Ft Carson, CO Birding Trails and Maps

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Length
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Arkansas River Trail (Pueblo)

10.1 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Austin Bluffs Trail

2.1 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Cherry Creek Regional Trail

45.5 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

Crews Gulch Regional Trail

2.7 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Dirt, Gravel

LaForet Trail

2 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Dirt

Manitou Incline

1 mi
State: CO
Boardwalk, Dirt

Midland Trail

2.6 mi
State: CO
Concrete

New Santa Fe Regional Trail

17 mi
State: CO
Crushed Stone, Gravel, Sand

Pikes Peak Greenway Trail

17 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Sinton Trail

2.9 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Tunnel Drive Trail

2 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Upper Gold Camp Road

15 mi
State: CO
Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Arkansas Riverwalk Trail

7 mi
State: CO
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Briargate Trail

2.5 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Cottonwood Creek Trail (CO)

6.1 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Gravel

East Plum Creek Trail

6 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Lake Minnequa Trail

2.75 mi
State: CO
Gravel

Mesa Valley Trail

1.7 mi
State: CO
Dirt, Gravel

Point Alta Vista Trail

1.1 mi
State: CO
Boardwalk, Dirt

Rock Island Trail (CO)

14.8 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel
Accordion

Runyon Lake Trail

1.7 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Sand Creek Trail

9.2 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Shooks Run Trail

3.9 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete

Fountain Creek Regional Trail

10.8 mi
State: CO
Dirt

Legacy Loop

10 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete

Templeton Gap Trail

4.42 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete

Bear Creek Trail (Colorado Springs)

1.4 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete

Homestead Trail (CO)

9.7 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

Castle North Trail

0.82 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Foothills Trail (CO)

6.6 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Fountain Creek Trail

4.7 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Hangman's Gulch Trail

1.5 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Historic Arkansas Riverwalk

0.7 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Mesa Springs Greenway

2.6 mi
State: CO
Concrete

North Douglas Creek Trail

1.25 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

Palmer Mesa Trail

3.5 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Pueblo Reservoir Trail

8 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Rockrimmon Trail

1.3 mi
State: CO
Crushed Stone

Skyline Trail

1.5 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Stetson Trail

2.6 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Thomas Phelps Creek Trail

