Trails and Open Space Blog

  • Ute Pass Regional Trail Closure

    By on August 30, 2017

    August 2017– Ute Pass Regional Trail is closed through December. El Paso County manages the Ute Pass Regional Trail, which has a trailhead located next to the Incline off Ruxton Avenue in Manitou Springs. Manitou Springs will begin installing a raw water pipeline next week that runs along the Ute Pass Regional Trail corridor between Manitou Springs and Cascade. Due

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  • El Paso County Parks Update

    By on August 29, 2017

    EL PASO COUNTY PARKS UPDATE! Our annual per capita support for El Paso Parks is $2.13, which is about $5 lower than what other Front Range counties spend on Regional Parks  Please encourage the El Paso County Commissioner to increase the support for parks, either from a general fund or a future TABOR refund.  Our county parks and trails deserve

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  • Fountain Creek Week

    By on August 29, 2017

    The 4th Annual Fountain Creek Cleanup is September 30-October 8, 2017. The Fountain Creek Watershed needs helping hands! It’s common for trash and debris to end up in waterways – clogging drainage systems, impacting wildlife, affecting water quality and ruining the view of our natural landscapes. Roll up your sleeves to take action during Creek Week by volunteering for cleanup duty

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  • Fountain Creek Trail Closed near MM 133

    By on August 23, 2017

    The Fountain Creek Regional Trail is currently closed due to storm damage near I-25 mile marker 133, or between Stratmoor Valley and Camping World. Creek bank erosion has made the trail impassable and no detour is available, so please do not proceed beyond this point. El Paso County is working to address the damage, but currently there is no time

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  • Annual Happy Trails BBQ

    By on August 15, 2017

    Annual Happy Trails BBQ benefiting the El Paso County Nature Centers!  Dust off your boots and join El Paso County Nature Centers for an evening of great food, music, wine, incredible desserts and friends at this special event at Bear Creek Nature Center. Buffalo Gals are back with their delicious beef tri-tip barbecue! To purchase tickets, click here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/happy-trails-bbq-fundraiser-tickets-35049399698?aff=es2

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  • National Honeybee Day Celebration

    By on August 15, 2017

    Saturday, August 19, 9-10:30 AM Bear Creek Nature Center Ever wonder how honeybees talk to each other? Learn the waggle dance, observe a real bee hive, make a bee craft and take home some bee-friendly plant seeds! $3/member, $4/nonmember. Sponsored by the Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers.

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  • Pikes Peak Forest Health Symposium

    By on August 15, 2017

    The Pikes Peak Heritage Series is presenting the Pikes Peak Forest Health Symposium.  Keynote is Harris Sherman, Former USDA Under Secretary, Natural Resources and Environment; Executive Director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources.  With Panels on:  Pikes Peak Fire History, Case Studies, Possible Solutions, and a Discussion on Next Steps. Friday, October 20.  10a-4p, at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion. Visit

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  • Discover Colorado Springs Calendar Contest

    By on August 15, 2017

    Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is excited to announce the 5th Annual Discover Colorado Springs calendar! The City of Colorado Springs wants to show off the amazing assets we have within our community and who better to reveal that beauty but our Friends groups, partners, and citizens.  We are currently seeking pictures that show off the splendid beauty within Colorado

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  • Canvases in the Cañon

    By on August 15, 2017

    Join the Friends of Cheyenne Cañon at the Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center for Canvases in the Cañon!  Saturday, August 19th from 10am-3pm.  There will be artists displaying their work, as well as guided hikes, educational programs, and other fun activities.

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  • Fox Run Concert in the Park

    By on August 15, 2017

    El Paso County Parks presents Fox Run Concert in the Park Saturday, September 9, 5 ‐ 7 pm You’re invited to bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the summer night with Flashback. Fox Run Regional Park, 2110 Stella Drive, Colorado Springs, 80921

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