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Current News:

Manitou Springs Shuttle
The free shuttle service in Manitou Springs ended September 13.

Crew Leader Tread Lightly
A Leave No Trace course for crew leaders.  If you're a crew leader, member of a Friends group board, or engaged in planning or coordinating trail projects, you can learn how to have a softer impact on the environment.  The class is scheduled for Tues, Oct 7, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the CS Parks and Rec offices at 1401 Recreation Way.

Jones Park
At the September 9 meeting, CS city council voted 5-4 against donating the CS Utilities' holdings in Jones Park to the U.S. Forest Service through the National Forest Foundation.  They will consider the issue again at the September 23 meeting.

Iron Mountain Trail is Complete
The Iron Mountain Trail, which connects the Intemann Trail, is open.  Hikers, bikers, and runners can now go through from Section 16 in Red Rock Canyon Open Space all the way to Ruxton Avenue in Manitou Springs.  Thank you to all the volunteers and organizations that worked so hard to make it happen.

Incline Closure
The Manitou Incline closed Monday, August 18, for repairs.  Projected opening date is December 1.  CS Parks and Rec has more information.

Bear Creek Trails Reopen
The trails in the Bear Creek area that were closed after the September storms reopened on June 20.  Camping and motorized use are still restricted.   Reopened trails are 665, 666, 667, 668, 701, 720, and 720A, which include Jones Park, Bear Creek, Pipeline, and others.  The Captain Jacks loop is also open to hikers and mountain bikers.  Here is the current trail map.
Information about Forest Service's long-term proposal for the Bear Creek watershed is available on the Forest Service web site Bear Creek page.

Our goals are:
  • To provide a unified, pro-active voice for the preservation and restoration of the natural environment of Pikes Peak,
  • To promote and enhance recreational opportunities and visitor experiences that are in harmony with the natural environment of Pikes Peak,
  • To promote and participate in research and solutions for the sound stewardship of Pikes Peak,
  • To promote awareness of and education about Pikes Peak.

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.

Upcoming Activities

Thur, Sept 25: St. Mary's Falls

Tues, Oct 7: Tread Lightly
supplemental training for crew leaders

Wed, Oct 29, 5:30 - 7:30:
Giving Beer at Trinity Brewing

Sat, Nov 8: annual dinner