Explore the most popular Nature Trips trails near Colorado Springs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Absolutely beautiful! A great trail to hike if you want to escape the paved paths and get great views of outside the park area.

Very easy trail, leading up to beautiful views. Ample parking at trail head.

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no shade
2 days ago

Very fun trail not to terribly hard the incline does get a little steep and you have to kind of find your way to the top of kineo as the trail starts to disappear towards the top but beautiful view of Colorado Springs and the surrounding mountains.

A great cool down trail after long hikes. Shady trail that is very easy walking. Plenty of wildlife along the creek. This is a short trail perfect for walking with young children and pets. Take your time and enjoy nature and the creek. Some nice rock formations along the trail as well. Trail starts behind the visitors center and ends at a parking lot up the canyon. This parking lot is where Middle Columbine Trail begins.

Absolutely amazing trail

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no shade
3 days ago

Hiked this at 12:30 pm with my brother. There is no trail head sign. We parked at Balanced Rock, then walk downhill on the road, go past the triangle in the road and on the right is a trail head marker for Balanced Rock, start there. Very pretty views, a great way to see the park and features without so many people. Pretty easy hike, what made it moderate for me is that there is very little shade so it was a bit hot. But I recommend it! Just take a hat, lots of water and sunscreen.

It was a gorgeous day there were some people but not too much I was able to get off on a trail and be the only one on it. Beautiful picturesque clouds and shadows all over, perfect day for photography.

Difficult, but the views are amazing.

We hiked 5 miles today and it was so nice to have maintained trails. Beautiful rock formations made it all worth it

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no shade
4 days ago

Short fairly easy hike, other than there’s little shade and it was HOT! Definitely recommend doing this one early or in the afternoon. It was hard to find a parking spot as well

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scramble
4 days ago

It was a nice trail with shady areas. I was unable to make it to the summit as there was some very steep rocks to get over towards the end and I made the decision to turn around. There are some nice look out points throughout the trail. Most of the trail is on gravel so that made it a bit difficult to get back down.

The beginning is tough. Steep switchbacks and you incline up the mountain. But once you peak, it’s a gradual decline. Full of beautiful views and lots of trees to provide shade.

Very nice trail. Just when think you’ve lost your place there’s a cairn. It starts out on gold camp pretty flat, then remains that way pretty much until the switchbacks . These are tough but not impossible. After you’ve gone through the man made fence you need to turn right and then left onto the last leg of the hike. This is by far the steepest and most challenging part. The trail is pretty easy to follow the whole way through . After this 1.5 mile climb, you’ll reach a meadow/ open area with incredible views of Almagre and Pikes . One more stretch to the top about 1 mile or so and you’re there . Amazing views of the city, a reservoir , and surrounding mountains. Round trip with a 45 min break at the top was 6 hours , left at 9:30 am and got back 3:30.

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike close to home. Now that summer is over, it wasn't very busy at all. Very easy trail to run down after enjoying the views at the summit. Will be even more beautiful when the Autumn colors kick in!! This will be my go-to when I need a short outdoor workout!

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5 days ago

The beginning of the hike isn't too bad. Then at the actual trail up it becomes steep. It's worth the steep climb though. The actual climb up is available to dirt bikers. We had to move over for about twelve dirt bikes which was challenging because of the narrow trail and drop off edge.

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washed out
5 days ago

A great hike to the summit. beautiful 360 views. Easy hike to the saddle up High Drive. Trail was not marked, turn right and follow up. The last 100 plus yards before summit are washed out pretty bad. It also gets steep but it's doable. Make sure to bring hiking poles for the decent. Remember that you are exposed in High Drive and the summit. probably not the best choice for a midday hike. Take time to enjoy the views.

One of the best places so far to hiking!

Awesome hike. Beautiful summit views.

There are incredible views all the way up. Short and easy trail but a lot of loose rocks and some narrow passes. It was my first hike in Colorado. I highly recommend it.

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no shade
6 days ago

What a wonderful Full Moon Harvest morning

off road driving
6 days ago

***NOT FOR LARGE TOYS OR VEHICLES***

Trail was awesome. My wife and I loved it. Very nice views and no crowds ! Nice to get away from the paved sidewalks and do something a bit more rugged.

hiking
7 days ago

Nice, dog-friendly trail.

hiking
7 days ago

great hike. steep uphill, gradual decline, lots of rim hiking

Lots of uphill!

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rocky
8 days ago

Gorgeous views from the top and a lovely Aspen grove to walk through on the way up. I’ve done many hikes in NCC and this was by far the hardest. The scree field you cross is scary and sketchy. Lots of scrambling and coming down expect to slide and fall if you don’t have poles. I fell more times than I can count but still worth it and I’d go again.

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