News July 31, 2019

News July 31, 2019
Trail Damage Caused by Severe Weather
From El Paso County Parks: Due to the severe weather on July 29th, many trails and parks in our North District, which includes Black Forest, Fox Run and New Santa Fe Trail received damage. Please use caution when in the parks or hiking the trails. Report trail damage that needs to be repaired using Citizen Connect.
Avoid using trails when they are wet and more susceptible to damage. Stepping off the designated trail to avoid mud or standing water can quickly lead to widening the trail and even more erosion. Riding wet trails also hurts the natural environment leading to additional damage.
Educator and volunteer, Sharon Milito, honored with Spirit of the Springs Award
Mayor John Suthers presented the Spirit of the Springs Celebration Award to Sharon Milito during a surprise presentation at the Red Rock Canyon Bioblitz. Milito was honored for her enduring commitment to science education and ongoing volunteer efforts. Sharon has championed several Bioblitzs around the area – increasing our understanding of the value of our parks and open spaces.
Quite an amazing person.
Trail Closure – Manitou Incline
Sat. Aug 24 – Sun. Aug 25
Manitou Incline will be closed the last weekend in August for the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon. As some of the world’s best mountain runners compete in the 13.32-mile ascent to the summit of Pikes Peak.
Upcoming Events
American Discovery Trail (ADT) Marathon 2019
Proceeds benefit the Trails and Open Space Coalition and the Pikes Peak Road Runners!
Mon. Sept 2, 6:30 am
America The Beautiful Park
The American Discovery Trail Races are almost one month away. Join us this Labor Day for the marathon (a Boston Marathon Qualifier), half marathon, or the 10k. Test your endurance while enjoying the scenic run down the Santa Fe Trail and Pikes Peak Greenway.  Buy your tickets now before prices go up on August 1st!
Registration and more info at
Not a runner, but still want to be a part of the fun? Be a volunteer!
ADT Races are made possible by the power of volunteers. Aid station volunteers are the biggest need. Showcase your business by bringing your coworkers out to volunteer or spending Labor Day with friends and family while supporting our community.
To register as a volunteer, please email Sarah Reed at
Creek Week needs Crew Leaders
The Creek Week cleanup aims to bring the Fountain Creek Watershed communities together to foster the health of our local waterways for its citizens and wildlife alike.
The Creek Week Steering Committee is accepting requests for dates and sites NOW on a first come, first serve basis by completing the online form here.
Last year’s 9-day watershed cleanup inspired nearly 3,000 volunteers to remove 24 tons of litter from Palmer Lake to Pueblo! This year’s event isSept 28 – Oct 6. Signup for the event will go live in August.
Friends and Partner News
Edwin James: First Recorded Man to Climb Pikes Peak
To register, click here and search activity number 102000-40.
Sat. July 27, 1:00 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Rd
Have you ever gazed up at Pikes Peak and wondered what it was like for the early explorers who first climbed it? Mark James, Edwin James’s distant relative, will illuminate the story of his ancestor in a fascinating presentation, followed by a short hike to identify some plants, including one named after Edwin James.
Wildlife Skull Mysteries
Sat. July 27, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Fountain Creek Nature Center
320 Peppergrass Ln, Fountain
Ever wondered what an animal’s skull looks like? Learn skills to decipher clues to identify wildlife skulls. Test your knowledge on a “mystery” skull then take a guided hike to look for wildlife. Ages 8+. Prepaid registration required.
Click here and search activity number 302000-19.
Concerts in Bear Creek Park
Wed. July 31, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Bear Creek Regional Park East
Come enjoy some jazz in the park! This week you will be entertained by The Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band. These free concerts offer lawn seating, so bring your own blanket or lawn chair.
For more information visit or call 719-520-6977.
Gallop in the Garden –
Free Weekly 5K Fun Run
Thur. Aug 1, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Enjoy an evening jaunt in the Garden. Everyone is welcome to run, walk or jog through the Park and Rock Ledge Ranch. Participants can earn great prizes for completing 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 run!
More info at
call 719-576-2016
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Adventure Day
Sat. Aug 3, 9:00 -1:30 pm
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Limekiln Trailhead
Bring your family and friends for a day of fun activities at Cheyenne Mountain State Park! This is a huge event and there will be nine stations spread throughout the park. Enjoy outdoor games, Tomahawk and Atlatl throwing, archery, wildlife watching, fishing, and more.
Adventure Day offers a variety of outdoor family friendly activities. Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided by the Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park!  Please signup to help here.
Sat. Aug 3, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Bristol Brewing: 604 S Cascade
Do you love biking AND beer?? This Saturday ride your bike to Bristol for a discounted pint, thanks to Love Colorado Water. Learning about Colorado’s most precious resource: water – and why it’s so important for making great beer! As well as how to conserve and protect our water supply.
More info on Facebook.
Owl Program
Sun. Aug 4,1:00 – 2:00 pm
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
410 JL Ranch Hts
Celebrate National Owl Awareness Day! The Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center will be leading a program about the owls and other amazing birds of prey they help rehabilitate. 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐝, 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝟕𝟏𝟗-𝟓𝟕𝟔-𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟔 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐭!
Star Party at Garden of the Gods
Wed. Aug 7, 8:00 – 10:00 pm
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center: 1805 N 30th St
Come learn about astronomy with the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society! Get a new perspective of the night sky when you use the telescopes to get a closer look. All ages are welcome. This is a weather dependent outdoor event.
FREE, no reservations required.
More info on Facebook.
Register here or to learn more.
Cheyenne Mountain Run
SAVE THE DATE – Sat. Oct 12th
Get ready for The Cheyenne Mountain Run, featuring two trail races! Advanced trail runners can take on the 25K, this will be the first race to use the Dixon trail which has a total elevation gain and loss of about 3,200 ft. There will also be 3-mile trail run for all to enjoy. All race proceeds go towards maintaining the trails in Cheyenne Mountain State Park.
Volunteer Projects
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.
Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) and
the Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Dixon Trail
Each session is a strenuous full workday
recommended to volunteers in good physical condition.
Guardians of Palmer Park
Sat. Aug 3, 8:00 – 11:30 am
Friends of the Peak
Sun. Aug 4, 8:00 – 3:30 pm
Trail Maintenance
Wed. Aug 7, 7:30 – 1:30 pm
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Contact for more info.
Friends of Ute Valley Park
Wed. Aug 7, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
1648 Pinon Park Drive
Public Land News
Milestone Moment for Pacific Crest Trail
The Trust for Public Land is proud to announce that after five years of negotiations and fundraising, conservationists have purchased a tract of land in the mountains west of Mount Shasta surrounding a 17-mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail in Northern California. The deal, in partnership with the Pacific Crest Trail Association, preserves over 10,000 acres, opens public access to ten previously off-limits alpine lakes, and protects scenic views along a thirty-mile stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail.
TOSC encourages you to support local business partners and TOPS by shopping locally. If you shop online, will provide a small donation to Trails and Open Space Coalition.
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