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Located at the base of Pikes Peak, the City of Colorado Springs has over 9,000 acres of parkland and 500 acres of trails that include renown attractions like Garden of the Gods and the Manitou Incline trail.

City parks encompass a diverse array of natural areas, including forested foothills, sheer-walled canyons, mountain streams, unique rock formations, expansive grasslands and scenic mesas.

Colorado Springs also provides a variety of urban commuter trails, neighborhood parks, athletic facilities and open spaces that contribute to the department's mission to enhance the quality of life for its residents.

In total, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services manage:

  • 7 regional parks
  • 8 community parks
  • 136 neighborhood parks
  • 5 sports complexes
  • 105 miles of urban trails
  • 160 miles of park trails
  • 48 open space areas
  • 2 public golf courses
  • 2 public cemeteries

The list continues to grow as the department adds and maintains recreational areas, with many new areas in development. Click here for a look at the Parks System Master Plan. 


A historic photo of Acacia ParkParks, open space and the surrounding mountains have been an important part of the experience of the city since its founding.

When Colorado Springs filed the original town plat in 1871, it included one city block as the first city-owned park. The park, known as North Park or Acacia Square is the site of the present-day Acacia Park.

Colorado Springs' city founder General William Jackson Palmer generously donated 1,270 acres of parkland, bridle and foot paths, scenic drives and roadways planted with trees, to establish a significant foundation of the Colorado Springs park system. These gifts included Acacia (North) Park, Monument Valley Park, Antlers Park, Pioneer Square (South) Park, Palmer Park, North Cheyenne Cañon, Prospect Lake and Bear Creek Cañon.

In 1909, the Perkins heirs gave Garden of the Gods Park to the City, adding to the beautiful parkland already established.

The parks, recreation, trails and open space system has developed into a diverse and vibrant network – a direct result of decades of work, leadership, and investment by community members and leaders.


From this page, you can browse many different maps of various parks in the city. If a wheel chair icon appears next to a park name on the zipcode maps or appears in the corner of a neighborhood park map, that park is ADA compliant (ASTM standards). Please keep in mind, other parks might be partially ADA compliant. 

    Adobe Maps (pdf format)

    Park Land Map Please be patient, as this map is 4.55 MB in size.
    Garden Of The Gods Park Map
    Memorial Park Map
    North Cheyenne Cañon Park Map, page 1 of 2
    North Cheyenne Cañon Park Map, page 2 of 2
    Palmer Park Map, page 1 of 2
    Palmer Park Map, page 2 of 2
    Red Rock Canyon Open Space Map

    Trail Wayfinding Maps

    Cottonwood Creek Trail Wayfinding Map
    Homestead Trail Wayfinding Map
    Midland Trail Wayfinding Map
    Pikes Peak Greenway Trail Wayfinding Map
    Rock Island & Shooks Run Trails Wayfinding Map
    Sinton & Templeton Gap Trails Wayfinding Map

    Park Special Event Fee Reduction Policy 

    Requests for a fee waiver or reduction must be made in writing using the Park Special Event Fee Waiver Application and delivered, along with a copy of the organization's IRS 501(c) determination letter, as part of a special event application submittal. Please complete the application in its entirety. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need additional space for your justification statement, please feel free to attach more pages.  

    The packet should be faxed to (719) 385-6599, emailed to​, or mailed to the address below: 
    Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department
    Attn: Office of Special Events 
    1401 Recreation Way
    Colorado Springs, CO 80905

    Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services shall determine eligibility and make a decision within 45 days of receipt of the request.