0.8 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Wildhorse Creek Trail

1 mi
State: CO
Dirt

Woodmen Trail

2.4 mi
State: CO
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Arkansas River Trail begins in the heart of Pueblo and heads westward along the river to Lake Pueblo State Park, which is brimming with recreational amenities, including campgrounds, fishing...
CO 10.1 mi Concrete
Students of the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs will appreciate the Austin Bluffs Trail. It runs through the campus, connecting the north and east sides of the school. The trail travels...
CO 2.1 mi Concrete
Overview The Cherry Creek Regional Trail is a picturesque 45-mile route with a northern endpoint in downtown Denver and connects suburban and rural Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, including the...
CO 45.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel
The Crews Gulch Regional Trail travels through the community of Security-Widefield, southeast of Colorado Springs. Thanks to its proximity to Fort Carson, the area residents are largely military...
CO 2.7 mi Concrete, Dirt, Gravel
Two segments of the LaForet Trail are currently complete, offering 2 miles of pathway in northern Colorado Springs, just outside the United States Air Force Academy. The western segment is a...
CO 2 mi Concrete, Dirt
Notice: Reservations are required to hike the Manitou Trail and can be placed on the city's website.  The Manitou Incline is a very unusual rail-trail. Built along a former cable car line, the...
CO 1 mi Boardwalk, Dirt
The Midland Trail runs between Manitou Springs and America the Beautiful Park near I-25. The urban corridor mainly follows the course of Fountain Creek, paralleling US 24 (Cimarron St.). The first...
CO 2.6 mi Concrete
The New Santa Fe Regional Trail provides a scenic journey along the front range of the mountains, from Palmer Lake Recreation Area in northern El Paso County through the U.S. Air Force Academy in...
CO 17 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel, Sand
Overview The Pikes Peak Greenway Trail runs 17 miles throughout Colorado Springs, from just south of the United States Air Force Academy to the El Pomar Youth Sports Park. About the Route The...
CO 17 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Sinton Trail runs just shy of 3 miles in northern Colorado Springs. Begin your journey at the Gossage Youth Sports Complex on Mark Dabling Boulevard. From there, you'll travel northwest along...
CO 2.9 mi Concrete
Tunnel Drive Trail is a short but absolutely gorgeous little trail. Beginning on the west end of Cañon City, just a little ways from downtown, the trail provides a vantage point to the rugged beauty...
CO 2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Upper Gold Camp Road charts a circuitous route through the Pike National Forest, following the route of old mining trains. The route was forged in the 1880s then later improved for cars. But a tunnel...
CO 15 mi Dirt, Gravel, Sand
Cañon City, Colorado, is a recreation destination popular with whitewater rafters and rock climbers. Two notable attractions also bring visitors to the city: the nearby Royal Gorge Bridge spans the...
CO 7 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Briargate Trail is located in northern Colorado Springs, beginning at the athletic fields of John Stone Park. From there, this pleasant trail travels southeast through residential areas for just...
CO 2.5 mi Concrete
The Cottonwood Creek Trail stretches over 6 miles across northern Colorado Springs with a mix of residential views and open vistas. At Rangewood Drive, the trail forks; the northern branch runs along...
CO 6.1 mi Concrete, Gravel
The East Plum Creek Trail begins in a field across the street from the Native Legend Open Space. It goes through an underpass under Meadows Blvd near Castle Rock Middle School. The next few miles of...
CO 6 mi Asphalt
Southwest of downtown Pueblo, the Lake Minnequa Trail offers an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with a flat, gravel pathway that rings a lake and offers views of ponds and wetlands. This rich...
CO 2.75 mi Gravel
Situated in the northwestern corner of Colorado Springs, the Mesa Valley Trail travels through largely open areas to Sondermann Park. In the park, you will travel through woodlands along Mesa Creek....
CO 1.7 mi Dirt, Gravel
For over 50 years, the Royal Gorge Scenic Railway, a miniature tourist train, took visitors from the Buckskin Joe Old West theme park (now closed) to the lip of the gorge, treating them to stunning...
CO 1.1 mi Boardwalk, Dirt
About an hour south of Denver, the Rock Island Trail offers a nearly 15-mile pathway in two disconnected segments in El Paso County. Future plans call for linking the two sections for a seamless trail...
CO 14.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel
Accordion
The Runyon Lake Trail encircles Runyon Lake within a state wildlife area in eastern Pueblo. The 5-acre lake is fed by the Arkansas River, which runs along the southern end of the lake. The lake is...
CO 1.7 mi Concrete
