Sports, Recreation and Parks
Sports enthusiasts will find many opportunities to run, hike, ski, golf, cycle, fish, camp, sightsee and hunt in the Pikes Peak region. There are also many amateur and professional competitions available for sports fans.
Colorado Springs has one of the most extensive municipal and regional park systems in the nation, with more than 8,000 acres of park area. Major public-use facilities can be found in nearly every neighborhood.
Regional parks, typically more than 100 acres in size, offer beautiful scenic views. The Garden of the Gods Park, North Slope Recreation Area, Palmer Park and North Cheyenne Canyon offer diverse sights and recreational activities. To find out more about Colorado Springs parks, recreation and cultural services, visit the city of Colorado Springs website at https://coloradosprings.gov.
GARDEN OF THE GODS
Few things say “Colorado Springs” quite like these towering red rock formations at the base of Pikes Peak. Hike, bike or drive through the 1,400-acre park and watch for deer and numerous birds and critters. Start your visit at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center with its hands-on exhibits explaining the geology, ecology, plants and history of the area. For more information, call 719-634-6666 or visit www.gardenofgods.com.
TRAILS FOR HIKING AND BIKING
A growing network of urban and rural trails makes many scenic areas in the Pikes Peak region more accessible to hikers and bicyclists. Hiking and walking opportunities abound in nearby city, county and state parks. Barr Trail, which ascends the east side of Pikes Peak from Manitou Springs, is among several local hikes in nearby national forest service land.
The area’s growing ranks of mountain bikers have discovered and developed hundreds of miles of enjoyable trails for all skill levels.
FISHING, RAFTING AND OTHER WATER SPORTS
Reservoirs, natural lakes, rivers and streams, many in developed state parks or national forest lands, provide a vast opportunity of water-related recreation.
Anglers are treated to “Gold Medal” trout streams, reservoirs laden with native and stocked rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout, and ample warm-water fisheries stocked with walleye, bass and catfish — all within a few hours’ drive. Mountain anglers are treated to some of the West’s best ice fishing for trout, pike and landlocked salmon.
Whitewater rafting season, May through July along several freestone rivers, is noted as being some of the best in the nation.
Water skiing, inner tubing and power boating are available on many lakes in the area. These lakes are balanced with others that have boating restrictions to allow those who prefer canoes, kayaks and small boats to enjoy quieter water.
The Pikes Peak region is a sports fan’s heaven. Local competitions and exhibitions abound, such as world-class athletics at the Olympic Training Center, authentic rodeo, professional golfing, auto racing and countless other sports events.
Colorado Springs is home to the Sky Sox, the AAA affiliate for the Colorado Rockies major league baseball team. Security Service Field, built in 1988, seats up to 10,200 fans for 72 home games each season.
Rodeo competitions have a large following in the Pikes Peak region. Two major rodeos take place in Colorado Springs in July. The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and the National Little Britches Rodeo are held here each summer. Many smaller rodeos are held in other communities in the Pikes Peak region yearly.