Want to get away from it all, including annoying traffic? Ride the Gold Camp Road, a wide, gravel "trail" that follows the old narrow gauge tracks from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek. The only other users will be fellow cyclists or hikers, but not many of either, typically.
When my relatives from Northeast Ohio arrived and wanted a "Colorado" experience, I couldn't think of a better place to get them outdoors and into the heart of the magnificent Pikes Peak country. Most of them limit their outdoor activity to golf, so I needed a safe and simple ride that wouldn't be overly challenging. So, we rented bikes for them, and got volunteer drivers to take us to Cripple Creek up Highway 24 and CO 67, in itself a wonderful drive that almost encircles Pikes Peak from east to southwest. Once in Cripple Creek, we took H-67 to Victor, an easy ride that gave these non-cyclists a chance to work through the gearing. Once in Victor, it was fifteen miles of flat-to-downhill riding. An hour into the ride, we stopped for snacks, liquid, and a moment to soak in the views. Another hour and a half of easy riding, and we reached the trailhead above North Cheyenne Canyon.
If you could only see the smiles on their faces throughout the trip. Well worth the planning! How's that for a genuine CO experience!