Palmer Park Outer Loop Trail

MODERATE 245 reviews
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Palmer Park Outer Loop Trail is a 7.4 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.

7.4 miles
849 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


bird watching



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.

13 days ago

Beautiful views! Like a miniature bad lands in the middle of Colorado Springs

1 month ago

Very close to the house and a good place for a quick escape from stress.

5 months ago

love this park! great trails in my backyard!

5 months ago

Great trail, easy hike and nice view, very good for everyday exercise

6 months ago

Great trail for a relatively easy hike.

6 months ago

Great hike, fun for me and my friends as well as my kid.. 4 yrs old had a great time!

7 months ago

Trails were pretty washed out. Ended up losing the trail many times. Despite that it was a beautiful hike.

7 months ago

Other reviewers have mentioned trash; I didn’t notice a problem. I love any hike that has you clambering over rocks!

mountain biking
7 months ago

Gorgeous views and many trails to choose from

8 months ago

loved this place until it got trashy.

9 months ago

So hard to figure out what trails are the outer loop. Went to trail run and instead of stopping and pulling out my phone every time there was a fork just kind of winged it. Only ended up with 5.5 Miles though.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Great views, not too challenging. Second hike since moving to Springs and it was perfect for adjusting to the altitude!!

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Excellent mountain biking trails; green, blue and black trails.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

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.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

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!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

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!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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?!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

better with a bike

Sunday, July 30, 2017

There's hardly a trail here

Monday, June 19, 2017

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.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

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

Monday, March 27, 2017

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

Monday, February 27, 2017

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

Monday, February 20, 2017

kids had a blast!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

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.

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