With at least 300 days of sunshine and some exciting attractions, such as Garden of the Gods Park, Pikes Peak, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, open parks including several hiking trails in Colorado Springs, things to do take on a new dimension. There are several attractions to provide you with unlimited entertainment; this is one destination that is great for the whole family. If hiking is what drives you, BBonline suggests Colorado Springs' 5 most recommended hiking trails for you to check out and enjoy. The perfect weather in Colorado Springs allows you to enjoy the best nature has to offer.
1. Catamount Trail
Catamount Trail is a perfect spot to start hiking. The trail winds down from Green Mountain Falls Town right up to the Catamount Reservoir. The trail head is at the west end of the town near Catamount Falls, you can take the Belvidere Avenue or the Hondo to get to the trail head. The two overlooks that are along the trail offers great views of the valley beneath. Once you reach the Catamount Reservoir you can enjoy the beautiful views and relax at the lake. Located close to your beautiful Colorado Springs Bed and Breakfast, Catamount Trail is a great place to spend your day.
2. Red Rocks Canyon
Located south of US 24 between Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs, Red Rock Canyon has many trails and provides breathtaking views of the 'Garden of the Gods'. The trail goes upward and connects to the Intemann Trail. Red Rocks Canyon is a great place to go hiking after a good night's rest at your comfortable Colorado Springs Inn.
3. Scar Mountain
Scar mountain is located north of the 'Garden of the Gods', it is an exciting hiking trail offering spectacular views. It is also called 'Queen Canyon Quarry'. Scar Mountain is clearly visible from Colorado Springs and is easily accessible from your Colorado Springs Bed and Breakfast.
4. Palmer Trail Loop
Palmer Trail Loop is a popular hiking trail; it is steep which provides more excitement. The trail goes counterclockwise and gives you an excellent view of the Red Rocks Canyon and the Garden of the Gods which lie to the north. The trail passes Hunter Run creek and comes down to meet the High Drive dirt road to end at the trail head. From your Colorado Springs Inn, take the US 24 exit on 26th Street, continue driving through, after two switchbacks take a right turn and you will come up to Gold Camp Road, the parking lot for the trail head is roughly a mile away.
5. Heizer Trail
One of the oldest trails in Colorado Springs is the Heizer trail. Though not well known, it climbs uncompromisingly up Cascade Mountain from the town. As you climb up and pass through the first few switchbacks you will have a great view of the North Pole amusement park and the westbound US 24. Climbing further will lead you to a rocky overlook from where you will have amazing views of Pikes Peak Highway. Though it is old, Heizer trail offers a great hiking experience and when you finish you can retire to your cozy Colorado Springs Bed and Breakfast for a well deserved rest.