This hike starts at the Powell parking lot, at the intersection of Gold Camp Road, High Drive and North Cheyenne Cañon Road. Go past the gate and follow Gold Camp Road up and over closed Tunnel #3. You're not going to St. Mary's Falls, so you bear left at the sign pointing towards the falls,…

The "original" Daniels Pass Trail in North Cheyenne Cañon Park is known for its difficulty. It's unreasonably steep and often covered with ground-up Pikes Peak granite that makes climbing difficult — and makes going down dangerous. Add to that some heavy erosion, unmarked trailheads and havi…

This 6-mile semi-loop hike in the San Isabel National Forest will provide a little bit of a workout, some great views and, depending on the time of year, either lots of wildflowers or fall colors — or both, if you're lucky.

Indian Cave Trail #705 through Missouri Gulch is an oasis of non-motorized entertainment in an area with a lot of trails that otherwise allow vehicles. While motorized recreational users are as entitled as any other group to trails — they pay taxes just like anyone else, after all, and even …

Palmer Park and Stratton Open Space are Leave No Trace "Hot Spots" this week, featuring events through Sunday. The focus is on Colorado Springs, so now is as good a time as any for a refresher on the "Seven Principles" that make for more responsible users of the great outdoors.

One of the fun things about writing about hiking and outdoor recreation is looking for new places to go. Sometimes (OK, often), it involves spreading maps out on the living room floor and looking for a dotted line I haven’t visited before, and sometimes it involves watching social media post…

Now that summer is here — at least judging by the temperature — more and more of us will be out hiking, cycling and camping. Sure, any real Coloradan enjoys the outdoors year-round, but summertime allows us to go further away and to explore places that we may not have been able to get to dur…

This Saturday, as with every first Saturday in June, is National Trails Day. Established by the American Hiking Society — with partner federal agencies the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Transportation — the day is celebrated with …

Memorial Day is right around the corner just as we're entering a post-COVID era, just as travel restrictions are slowly easing. That means it's time to hit the trails, especially those that were inaccessible during the winter, or due to travel restrictions.

Americas National Parks have been described, in the words of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Wallace Stegner, as "the best idea we ever had." Each April, the National Park Service and it's official charity, the National Parks Foundation, celebrate the treasures that are our parks, monuments…

The Colorado Springs Parks Department has unveiled a plan to expand the use of electric powered bikes ("e-Bikes") on its trails and in its parks. Under existing rules, "Class 1" e-bikes, those in which the electric motor provides power only while the bike is being pedaled by the rider, were …

With eight avalanche-related deaths so far this winter season, including three in a single incident near Silverton on Feb. 1, Colorado may be on pace for one of its deadliest avalanche seasons in recent memory. And, the startling number of avalanche deaths is not limited to just Colorado. As…