The City will begin implementing nightly after-hour gate closures in Red Rock Canyon Open Space on Friday, Feb. 4. The gates, located at the park’s main entrance off Highway 24, will restrict access while the park is closed, 9 p.m.-5 a.m. (Nov. 1-April 30) and 10 p.m.-5 a.m. (May 1-Oct. 31). This decision follows the success of after-hour gating in other city parks, including North Cheyenne Cañon, Garden of the Gods and Palmer Park, and we anticipate that overnight gating will have a lasting, positive influence in Red Rock Canyon Open Space as well. Nightly gating helps curtail illegal activity that regularly occurs when parks are closed, including illegal dumping and fires. The gates will also allow for closures during emergency situations when evacuation is necessary and to help with partial closures during maintenance operations.
All the work for the Lion trail work will be completed in the next day or so. With the nice winter weather Parks will have our contractor Singletrack Trails advance some trail maintenance work and improvements on the Greenlee Trail in Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Specifically the work on the Greenlee will be between the Quarry Pass Trail on the north and the Mesa Trail on the south, This location has been on the list of areas to improve with Ranger Wes and did receive some light maintenance this past fall. The first part of the work will start this week and last about 3 weeks (weather dependent). We anticipate should be no impacts to public access during the project.
Overarching, the goals of the work include:
This will be accomplished by several approaches:
Significant reroutes outside the existing trail
In two locations the trail will need to be rerouted outside of the existing trail alignment. This is needed to provide a more sustainable trail grade to achieve the goals above. The two proposed reroutes are shown in the map below.
The first effort will be underway yet this week as the weather conditions allow and will include the trail improvements (white lines) and the first reroute ( yellow line). We anticipate the second phase to be final designed within the next two weeks with completion this spring. This type of improvements has been reference in Red Rock Canyon Master and Management Plan regarding sustainable trails on the old roads (Page IV.9 column 2).
See map here
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/
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?