2022/23 Annual Issue of RELOCATE 2 Colorado Springs

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Major Area Parks

Community Parks (maps online)

For more information, call the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services 1401 Recreation Way, 385-5940, www.coloradosprings.gov

Colorado Springs has over 9,000 acres of parkland and 500 acres of trails. They encompass a wide variety of areas from forested foothills and scenic mesas to rock formations and sheer walled canyons. Thousands of acres are devoted to small neighborhood parks and community parks. America the Beautiful Park: Cimino Drive off Colorado Avenue. Playground walking paths with access to Midland Trail and Pikes Peak Greenway Trail. Cottonwood Creek Park: Dublin and Rangewood. Recreation center with indoor pool, baseball fields, in-line hockey, soccer fields, tennis, disc golf course, jogging trail. John Venezia is located at the intersection of Briargate Parkway and Union Blvd on the north side. Sporting a “ranch” theme, the amenities include soccer fields, in-line hocky rink/basketball court, pickleball courts, playground, sprayground, and walking trails. Memorial Park: Pikes Peak and Hancock Ave. Aquatic and fitness center. Prospect Lake (allows motorized and non-motorized boating), water skiing, Sertich Ice Center, Velodrome. Sports Center includes baseball diamonds, football/soccer fields, tennis center, walking trails, concession stands and vending machines. Also home to a new expansive skateboard park. Monument Valley Park: Monroe St. to Kiowa St. along Monument Creek. Fishing, ball fields, outdoor swimming pool picnicking, playgrounds, tennis/pickleball courts, trails, demonstration gardens. Norman Coleman “Bulldog” Park: Tutt Avenue north of the Skysox Stadium. Undeveloped (Site plans online.) Quail Lake Park: Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. and Quail Lake Rd. Non-motorized boating, fishing, jogging trail, playground, sand volleyball courts, sledding, picnicking. Rampart Park: Parking lot off Lexington Drive, north of Rampart High School. Basketball, baseball, tennis courts, playground, BMX track, soccer field and dog park. Wilson Ranch: On Allegheny Drive. Outdoor pool, playground, tennis courts, in-line hockey and basketball hoops.

Regional Parks (Maps online) Garden of the Gods: 1,341 acres. 3130 N. 30th St. Visitors center, twenty major rock formations, rock climbing, eight miles of trails, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. North Cheyenne Canon: 1,600 acres. 2110 N. Cheyenne Canon Rd. Starsmore Discovery Center, Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center, miles of hiking and equestrian trails, Silver Cascade Falls, White Fir Botanical Reserve. North Slope Recreation: 2,267 acres. Pikes Peak Toll Rd. off Hwy. 24. Three reservoirs on North Slope of Pikes Peak. No swimming. Non-motorboating, fishing, biking, hiking. Palmer: 731 acres. 3650 Maizeland Rd. and North Academy Boulevard. Baseball diamonds, playground, football/soccer field, volleyball courts, horse stables, 25 miles of trails, dog park. South Slope Recreation Area: This is a high altitude experience on the south slope of Pikes Peak; the drive from downtown takes approximately 1 1/2 hours and is open Thursday - Sunday from the end of May until the end of September. A permit is required and can be purchased online. Fishing and boating are permitted at McReynolds and Mason reservoirs, water level permitting. Ute Valley: 338 acres. 1705 Vindicator Drive. Wetland area, biking and hiking trails.

Open Space Red Rock Canyon: 1,474 acres. 3550 W. High St. off I-25 along Highway 24. Miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, 2 “off leash” dog loops, rock climbing with permit, picnic pavilion, and portable toilets at main parking lots. For trail maps and information on other city open spaces, log on to coloradosprings.gov.

El Paso County Parks 8,000 acres, 109 miles of trails, 2 nationally recognized nature centers and over 1,000 programs. Log on to www.communityservices.elpasoco.com 719-520-7529. 36

Bear Creek: 21st at West Rio Grande Ave. Located in the Rocky Mountain foothills, there are ten miles of trails, playing fields, volleyball, basketball, tennis courts, archery range, picnic areas and horseback riding. The Bear Creek Nature Center is within the park. Bear Creek Trailhead extends along Bear Creek through the park and connects to the Paul Imemann Trail to Manitou Springs. Black Forest Park: Derives its name from the 200 square miles of Ponderosa pine it is located in. Located at Shoup and Milam Road it holds playing fields, tennis courts and hiking trails. Clear Spring Ranch Park: Located along Fountain Creek in Fountain. The 970 acres offers grassland and foothill ecosystems, miles of trails, a pavilion and restrooms. Falcon Regional Park: Off Eastonville Road, East of Meridian Ranch Development. 215 acres will have active sports areas and open spaces. Fox Run: Roller Coaster Road at Stella Drive. A thickly forested winter wonderland, perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Climbing rock, playing fields, picnic areas, trails and ponds as well. Fountain Creek Park: Along Fountain Creek between Widefield and Fountain. Located within a floodplain, it is home to water fowl, stocked ponds, aquatic animals and 230 species of birds. Nature center. Fountain Creek Regional Trail follows Fountain Creek for 10.5 miles and is great for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Homestead Ranch is located at the edge of the Black Forest and is 450 acres in size. Has a 3 mile horse trail, playground, pavilions. New Santa Fe Trail, located between Palmer Lake and Baptist Road, is 15 miles long and drops 1,200 feet in elevation. Great for hiking and biking with magnificent vistas. Paint Mines Interpretive Park, located southwest of Calhan on Paint Mine Road. Geological formations include spires and hoodoos in colorful clay. The mines have evidence of human life as far back as 9,000 years. Four miles of trails and interpretive signage. Rainbow Falls: Features a 50 ft. waterfall, unique rock formations, and trail to the top. Located at west end of Manitou Springs off Serpentine Drive. Rock Island Trail follows an abandoned railway line. The 10.5 miles of gravel surface makes it a safe passage for non-motorized use. Ute Pass Regional Trail This 40 mile trail, being completed in sections, will connect Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek in Teller County. It is part of the American Discovery and America the Beautiful trails which are historic and used in pilgramages by the Ute Indians. Widefield Community Park Disc Golf Course is home of many state championships. The course can play from 4,944 to 7,908 feet. A brook runs down the center for a little excitement. Playground, basketball and pickleball courts, trails and exercise areas. Fontaine Blvd. at Drury Lane.

Teller County Parks

For more information call 687-8812 Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. or visit www.co.teller.co.us, click on “Parks Division”. Florissant Community Park: 358 Circle Drive (off Hwy. 24) in Florissant. Ten acres of fun including basketball court, play lot, ballfield, picnic area and home of the library. Four Mile Scenic Park: In Florissant, on the Gold Belt National Byway, at the junction of Teller County Road #1 and Road #11. A pedestrian bridge over historic Hay Creek has over 50 brands memorialized in it from area ranches. Almost seven acres in size, the land is dedicated to agricultural and graphic interpretation Hayden Divide Community Park: Located at the junction of Hwy. 24 and 67, the perfect place for baseball or softball, play lots, concession stand, picnic area on 12.5 acre site. Sunnywood Neighborhood Park: North of Woodland Park on Lovell Gulch Road. This four acre play area includes a t-ball field, volleyball and basketball courts, play lot and picnic area. Teller County Fairground: Located on Teller County Road #1 in Cripple Creek. Home of the county fair, it has an arena, RV hook-ups, equestrian barn, pavilion, kitchen and picnic area. www.co.teller.co.us.