The Rock Island Trail is about 6 miles in length. It runs east/west alongside the old railroad bed next to Constitution Ave, from Weber Streets in the west all the way to Powers Blvd in the east. Its surface is a mixture of concrete and asphalt. It’s an easy ride or walk with a gradual slope, uphill heading east. This trail encounters several street crossings.
This trail is managed by El Paso County Parks Department: (719) 520-7529. For more info visit communityservices.elpasoco.com.
Connections: The Rock Island Trail connects directly into the Shooks Run Trail. With some street/sidewalk use, it is possible connect to the Pikes Peak Greenway, Homestead Trail and Palmer Park.
Future Plans: One day, the Rock Island Trail will be a part of the Legacy Loop, connecting to Monument Valley Park and the Pikes Peak Greenway. There are also plans to extend it east to connect with El Paso County’s Rock Island Regional Trail in Falcon. The 10.5 mile Rock Island Regional Trail runs parallel to Highway 24 between Falcon and Peyton. It too is a rails to trails conversion, constructed on the former Chicago and Rock Island Railroad Line. The trail surface is mostly gravel, with small segments of concrete. Picnic tables are available at the Falcon trailhead, and benches are are available along the trail corridor.