For those who prefer the pace of a paved trail, the Midland Trail runs 4 miles one-way from downtown through Old Colorado City, to Manitou Springs, paralleling the Midland Expwy. (Rt. 24). There are great views of Pikes Peak and the surrounding mountains.
The trail is a work in progress, so some parts are still unpaved while other parts utilize and cross over streets. The downtown start is near America the Beautiful Park. After 1.5 miles, the trail ends, and you’ll have to run on Naegele Rd. for 0.5 miles before rejoining the trail. The northern terminus of the trail is at the Mountain Springs Skate Park.
Add-Ons: At the downtown end, the Pikes Peak Greenway heads north towards Monument Valley or south towards Bear Creek and Dorchester Park. At the northern end, Red Rock Canyon Open Space is just across the street.