From time to time our trails, roads, parks, etc., need some attention and may be restricted or closed due to necessary repairs or unsafe conditions. We will use this page to update you as to these conditions so that you’re not caught off-guard when you head out to your favorite outdoor place.
This is not an exhaustive list! We are adding areas when we become aware of them but please consult the USFS and CDOT and other agencies for specific information regarding an area you want to explore. If you know of something that should be included here, please let us know by using our Contact Us feature HERE.
Maintenance work in Red Rock Canyon Open Space to cause temporary trail closures starting Monday through Nov. 20
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department will begin maintenance work on three heavily-trafficked trail segments in Red Rock Canyon Open Space on Monday, Nov. 9. The work, which will repair storm damage and restore trail conditions to a more sustainable and natural state, will cause temporary rolling closures on the Greenlee, Mesa and Sand Canyon trails through Nov. 20. The Sand Canyon Trail will only be impacted from the main parking lot, located near Highway 24, to its intersection with the Contemplative Trail.
During the project, visitors can expect to see heavy equipment operating. Please plan alternate routes during this time using designated trails only.
Barr Trail temporary detour extended through end of 2020
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A temporary alternate route from the end of Barr Trail to the summit of Pikes Peak has been extended through Dec. 31, 2020. If the construction activity impacting that area is completed before that date, the detour will be removed early. The extension is due to delays in receiving construction material for the new Summit Visitor Center due to COVID-19 and weather challenges. The Visitor Center is still expected to open in the spring of 2021. The 4,700-foot detour has been in place since May 16. The alternate route was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in cooperation with Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, the Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Railway, and GE Johnson.
The detour takes hikers from the end of Barr Trail, down the Cog Railway track bed to the 19-mile point where hikers then access the Pikes Peak Highway to hike up the shoulder of the road to the summit. Signs are posted at the base of Barr Trail, at Barr Camp, and at the detour point.
Hikers should exercise extreme caution while hiking on the shoulder of the highway due to vehicular traffic and be prepared for quickly changing and likely winter weather conditions.
All visitors and guests should also be aware that the summit may not be accessible to personal vehicles depending on weather and construction activity. Plan ahead and call 719-385-7784 for current conditions. Hours of operation and other information about the highway can be found at PikesPeakColorado.com.
USFS Pike and San Isabel National Forests
You can find all current alerts and closures for Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) at this LINK
Crystal Creek Reservoir, in the North Slope Recreation Area
COLORADO SPRINGS UTILITIES CONDUCTING DAM MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR WORK AT CRYSTAL CREEK RESERVOIR.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – To perform dam maintenance and repair work, Colorado Springs Utilities is currently lowering the water level at Crystal Creek Reservoir on the north slope of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain (PPAM). The complete dam surface, including the foundation structures, must be exposed to ensure safety and make upgrades to meet modern-day standards of the dam, which was built in 1935. The draw-down of water is expected to continue through mid-summer of 2019.
Blodgett Open Space
FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT TO BEGIN MONDAY, FEB. 4, 2019
Per Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation , and Cultural Services
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A forest restoration project will be underway for approximately one month in Blodgett Open space. City Forestry will begin the treatment with the intent to thin the stand of semi-mature Ponderosa pine and dominant Douglas-fir. This aims to create a healthier forest that is irregularly spaced across the landscape.
Open space visitors can expect to see and hear machinery, such as grinders, chain saws and a track chipper, between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. from Feb. 4 – March 1, weather dependent.
The project will begin in unit A and move to adjacent northern units as work progresses. Please refer to map.
For more information about city forestry, visit www.ColoradoSprings.gov/Forestry
Midland Trail Closure
Per Trails and Open Space Coalition
The Midland Trail will be closed through Spring 2019 from Beckers Lane to Columbia Road for construction. The signed detour route is to use El Paso Blvd. via either Columbia Road or Beckers Lane to connect back to the Midland Trail. Please follow the signed detour for your safety.
(Updated Sept 2018 to reflect longer closure than originally anticipated).
Manitou Incline: Cog Railway Parking Lot Closure
Per Trails and Open Space Coalition
Please be advised that as of January 22, 2019 the parking lot owned by the Cog Railway is closed. The area is needed for staging equipment and materials as they begin reconstruction of the cog line. The lot will remain closed through the duration of the reconstruction of the railway, which is expected to take a couple of years.
You can still park at the Barr Trail Lot and the Iron Springs Chateau and of course there is free parking at the Hiawatha Gardens building, 10 Old Man’s Trail with free shuttle service to the Incline. The city of Manitou Springs generously funds this service so please take advantage of it…unless of course you’d like that extra couple of miles jogging up and back.
South Suburban Reservoir
Closed starting Wednesday October 14th through spring 2021
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The South Suburban Reservoir, located adjacent to Stratton Open Space, will be closed to the public starting Wednesday, Oct. 14 through the spring of 2021. The area, a popular destination for dog owners, generally closes seasonally for the winter between ice melt and first freeze.
The extended closure this year will allow Colorado Springs Utilities to help ensure public safety while water levels are reduced in the reservoir to facilitate a periodic, required inspection of the dam by the State Engineer’s Office. The reservoir, built in 1932, serves as local water storage and has a capacity of 241 acre-feet.