Hiking Trails, Mountain Bike Trails, Rock Outcroppings and Open Space in Colorado Springs
Palmer Park is a great example of how parks and open space can be a huge benefit to a city.
Located in the heart of Colorado Springs, Palmer Park is an excellent choice for
jogging, walking the dog, hiking,
mountain biking, relaxing in nature or enjoying a stunning view at an overlook.
(I'm sure I've omitted many other activities.)
Directions: Obviously a Google Maps search of Palmer Park Colorado Springs will do the trick.
The main entrance is located on Maizeland, west of Academy Boulevard. Paseo Road also travels into the park.
Lastly, there is access via Austin Bluffs Parkway and Brenner Place.
I did not hiking or adventuring on my most recent visit, but here are my photos.
First, the sign at the entrance at Maizeland.
Plenty of twisting and turning roads with tan rock outcroppings.
Palmer Park offers quite a contrast to the busyness of Colorado Springs.
Grand View Overlook
I traveled to the Grand View Overlook, where there's an interesting sign that tells of the park's creation thanks to General William Jackson Palmer.
Four photos of the grand mountain views at the overlook.
TOP: Facing south, Cheyenne Mountain and downtown Colorado Springs are in view.
SECOND: The wide open view of Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs.
THIRD: Closer-up shot of Pikes Peak.
FOURTH: Facing northwest, Rampart Range are the mountains afar.