Pikes Peak Greenway Trail is a 23.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point 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 accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Part of the greater Colorado Front Range Trail, this pretty path allows access to over 15 other Colorado Springs trails. One day, this trail will stretch all the way through Colorado from Wyoming to New Mexico. When that happens, it will be called the Colorado Front Range Trail. It will be epic. For now, though, enjoy a beautiful stretch of the trail through Colorado Springs as it wends its way past parks, college campuses, trail junctions, ponds, golf courses, and historic towns. For over 30 miles of trail each way, you can start your journey in the town of Palmer Lake, Colorado and ride the Santa Fe New Regional Trail (guide available). That trail will take you through a couple small towns then through the beautifully forested grounds of the Air Force Academy. Just north of Colorado Springs, the New Santa Fe Trail will conjoin with the Pikes Peak Greenway trail for a great long distance trail. If however, you are satisfied to "just" ride 32 miles worth of awesome trail, then you will not be disappointed in the Pikes Peak Greenway. A good place to start the trail is at the Woodmen Road Park-N-Ride just west of highway 25 on the north end of Colorado Springs. Although it's a good idea to pack plenty of emergency provisions, you won't have to worry too much about forgetting something because the first portion of the trail has restaurants, hotels, and a well-stocked bicycle store. Another unique and positive aspect of this trail is all of the side paths that branch off of it. Even if you've ridden/walked this trail before, you won't lack for side excursions to keep the experience fresh and exciting. You can explore the old pioneer town of Colorado City, wildflower gardens in the park, a beautiful college campus, and even a streetcar rail museum.
Well maintained trail that is suitable for all kinds of activities. Great for bicycle commuters
Great trail. Most of it was paved, but plenty was crushed rock and thus not exactly road bike quality. Very easy, mostly flat. Great views of the mountains, and got to ride by several small parks I didn't even know were there.
The Pikes Peak Greenway is probably the most significant trail in the Colorado Springs urban trail system. It generally runs north/south along Interstate 25 and Monument Creek (and Fountain creek south of the confluence of the two creeks). Many other trails connect to the "Greenway" and there are numerous parks along the route. The trail has gravel, asphalt and concrete segments. Be advised, some segments of this trail are temporarily closed for various reasons. Given its importance, there are big plans in the works for the Greenway. Currently, one good route exists for inline skaters. See tracks tab for details.