gods: 1805 North 30th Street
Come revel with us at one of the oldest and largest community bike rides in the nation. Early Bird Registration is open. Venture through the moonlit streets of Garden of the Gods and west Colorado Springs for 16, 21 or 23 miles—now with an early 4-mile kid friendly ride. This year we are celebrating “25 years of wild style.” So, pick your favorite theme: superhero, wild west, space, pirates…decorate yourself and your bike for a spectacular night, you won’t want to miss!
Starlight riders, families and friends are invited to make June 14-16, 2019 a special weekend with a stay at the Hyatt Place Garden of the Gods. Stay one night, or the whole weekend! Use this Booking Link to unlock the special rate of $149 per night. All the rooms have 2 double beds or a king bed, and a separate area with sofa sleeper. Rate includes fresh deluxe breakfast for your whole party, free Wi-Fi and parking.
2019 American Discovery Trail Marathon
Mon. September 2, 6:30 – 12:00 pm
America The Beautiful Park
121 Cimino Drive
Compete in a scenic marathon, half marathon or 10k with live music, a crowd-pleasing spread and beer garden at the post-race party! The Pikes Peak Road Runners’ American Discovery Trail (ADT) Marathon benefits the Trails and Open Space Coalition and Pikes Peak Road Runners. The ADT Marathon is recognized as a premier race event by local and out-of-state runners.
Looking for a new way to advertise? Consider being a sponsor, contact Aaron for more information,
Volunteer Projects
Shooks Run Trail Clean-up
Thur. March 28, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
PikeRide Office
739 E Pikes Peak Ave
Join PikeRide for their monthly Shooks Run trail clean-up on PikeRide bikes. Please be sure to register so there are enough bikes on hand for everyone. You will be amazed by the impact you can make!
Trail Love at The Chutes
Thur. March 28, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Chutes Parking Area
2159 Gold Camp Road
Medicine Wheel will be working on the long-awaited re-route of the Chutes Trail! Help clear a corridor for the new route. Tasks include cutting brush and scrub oak. Heavy snow prior to the event could cause cancellation, check Facebook for up-to-date info.
Volunteer at Rainbow Falls
Volunteer Training
Sat. March 30, 10:00 am
Creekside Meeting Room
2002 Creek Crossing St.
Be a Volunteer Interpreter for Rainbow Falls Historic Site! For more information please contact Theresa, or (719) 520-6977.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park Trail Maintenance
Mon. April 1, 8:30 – 2:00 pm
Wed. April 3, 8:30 – 2:00 pm
Cheyenne Mountain State Park: 410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Help out at Cheyenne Mountain State Park! Trail Crews primarily perform routine maintenance on the 20 miles of existing trails. That can mean anything from pruning overhanging greenery to cleaning and re-building erosion control devices. Contact for more information.
Evening Work Session at Ute Valley Park
Wed. April 3, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Ute Valley Park
1648 Pinon Park Drive
It’s time to kick off the regular work season in Ute Valley Park! Friends of Ute Valley Park will be working on trail corridor clearing for this first work session, starting on the West side of the park. Registrations requited.
Palmer Park Work Day
Sat. April 6, 8:00 – 11:30 am
Palmer Park 3600 Maizeland Rd
Traverse the park while doing some good! Volunteers are needed for picking up trash and light trail maintenance. Registration required.
Visit Guardians of Palmer Park for more information.
Black Forest Spring Cleanup
Sat. April 6, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Black Forest Section 16
8510 Burgess Rd
Help the Black Forest Trails Association (BFTA) cleanup Section 16. BFTA adopted the 4-mile trail and 2 miles of adjacent roadways. Students are welcome and can earn community service credits.
For more info visit
April Stools Day
Sat. April 6, 9:00 – 12:00 pm
Bear Creek Dog Park
21ST St, Colorado Springs
Help clean up Bear Creek Dog Park! This beloved 10-acre dog park with benches, shaded areas, restrooms and agility course needs some community love. Show your appreciation for this well used area by scooping some extra poop and picking up trash on April 6th.
Trail Work at North Cheyenne Cañon Park
Sat. April 6, 8:30 – 3:00 pm &
Sun. April 7, 8:30 – 3:00 pm
North Cheyenne Cañon Park
2120 S Cheyenne Canyon Rd
Help the Friends of Cheyenne Cañon finish the new Powell Connector Trail!
This will be a technical trail work day, perfect for those looking for the chance to sharpen your trail work skills, or new volunteers that are eager to learn. Volunteers must commit to a full workday.
Garden of the Gods Needs Volunteers!
Garden of the Gods is actively seeking volunteers to help lead guided nature walks and connect people with the Garden of the Gods.There are lots of ways to volunteer, help out with the Information Desk, School Programs, 5k Fun Run events, Trail work and more.
Visit for more information.
