Best Places to Go Hiking Near Colorado Springs

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains just an hour outside of Denver, Colorado Springs boasts more than 300 days of blue skies each year and is home to some of the best hiking trails in the Centennial State. Couples who are staying at Colorado Springs Inn won't be able to resist strapping on their hiking boots and heading out into the breathtaking Colorado wilderness. Colorado Springs has more than 350 miles of scenic trails that range in difficulty from easy to challenging. The question is, which adventure will you choose?

Garden of the Gods

Colorado Hiking Trail

A National Natural Landmark, Garden of the Gods is filled with miles of trails to explore. It's one of the most popular places to go hiking in Colorado Springs, so if you want a more secluded trail, Garden of the Gods isn't it. However, there are some breathtaking views, and the paved paths make it perfect for an early afternoon stroll to see some of Colorado's famous 300-foot sandstone rock formations. They're located in the center of the park, so it's best if you traverse the trails in a loop.



Columbine Trail

If you want to get up close and personal with the Colorado wilderness, Columbine Trail is essential. You'll begin your journey at the Starsmore Discovery Center and wind your way through the Cheyenne Canyon for 4 miles until you reach Helen Hunt Falls. While the trail is multi?-use and allows horses and cyclists as well as hikers, it's generally fairly secluded. You'll get to see rushing streams, granite formations, picturesque views and tumbling waterfalls.


Some of Colorado Springs's most famous trails are found in Palmer Park - one of the largest open spaces in the city. There are hiking trails available for all skill levels, and many offer fantastic views of the city, so bring along your camera. In general, Palmer Park is very peaceful and covers a stony mesa-like area. Check out the Templeton Trail while you're exploring - it begins and ends at Yucca Flats and takes you around the entire park.


Palmer Park

Some of Colorado Springs’s most famous trails are found in Palmer Park - one of the largest open spaces in the city. There are hiking trails available for all skill levels, and many offer fantastic views of the city, so bring along your camera. In general, Palmer Park is very peaceful and covers a stony mesa-like area. Check out the Templeton Trail while you're exploring - it begins and ends at Yucca Flats and takes you around the entire park.


Cheyenne Trail

You'll want to make sure you get a good night's sleep at a Colorado Springs inn before tackling Cheyenne Trail - it's one of the most challenging in the state. Cheyenne Mountain State Park features more than 20 miles of hiking trails, and this 3-mile loop is filled with rocky terrain and some short climbs. You'll need an adventurous spirit to make your way along this trail! Be prepared for a bit of a workout.


Stanley Canyon

Located near the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Stanley Canyon is the perfect spot for a day of hiking and fishing. Stanley Reservoir is the ideal secluded fishing spot (rumor has it that you can catch rainbow trout), while the entire journey features fascinating rock formations in the canyon walls. You'll reach the top of the canyon after a mile, and the path will then lead you through meadows and pine forests. Be sure to carry extra water and wear strong walking shoes.


Dome Rock

You can't leave Colorado Springs without visiting Dome Rock! This majestic granite feature of the Colorado landscape rises 800 feet above the the valley floor. It takes about half a day to hike the entire loop, but you'll see everything from beaver ponds to Aspen forests and views of the central Rocky Mountains. No bikes or dogs are allowed, so the trip is fairly serene. This hiking trail also gives you a glimpse of the famous Pikes Peak.