Outdoor Remote & Self-Guided Activities

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Remote & Self-Guided Activities

Self-Guided Outdoor Activities

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  • Garden of the Gods Park

    Rated the #1 U.S. park by TripAdvisor, you’ll find both paved and natural trails that wind through magnificent red rock formations and offer stunning views of Pikes Peak. The Garden of the Gods trail map offers a good overview of your options. There is an off-leash dog area between Rock Ledge Ranch & 30th St but dogs in the park must be leashed. Easy

  • Red Rock Canyon Open Space

    A variety of trails wind along the canyons and ridges of red rock and provide great views of Garden of the Gods. These trails connect to many other hiking trails in the area. There are two off-leash dog loops and a free-ride bike park. Easy to Moderate

  • Cheyenne Mountain State Park

    Just south of Colorado Springs you can explore nature’s diversity on 2,700 acres with prairie-to-peak ecosystems on 20 miles of hiking and biking trails. Entrance fee. Easy to Moderate

  • Palmer Park

    737-acre park offering hiking and biking on a mesa overlooking the city. Enclosed off-leash dog park as well as a separate off-leash area with incredible views. Dogs must be leashed in all other areas. Easy to Moderate

  • Austin Bluffs Open Space

    This area is known for its unique rock formations created by the most recent geological uplift. The 585 acres can be accessed via two trailheads. Easy to Moderate

  • Bear Creek Dog Park

    Located near the foothills, this 25-acre off-leash park provides dogs and their owners with a variety of hiking options; great amenities such as shade, creek, small-dog area, agility course and restrooms. Named a top-10 US dog park and considered to be among the region's finest. Easy

  • Fountain Creek Park

    View wildlife, marshes, streams and ponds as you hike these gentle and shaded trails. Easy

  • Midland Trail

    This 5-mile trail runs from the town of Manitou Springs to America the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs; some parts of the trail are on streets. Easy

  • Barr Trail

    12-mile (one-way) hike gaining 7,800 vertical feet from Manitou Springs to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak - America's Mountain. Hike to the summit and book a ride back down the mountain with Rocky Mountain Ride. Moderate to Difficult

  • Palmer Loop Trail

    (Also known as Red Rock Palmer Loop Trail) A 6-mile loop hike of moderate difficulty among the pine forest with spectacular views, shade and a small waterfall. Moderate

  • Intemann Trail

    This new 3-mile trail (round-trip) is part of the Intemann Trail and provides access to a summit that was only recently open to the public. Moderate

  • Manitou Incline

    For the ultimate workout tackle the 1-mile, 2,000-ft. vertical rise trail made from the track of a historic rail car line. Descend on lower 4 miles of Barr Trail. Difficult

  • Royal Gorge Park

    Stare 1,000 feet into the famed Royal Gorge. Outdoor enthusiasts of all abilities will find plenty of options for overlooks, winding trails, and mountain biking. Easy to Moderate

  • Helen Hunt Falls

    (Officially known as Silver Cascade Trail) This short trail offers a pleasant hike through the forest alongside a cascading stream and waterfall. Moderate

  • Seven Bridges

    This is an easy to moderate trail as there is a constant gain in elevation as you cross 7 bridges after hiking a portion of the old Midland Railroad line. Moderate

  • Catamount Trail

    6-mile round trip hike of moderate difficulty that starts in Green Mountain Falls and ends at South Catamount Reservoir. Moderate to Difficult

  • Tunnel Drive

    This historic section of the Arkansas Riverwalk Trail enters three separate tunnels and offers stunning views of the Arkansas River Gorge. Easy

  • Mt. Hermann Trail

    A 4-mile out-and-back trail rated as moderate with great views of Monument, Colorado Springs and the mountains. Moderate

  • Paint Mines Interpretive Park

    Rich in both animal and plant life, the park’s gentle trails take you by overhangs, spires, hoodoos, carved walls and chasms that are in beautiful colors such as golden yellow, rose pink, snowy white and mauve. No dogs. Easy

  • Mt. Cutler

    This one-way trail parallels N. Cheyenne Canon Road and heads up to the summit. Along the way, you'll see great views of Stratton Open Space, Seven Falls, and Will Rogers Shrine. Easy

