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Fountain Creek Regional Trail

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Fountain Creek Regional Trail

LENGTH:

10 miles

SURFACE:

unpaved

COMMUNITIES:

Colorado Springs, Fountain

HIGHLIGHTS:

Fountain Creek, views of Pikes Peak, Fountain Creek Regional Park, bird watching, views of Pikes Peak.

NEARBY TRAILS:

Pikes Peak Greenway

Crews Gulch Trail

RELATED LINKS:

Colorado Springs

Regional Trails

The Fountain Creek Regional Trail is a 10-mile long unpaved pathway that spans between the southern border of Colorado Springs and the City of Fountain in Central Colorado. This area is just east of Fort Carson.

At the north end the trail connects to the Pikes Peak Greenway. The trail then follows Fountain Creek to the south. The trail goes through the natural areas alongside the creek with cottonwoods and willows, farmland and grassy meadows. There are views of Pikes Peak to the north and the foothills to the west.

The trail goes through Fountain Creek Regional Park. The park is a 460-acre linear park that includes Willow Springs Ponds, Hanson Nature Park, Fountain Creek Nature Center and the Duckwood Active Play Area with athletic fields and picnic shelter. There is fishing allowed at the ponds and the area is a great place for bird watching.

There was severe damage to the park and the trail in the Fountain area during the floods of September 2013. Some of the trail was washed away as the banks of the creek collapsed.

The Fountain Creek Regional Trail is part of the Colorado Front Range Trail system.

Conditions

The Fountain Creek Regional Trail is unpaved for the entire route. The trail is open for bike riding, walking and running, but would not be suitable for road bikes.

Communities

The Fountain Creek Regional Trail goes near the following communities: Colorado Springs, Security-Widefield, For Carson and Fountain

Points of Interest

The Fountain Creek Regional Trail goes near the following points of interest:

El Pomar Youth Sports Complex
Fountain Creek Regional Park
Willow Springs Ponds
Hansen Nature Center
Fountain Creek Nature Center
Nearby Trails

Pikes Peak Greenway: At its north end, the Fountain Creek Regional Trail allows connection to the Pikes Peak Greenway that heads north and travels from the south end of Colorado Springs to the border with the United States Air Force Academy.

Crews Gulch Trail: just south of Mesa Ridge Parkway to the east of Interstate 25 in Fountain. Crews Gulch Trail heads to the east to Widefield Community Park.

End Points

The north end of the Fountain Creek Regional Trail is located at the southern border of Colorado Springs, a point 0.4 miles south of El Pomar Youth Sports Park. The park is located to the south of Circle Drive and east of Interstate 25 in Colorado Springs.

The south end of the trail is located along Bandley Drive, 2.5 miles south of Highway 16 in Fountain.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Fountain Creek Regional Trail in Central Colorado.