The Great American Cleanup
April 27, 9:00 – 12:00 pm
More than 20 locations
Join the Pikes Peak Partners for the 2019 Great American Cleanup! Help make a positive impact in our community, there are several areas throughout the Pikes Peak Region that need your help. Register now to get your top pick of cleanup sites.
Friends and Partner News
Introduction to Wilderness Survival
Thur. March 28, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Road
Learn the basics of Wilderness survival! Colorado Native Jason Marsteiner’s lectures will touch on the top ten must-have items in the back-country, common mistakes, wildlife awareness and more.
Registration required, activity# 501200-02.
2019 Lineworkers Rodeo
Sat. March 30, 7:30 – 4:00 pm
Rock Ledge Ranch, parking at 2424 Garden of the Gods Road
FREE EVENT. Enjoy food trucks and family-friendly events while watching lineworkers from across the country compete.
Visit for more information or visit Facebook Event.
Walk, Run, or Roll for Daniel
Sat. March 30, 9:30
America The Beautiful Park
126 Cimino Dr
Join the community effort to support Daniel Giffin’s recovery from brain surgery and ongoing cancer treatment. Bike 15k to Tap Trader Brewery for Pancakes and Hot Chocolate or walk/run 5k along Fountain Creek. Event will have local musicians from Colorado Springs Conservatory and post-ride festivities.
Junior Naturalist Day
Sat. March 30, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Rd
Become a Junior Naturalist! This is a great opportunity for families with children ages 7-12 to explore Bear Creek. There will be guided hikes, touch tables and educational exhibits.
Austin Bluffs Open Space Community Meeting
Tue. April 2, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Grant Elementary School
3215 Westwood Blvd
Be a part of the master planning process for Austin Bluffs Open Space. The City is hosting a public meeting to develop a plan for the sustainable development of recreational opportunities in the open space as well as guidance for appropriate management of the natural resources.
Visit for more information.
Parties for Parks
Thur. April 4, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Pikes Peak Brewing
1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr Monument
Drop by Pikes Peak Brewing to celebrate our county parks! Chat with Friends Groups and Park staff to learn more about Fox Run Regional Park, Black Forest Regional Park, Elephant Rock Open Space, Pineries Open Space, and Santa Fe Trail. Enjoy food, drinks and fun.
MER Winter Clearance
Sat. April 6, 11:00 – 6:00 pm
Mountain Equip Recyclers
1024 S Tejon St
Support the Trails and Open Space Coalition by donating your old outdoor equipment! Take your gently used gear to MER by April 1st so they can list it for their winter sale on Saturday April 6th. Almost everything will be on sale, with the steepest discounts on winter gear. ​Free food and drink at noon.
Check out Facebook Event.
Visit for more info.
Karma Hour for Friends of Red Rock Canyon
Tue. April 9th, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Bristol 1604 S Cascade Ave
Join the Friends of Red Rock Canyonfor a pint! Bristol Brewery will be donating $1 for every pint sold to the friends group. Meet up with the group and its board to get a Red Rock Canyon sticker and to learn all about work activities for the upcoming season.
Hike at Mueller State Park
Wed. April 10, 9:30 – 12:00 pm
Mueller State Park
21045 Highway 67 South Divide
Looking for signs of spring on the Black Bear Trail! Join Naturalist Rose on this 3-mile moderate hike. Please be prepared for all trail conditions.
Program Dates: July 8-28, 2019 @ Willow Lake Basin
Calling all college students! Live and learn in the incredible natural classroom of the Colorado wilderness. Earth Corps students will complete environmental restoration projects, learn and practice outdoor leadership, Leave No Trace ethics, back-country navigation, alpine mountaineering, and risk management skills. To learn more or to apply, visit
Application Deadline is April 12, 2019.
Grand Opening for Falcon Dog Park
Sat. April 13, 10:00 am
Falcon Dog Park
11050 Eastonville Road, Falcon
Come celebrate the Grand Opening of Falcon’s new dog park! El Paso County will be hosting the Ceremony. Check out our blog, for more pictures and information about the new dog park.
Re-Imagine Waldo Canyon Community Workshop
Wed. April 17, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Westside Community Center Gym
1628 W Bijou St
Lets Re-Imagine Waldo Canyon together! The entire community is invited to be a part of reviewing trail and access alternatives among other important topics at the second planning workshops for the Waldo Canyon project.
Spring Fling 5K Poker Ride/Run
Sat. April 27, 9:00 – 12:00 pm
Equestrian Skills Course – Bear Creek Regional Park
1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd
Join the Friends of the Equestrian Skills Course for a great multi-user trail event! Bring the whole family (including friendly horses and dogs) to play. Anyone can win the Spring Fling 5K Poker Ride/Run, its a non-speed event. Proceeds benefit the building of the equestrian skills course.
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