The Pikes Peak Greenway Trail will be closed for maintenance from Legacy Loop Plaza to Popcycle Bridge starting Monday, April 8th. The maintenance project should be completed in about a week, depending on the weather.
The Sesame Canyon Trail is off limits and is set for decommissioning this summer. Use of the trail is unauthorized by the U.S. Forest Service, as ordered by the Bear Creek Watershed Restoration Environmental Assessment. Violators may be ticketed.
E-Scooters in our Community
Thank you to everyone that has completed our E-Scooter Survey!
87% of respondents think that e-scooters should use bike lanes / streets; 34% support scooters on trails, while 64% oppose trail use. Many comments expressed concern that these motorized vehicles will have a negative impact on our trails and create several public safety issues that will need to be addressed, such as speed, user etiquette and docking locations.
The Trails and Open Space Coalition will be sharing this information with City Counsel and the Parks Board. We hope to help our community take a proactive approach to addressing how this unique mode of transportation will fit into our city.
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.
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.
Crew Leader Training has only 5 more spot available, don’t miss your chance to register! Meet amazing people and make a big impact in your community by helping to maintain and improve our trails and public lands.
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.
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.
Spring is in the air and volunteer opportunities are blooming. Check out ourVolunteer 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!
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 www.rmfi.org
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! Go for an easy hike at Bear Creek, then head to Cerberus Brewing Company to enjoy a beer. Pre-registration required, activity # 501100.
Come explore Rock Pond and Canyon, it’s a great year round trail! Join Volunteer Naturalist Rose for this moderate to difficult 5-mile hike. Snowshoes, spikes and poles recommended!
Geology of Cheyenne Canon and
Stratton Open Space
Thur. April 18, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Starsmore Visitor Center
2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Rd
Come learn about the geology in our region. The Friends of Stratton Open Space have recruited professional geologist Jay Temple to share a presentation on the geology of Cheyenne Canon and Stratton Open Space. Jay has led university seminars in the geology of Cheyenne Canon as well as trained geologists and volunteers on the geology of Garden Of The Gods.
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.
Be a part of the 2019 City Nature Challenge! We need as many citizen scientists as possible to document all the flora and fauna we have in the region, that includes regional parks, open spaces, city parks and even your own backyard. Just download the free iNaturalist app and collect pictures and info of all the nature (wildlife, birds, plants and bugs) you see April 26 – 29th.
Come to the Panorama Park Open House to learn about and share your ideas about this huge park renovation project! This 13.5 acre neighborhood park located in Southeast Colorado Springs will soon receive the largest neighborhood park renovation in city history. This initial meeting will focus on creating a multi-generational play experience that is welcoming to all.
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.
WILDERNESS FIRST AID
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.
Oil Well Flats is a popular mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding area north of Canon City along the Red Canyon Road. This hike of approximately 7 miles with 800 feet elevation gain will cross the northern portion of the joint use area and visit the Cooper Mountain, along a trail limited to hikers and horseback riders. Upon our return to the trailhead, we will also visit the dinosaur quarry at Garden Park, a hike of about 3/4 mile with elevation gain of 150 feet. We will learn about the Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan and how it could affect the area. Bring lunch, snacks, water, clothing and footwear suitable for the weather conditions. Route plans could change in light of weather conditions. An optional carpool from Colorado Springs will be arranged. Registration requires to participate in the hike.
For more information or to register, contact Jim Lockhart at 719-385-0045 or email@example.com.