Mountain Bike Trails

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  • Palmer Park

    Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced | 20 Trails | 26 Total Miles | 300' Vertical
    Palmer Park is a very cool mountain bike trail system made even cooler by its location, smack dab in the middle of Colorado Springs. Easy access may mean the trails get crowded, but it’s hard to beat riding to singletrack without getting in the car, or getting some miles in before or after work. Palmer Park has mountain bike trails for riders of all ability levels, too, making the area great for families and kids. There are a ton of shorter trails that weave throughout the park, which can make navigating a bit tricky. Overall the park is pretty small, so getting lost isn’t a big deal, and can be a great way to find new trails. Trail Link

  • Grandview

    Intermediate | 1.7 Miles | 262' Climb | 42' Descent
    Grandview is one of the more popular trails at Palmer Park, with amazing views from the top. Mountain bikers are treated to vistas of Pike’s Peak, Garden of the Gods, and Colorado Springs. The trail itself is pretty easy with some more difficult slickrock and technical sections thrown in. Trail Link

  • Templeton

    Advanced | 3.8 Miles | 488' Climb/Descent
    Templeton is definitely the most difficult technical mountain bike trail in the Palmer Park. Even the best riders will be challenged by the techy sections. Ride them clean, and you’ll be stoked. The trail forms a loop in the northern portion of the park. Trail Link

  • Palmer Point Trail

    Intermediate | 2.1 Miles | 129' Climb | 166' Descent (CCW)
    Palmer Point Trail is one of the longer trails at the park, and has some of the best flow, too. It makes its way around the northwestern perimeter of the park and descends in the counterclockwise direction. Trail Link

  • Red Rock Canyon Open Space

    All Abilities | 15 trails | 18 Miles | 1,711' Vertical
    Located in the foothills just outside of Colorado Springs, Red Rock Canyon Open Space has a great selection of mountain bike trails that are perfect for after work or school rides. This reclaimed open space was once referred to as “America's most beautiful landfill.” It now hosts some fun singletrack through sandstone hogbacks. The trails criss-cross throughout the park in a web of riding suited for any ability level. In general, the trails are smooth, with some roads mixed in. Trail Link

  • Stratton Open Space Trails

    Chamberlain to Gold Camp Rd. to Buckhorn to Captain Jacks
    Intermediate/Advanced | 13.5 Miles | 2,047' Climb/Descent

    This is one of many loops possible in the Stratton Open Space, including some of Colorado Springs’ best mountain bike trails. The route climbs up from the Ridgeway parking lot using the Chamberlain Trail to access the dirt Gold Camp Road, then Buckhorn. The climb is a bit of a grind, with the last grunt up Buckhorn throwing in some technical challenges, but it's totally worth the ripping fun descent. From the top of Buckhorn there are great views to take in while catching your breath and getting ready to drop into Captain Jack’s. This descent is smooth, fast and fun. From the bottom of Captain Jack’s, riders can drop into the short, steep, and gnarly Captain Morgan’s, or swing back out to Gold Camp Road to access the last fun downhill down Chutes trail to the car. The Chutes is a super fun trail to descend, with great flow, berms, and some rolling jumps. It can get a bit sandy, however. There are lots of options for longer or shorter mountain bike riders in the Stratton Open. Trail Link

  • Cheyenne Mountain State Park

    11 Trails | 16 Miles | 866' Vertical
    South of Colorado Springs, there are some nice mountain bike trails at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. These trails are mostly well groomed and smooth, making for great beginner and intermediate riding. There are some more difficult trails, too. Cougar’s Shadow trail in the northwest of the park is the most technical and difficult trail in the park. The trails can be looped in a number of different ways to make longer rides. A 14 mile loop covers most of the trails in the park. Trail Link

  • Austin Bluffs Open Space

    Right in our own back yard of UCCS, the Austin Bluffs Open Space offers a wide variety of mountain bike and hiking trails to keep all experience levels happy. Trail Link

Mountain Bike Trails with a View

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  • Buckhorn Loop- North Cheyenne Canon

    Buckhorn Loop in North Cheyenne Cañon offers brilliant views on this four-mile long trek. The loop starts out with a hearty 1.5-mile climb where you will be rewarded with gorgeous vistas of the area. If you descend too fast you will miss out on a glimpse of Silver Cascade Falls (Shosky, Daniel. Trail Link

  • Barr Trail

    The 26-mile roundtrip Barr Trail up to the top of Pikes Peak is only for expert riders. During your climb and descent you will have some of the most inspiring views of the Colorado Springs area. Trail Link

