The trails, rocks & rivers are calling!
Winter Outdoor Adventure
Just because the temperature drops in Colorado Springs does not mean you can’t hit the trails in the winter. From heart-pumping alpine skiing to a relaxing stoll in Garden of the Gods, grab your skis or sneakers and take in 360 degree views of the frosted mountain tops.
Who says we don’t have skiing in the heart of Colorado Springs?! Pikes Peak is a great place for any and all adrenaline seekers.
Take in 360 degree mountain views as you glide down a smooth spread of fresh snow between tall pines, or plunge into open chutes and bowls - best accessed in late winter to spring!
We recommend a guided experience with Pikes Peak Alpine School, who are trained professionals that will deliver the best & safest experience! As always, keep leave no trace principals in mind when shredding.
One of the best ways to experience the winter in the Pikes Peak region, Rampart Range one of the best places to gear up and get out. Take Rampart Resevoir or Rainbow Gulch.
Cross Country Skiing
Take the route less traveled and weave in and out of tall pines and into blankets of snow. Mueller State Park is a great place to rack up the skis, hit the trails and discover Pikes Peak winter wonderland.
There’s no shortage of winter hikes in the Pikes Peak region. From casual strolls to longer, more intense hikes, here are a few of our favorites:
The Manitou Incline - one of the most difficult hikes in Colorado, gain nearly 2,000 ft in elevation in just one mile.
Garden of the Gods - snow dusts cascading rock formations in this popular region park.
The Crags - pass aspens, red rocks, creeks, tall pines and more during this 5 mile easy round trip.
Section 16 - featuring 360 mountain views and a steady incline, this trail is rated moderate to difficult.
Enjoy a less popular time to fish with nothing but you, fresh mountain air and the sound of a streaming creek. Cool temps allow for amazing trout fishing. One of our favorite spots? Eleven Mile Canyon.
Quiet trails, crisp mountain air and a hard-earned beer is what winter in Colorado Springs is all about. We are so lucky to have the mountains so close to us.
Hiking & Running
From 35-mile ultra style runs with tons of vertical gain and single-track switchbacks, to a quarter-mile stroll around gorgeous rock features, using your legs (or chair on some trails) is accessible and rewarding.
Garden of the Gods
For runners, the 6-mile loop around the park is a perfect early morning start. For those just wanting to breathe fresh air and take in the view, wheelchair friendly path weave through gorgeous and impressive sandstone features.
Trail runners looking for mild elevation gain and a unique trail are sure to love Pulpit Rock. The top features sweeping views of the city below.
There are tons of activities to do at Rampart Reservoir including running, hiking, boating, fishing, and biking.
The Manitou Incline
Looking for a challenging and unique workout? The Manitou Incline gains nearly 2,000 feet of elevation over less than 1 mile! One of the most difficult hikes in the US, make sure you're acclimated to the altitude before conquering this hike.
Section 16's 5.7 miles feature 360 degree mountain views, wild flowers (in the summer), and a steady incline. This trail is rated moderate to difficult.
Cheyenne Mountain State park
This State Park is perfect for you to lace up your sneakers and hit the trail. With 28 miles of trails, there's something for everyone.