The topic of social distancing is popping up throughout our browser feeds and continues to be a topic of conversation as our country adapts to this temporary lifestyle. Here in Colorado Springs, we know how important it is to stay healthy, active, and mentally stimulated as our changing lifestyle at the base of the Rockies demands our attention. While group activities, work out classes and other events close, we want to provide resources for Colorado Springs’ residents to stay active via the trails and bike paths that remain open.
If you do plan a visit to any of these natural areas, please take this note from Colorado Parks and Wildlife with you: Let’s maintain that social distancing and sanitize our hands even when we #livelifeoutsideCO.
Travel by Bike in Colorado Springs
Some might argue, the best way to travel is by bike. During a time when public transit is discouraged, traveling by bike from point A to point B can be your next best bet. While we tout our active community and active lifestyle, please take heed if you’re coughing and/or feverish, please rest, self-quarantine, and seek medical advice.
If you are feeling healthy with a spring in your step, explore the 100 miles of on-street bike routes throughout Colorado Springs, in addition to 120 miles of urban bike trails and 60 miles of unpaved mountain bike trails, creating a network of accessible routes that can keep you clear of any heavily congested areas. While social distancing is advised, feel free to give a passing cyclist a quick wave, maybe start with a smile, and pass on some distant cheer.
The Legacy Loop is another way Coloradans can connect with our outdoor environment. The 10-mile loop encircles downtown Colorado Springs and includes access to other networking trails and street art attractions. Better yet, it embodies the vision that the founder of Colorado Springs’ always dreamed of: a vibrant, livable city where the essential functions of mobility and access link to our parks, open spaces, and trails.
Updates on the trails near Colorado Springs
Please remember while these trails are open, to practice social distancing, be respectful to others and move to the side to let others pass and as always, leave no trace.
- Garden of the Gods Visitor Center is closed, but trails within the park are open
- North Cheyenne Canyon Park, open with an extensive trail system for hikers, bikers and runners
- Pikes Peak remains open to online reservations only. Visitors will not be able to pay via credit card or cash at the gate. Staff will encourage social distancing to all guests
- Manitou Incline is closed at this time
- Rocky Mountain National Park is closed at this time
Tips from Governor Jared Polis
“Looking for things to do that don’t involve being around large groups of people? Luckily, we live in the best state in the country with great weather year-round. Here are a few suggestions if you’re looking to get outside, but still keep our communities safe. #DoingMyPartCO”
For Colorado Springs’ event updates and business resources during COVID-19, please click here.