New Summit House
A new plan, including a new summit house, for the top of Pikes Peak is in the works. Forest Service is beginning the process to assess environmental effects. Scoping comment period is Aug 21 to Sept 21. You can submit comments online. The Forest Service web page has more information.
Dead Trees along Crags Road
Spruce bark beetles and other insect and disease issues are killing many trees along the Crags Road, Forest Road 383. Please watch for dead trees and do not camp or park near them and be aware when hiking or backpacking in the area.
Manitou Springs Master Planning for Parks, Open Space, and Trails
Manitou Springs is developing their master plan for parks, open space, and trails. You can learn more and provide your ideas at several public meetings. All the meetings are in Manitou Springs city hall, 606 Manitou Avenue, and start Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Meetings are: September 24: confirm values and issues; November 19: set goals and objectives; January 21, 2016: review priorities, strategies, and guidelines; April 14, 2016: review draft master plan. You can also check out Mantiou Springs' web page.
Ute Pass Trail Planning
El Paso County is creating a master plan to complete the Ute Pass Trail. The draft plan and additional information is available on El Paso County's Ute Pass Trail web page.
The draft decision for the Bear Creek watershed is out. The documents, map, and other information are available on the Forest Service web site Bear Creek page.
The free shuttle in Manitou Springs is back for 2015, May 17 to Sept 12. It has two routes, 333 on Manitou Avenue and 33, the Incline/Cog shuttle, from Old Mans Trail (near the free parking lot behind Tajine Alami) up Ruxton Ave to Iron Spring Chateau. The Incline/Cog shuttle runs 6 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. every 20 minutes, and every 10 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays after 10 a.m. Colorado Springs transit has details.
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We accomplish these goals by partnering with the U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation, the Pikes Peak Highway, El Paso County Parks, Colorado Springs Utilities, and other volunteer and Friends organizations.