This post is sponsored by Visit Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, situated at the eastern edge of the Southern Rocky Mountains, is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Located at the base of Pike’s Peak just one hour south of Denver, the city beckons hikers from all walks of life to enjoy the surrounding natural beauty. Start planning your next vacation with the best scenic hikes in Colorado Springs.
1. Garden of the Gods Loop Trail
Elevation Gain: 561 feet
Distance: 3.7 miles
Let’s start with Garden of the Gods because the National Natural Landmark offers some of the best hiking in Colorado. With glowing red rock formations and panoramic views, the geological wonder is a sight to see.
The Garden of the Gods Loop Trail connects four trails together where you’ll see unforgettable rock outcrops and dancing wildflowers.
Tip: The park and visitor center are both free to the public. Best times to visit are March – October.
2. Seven Bridges Trail
Elevation Gain: 1,033 feet
Distance: 3.7 miles
A popular hike in the Cheyenne Cañon area is the Seven Bridges Trail. The trail is named after the wooden bridges that cross it along the way. The gradual incline while meandering through the forest and listening to the flowing creek makes it a relaxing and enjoyable hike.
3. Helen Hunt Falls
Distance: .1 miles
If you are looking for a scenic waterfall hike in Colorado Springs, check out Helen Hunt Falls after hiking Seven Bridges. Located on the Cheyenne Creek, the trail is short and easy with a gorgeous view at the end.
Traveling with Kids? Read Next: 5 Easy Family-Friendly Hikes
4. Manitou Incline
Elevation Gain: 1,922 feet
Distance: 4 miles
Interested in gorgeous views of Colorado Springs and a cardio workout that will get your heart pumping? Then the 2,744 steps of the Manitou Incline it is. The old cable car route is not for the novice hiker but if you dare to climb you’ll be rewarded at the top.
Tip: Make sure you are adjusted to the altitude before attempting this hike. Take the Barr Trail back down.
5. Pulpit Rock Park Trail
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Distance: 1.5 miles
A fun rock scramble to the top of Pulpit Rock provides expansive views of Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak. If you are looking for a longer stroll, add a 2-mile loop around the unique rock formation.
Tip: Sunrise is particularly spectacular with glowing hues of the morning sun.
6. Palmer Loop Trail – Section 16
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Distance: 5.5 miles
If you want a long hike with scenic views but not as steep of a climb as the Manitou Incline, saunter on over to the Palmer Loop Trail / Section 16. The climb is gradual, making the hike a bit more pleasurable. At the top, you’ll have sweeping views of forest-covered mountains.
SEE BELOW FOR HIKING MAP
Be Prepared – Day Hiking Must Have Essentials & Tips
- Wear a sturdy pair of hiking shoes, whichever applies. I prefer trail runners or hiking shoes that don’t cover my ankles since it tends to rub, but if you prefer hiking boots, make sure to pick a durable and breathable pair.
- Bring a good day pack to carry supplies.
- Pack snacks for short hikes and a lunch for any long ones.
- Stay hydrated. Always bring more water than you think you need. Limit waste by bringing along reusable water bottles.
- Wear a hat and/or sunglasses.
- Apply sunscreen to prevent sunburn.
- Leave No Trace: Stay on the trails and always pack it in and pack it out.
Hiking Trails Colorado Springs Map
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, if you book through our link we will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.
Like it? Pin it for Later!