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Are you ready to plan your next hiking adventure? Or maybe you are ready for a vacation with some unique outdoor excitement and Instagram worthy shots? Whatever type of vacation or adventure you are looking for, look no further than Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Colorado Springs really is a one-stop vacation destination for everyone in the family, but especially for outdoor adventurers and lovers. For those that are hiking addicts and can’t choose which trails to do first, behold my Top 5 Hiking Trails:
Paint Mines Interpretative Park
Hike roughly 4 miles in the 750-acre park known for its colorful bands of clay throughout the park which was once used by Native Americans to make paint. Trails are rated as easy and great for the whole family!
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
One of the area’s newest State Park offers 21 trails that span 27 miles in this 2701-acre park. Trails range from easy to extreme. If you are looking for a one of kind experience, hike the Dixon Trail (rated difficult to extreme) and stumble upon a 1957 plane crash site along with some amazing views, but make sure you come prepared! There are no pick-up points along the trail and no opportunities to refill water along this 17-mile route.
Garden of the Gods Park
15 miles of trails ranging from easy to difficult lay within this 1,367-acre park which received its name when a group of surveyors arrived in the area in 1859 and reported that this place of incredible beauty was a place fit for gods to assemble. Hike the Siamese Twins for an Instagram worthy unique view of Pikes Peak through the natural window of the twins.
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
This 1,474-acre park with roughly 12 miles of trails rated as easy-moderate that offer beautiful views of Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods via the 2.85-mile-long Mesa/Greenlee Trail. If you’d rather climb, there are about eighty technical sport climbing routes that have been established at Red Rocks.
The Crags Trail
A 5.1-mile roundtrip hike that is popular with families, the Crags are rock formations that face the northwest slope of Pikes Peak. Once you hit the summit visit the ancient Bristle Cone Pines and enjoy stunning views of Pikes Peak. Or if you are feeling more adventurous, use this trail to hike to Pikes Peak via Devil’s Playground.
No matter which trail (I suggest doing all of them) or outdoor activity you choose to partake in, always remember to be good stewards of the land and follow Leave No Trace principles.
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