Fall is finally coming to Colorado. The leaves are changing, the weather is getting colder, and the outdoor hike offers a picturesque view of it all. And while the trails near Denver can get crowded, Colorado Springs is home to its own fall trails and parks — and you may have better luck finding an escape from the hustle and bustle of Colorado’s capital. All levels are welcome for a change of scenery at Les Sources, whether you are an experienced or occasional hiker.
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garden of the gods
Where: 1805 N. 30th Street Colorado Springs, CO 80904
When: Park Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visitor and Nature Center: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The truth : garden of the gods is by far the most infamous amusement park in Colorado Springs. With its towering terracotta arches and sandy pathways, it’s the perfect spot for a morning jog or an afternoon stroll. These impressive rock formations date back to Pleistocene Ice Age and contain the ancient marine remains of mountain ranges and sandy beaches. For adventurous hikers looking for a challenge, the Chambers/Bretag/Palmer trail is perfect. This trail stretches for three miles, circling the entire park and weaving through hills and rocks. Fewer visitors choose this route, so you can expect to see every perspective of the Garden of the Gods with more privacy. The park also has its legendary Balanced Rock. Located near the southern entrance to the park, the giant sandstone boulder provides a perfect spot for visitors. The Kissing Camels formation near the front of the park also makes for a nice snapshot. The park is full of informative events and adventurous activities. From rock climbing to dinosaur exhibits, the Garden of the Gods Park and Visitor Center has something for everyone.
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the old north
Where: The Old North End neighborhood
The truth : The Old North End is a suburban neighborhood near the Colorado College campus. Rather than immersing yourself in nature, this leisurely walk offers views or historic architecture and original Victorian homes in a neighborhood filled with rich history, dating back to 1872. Today, the neighborhood hosts many community events, including Christmas with The Old North End where Santa Claus makes an appearance. Whether interacting with the Colorado Springs community or taking a scenic drive, The Old North End is the perfect place for those who want to get away without completely immersing themselves in the great outdoors.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Where: 410 JL Ranch Heights Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80926
When: 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The truth : Cheyenne Mountain State Park is great for hiking, biking, and sightseeing. With 28 miles of trails, the park offers endless possibilities to explore. But for those with some hiking experience, The Talon and Sundance trail is a great choice. This serene trail is just under 7 miles long and is a popular trail for hiking, bird watching, and mountain biking. However, all furry friends will need to stay – no dogs are allowed on this trail. The park also has 51 full-service campsites and is dotted with piconic tables. Additionally, the park is home to its own archery range near Highway 115 and Pine Oaks Road and hosts a host of educational programs.
Where: Manitou Springs, CO 80829
When: from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., reservation required
Cost: Free, Paid parking, free shuttle that runs through downtown Manitou Springs to the bottom of the hill
The truth : “Take a hike…it’s only 2,744 steps!” This is the motto of the Manitou Incline. Rrather than working out in a dimly lit, sweat-smelling gym, the incline offers excursive outdoor activities. This arduous journey is divided into several parts. After climbing over 2,000 steep steps, the Incline connects to the Barr Trail to provide a reprieve for those who dare to venture on this journey. If you feel so inclined, this hike is fantastic for those with a bit more experience!
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Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Where: 3550 W High St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
When: 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The truth : Red Rock Canyon Open Space offers 1,474 acres of diverse land for visitors. Intricate rock formations and canyons fill the park. And all kinds of outdoor activities are welcome — hIking, rock climbing, biking, horseback riding, picnicking and no-bike walking area to name a few. But if you’re doing the trek from Denver, you’ll want to plan ahead as some hikers have reported encountering issues that might prove inconvenient if you’re unfamiliar with the area, such as poorly marked trails or their phones. and hiking apps. does not work reliably inside the park. Nevertheless, the park offers access to many hiking opportunities, including the Relatively easy loop of Mesa, Greenlee and Red Rock Canyon. This popular 1.8 mile hike welcomes all hikers, bikers, runners and pets.