The Sand Creek Trail cuts a diagonal path along the creek through commercial and residential areas of southeastern Colorado Springs.  The  first segment trail begins its 5-mile journey north at...
CO 9.2 mi Concrete
The paved Shooks Run Trail runs north–south along Shooks Run Creek near downtown Colorado Springs. It is one of the easier bike paths in the area; however, runs slightly downhill from north to south....
CO 3.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Fountain Creek Regional Trail is an unpaved pathway connecting two of the region’s premier outdoor amenities: Pikes Peak Greenway Trail and Fountain Creek Regional Park. The trail begins at the...
CO 10.8 mi Dirt
The Legacy Loop is a ten-mile system of greenways ringing around downtown Colorado Springs. The trails serve to highlight the waterways and picturesque landscape that are such a core part of the...
CO 10 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Templeton Gap Trail is one of many trails that make up Colorado Springs' robust trail network. The Templeton Gap Trail itself connects to both the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail and Sinton Trail in the...
CO 4.42 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Just south of downtown Colorado Springs, the Bear Creek Trail provides a short connection from Bear Creek Regional Park to Interstate 25. On the other side of the highway, you can pick up the Pikes...
CO 1.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Homestead Trail winds its way through Colorado Springs, intersecting with some of the area's most prominent trails as it goes. The trail currently exists in two close but disconnected pieces. The...
CO 9.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel
The Castle North Trail provides a safe, non-motorized connection between the Castle Rock Community Recreation Center and Castle North Park. The paved pathway cuts right through the heart of the...
CO 0.82 mi Asphalt
The Foothills Trail runs along Colorado Springs' western border at the base of the majestic Rocky Mountains. You'll begin near Oak Valley Ranch Park and travel south along an irrigation channel,...
CO 6.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Fountain Creek Trail follows its namesake creek through the northeastern neighborhoods of Pueblo. At its southern end, the paved pathway ties into the Arkansas River Trail, which runs east-west...
CO 4.7 mi Concrete
The Hangman’s Gulch Trail runs along Hangman’s Gulch, a dry stream in Castle Rock. The trail starts at Castle Rock Recreation Center, where it connects to the Woodlands Bowl Open Space on the other...
CO 1.5 mi Asphalt
The Historic Arkansas Riverwalk, also known as the Pueblo Riverwalk, offers a beautiful waterfront retreat on the south end of Pueblo’s downtown. The trail is part of the 32-acre Historic Arkansas...
CO 0.7 mi Concrete
The Mesa Springs Greenway is a north-south route along the western side of Interstate 25. A sound wall between the highway and the trail helps makes the journey more pleasant. The pathway is also wide...
CO 2.6 mi Concrete
Although just over a mile long, the North Douglas Creek Trail provides access to one of Colorado Springs' natural treasures: Ute Valley Park. The trail begins at the intersection of Vindicator and...
CO 1.25 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel
The Palmer Mesa multiuse pathway is about 3.5 miles of paved and unpaved trail in Colorado Springs. The trail kicks off in Blair Bridge Open Space, splitting off from the Foothills Trail and winding...
CO 3.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Pueblo Reservoir Trail is a hard surface trail extending from the west end of the Arkansas River Trail along the north shore of Lake Pueblo. Lake Pueblo State Park is home to a reservoir on the...
CO 8 mi Concrete
The Rockrimmon Trail, named for the Colorado Springs neighborhood in which it lies, begins in Foothills Park, adjacent to Foothills Elementary School. From there, the crushed-stone trail winds its way...
CO 1.3 mi Crushed Stone
The Skyline Trail offers rolling hill climbs through the community of Briargate in northeastern Colorado Springs. It begins at Research Parkway and travels south until it ends at an electric...
CO 1.5 mi Concrete
The Stetson Trail is a concrete pathway through residential neighborhoods that stretches 2 miles across northeastern Colorado Springs. It closely follows the south side of Stetson Hills Boulevard. As...
CO 2.6 mi Concrete
The Thomas Phelps Creek Trail in Pueblo offers a pleasant pathway from the north end of Runyon Lake, past the Runyon Field Sports Complex, to Gateway Park. From the park, travelers can access the...
CO 0.8 mi Concrete
This neighborhood trail connects W 18th to the Arkansas River Trail in Pueblo, Colorado. The trail passes through Pete Jimenez Park and imitates the course of the Wildhorse Creek south to the Arkansas...
CO 1 mi Dirt
The Woodmen Trail provides an east-west route through commercial and residential areas in northern Colorado Springs.  It begins by an electric substation just south of Briargate Boulevard and follows...
CO 2.4 mi Concrete

