News April 3, 2019

News April 3, 2019
Trip Line on Rock Island Trail
Two community leaders—a nationally-known artist and philanthropist, and the Executive Director of a local nonprofit—were injured this past week by a criminal act targeting cyclists. The perpetrator strung a taut line across a bridge on the Rock Island Trail, purposely to trap bicycle wheels. Both victims were flipped off their bikes after striking the trip line; one was hospitalized with a concussion, broken clavicle and cracked ribs, the other was bruised but not seriously injured. Colorado Springs Police Department is investigating this crime and others like it on the trails. We will be monitoring the story and reporting back to the public with updates. We ask everyone to be on the alert and report any illegal activity affecting the safety of our trail users.
Colorado Springs Fire Department Wildland Fire Training
at Bear Creek Regional Park
The Colorado Springs Fire Department will be conducting wildland fire training in the upper Skyway neighborhood April 1st – 21st.
Please be advised that several fire department trucks will be stationed at Bear Creek Regional Park in support of the training.
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?
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
Crew Leader Training is a great way to meet amazing people and make a big impact in your community! You can make a difference by helping to maintain and improve our trails and public lands.
Application deadline is April 22.
Visit for more info.
25th Annual Starlight Spectacular
Sat. June 15, 9:00 pm – 12:00 am
Garden of the Gods: 1805 North 30th Street
Come be a part of our late night community bike ride. Adventure through the moonlit streets of Garden of the Gods and west Colorado Springs on your illuminated bike. This lively event if full of fun and amusement for the whole family. Enjoy a night of spectacular food, entertainment and comradery. Only early birds are guaranteed a t-shirt, so register now! Have friends or family visiting from out of town? Book a room at Hyatt Place Garden of the Gods, starlight participants get access to special discounts.
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? Contact aaron@trailsandopenspaces.orgto become a sponsor.
Volunteer Projects
Spring is in the air and volunteer opportunities are blooming. Check out our Volunteer Calendar for details about community projects and how to connect with one or several of our amazing friends groups that help keep our incredible parks, trails and open spaces accessible and beautiful!
Trail Maintenance
Wed. April 3, 8:30 – 2:00 pm
Mon. April 8, 8:30 – 2:00 pm
Fri. April 12, 8:30 – 2:00 pm
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Contact for more info.
Friends of Ute Valley Park
Wed. April 3, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
1648 Pinon Park Drive
Guardians of Palmer Park
Sat. April 6, 8:00 – 11:30 am
3600 Maizeland Rd
Black Forest Trails Association
Sat. April 6, 9:00 – 11:00 am
8510 Burgess Rd
Bear Creek Dog Park
Sat. April 6, 9:00 – 12:00 pm
21st St, Colorado Springs
Friends of Cheyenne Cañon
Sat. April 6, 8:30 – 3:00 pm &
Sun. April 7, 8:30 – 3:00 pm
2120 S Cheyenne Canyon Rd
Friends Of Monument Preserve
Tue. April 9, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
3102 Nursery Rd, Monument
Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates
April 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
26th Street Parking Area – 1631 Bear Creek Rd.
Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI)
Sat. April 13, 8:30 – 3:00 pm
Sun. April 14, 8:30 – 3:00 pm
1805 N 30th St, Colorado Springs
Work Day
Sat. April 13, 9:00 – 3:00 pm
1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd
Call (719) 748-8543 for more info.
Friends of the Peak
Sun. April 14, 8:00 – 3:30 pm
Manitou CATS
Sun. April 14, 8:00 – 1:00 pm
Manitou Springs Free Parking Lot
10 Oldman’s Trail, Manitou Springs
Great American Cleanup
April 27, 9:00 – 12:00 pm
More than different 20 locations
Friends and Partner News
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 gently used outdoor gear to MER. Stop by on Saturday for their Winter Clearance Sale! Everything will be on sale, with the steepest discounts on winter gear. ​Plus, enjoy some free food and drinks served at noon.
Check out Facebook Event.
Visit for more info.
Karma Hour for Friends of Red Rock Canyon
Tue. April 9, 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.
2019 Bike Swap
Sat. April 13, 10:00 – 4:00 pm
SoccerHaus 4845 List Drive
Check out Colorado Springs’ largest bicycling gear swap. Proceeds benefit Kids on Bikes and Pedal Station. New and Used Cycling Gear from 100+ Vendors!
Trails, Tails and Ales
Sat. April 13, 10:30 am
Bear Creek Regional Park East
2002 Creek Crossing
Grab your dog and join the Bear Creek Nature Center for a special hike! It start with an easy hike at Bear Creek, and then heads to Cerberus Brewing Company to enjoy a well-deserved beer. Pre-registration required, activity # 501100.
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.
Thur. April 25, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Solid Rock Christian Life Center
2520 Arlington Drive
Attend the public open house to learn more about the Circle Drive Bridges Project ( I-25 and Harrison High, Hancock Expressway, BNSF railroad, Pikes Peak Greenway, and E Las Vegas St). These bridges were built in 1963 and exceeded their lifespan. Come provide input on the planning and design for replacement of the bridges.
Public Open House for
Circle Drive Bridges
Visit for more info.
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.
Sat. April 27, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM &
Sun April 28, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Manitou Middle School
415 El Monte Pl, Manitou Springs
The Manitou Monsters High School Mountain Bike team is offering Wilderness First Aid and CPR training. This course is perfect for anyone who recreates, coaches or leads groups more than one hour away from medical support services. The training is open to the public and includes 16 hours of hands on training and a Wilderness First Aid Certificate upon completion.
Public Lands News
Massive Ranch Purchased for Recreation and Conservation at Fisher’s Peak
The Trust for Public Land and The Nature Conservancy celebrated 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. For more info visit Trust for Public Land.
Photo credit: Lauryn Wachs, The Nature Conservancy
Hike Grape Creek
Sat. April 6, 10:00 – 3:00 pm
Grape Creek is a wild and scenic perennial waterway that drains into the Arkansas River just west of Canon City. This hike navigates BLM public lands and the entirety of the Grape Creek at Horseshoe Mountain Stewardship Trust Land; it will begin upstream from this confluence at Temple Canyon Road and traverse up the rugged Grape Creek corridor along the old railroad route. Registration required, please contact John Sztukowski 817-939-4239 or
Come learn more about this incredible landscape and waterway and what you can do to protect it! Grape Creek needs you to voice your concerns at the April 11 State Land Board Meeting in Denver. Visit to learn more.
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