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I wanted to share our favorite hiking spots in (and around) Colorado Springs! Some, but not all, of these would be suitable for strollers or younger children, so make sure to read about each one before you head out!
Garden of the Gods
This is a great place to hike as a family, as there are trails with different levels of difficulty. This is a popular tourist spot, so it can get busy on weekends and during the summer months. If you want an easy trail, you can stroll around the central garden trail area. This area around the main formations is paved, accessible and suitable for strollers. Restrooms are also available at the main parking area. For something a bit more challenging, we love the Siamese Twins trail. It has a great view of Pikes Peak at the top. It’s an intermediate level trail with some stairs.
Garden of the Gods website
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Red Rock Canyon has similar red rock to Garden of the Gods but is usually less crowded. The parking lot that has picnic table and portable restrooms. While not paved, the Red Rock Canyon Trail is a wide access road and is stroller friendly. You pass a small pond on this trail, where you might see ducks or other wildlife. My kids really enjoy exploring the quarry, particularly the steps carved in the rock. If you continue of the quarry trail, it is not stroller friendly.
Red Rock Canyon website
Painted Mines Interpretative Park
A short distance from Colorado Springs, the Paint Mines are worth the drive! The formation are really cool and you can walk right down to them. From either entrance, you’ll have to walk less than a mile to access the beautiful formations. The area around the formations is not stroller friendly. Portable restrooms are available at the parking areas.
Paint Mines website
Helen Hunt Falls and Silver Cascade Falls
Helen Hunt Falls is located just steps away from the parking lot in North Cheyenne Canyon Park. There is also a visitor center and portable restrooms. You can climb stairs to view the waterfall from a bridge across the top. If you continue up the trail about half a mile you can also view Silver Cascade Falls. That is a more difficult trail with stairs and a significant elevation gain. It’s best for older children and isn’t suitable for strollers.
Helen Hunt/Silver Cascade website
The is a longer intermediate trail at about 4 miles total to go out and back. There is a 0.7 mile hike from the parking lot to the trail head. The access road is stroller friendly, but the trail itself is not. There are no restroom facilities. It’s a bit challenging in spots, so it’s probably best for school-age children. If you’re taking younger kids, a backpack carrier would be a good idea. There are seven numbered bridges along the trail, so it keeps the kids motivated to find the next one. The trail runs along and crosses North Cheyenne Creek. This trail gets busy on weekend, and it can be difficult to find parking by mid-day.
Finding this trail is a bit tricky. Drive into Cheyenne Canyon toward Helen Hunt Falls. Once you pass the Helen Hunt Falls visitor center keep going up until you get to a large unpaved parking area. From there, you’ll want walk up Gold Camp road. You go past the gate on the West side of the parking lot (not High Drive!) for 0.7 miles until you hit the Seven Bridges trail head marker 622.
Seven Bridges website
Do you know of other great family hiking spots in Colorado Springs? Share them in the comments!