Outdoor Recreation

It's why we live here

Palmer is the proud guardian of southern Colorado's world-class outdoor recreation. We protect twenty of your favorite public parks and open spaces throughout the Pikes Peak Region that provide unmatched recreational opportunities and an unrivaled high quality of life.

Protected Since 2006

Red Rock Canyon Open Space

The towering sandstone formations of Red Rock Canyon Open Space have enthralled people since time immemorial. Artifacts from as early as the Archaic period (7,000 years ago) have been found on the property, as well as artifacts from Indigenous tribes who regarded the land as sacred.

Today, with 40 miles of trail available for hiking, biking, running, and equestrian access, Red Rock Canyon Open Space offers something for everyone. 


Colorado Springs

Ability Level





Horseback Riding


Rock Climbing

Dogs Allowed On/Off Leash

Protected Since 2014

Bear Creek Regional Park

From its beginnings as a hunting ground and ranch in the early 1800s, to the community-led Poor Farm in the early 1900s, Bear Creek Regional Park has been an integral part of the community and region.


El Paso County

Activities Allowed



Horseback Riding


Cross Country Skiing


Dogs Allowed On/Off Leash

Explore & Discover

Learn more about our work, conservation news and events by signing up for our newsletter and get a free download of our Field Guide to 20 of our protected parks and open spaces.

Our Initiatives

Conservation in the 21st century takes vision, partnership and community support to happen. We are proud to lead and participate in important conservation initiatives.

Elevate the Peak

Initiated by Palmer Land Conservancy, Elevate the Peak is charged with bringing together the conservation, outdoor recreation, and the public, private and philanthropic sectors to develop a collective vision and strategic plan to guide current and future land conservation and recreation efforts in the Pikes Peak region.

Elevate the Peak is funded by:

Ring the Peak

Palmer is a key partner in the visionary process to complete a trail completely circling Pikes Peak, a long-held dream for the residents of and visitors to the Pikes Peak region. The vision was originally documented in 1999 with 70% of the trail completed over the last 20 years.

The Ring the Peak Trail will provide our region with world-class hiking, biking, and backcountry camping; a draw for national and international visitors; and an economic boost to the neighboring communities.

Leave No Trace

You can help preserve the outdoors for future generations. Learn more

More outdoor recreation

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Find a Trail: Palmer Trail to Section 16

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Find a Trail: Red Mountain

August 13, 2020

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