What's new at Red Rock Canyon

  • Historical Quarry Photos


    These photos were sent to FoRRC by Scott Schow, great, great grandson of the original founder of the Greenlee Quarry. The Second photo is of Juanita Schow and Bud Greenlee, grandchildren of the original owner of the quarry.




    News from Ranger Wes

    There are a couple of ongoing and upcoming projects I wanted to update everyone on:

    Waddles to prevent erosion will be installed along the landfill in the coming days

    • Next week, we will begin hydro-mulching sections of Sand Creek, Red Rock Canyon, and Mesa trails to bring the trails back to a narrower and more sustainable width- we  will be releasing a PSA on this as well. Visitors can expect to see equipment on trail and mulch material will remain on trail until the grass germinates. We are asking all visitors to stay off the mulch (and the seeds/sprouting grass), and temporary signage will be placed at select trail junctures.
    • We have successfully cut the new Greenlee trail alignment, and closed the old roadbed. Work is continuing on the Sand Canyon and Contemplative trail intersection, as is the bike ramp near the Sand Canyon lot.

    Shade Trees Coming to Picnic Area

    The Friends of Red Rock Canyon has arranged for the purchase and installation of twelve shade trees to be placed around the picnic tables in the picnic parking lot. These will be young trees but will provide shade for future users of the area. The Friends have secured a five-year watering plan with the City to ensure survival of the trees.


    Major Improvement to Lion Trail

    Big news! The Lion Trail in Red Rock Canyon Open Space is now open! For a map of the work click here.


    Unfortunately we have found several new homeless camps along Hwy 24 and just West of the 31st St lot. We encourage anyone from the public to report these issues to the  Parks dept, or to submit a request through the GoCOS! App or at https://coloradosprings.gov/page/citizen-request-gocosprings-app


    If you have an idea of how to improve our open space please share it with us. Your friends’ group Board of Directors is looking for suggestions and we will consider all reasonable ideas. Please contact us here .


    Here is a link to an article on trail etiquette from REI:   Trail Etiquette: Who has the right-of-way?

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