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“If you don’t like Colorado Springs, then you don’t hike or ride a bike,” said a man I ran into last week in Red Rock Canyon. The statement struck me as undeniably true as we stood there looking over the spectacular sandstone canyon. Despite our many fiscal woes and increasingly anemic services, we have much for which to be thankful. First in my book would be the endless miles of trails and open space throughout the region, much of which I haven’t even begun to explore. To that end, I started poking around online only to find scads of maps and other resources. Here are a few noteworthies:
This cache of City trail maps at springsgov.com that will allow you to circumnavigate the better portions of the city while rarely having to depart from trails or clearly marked bike lanes. The only drawback is that there isn’t a single, comprehensive map available, so you have to patch some routes together. However, there are also nice “wayfinder” maps that also show planned trails where the existing trails don’t connect. (Also NOTE: the maps don’t appear in Firefox for some reason, though I was able to see them in Safari).
Or this Medicine Wheel GPS maps page that gives really cool and amazing 3-D maps alongside 2-D topographicals and GPX files for those of you who might be into that. It’s far from comprehensive, but it’s cool.
The Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC) has some good trail info and links to maps, written descriptions, etc., though sadly the comprehensive city bike map has yet to reach fruition. There is a great new map of the single-track mountain bike course at Bear Creek Park HERE, however.
The Gazette also has a really nice and fairly comprehensive trail-finder with written reviews and maps (some more useful than others) for local trails as well as trails in the greater Pikes Peak region. The only drawback here is that you can’t look for trails geographically and have to either know the name or be willing to comb through them for a while.
We’d love to know if you know of other great online resources for local maps. Please leave a comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.