There are a myriad of outdoor recreational activities available in the Pikes Peak region. Listed below are some of the popular activities that our community has learned to love and share. Simply click on an activity to find out more and start planning your next adventure!
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Our region is an epicenter for a countless amount of diverse outdoor recreation. A major reason we are able to support so many different activities is because of the unique geography of our area, and the support for the outdoor recreation industry from our community. Click on one of the places below for a comprehensive list of areas in our region that fit in that category, along with a map to help direct you. If you want to see some of our favorites, use the "Staff Picks" icon to filter and guide you.
Near Royal Gorge | 7.5 Miles | Easy | Loop Trail The Riverwalk Trail, a mild 7.5-mile pathway, follows the river through the historic and most scenic parts of Cañon City. The trail is mostly flat, and if you’re out with your family for a casual jog, bike […]
1910 Rimwood Dr., Colorado Springs, CO
Near Colorado Springs | 10 Miles | Moderate | Austin Bluffs Open Space This 500-acre parcel includes land from the University Park Open Space, Pulpit Rock Park and Austin Bluffs Park. The Open Space includes paved and gravel trails with great views of the mountains and the city. This was one of the earliest open […]
This trail climbs 7500 vertical feel in just under 13 miles to the top of Pikes Peak (6,600 to 14,100 ft). Since bikes are not allowed on the toll road, this is the only way to ride your bike to the top of Pikes Peak. Be prepared for fast changing weather and much colder conditions on top. The trail starts out with a few stairs and then enters a section of switchbacks called the incline. The incline climbs at an average grade of 11% for a couple of miles with it almost all being rideable.
Ride up High Drive to the top (you'll know when you get there). Take the trail up to the right and continue to climb. You'll end up climbing about 2200 feet in about the first 4.5 miles. Take the right fork each time you have a choice and eventually you'll end up back on High Drive for the fast ride back to your car. This trail is similar to Captain Jack's but not quite as eroded or deep with gravel. There are some awesome stream crossings on the descent and some fairly technical sections (though nothing too difficult). A grueling climb but an awesome singletrack descent through the forest.
This is a wide, gravel, beginner's level trail I ride with my daughters quite often. There are several different loops you can do and even a few short sections of singletrack hidden here and there.
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