  • Ute Trail

    One of the few places you can mountain bike in Garden of the Gods is along the six-mile Ute Trail. On this ride, you will view incredible Morrison Formation as well as stunning sage brush. The Ute Trail is ideal for beginners or someone looking for a clean ride. Trail Link

  • Hogback Ridge Trail

    One of the best trails within Red Rock Canyon Open Space is the 1.5-mile Hogback Ridge Trail. After a steep climb on loose gravel you will be treated to vistas of Colorado Springs as you ride leisurely along the peak ridge. Trail Link

  • Rampart Reservoir

    The 14-mile ride at Rampart Reservoir is perfect for all types of riders looking for big vistas of the surrounding area. The trail is best ridden clockwise and you will find tons of turn outs to catch a heart-stopping glance of the scenery. Riders will find something for all skill levels, from flat sections to highly technical areas for more expert riders. Trail Link

Outdoor Movie Watch List

  • Touching the Void (2003)

    Touching the Void is a 2003 docudrama survival film directed by Kevin Macdonald and starring Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron, and Ollie Ryall. The plot concerns Joe Simpson and Simon Yates's disastrous and near-fatal climb of Siula Grande in the Cordillera Huayhuash in the Peruvian Andes, in 1985. This is a shocking and graphic tale of survival.

  • Meru (2015)

    Meru documents the first ascent up the Shark’s Fin route of Meru in the Himalayas. It’s directed by the same couple that directed Free Solo – Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. It’s a gripping story of persistence and triumph, giving a great look at the intensity of mountaineering.

  • Valley Uprising (2014)

    The rock climbing moving of all rock climbing movies! Valley Uprising is all about the history of climbing in Yosemite. Whether you’ve been on the rock wall before or not, you’ll likely find this film interesting from an educational standpoint as it winds through the development of the sport of rock climbing.

  • McConkey (2013)

    Want to get stoked for ski season? This is the movie for you. In case you don’t know, Shane McConkey was a free-skiing pioneer that helped to shape the sport into what it is today. This movie will make you laugh, it will make your jaw drop, you might even cry. This is probably my favorite movie on this list, which is why it steals the top spot.

  • Mountain (2017)

    Narrated by Willem Dafoe, Mountain offers a visually stunning experience that covers the human relationship with some of the world’s highest peaks. This one is worth watching for the footage alone.

  • Sherpa (2015)

    Sherpa started out as a simpler documentary covering Phurba Tashi, a Sherpa that has climbed Everest 21 times. However, after a massive avalanche occurs during filming that kills 16 Sherpas, the story pivots in a big way.

  • URBEX: Adventures Through the Concrete Jungle (2016)

    URBEX: Adventures Through the Concrete Jungle covers a controversial style of climbing also known as urban exploring. This involves scaling manmade objects such as towers, bridges, etc. An 8-part series, this Red Bull production will have you freaking out as athletes perform death-defying stunts high above the pavement.

  • Dawn Wall (2018)

    Another great climbing movie, Dawn Wall is all about Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson making the 19-day ascent up... well, Dawn Wall. The film also features Caldwell’s unique background story, including the tale of when his group was kidnapped during a climbing trip in Kyrgyzstan and forced to do the unthinkable to survive.

  • UnReal (2015)

    Perhaps one of the most creative mountain biking movies out there, the riders in UnReal tackle lines down glaciers, among wild horses, and beyond. This one isn’t a documentary – it’s moreso a bunch of adrenaline-inducing segments strung together with a perfect soundtrack. If getting around on two wheels is your thing, this one is for you.

  • Free Solo (2018)

    This one won a well-deserved Oscar. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’ve been missing out. Free Solo follows Alex Honnald as he scales El Capitan’s Freerider route with no ropes. The videography is stunning – your hands will sweat.

  • K2 (1991)

    A U.S. climbing team, funded by millionaire Clairborne is determined to conquer K2. Drama, action, and bad acting make this an instant classic.

  • The Eiger Sanction (1975)

    Clint Eastwood stars in this climbing classic. Eastwood, portrays the classical art professor and collector Dr. Jonathan Hemlock, who doubles as a professional assassin, is coerced out of retirement to avenge the murder of an old friend.

  • Everest (2015)

    A biographical adventure film with a star studded cast. It is based on the real events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, and focuses on the survival attempts of two expedition groups, one led by Rob Hall and the other by Scott Fischer.