Recent Trail Reviews

Cherry Creek Regional Trail

2nd day on this trail-

July, 2024 by barbscondo

We again parked at Village Greens Park (lots of big shade trees to keep the jeep cool) and this time headed south on the trail. It winds around the Cherry Creek Reservoir and then meanders south. Not much shade in this direction. We rode 10 miles south to Cottonwood Park and then turned around (getting hot) so a nice 20 mile round trip. There was a big prairie dog colony and a long stretch of trail with baby grasshoppers hopping all over the joint. The thing I enjoyed most about this trail is that it is NOT straight like so many-constantly twisting and curving. Made it more interesting. There are some fast food restaurants along the way at one point.

Cherry Creek Regional Trail

Wonderful fun path

July, 2024 by barbscondo

We parked at Village Greens Park which is near the Cherry Creek Reservoir. from here you could choose North or South on the trail. We rode north on the trail for 11 miles and ended up in the center of Denver at First Street. Then the trail started to run along the busy street so we turned around. It was a great 22 mile round trip ride. Quite a bit of shade/lots to look at/prairie dog colony/birds/snake on the trail/lots of parks/golf courses/nice homes/runs mostly along the creek/lots of fun underpasses by the water.

Pikes Peak Greenway Trail

Unexpectedly great trail

July, 2024 by barbscondo

We parked at America the Beautiful Park along the curb parking. From there we rode North 10 miles and then back. Great trail. Some parts are dirt but is very smooth. No problem at all. You are really along the river the whole way- always nice to see the water. There was quite a lot of shaded areas to my surprise. We went up one side of the river and returned on the other where you see on the map that it goes in both sides. There are a lot of side trails that connect with this trail. I liked it because there were other bikers and walkers. Everyone courteous. I liked it because lots of stuff to look at. Wish we here for more than a day. Would do again and explore some of the side trails.

Accordion

Arkansas River Trail (Pueblo)

nice morning ride

August, 2023 by f4fskz2scf

We are passing through Colorado and we parked overnight at Lake Pueblo State Park. It was 96 when we arrived. I decided to get up early and take a ride on the river trail. I started about 6:30A. Beautiful ride. I saw 6-7 deer with one on the pathway, about 15 geese floating down river, a whitetail rabbit, and several groundhogs. The path is well kept, but more signs would be helpful. I was a bit surprised to find that the path had stop signs instead of making the automobiles yield. I rode from the Visitor Center to the Nature Center and back.

Cherry Creek Regional Trail

Mostly flat, interesting people, art, and in the heart of the city. Highly recommend.

July, 2023 by wccolorado

Mostly flat, interesting people, art, and in the heart of the city. Highly recommend.

Runyon Lake Trail

Easy park, lots of trash

January, 2023 by gomez.29

Loop is a easy one, the only downside was the trash piled almost everywhere.

Crews Gulch Regional Trail

First trail I've tried using the app. It was a nice ride. My trike made it through easily. Most of one way is downhill so the return was a little more tiring. Overall, pretty fun for an evening ride.

September, 2022 by jmcminn75

First trail I've tried using the app. It was a nice ride. My trike made it through easily. Most of one way is downhill so the return was a little more tiring. Overall, pretty fun for an evening ride.

Pikes Peak Greenway Trail

Great Ride but…..

September, 2022 by rjacob3783

The greenway is beautiful and a wonderful ride! However, south of America the Beautiful Park there are multiple homeless encampments, especially under the bridges.

Upper Gold Camp Road

Great views but bad biking surface

September, 2022 by normanbowers

This is a fine trail for hiking, but not for biking. Trail surface is mostly loose gravel, there is usually one track on the side that is firm enough to ride on. This trail is not suitable for kids and occasional riders because of the loose material and steep grade. I have ridden rail trails in 42 states and this one is the steepest I have encountered, probably because it was a narrow gauge railway. The steep grade, high altitude and loose material make the trail challenging for casual riders. I was constantly in the lower two gears of my mountain bike, and uphill averaged 4 mph with breaks.

The portage around the collapsed tunnel is an unimproved hiking trail and will be difficult for kids and older adults. It would require a stout person to handle the portage with an electric bike.

A better bike ride is the gold camp road. Although there is some car traffic the surface is much better. Start at pullout No. 1 near the Bear Creek Nature Center (245 Bear Creek Road) and ride up hill 5 miles to the parking lot near Hellen Hunt Falls. That is 3 miles of asphalt and 2.3 miles gravel with one tunnel, turn around and coast back to your car.

Point Alta Vista Trail

Great views of Royal Gorge Bridge

September, 2022 by normanbowers

Nice trail for a walk or bike ride if you have an hour or two. The trail ends at an observation point that extends over the canyon for a nice view of the royal gorge bridge and the river canyon. It is an easy bike ride except for the detour around a collapsed bridge which is more like a single track. If not comfortable riding single track, jump up on the road until the road meets up with the trail on the other side of the bridge. Stay on the trail to avoid flats caused by cactus and sand burrs.
Parking area is easy to miss, look for Royal Gorge Ranch & Resort sign which is at the first big curve south of US-50 highway.

Manitou Incline

wow!

May, 2022 by andybeaire56

Holy moly! Harder than I thought. Did it then ran back down to my motel we stayed at in Manitou Springs! Very cool area.

Lake Minnequa Trail

Lovely loop

March, 2022 by julie.moran

Easy, walkable. Bit muddy on the south end after rain or snow but peaceful and unexpected trail. We’re renting in the area for a few months and this trail has been a little haven for a morning run, walking the dogs and enjoying birds and mtn views. Playground on the northwest side is in good shape. Trail is mostly flat and doable with small children, someone with limited mobility or starting an exercise program. Typically see people fishing, many, birds, people walking dogs, kids from nearby school.

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