Current Trail Access

The Trails Program has released a map of current trail access in November 2015, to date the most updated version. Click on the below link to access this map:

Trail Map Updated 11/12/15

Current Access Update - Fall 2016

Construction on the Sherpa Trails ongoing, with collaboration continuing between Campus Recreation, Facilities Services, and Construction General Contractors regarding its conditions, maintenance and vision for reconstruction and use. A UCCS trails system naming process started in Spring 2016 and has been ongoing. UCCS Administration has narrowed down the student recommended trails system themes to a Native American theme, recognizing the Native American historic presence throughout the UCCS campus. Stay tuned for further updates regarding te new trails system naming efforts.

See the Construction Updates section for more information and a media gallery of ongoing processes and projects.

Sherpa Trail Project Design Document - Trail Specifications  Download PDF
Sherpa Trail Project Design Document - Construction Drawings  Download PDF


Always adhere to UCCS parking policies when accessing UCCS trailheads. Visit the Department of Public Safety website for parking-related information:

Trail use guidelines

  • Trails are open from dawn until dusk
  • No camping
  • No fires
  • Only use designated trails marked on a map or with trail signage
  • Avoid using "social trails", also known as "renegade trails", which are user-created. Individuals over the course of time repeatedly trample vegetation, resulting in bare ground resembling a trail
  • Respect trail closures and restoration areas
  • No littering: "Pack it in, pack it out"
  • Leave No Trace
  • Dogs must be on a leash
  • Be respectful of other users
  • All other campus policies apply
  • Report any signs of erosion or degradation to S.O.L.E.,, 719.255.7517

Leave No Trace Ethic

Campus Recreation and its Trails Program encourage the UCCS and surrounding community trail users to adhere to both the “Leave No Trace (LNT) ethic” and “Mountain Biking Code of Conduct”, ensuring the preservation of trail quality while maximizing the natural and outdoor experience. LNT includes the seven principles listed below when exploring the outdoors and on-campus trails system. The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches others how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. This copyrighted information has been reprinted with permission from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics:

  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors

Mountain biking code of conduct

  • It is the responsibility of the rider to maintain a safe operating speed and be able to stop at the limit of the rider’s distance of sight. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride when riding around corners.
  • Indicate to fellow trail users you’re within the vicinity:
    an audible greeting
    a bell ring
    indicate how you plan on passing the user – “to your left”

For more information visit the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) website for additional trail mountain biking rules:


For any questions or comments, please contact S.O.L.E, at or 719.255.7517.