News May 8, 2019

News May 8, 2019
Tue. May 7th – Thur. May 9th
City staff will be working to repair the two dirt parking lots at the main entrance to Red Rock Canyon. Each day, one of the lots will remain open to accommodate cars while the other lot is closed for repair. Parking should still be available at 31st street.
Member Hike to the top of Cheyenne Mountain
Sat. June 1st, 8:00 – 3:00 pm
Join us for a hike to the top of Cheyenne Mountain in celebration of National Trails Day! This hike will be an all-day adventure with moderate to difficult terrain and some light bushwhacking; 8.5 miles round trip with 1,245 feet of elevation gain. Bob Falcone, aka Hiking Bob, will lead the group on this beautiful trek up the west side of Cheyenne Mountain. Come experience pine forests, aspen groves, meadows, colorful wild flowers, an old homestead and breathtaking views.
For more info and registration check out Eventbrite.
25th Annual Starlight Spectacular
Sat. June 15, 9:00 pm – 12:00 am
Garden of the Gods: 1805 North 30th Street
Early bird registration ends soon, so don’t wait; click here to register! Join us for this spectacular night bike ride through Garden of the Gods and west Colorado Springs. Do you want to ride 4, 16, 21 or 23 miles? Enjoy food and entertainment stations along the way. The Hyatt Place Garden of the Gods is offering special discounts for Starlight participants; click here to book a room.
Visit for more information.
Not riding in Starlight, but still want to participate and get some free swag?
We need Course Marshals positioned at important locations along the route to help direct rides and keep them on route. As a thank you for a couple hours of your time, volunteers will get a free shirt, flashing bling and light up wand! You can volunteer with a friend– just sign up at one time so we know you want to work together.  Click here to volunteer.
Ring the Peak Master Plan Draft
We are proud to announce that after over a year of meeting with a variety of City officials, state agencies and the U.S. Forest Service a draft Ring the Peak Master Plan is now available; please click here to visit our website where you can view and comment on the plan.
Our next step is to collect community input and integrate feedback into a final Management Plan for the Ring. This truly is an exciting time for the Trails and Open Space Coalition and the outdoor community as we work towards building a world-class trail in our own back yard!
Friends and Partner News
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Hummingbird Festival
Sat. May 11, 10:00 – 3:00 pm
Starsmore Nature Center
2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Rd
Join the Friends of Cheyenne Cañon in celebrating the return of the hummingbirds. Bring the whole family for a day of nature-focused fun! There will be guided walks, wildlife exhibits, crafts, face painting, duck races, presentations and live music.
Nature Quest Scavenger Hunt at Bear Creek
Sat. May 11, 10:00 – 1:00 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Rd
Get ready, it’s time for a nature scavenger hunt! Teams will complete fun, quirky, and educational challenges, like identifying animal tracks, pollinating flowers and testing water samples. Prepaid registration required, activity # 101000-37.
Spring Bird Walk
Wed. May 15, 7:00 – 9:00 am
Monument Valley Park
Fonanero St Entrance
Join the Friends of Monument Valley Park for a morning bird walk lead by experienced birders David Rudin and Gary Conover. Please bring binoculars and leave your dogs at home. The group has spotted or heard 24 different bird species on this outing!
Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival
Fri. May 17 – Sun. May 19
Join the community in supporting this local festival that promotes conservation and education, building upon the natural and agricultural heritage resources of the Pikes Peak Region. Discover and learn through seminars, field trips, workshops and other activities, view Festival Schedule.
To learn more and to register
Kids to Parks Day
Sat. May 18, 10:00 – 1:00 pm
Cheyenne Mt State Park
Limekiln Trailhead
Come celebrate Kids to Parks Day with the Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park! There will be a variety of fun activities: archery, an obstacle course, hiking, crafts and more.
To learn more visit
Free Bicycle-Friendly Driver Course
Sat. May 18, 11:00 – 12:30 pm
Ute Pass Cultural Center
210 E Midland Ave, Woodland Park
Become a Bicycle-Friendly Driver! Come enjoy coffee and doughnuts while learning about best practices for sharing the road. This interactive class covers:
– Laws for bicyclists and motorists.
– Common causes of crashes between motorists and bicyclists and how to avoid them.
– How to navigate on-street bicycle infrastructure.
To learn more or to register visit
Full-Moon Hike and Photo Shoot
Sat. May 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Join award-winning photographer Mike Pach for a full-moon hike and photo shoot at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Meet at the visitor center for a brief lecture before heading into the park for a great view of the moon as it rises over the city. Bring your camera gear, tripod, water and headlamp. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park!
Painting with Purpose –
Storm Drain Project
Sun. May 19, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Paint and Sip Studio 115 N Tejon St 
Now is your chance to Paint with a Purpose. Enjoy a fun two hour, step by step, art class lead by the awesome and talented artist/instructor: Ben Bires. Proceeds will benefit the City’s Stormwater Project!
Wild Food Foraging
Sat. May 25, 11:00 – 1:00 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Road
What edible wild plants grow nearby? Come to Bear Creek for a tour of wild edibles and practical food uses by Wild Food Girl. Learn to forage and maybe even try some samples. Pre-registration required, activity #101000-39.
Bear Creek Community Garden
Want an organic vegetable garden, but don’t have the space? The Charmaine Nymann Community Garden in Bear Creek Park is now open for planting, and a few plots are still available! For more information contact the Bear Creek Garden Association 634-4433 or visit
Volunteer Projects
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.
Trail Maintenance
Wed. May 8, 8:00 – 2:00 pm
Mon. May 13, 8:00 – 2:00 pm
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Contact for more info.
Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI)
Cheyenne Mountain – Dixon Trail
Friends of the Peak
Sat. May 11⋅8:00 – 3:30 pm
Friends of Stratton OpenSpace
Sat. May 11, 8:30 – 11:30 am
1789 La Veta Way
May Volunteer Day
Sat. May 11, 9:00 – 2:00 pm
1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd
Friends of Monument Valley Park
Sat. May 11, 9:00 – 12:00 pm
218 S Weber St
Manitou CATS
Sun. May 12, 8:00 – 1:00 pm
10 Oldman’s Trail
Friends of Ute Valley Park
Wed. May 15, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
317 S Rockrimmon Blvd
Application and more information available at
Application Deadline is Wednesday, May 15!
TOPS Working Committee
Want to be an advocate for parks, trails and open spaces? The City of Colorado Springs is seeking volunteers to serve on the Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) Working Committee. Committee members work together to guide our City in the prudent acquisition, stewardship, development and preservation of Trails, Parks and Open Space. Participants must be committed to attending meetings on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:30 am and property tours,as needed on Wednesdays 3:00 pm.
Public Lands News
Colorado Wilderness Conference
Fri. May 10 – Sun. May 11
Buena Vista Community Center
715 E Main St, Buena Vista, 81211
Calling all wilderness lovers! The Colorado Wilderness Conferences is returning to Buena Vista to discuss the state’s most pressing Wilderness topics such as new designations, current management strategies, and grassroots organizing skills. Learn more about advocacy, stewardship and protections for Colorado’s Wildest Landscapes. Event includes workshops, speaker panels, networking and field trips; along with food, drinks & entertainment.
Visit for more info and registration.
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