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Colorado Springs, CO

A comprehensive guide to the best places to run in Colorado Springs

Just 60 miles south of Denver, the Rocky Mountain town of Colorado Springs is a paradise for lovers of outdoor sports. Its mountains and foothills — including the 14,115 foot Pikes Peak — are brimming with challenging trails, so it’s no wonder that both the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the U.S. Air Force Academy have made Colorado Springs–which sits at 6,000 feet– their proving grounds. Even in town, the numerous city parks and open spaces seem to invite in an atmosphere of exercise. Note: Be aware of the altitude and make sure you adjust and hydrate when running in Colorado Springs.

Local running experts say to start out on the Pikes Peak Greenway. This popular long trail cuts conveniently right through the center of town, so you can pick it up almost anywhere. If you’re more of a trail runner, you can find the route of your dreams at one of the many local parks, including Garden of the Gods, Bear Creek, and Ute Valley. Part of the joy of running in Colorado Springs is the spirit of adventure, so don’t be afraid to get out and explore any of these parks near you.

A car can add to the convenience of your exploration, but it’s not 100% necessary. The Mountain Metro bus system is actually quite extensive, and they offer a handy tool to find the closest bus stop and next arrival near you. With all transportation barriers out of the way, you can get out and train like an Olympian!

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Bear Creek Regional Park

Colorado Springs, CO

A 545 acre multi-use park tucked into the foothills of Pike’s Peak, with over 10 miles of trails for non-motorized use. Only 2.5 miles from downtown. We've mapped a 3.5 mile loop in the eastern section, but add in western section for more!

Palmer Park

Colorado Springs, CO

A great opportunity to get some 'mesa' running near the city, with 25 miles of trails of varying difficulty. Great views and something for runners of all abilities. Helpful to use the park trail map because the trails intersect.

Midland Trail

Colorado Springs, CO

A 4 mile one-way paved trail from America the Beautiful Park to Manitou Springs. Great mountain views. The trail parallels the Midland Expwy. There's an 0.5 mile break at the 1.5 mile mark (starting downtown).

Mueller State Park

Colorado Springs, CO

The 3.3 mile Osborn Homestead Loop is a travel back in time to a historic Colorado homestead, built in the early 1900s by the Earl Osborn family. Many other trails in this 5,000 acre park, 30 miles from Colorado Springs.


Colorado Springs, CO

The Broadmoor area of Colorado Springs is a nice deviation from the typical trail running of Colorado Springs. The most runnable street is a straight shot down Lake Ave from Broadmoor Town Center to The Broadmoor Hotel.

New Santa Fe Regional Trail

Colorado Springs, CO

One of the most scenic training spots around Colorado Springs, with great mountain views and smooth gravel terrain. The south end connects to the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail and runs north to Palmer Lake for 19 miles. Numerous connections to additional trails. Video preview!

Colorado Springs has hot summers and cool winters. The climate is fairly dry. In summer, temperatures reach into the mid-80s (29C), but due to the dry air, nights cool off reasonably. You might even need a layer on early summer mornings! In winter, daytime highs reach into the 40s (5C), and nights can be cold, dipping into the teens (-9C). It can snow in winter but the climate is generally sunny and dry. In summer, most precipitation comes from thunderstorms.

Check out VisitCOS.com for helpful tourism info.


There are plenty of great running stores (with great running advice) in Colorado Springs, including: Runners RoostBoulder Running Co, and Colorado Running Co.  See the map on the city home page for location and event information.


Garden of the Gods Park hosts a 5k group run Thursdays, 4pm-6pm. Information and Registration.

For group runs, check in with the Pikes Peak Road Runners.

You can also find upcoming events on the Pikes Peak Road Runners’ site.