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Red Rock Canyon Open Space has trails of all levels, an off-leash dog area, and fantastic views of the Garden of the Gods and climbing by permit. The park consists of a series of parallel red rock ridges (called “hogbacks”) and eroded canyons, a continuation of the same sandstone rocks of the Fountain Formation that make up Garden of the Gods to the north.
The Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site is an educational, non-profit living history farm and museum that depicts life in the Pikes Peak region in four time periods: American Indian area in 1775; 1860’s Galloway Homestead; 1880’s Chambers Home and Ranch; 1907 Edwardian Country Estate.
A popular moderately-difficult 5.78 mile out and back hiking-only trail located in North Cheyenne Cañon. The trail follows a mountain stream and is one of the few cool hikes in the summer, even at mid-day. Best to hike Mar. through Nov., or when the snowpack is low. Dogs on leash are okay.
A popular 26-miles heavily-trafficked out-and-back trail starting in Manitou Springs to the top of Pikes Peak. Recommended for experienced backcountry adventurers or those prepared for an overnight trip. Hike April through October. Bicycles and dogs on leash are okay. This is the same trail followed by the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon.
A 4.81-mile popular trail for all level of hikers and mountain bikers. It connects Manitou Springs to Section 16 and Bear Creek Regional Park and is the link between Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs via trails. It is a great year-round trail with views of the Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Open Space and Manitou Springs. Manitou trail end is located at the Iron Spring on Ruxton Ave. Dogs on leash are okay.