Top 25 Colorado Springs Hiking Trails

Visit Colorado Springs has compiled a list of the Top 25 Hiking Trails in Colorado Springs! These range from easy to difficult, but they are all equally beautiful and enjoyable.

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1. Garden of the Gods Park:  Rated the #1 U.S. park by TripAdvisor, you’ll find both paved and gravel trails that wind through magnificent red rock formations and offer stunning views of Pikes Peak. Off-leash dog area between Rock Ledge Ranch & 30th St. Easy

2. Red Rock Canyon Open Space: A variety of trails wind along the canyons and ridges of red rock and provide great views of Garden of the Gods. These trails connect to many other hiking trails in the area. There are two off-leash dog loops and a free-ride bike park. Easy to Moderate

3. Cheyenne Mountain State Park: Just south of Colorado Springs you can explore nature’s diversity on 2,700 acres with prairie-to-peak ecosystems on 20 miles of hiking and biking trails.  No dogs. Entrance fee. Moderate

4. Palmer Park: 737-acre wildlife preserve offering hiking and biking on a mesa overlooking the city. Enclosed dog park as well as separate off-leash area with incredible views. Easy to Moderate

5. Austin Bluffs Open Space: This area is known for unique rock formations created by the most recent geological uplift. The 585 acres can be accessed via two trailheads. Easy to Moderate

6. Bear Creek Dog Park: Located near the foothills, this 25-acre off-leash park provides dogs and their owners with a variety of hiking options; great amenities such as shade, creek, small-dog area, agility course and restrooms. Named a top-10 US dog park and considered to be among the region’s finest. Easy

7. Fountain Creek Park: View wildlife, marshes, streams and ponds as you hike these gentle and shaded trails. Easy

8. Midland Trail: This 5-mile trail runs from the town of Manitou Springs to American the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs; some parts of trail are on streets. Easy

9. Barr Trail: 12-mile (one-way) hike gaining 7,800 vertical feet from Manitou Springs to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. Hike down or take the Broadmoor’s Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Moderate to Difficult

10. Palmer Loop Trail: A 6-mile loop hike of moderate difficulty among the pine forest with spectacular views, shade and a small waterfall. Moderate

11. Iron Mountain Trail: This new 3-mile trail (round-trip) is part of the Intemann Trail and provides access to a summit that was only recently open to the public. Moderate

12. Manitou Incline: For the ultimate workout tackle the 1-mile, 2,000-ft. vertical rise trail made from the track of a historic rail car line.  Descend on lower 4 miles of Barr Trail. Difficult

13. North Cheyenne Cañon: You’ll find a variety of trailheads off north Cheyenne Canyon Rd.Moderate

14. Helen Hunt Falls: (Officially known as Silver Cascade Trail) This short trail offers a pleasant hike through the forest alongside a cascading stream and waterfall. Moderate

15. Seven Bridges: This is an easy to moderate trail as there is a constant gain in elevation as you cross 7 bridges after hiking a portion of the old Midland Railroad line. Moderate

16. Catamount Trail: 6-mile roundtrip hike of moderate difficultly that starts in Green Mountain Falls and ends at South Catamount Reservoir. Moderate to Difficult

17. New Santa Fe Regional Trail: From the Air Force Academy to Monument, this amazing trail takes you through the US Air Force Academy and provides clear views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range.Easy

18. Mt. Hermann Trail: A 4 mile out-and-back trail rated as moderate with great views of Monument, Colorado Springs and the mountains. Moderate

19. Paint Mines Interpretive Park: Rich in both animal and plant life, the park’s gentle trails take you by overhangs, spires, hoodoos, carved walls and chasms that are in beautiful colors such as golden yellow, rose pink, snowy white and mauve.  No dogs. Easy

20. Stanley Canyon: (off limits to civilians) This 4.4 mile roundtrip hike starts at the Air Force Academy, winds through a canyon and ends at a secluded & scenic reservoir. An alternative completely open to the public is Eagle Peak Trail accessible from the Air Force Academy Visitor Center. This difficult trail has implemented the “buddy” system. Moderate to Difficult

21. Lovell Gulch Trail: This loop trail takes you on a pleasant 5-mile hike near Woodland Park. Once at the ridge you’ll have a great view of the north face of Pikes Peak. Moderate

22. The Crags Trail: A wonderful 4.2 mile hike in Pike National Forest that is great for families and dogs. If you want a more intense hike, you can go all the way to the summit of Pikes Peak. Moderate to Difficult

23. Mueller State Park: Scenic wildlife viewing of elk, bighorn sheep and birds on 5,511 acres of land with 55 miles of hiking & biking trails. No dogs. Entrance fee. Easy to Moderate

24. Pancake Rock Trail: A 5.5 mile out and back trail located near Woodland Park, rated as difficult. Great for hiking and mountain biking from May to October. Difficult 

25. South Slope Recreation Area: This area recently opened to the public after being off limits for more than 100 years.  Access is by permit only on the website. The 4.7 mile trail (one-way) takes you past three reservoirs, through meadows and offers a unique view of the south side of Pikes Peak. Easy to Moderate  

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