Although just over a mile long, the N. Douglas Creek Trail provides access to one of Colorado Springs' natural treasures: Ute Valley Park. The trail begins at the intersection of Vindicator and Centennial Boulevards. Although you will parallel Centennial on your way south, you'll be able to enjoy interesting views of rock formations along the way. Trail-goers should note that the trail's surface is dirt and gravel, making it best-suited for mountain biking, horseback riding or hiking.
As you approach the trail's southern end, you'll travel along Pinon Valley Park, a nice place to unwind with picnic tables, athletic fields and a playground. Travel east along Pinon Park Drive to reach the entrance gate for Ute Valley Park. This scenic park offers lots of trees, rolling meadows and sandstone bluffs, as well as fantastic views of the mountains. For the adventurous, numerous mountain biking trails are available here and it's also a popular place for rock climbing.
Parking and Trail Access
At its northern end, a parking lot is available in Ute Valley Park (1705 Vindicator Drive). At its southern end, on-street parking is available adjacent to Pinon Valley Park on both Mule Deer Drive and Pinon Park Drive.