Due to the Waldo Canyon Fire, the following has been

CLOSED:

Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Garden of the Gods Park
Palmer Park
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Pikes Peak Highway and High Drive
Wilson Ranch Pool
Garden of the Gods Visitor’s Center
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
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Areas like Red Rock Canyon Open Space & Stratton Open Space contribute immeasurably to the quality of life in the Pikes Peak Region. They also play a role in attracting both individuals and businesses to the area. There’s now a growing trend for communities across the country to quantify those values. KRCC’s Michelle Mercer [...]

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As winter releases its hold on the region and gives way to warmer temperatures and the green leaves of spring, we thought it an appropriate time to visit the topic of Parks and Open Space.

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(All photographs by Michael Myers except where indicated in the captions)

We in El Paso County have lots of incredible open space and, thanks to TOPS and the Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC), it may be our greatest treasure and our most enduring legacy. Red Rock Canyon and [...]

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We visited the The Fountain Creek Nature Center again last week (we were there at roughly the same time last year) and were struck once again by what a spectacular place it is on any given day of the year, packed with visual treasures.

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The new bike path to Manitou from 31st Street and Hwy 24 has just been completed, mostly. There’s a large gap where The Midland Trail ends in no man’s land between Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs proper where the trail resumes near Garden of the Gods Campground (and you have to cross Manitou Avenue [...]

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Cheyenne Mountain State Park played host to this past weekend’s Cheyenne Mountain Explosion professional mountain bike race, but the park also has its fair share of beginning and intermediate rides on well-maintained forest trails that offer fantastic up-close views of Pikes Peak granite on the south face of Cheyenne Mountain, which, [...]

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Spring Sign

On March 21, 2011 By

A few signs of Spring—along with the leftover bones of winter—revealed themselves among the rocks and red cedars in the gullies just north of Garden of the Gods this past weekend as the season made its official debut. Off the tourist path, the smaller treasures that surround Garden of the Gods are often its [...]

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Return to Space Mountain

On February 28, 2011 By

For all the unquestionable beauty of our ubiquitous natural surroundings, even the Front Range and Garden of the Gods can become hard to truly see in any meaningful sense. Like “THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED BARN IN AMERICA” in Don Delillo’s novel “White Noise,” the local scenery can become advertisements for ideas about the local scenery. We thought about his as we wandered through Garden of the Gods on a warm, late afternoon last week as the sun was just about to drop behind Pikes Peak…

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Remembering Fred Schumm

On December 27, 2010 By

Last week, we learned of the recent passing of Fred Schumm, whom we had the great good fortune of interviewing earlier this year, at his home in Cherry Hills, NJ . Schumm, a Springs native, conceived of and built marvelously artful and one-of-a-kind playground sculptures for the parks in Colorado Springs.

Following World War [...]

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Would That It Would Snow

On December 8, 2010 By

Last year on this date, we posted this little slide show of a x-city skiing adventure after a huge snowstorm turned the city into a lovely winter playground.

There are few things more magical than cross-country skiing through city streets on a snowy day. But snow, sustained cold temperatures and lack [...]

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An early (and lighthearted) documentarian of life in Old Colorado City in the early 20th Century, Ira Current was born in Colorado Springs October 30, 1910. He developed a keen interest in photography when he was 16 years old which would soon lead him to a job with Stewart Brothers photo finishing in Colorado Springs. In 1928, shortly after his graduation from Colorado Springs High School (now Palmer High School) he used the salary he earned at Stewart’s ($5 a week) to purchase a Cine Kodak, the first amateur film camera produced, for $25, a tripod for $25 and two hundred feet of film for $5 and produced his first film, “Four Wheels”, a chronicle of soap box style races, inspired by the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, near the Garden of the Gods.

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We say it a lot here on The Big Something: Our open spaces are our greatest local treasures. Who among us hasn’t enjoyed Red Rock Canyon or the newly added Section 16 at least once? Today, City Council will consider the purchase of the Anderson property, which would add 72 acres to the newly purchased Corral Bluffs open space just east of Colorado Springs.

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