Urban Trails

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Multi-Use Urban Trails

Urban trails within Colorado Springs are an important part of the community. Urban trails are not only used for recreational purposes but also provide residents an off-street transportation system for non-motorized uses. 

Urban Trails in   Colorado Springs are all designated as multi-use trails. This means that any non-motorized use of the trail is permitted. All of the trails are open to joggers, bicyclists, walkers, equestrians, roller blades, etc. The only exception to this rule is through Monument Valley Park, where deed restrictions prohibit equestrian use of the trail. Please follow trail etiquette while utilizing any trail. The current Urban Trail System consists of over 100 miles of trails, with another 100+ miles of planned trails identified in the Urban Trails Master PlanA plan for the development of a portion of the city that contains proposed land uses, a generalized transportation system, and the relationship of the area included in the plan to surrounding property..

Types of Urban Trials (Tiers)

The current trail standard is based on a "tier" system.  Both Tier 1 and 2 trails are designed to accommodate a variety of Other Power Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMD) for people with disabilities who need to use a mobility aid.

Tier One trails: the main "spine" trails

Function: Multi-purpose trails accommodate a variety of trail users including walkers, joggers, recreational bikers, commute bikers, and horseback riders (as appropriate) within the same trail corridor. Serve the highest volume of users. 

Design Guideline: 12-foot wide main trail with a separate but parallel gravel trail ( four feet wide), good line of sight, and layout designed for commuter speeds and a high volume of users. A soft surface gravel or mowed grass shoulder on each side of the trail should be provided to reduce user conflicts.


Tier Two trails: "feeder" trails that lead to tier 1 trails

Function: Feeder trails for the Tier 1 trails provide for a diversity of users including bicyclists, in-line skaters, walkers, runners, and equestrians.

Design Guideline: Single 12-foot trail paved with concrete or asphalt. A four foot soft shoulder on each side of the trail is provided to reduce user conflicts. The right-of-way easements should be 50 feet in width where feasible.

Tier Three trails: smaller, natural trails 

Function: Less improved trails located in the mountains or foothills serving primarily hikers and mountain bikers. These trails, which are expected to receive less use than the Tier 1 and 2 trails.

Design Guideline: Four to six-foot wide, soft surface trails with no shoulders.  Equestrians would share use of the four to six-foot wide trail.