After much discussion, Cripple Creek city leaders are now showing support for trail construction in southern Teller County because of the economic development that will accompany the completion of the approximate 100-mile, multi-use route around America’s favorite mountain. A number of aspects of the route still have to be worked out with the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company and with private property owners, but we are one step closer to closing the gap!
Dr John Sudduth contacted The Trails and Open Space Coalition to share his article “10 Guidelines I Follow as a Veterinarian and Dog Owner When I Use the Trails”. His advice: consider whether your dog is physically and behaviorally suited for the trail before you venture out together. Be sure you have the right equipment before you hit the trail. Dog ownership is voluntary; it is your responsibility to respect the environment and make sure your dog leaves no trace while on trails. Training is not optional and is a on-going process, dog owners need to be prepared to manage conflict.
963 riders took to the streets for our late night ride.
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A BIG thank you to all the cyclists, volunteers, and sponsors that helped us celebrate the
25th Starlight Spectacular!
Sat. June 22, 9:00 – 2:00 pm
Cottonwood Creek YMCA
3920 Dublin Blvd
Join Bike Colorado Springs (BCS), a program of the Trails and Open Space Coalition, at the YMCA’s Bike Fest! Come enjoy food trucks, vendor booths, bike safety checks, a bounce house, a pump track for smaller kids and, of course, bike rides! There will be four routes to choose from. BCS will be venturing out for the 9-mileCottonwood Creek Connectivity Cruise.
Be a part of Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 26. Bicycling commuters will have access to lots of fun and activities throughout the day: morning breakfast stations, afternoon water stations and bike parties along various routes! Bike to Work Day is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate all the benefits of bicycling; it doesn’t matter if you bike to work often or are a first-time commuter! Riding bikes for transportation positively affects air quality, personal health and local traffic congestion, and ultimately promotes economic growth in our community.
You’re invited to the 3rd Annual Sustain-a-Fest! Come celebrate “Earth Day Every Day” with sustainability exhibits & activities, along with local food trucks, live music, demonstrations, and family friendly activities.
Buy an Ale to support the Powell Connector trail project! Every year, Bristol Brewing Company makes the Cheyenne Cañon Piñon Nut Brown Ale. 100% of the profits go right back to Friends of Cheyenne Cañon; an all-volunteer organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing North Cheyenne Cañon Park.
& Night Hike
June 21 & 22, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Fountain Creek Nature Center
320 Peppergrass Lane
Yes, we have spotted fireflies in the park over the years! Learn about the lives of fireflies, make a firefly craft and hike to find these rare wonders in the park.
Learn how to make your home and yard more efficient. Explore the Water Wise Demonstration Garden, electric car show, home efficiency exhibit and/or rain barrel workshop.There will be energy expert venders, kids’ activities, and prizes.
Sat. June 22, 9:00 – 12:00 pm
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center: 1805 N 30th St
Join award-winning photographer and hiker “Hiking Bob” Falcone for a crash course in wildflower photography. Learn Bob’s secrets for outstanding photos in all kinds of weather and lighting conditions, using anything from a cell phone to a high-end digital SLR. Be sure to bring your camera because this class includes a short practical exercise in wildflower photography.
Fun-filled day of outdoor activities for the whole family! Choose from fly fishing, bait fishing, archery, target shooting, bird watching, camp cooking and so much more! Activities are free, park pass required ($8 per vehicle).
Learning Laboratory Launch
Sat. June 22, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Concrete Coyote 1100 S Royer St
Join Concrete Couch in celebrating the launch of Concrete Coyote Learning Laboratory! Enjoy food, games, door prizes, live music and a tour of the new property.
Come learn more about the construction projects the City has planned for Nevada, Tejon and Cascade! The City is initiating several transportation improvements projects in the South Nevada Urban Renewal and Ivywild area, including bike infrastructure and sidewalk connectivity for pedestrians. The City is coordinating each project to minimize impacts to the community and traveling public.
PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, will celebrate the 97th running of the Race to the
Clouds on Sunday, June 30. Thousands of fans and auto racing enthusiasts will come from around the world to witness America’s 2nd oldest
auto race and participate in Fan Fest downtown Colorado Springs on Friday, June 28.
Come see the revised plans for the Robson Arena at Colorado College. Check out the updated site plan as well as plans for the architecture, landscaping, traffic, and parking that have been refined based on public input received over the past several months. The meeting concludes the college’s public input phase of the project; however, it is anticipated the city will schedule an additional public meeting.
Friends of Extension (FOX) Garden Tour
June 29 & 30, 9:00 – 3:00 pm
Charmaine Nymann Community Garden at Bear Creek Park
Be a part of the Colorado Springs Garden Tour. Participants get access to Charmaine Nymann Community Garden plus other privately owned gardens. This is your chance to meet Colorado Master Gardeners and homeowners to get answers to your gardening questions! Ticket sales raise funds for Colorado State University Extension programs in our area. Buy Tickets now.
The Wolf: An Animal to be Respected, not Feared
Sat. June 29, 11:00-12:00 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
Join Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation and meet a live wolfdog. Learn about wolves, how to live safely with wildlife, and how to understand the important role we humans have in the survival of wolf populations.
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.
When it comes to camping in Colorado, the options are almost limitless. The Dyrt lists campgrounds that fit several categories, from bookable campgrounds, to drive-in, walk-in and hike-in, to those with cabins, RV sites, tent sites and more. Find your perfect outdoor retreat.
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