Palmer Park Outer Loop Trail

MODERATE 203 reviews
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Palmer Park Outer Loop Trail is a 7.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

7.9 miles
744 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


horseback riding



wild flowers



A multitude of trail combinations that make it very easy to make your ride into an all day affair. This trail has everything from the easy flowy trails to black diamond descents through rock gardens.

20 days ago

I went here a couple of weeks ago and you will need directions to find your way around. There is also a inner loop were you can let your doggo off leash so my golden retriever liked that.

1 month ago

Went counterclockwise on the trail doing the steep climb... views from the top were beautiful. I didn't see anything untoward. Just families and dogs and hikers and bikers... it was a beautiful day!

I live right down the road from Palmer Park and love it! the full outerloop trail can be hard to follow, but my fiance, dog and I tend not to mind going off trail, plus its nealy impossible to get lost here. If you are looking for an easy place to go with a dog, lot 18 will take you to a trail where your pup is allowed off leash (If under voice control). Many of the reviews certainly peg this park as dirty or prone to drug and alcohol use which is unfortunate. There are a few spots that appear to have a certain crowd, though they are mostly high schoolers likely trying to find somewhere their parents are not. I would suggest trying the Mesa trail or trails off of the Palmer Park overlook. They are clean and offer beautiful scenery as well as friendly regulars to offer tips!

1 month ago

Awesome trail. Encountered a runner that did not announce his passing, narrow trail so it was a little startling.

3 months ago

Literally the most beautiful... trashy place ever! Everyone in the park was either selling drugs or doing drugs! Where in the hell are the cops or park rangers?!

4 months ago

better with a bike

4 months ago

There's hardly a trail here

5 months ago

My dog and I had a great time! It was a little difficult to find and stay to the main trail but the map on here is very helpful.

6 months ago

We loved this little Wilderness in the middle of town. We didn't see litter or trash on the trails near parking area 16 at all.

7 months ago

Not a fan. While beautiful, it may be too convenient and the trails are full of inconsiderate people who like to leave dog poop, cigarette butts, bottles, cans, broken glass and garbage.

8 months ago

Beautiful views. Well-traveled, pretty busy trail. Unfortunately quite a bit of garbage on trail.

8 months ago

I love this area because there are so many trails to find and the dog pad is right there!

9 months ago

wonderful trail, just wished it was travelled a little more and marked. kept running into dead ends and ended up on 2 other trails.

9 months ago

kids had a blast!

10 months ago

Conveniently located and it offers various levels of difficulty

trail running
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Good run, rocky and watch out for the ice if you're running it during the winter. It is more of a leg workout than a cardio one if you're running on the rocky narrow paths, because you have to slow down and watch your footing.

Monday, November 28, 2016

So convenient. A great hiking area right in the middle of the city. Easy trails to moderate trails. Great views to boot! I've been hiking there for 10 years now.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Nice trail with beautiful views

Monday, October 03, 2016

Visit Palmer Trails for the first time and we like it. Great area to spend a nice day out hiking. The Trails are great to walk and some areas you can climb up within the trail system which give you a little challenge during the hike. The bad thing is the markers and signs throughout the Trails. Some markers were unreadable and some signs did not have the maps.
Other than that it is a great trail system and easy to park and find.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pretty views!! Wouldnt be hard to get confused where you're at, no markings along the trails and no "specific" place to park/start that I could find! Loved all the scenery though.

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