The UCCS campus trails system provides opportunities for recreation, fitness, transportation and education in the open spaces on campus. The trails can be enjoyed by anyone - the campus community and public. Over 13 miles of trail are available for those traveling by foot or bike on natural terrain of varying difficulty. Several trail segments connect to neighboring City of Colorado Spring’s Open Space and commuter routes.
The trail system is still in it’s infancy, offering roughly 6 miles of trails. Campus Recreation will provide updates and links to maps in the future as the trail system develops.
Current Trails Map: Download PDF
Before the University was built, the Cragmoor Sanatorium had health trails on campus that patients would hike to regain strength during their tenure. The first on-campus trail was developed in 1986 by the ROTC program, which ran along the bluffs ridgeline and included several fitness stations. In 2011, a geography honor’s thesis researched the existing conditions of the campus trails system. Several other students assisted Professor Tom Huber in a soil erosion study on the bluffs and identified trails that were contributing to soil loss. The results were clear; high use of undesignated social trails contributes to erosion and degradation of the bluffs ecosystem.
In 2012 students voted to support an increase in the student recreation fee which would partially fund the Trails Program. A Recreational Trails Advisory Committee was created and positioned Trails as an important component of the 2012 UCCS Campus Master Plan, integrating natural resource preservation with the campus experience. Trails will ultimately, to quote the Campus Master Plan, “preserve a sense of place and develop the campus in a responsible and sustainable way.”
The Recreational Trails Advisory Committee hired consultants Tapis Associates in 2013 to assist in the creation of a Trails Micro Master Plan. This plan creates a long-term vision for the trail system in the campus open space, and identifies trail areas in need of closure and restoration.
Volunteer trail construction began in Spring 2014, creating opportunities to engage the campus community with trail construction, maintenance and restoration. Roughly 11 miles of trail will be added to the existing system as funding allows.
For any questions or comments, contact Andrea Hassler, Trails Coordinator, at 719-255-7508 or firstname.lastname@example.org