Set against an iconic Rocky Mountain backdrop, it’s no surprise that Colorado Springs consistently ranks as one of the best places in the country for outdoor lovers and adventure-seeking families. Summer is just on the horizon, which means school break and more hours of sunshine are just the excuse you need to head to Colorado Springs’ best spots for finding adventure in the great outdoors. The region offers unparalleled experiences for just about every skill set and passion. Here are some of the best spots for outdoor activities in Colorado Springs this summer:
Got a need for speed? Many of the area’s parks and open spaces offer five-star trails perfect for those who prefer to pedal. Try your shot at The Chutes in Stratton Open Space. Short, but oh-so-sweet, this intermediate five mile trail delivers a fun thrill on the way down from its 600-foot decent.
While everyone else is off trying to conquer the Manitou Incline, treat yourself to a more laid-back hike on Mount Cutler. This 2-mile round-trip trail affords trekkers Instagram-worthy views of the famous Seven Falls, downtown skyline, North Cheyenne Canyon and Cheyenne Mountain throughout.
Olympic athletes aren’t the only ones collecting awards around here. The Arkansas River also holds gold medal status; an elite designation only bestowed to cold waters with the highest quality levels. This means, anglers have a better chance of reeling in trophy-size trout, in the most epic of landscapes. With a community of passionate experts to guide you along the way, and a number of pristine fishing spots to explore, it won’t be long until you find your own slice of paradise in which to cast your line.
For folks who aren’t afraid to rough it, the Colorado Springs area offers an abundance of campsites to discover without having to venture far. Cheyenne Mountain State Park, for example, is only a 10-minute drive from downtown Colorado Springs. Open year-round, the park boasts 21 miles of hiking and biking trails, an archery range and 51 full-service sites. With Pikes Peak looming over and the chance to see elk, deer and hawks, camping in Colorado Springs gives “staycation” a whole new meaning.
Connect with nature when you take your practice from the mat to the mountains with an outdoor yoga session. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument leads a guided yoga hike every Monday from May to September where you can do tree pose among the evergreens. Or, head to Cheyenne Mountain State Park for a Sankalp Yoga class every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning.
While many of the trails in and around Colorado Springs are pet-friendly as long as you keep your dog on a leash, give your pup a real treat with free reign at one of the area’s stunning parks. Red Rock Park Canyon Open Space, Palmer Park and Garden of the Gods all offer off-leash areas that afford both adults and their fur-babies plenty of scenic play time.
However you play, Colorado Springs has an adventure for everyone. Grab some water, sunscreen, and a friend and get outside! What outdoor activities are you adding to your summer bucket list?