- Parks throughout the city of Colorado Springs are open to the public for trail riding and hiking; they provide a safe and beautiful environment for activities. The largest city parks include; North Cheyenne Canon, Ute Valley Park, Memorial Park, Monument Valley Park, Bear Creek Nature Center, Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak North Slope Recreation Area and Palmer Park. The Pikes Peak Ranger District of the National Forest maintains trails in the foothills west of the city. An extensive network of multi-use trails may be accessed from Gold Camp Road and the High Drive, southwest of Colorado Springs.
Pike's Peak from Garden of the Gods
Recreation - Recreation Opportunities within the city include mountain biking, road biking, hiking, walking and rock climbing. The city parks system provides terrain for all skill levels from beginner to advanced.
Climate - The temperatures in Colorado Springs are mild compared to the mountainous regions of the state. The Front Range gets plenty of snow during the winter months, but it rarely stays longer than a few days because of the hot sun. Spring arrives in early April with moderate temperatures, that may reach the mid-sixties during the day. Spring and fall nights can be cool because of the elevation. Autumn weather can extend well into November. The summers are warm with high temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Nights remain warm during hot weather with the coolest temperatures of the day in the early morning.
Colorado Springs is located an hour south of Denver on Colorado's Front Range. (Interstate 25 will take you through the western side of the city.) Pikes Peak is the landmark immediately to the west of the city; and the plains stretch as far as the eye can see to the east. The elevation of the city is 6,035 feet, which makes it a good place to acclimate before hitting the high country.