Garden of the Gods

Top 10 Wild Spaces in Colorado Springs


1. Garden of the Gods Park 

Voted as the best park in the nation, Garden of the Gods Park is an incredible place to visit. Hiking through amazing feats of geology with grand vistas of Colorado Springs and Pikes peak makes this park a local and visitor favorite. With a 290-million-year-old balancing rock, fountain formations, incredible rock climbing and trails for miles suitable for running, hiking and biking this park are sure to impress. There is a reason an estimated 4 million people visited Garden of the Gods Park in 2017. One of our favorite ways to see the park is through one of Adventure Out West's Segway tours. Garden of the Gods Park is set within the West Colorado Springs area and is easily accessible by the surrounding areas such as Manitou Springs

2. Pikes Peak

At 14,115 feet and as one of the most popular mountain peaks visited in the country there is a reason Katherine Lee Bates wrote the song America the Beautiful about this amazing mountain. More than 487,000 people drove the 19-mile highway to the summit last year and it is projected that this record will be broken again this year. The City of Colorado Springs has recently approved a new Summit House on top of the peak which will include a shuttle service as well. Each year the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is held as a "Race to the Clouds" which includes over 156 turns, climbing 4,720 ft to the top of Pikes Peak. 

3. Cheyenne Mountain State Park

This 1,680-acre park set beneath beautiful Cheyenne Mountain is a great place to hike, bike, wildlife watching, camp and even shoot your bow. Set on the south side of the Broadmoor area this park includes 21 miles of hiking and biking trails, 51 full-service campsites and 10 basic walk-in tent sites. There are also group rental facilities such as meeting rooms, a picnic pavilion and an amphitheater. One of the most impressive activities at the park is the archery range. There is a standard archery field but what is really cool for individuals looking to hone their in-field archery skill is the 3D archery course including life-sized targets. This range is really unique and we highly recommend it! Other unique things the park offers are guided wildflower walks, weekly yoga, Junior Ranger program, family mystery hikes, animal education, geocaching and more. 

4. Palmer Park

If you like hiking, biking or wildlife watching close to your home Palmer Park is an incredible outdoor opportunity set directly within Northeast Colorado Springs. Donated by Colorado Springs founder General Palmer in 1899 this popular park offers many unique views such as rock formations and wildlife viewing. With numerous trails at easy to moderate difficulty. There are many picnic areas easily accessed and even horseback riding. The park yields beautiful views of Downtown Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountain Front Range. There is a reason this park is consistently voted as one of the best urban parks of the Rockies. This urban wilderness is said to be one of the best views of Pikes Peak so be sure to bring your camera! For geology enthusiasts, the park has a variety of geologic formations such as the Seven Castles and plenty of rock spires and steep cliffs. It is common to find plenty of wildlife in the park such as raptors, deer, and migratory songbirds, especially in the spring. 

5. Blodgett Peak

This 167-acre open space allows access to Pike National Forest where the 9,426 ft peak resides. This peak is accessed by a 4 mile out and back hike. This hike is rated hard so make sure to bring plenty of water and if you are from sea-level it is wise to take a day or two to acclimate to the high elevation where lower levels of oxygen is present and can cause you to have altitude sickness if your body is not prepared. At times the trail is hard to navigate as there are boulder fields where the trail seems to disappear. This hike can yield an incredible nature experience close to home with wildlife watching opportunities such as Peregrine falcons, Mule deer and migratory songbirds. Some of the terrains you will find here includes geological formations such as fountain formations and Manitou Limestone sprawled with scrub oak, Douglas fir, and Ponderosa pine. This awesome outdoor opportunity is easily accessible from the Northwest Colorado Springs area. 

6. Ute Valley Park

This hogback ridge located in Northwest Colorado Springs is a city park that includes a number of great trails for both hiking, biking, and dog walking. Situated directly within West Colorado Springs area Ute Valley park offers an array of natural wonders. With a plethora wildlife such as Mule deer, migratory songbirds, and raptors this park is truly a gem found in an urban setting. The park has a wide network of trails that range from beginner difficulty level to more advanced. The locals in the area love to walk their dogs and ride their mountain bikes at this park. The most popular trail in the park is the Ute Valley Park Loop Trail. This 3.4-mile trail is super popular and heavily trafficked. The trail offers impressive views of Downtown Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak and the Front Range Rocky Mountains. 

7. Paint Mines Interpretive Site

This great local treasure is just 30 minutes east of Colorado Springs accessed easily from the Powers area. The 4-mile trail cuts through amazing geological formations that yield amazing views and Colorado pictures. If you love getting a unique view into geological history this park is a must-see. The park yields great views of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountain Front Range as well as wildflowers and rock formations that are sure to impress. If you are interested in geology, history, ecology or archeology Paint Mines is a true gem that is a guarantee to spark your interest. The site has a super diverse ecological system that includes prairie, badlands and wetlands. It is likely you will see mule deer, songbirds, coyotes, raptors and even horned toads. If you love exploring unique places this should be a must-do on your list. 

8. North Cheyenne Cañon Park

North Cheyenne Cañon Park is a city of Colorado Springs regional park that includes 148 acres and access to thousands of acres within adjacent Pike National Forest. This beautiful forest holds endless outdoor opportunities for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The park includes Helen Hunt Falls, Cheyenne Creek and Gold camp road which all yield amazing views and opportunities to connect with the natural beauty of the area. Wildlife in the area includes Mule deer, black bear, mountain lions, songbirds, and bobcats. This is a very safe area, however, it is a good idea to keep small kids close and definitely keep your dog on a leash. 

9. Fountain Creek Regional Park

Fountain Creek Regional Park and Nature Center is a must-visit place if you have children you would like to get connected to nature. The area is super accessible and is truly an impressive place to watch wildlife. You are likely to see migratory songbird, waterfowl, raptors, wild turkeys, Mule deer and if you are lucky you may catch sight of a Great Blue Heron. Other activities include hiking and horseback riding while the parks ponds and springs are easily navigated with nicely built footbridges so you can access the wetlands areas. The nature center has plenty of events, classes and even guided tours. 

10. Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Red Rock Canyon Open space is a 1,474-acre Colorado Springs city park. The park is situated in the West Colorado Springs area directly off highway 24. The park offers many activities such as hiking, biking, and even rock climbing. Hiking trails include the Intemann trail that connects to North Cheyenne Canon park. This trail yields incredible views of Downtown Colorado Springs. The park has two areas dedicated to dogs off-leash and you will find many geological feats within the park. The park includes a number of reclaimed mining areas including quarries, gravel pits, and a gold feining mill. There is even a 53-acre landfill where visible scars from the industrial activity are prevalent. 

Does living near these amazing places interest you? If so, be sure to contact Joe Clement to help you find the best Colorado Springs properties! 

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