Explore the most popular scenic driving 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.

mountain biking
3 days ago

Great fun and amazing vistas!

off road driving
13 days ago

Trail started at GoG and is a beautiful drive any stock sedan should do fine on. Once you reach the Loop it gets a little interesting. I went left at the fork with my 4Runner that has a small suspension lift. Had to 4WD for few spots and if you are unskilled at off-roading I wouldn't attempt this with anything stock.

off road driving
14 days ago

Took my 2017 JKL Hard Rock and had FUN. Great trail - mostly just bumpy. Narrows were not all that narrow (doors off - added mirrors) The ‘fun little area’ after the Academy Lookout looks way harder than it is - the jeep didn’t even break a sweat! but I did. Saw maybe 3 other vehicles

wide trail, in the sun all the time. your map doesn't go to the place the teal actually ends

24 days ago

Was a beautiful drive with the exception of all the trash along the way. We are working to perform cleanup there in the next few weeks. Really bad washboard road. But not horrible.

off road driving
27 days ago

Trail was pretty and very easy, but VERY narrow in areas. Was a struggle to work the way between trees and boulders in some areas. If you have a wider Jeep i do not recommend this trail- it was truly a butt clencher. Nearly scratched the sides on multiple occasions.

The trail itself did not have very difficult terrain. The only challenge was squeezing between trees.


I have to wonder if I took a wrong turn, since no other reviews mention how tight the road between trees was. The area was certainly scenic.

Had a blast doing this trail today with the wife and son in my 2015 F150, with a fox coil over leveling kit and 33 inch Falken Wildpeak AT3Ws (similar to KO2s).

Did the whole 9 yards, through the whole loop and even up to the academy overview.

Before you get to the loop the trail is just loaded with big dips in the ground, my toddler was cracking up the whole time going through those he loved it.

Once you hit the loop it starts to get narrower and narrower, definitely a handling challenge if you're in a full sized truck. I had to pull in my rear view a couple times and definitely had some pine tree brush, nothing intense enough to scratch the paint though. No good rock crawling spots but definitely some bumpy and steep grades to keep you on your toes.

Hiked to the first tunnel off the road. Not far and definitely worth the hike

off road driving
1 month ago

Fun trail!

off road driving
1 month ago

Took the RZR up there on the Sunday over Memorial wknd and there was barely anyone out there. Great trail system with nice views, a small water crossing, and a large rock outcropping on the backside which is a great place to stop and enjoy a picnic lunch. The small SUV on 311A has been removed from the water and moved to the side. Definitely recommend these trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike on an old train tracks road. Little water so make sure you pack it. There’s a good tunnel to hike through about 4 miles up.

1 month ago

Great drive and nicely groomed hiking area!

off road driving
1 month ago

Went and rode near Colorado Springs with my sons’ new Polaris Ace 150. It’s a good machine, but can have a tough time going up steeper grades. I had to push him up one of the hills. The trails were considered green difficulty here in Colorado. We still had a great time!

Its very beautiful would definitely go again if in Colorado Springs

off road driving
1 month ago

The 311A obstacle has been removed from the trail. It is still in the area, but it is no longer blocking the trail. Some parts of this trail were pretty narrow, but a Titan with a 3" lift and 33" tires made it fine. Most of the loop is simple, but be careful and take it slow on 311A.

Twin Canyons, sacred to native peoples for millenia, and now one, South Cheyenne Canyon, has long been privatized: first by Texas magnates and now by the Broadmoor. I think it's travesty to have it be a paid-admission destination. I live close by and simply ride by the gates almost daily; I should not have to pay to get in and hike, commune there.

off road driving
2 months ago

I ran the trail yesterday afternoon, quite fun!

The 311A sunken treasure is still there, looks like it's been gone over with a bat. I got around it on the ice, which is starting to melt but is still thick enough for my Rubicon to make it over. Just hug the outside corner or else your tire will get stuck in the foot-wide crack.

I ended up going counter-clockwise on the loop because I was watching my Jeep GPS instead of the All-Trails map, and missed the first turn. No matter, though, running up that 311A hill was fun!

Most of the mud puddles have dried up.

It's beautiful, but its not clear here that you have to pay to get in. We ended up paying $14.50 per person after we started the hike which led us to the entrance of Seven Falls where you had to pay to get in. After you get up all the stairs the rest of the hike is very beautiful and worth it.

off road driving
2 months ago

Note- to get to the “hard” parts, you’ll need to drive about two and half hours out to where the trail shows the loops on the map. There (AND ONLY THERE) is this trail hard. It’s worth the drive for those adventurous enough! Other than that, it’s a fun (easy) dirt road for cruising with beautiful views.

off road driving
2 months ago

Would say this is about a 4/10 trail no higher (in difficulty). Similar to Gold Camp Rd and Old Stage it has great trails that branch off along the drive. As of last weekend, the gate at the bottom of Garden of the Gods is now open again.

off road driving
2 months ago

Great trail run for moderate rating (a stock 4Runner didn't have issues). Could be very narrow for some full size trucks going out. Also came across the 311A sunken boat, just be aware the ice is melting and could get worse but me and the group of 4 hugged the outer path and made it fine.

'99 4RnR 33 KO2 3" Toytech 5100

off road driving
2 months ago

Just did this loop with a 2001 Xterra with 31" A/T tires and a 3" lift. Most of the trail was a breeze, but the section with the sunken car and a few climbs after it felt a little hairy. Very fun though, but be smart, be careful. The section near the car still has ice on the ground and is sloped toward the mud pit. It blows my mind that car even attempted driving out there...

Beautiful place. You can find trails off of the road, but lookout for bikes. The trails surrounding Gold Camp road can get difficult.

off road driving
3 months ago

Pretty good one. My power wagon was just a bit to big in spots though. Whoops.

just went on this trail yesterday 4/8/18 with my tundra with 3" level and 35s , a stock Tacoma and a f150 with 3" level. made the loop around and got out. came up on a car that was frozen in the creek up to the Windows. Definitely a learning experience for sure.

off road driving
3 months ago

Thought it'd be great to do this road after the recent snow and it didn't disappoint. We couldn't do the whole loop due to the "sunken object" still being stuck in the ice on 311A. Didn't want to chance going around it. I walked up to the bypass and fell thru the ice about 6 inches just walking on it. Wasn't bringing my jeep thru that.

Other than that it was a great ride in 6-8 inches of snow.

off road driving
3 months ago

Definitely not the place of you’re looking for off road driving, but it was definitely cool to drive through. The tunnels were neat, and there’s a lot of hiking trails.

off road driving
3 months ago

Did the whole loop even passed the frosty bridge of wonders. I probably shouldn’t have risked it but I got passed it. Now that I think of it, I really shouldn’t have tried that lol. Plenty of decent rocks and places to sit and relax at. I enjoyed it.

off road driving
3 months ago

The mysterious object blocking the trail is still there. We drove around it over the ice, but I definitely would not recommend it. Super scary !!!!

off road driving
4 months ago

took my stock 18 Crosstrek today with 4 friends and murdered most of that trail. Stock tires, 8.7 inches of ground clearance saved our asses.

Note: about 10 miles in there is a small frozen stream with a Ford escape frozen solid up to mid door. inside is full of ice, its awesome. Unfortunately you can't easily get passed it. I don't think the forest service can clear it till spring.

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