Quail Lake Park in southern Colorado Springs is a popular and scenic city park bordering Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard and Quail Lake Road. The 113-acre park offers lots of recreational opportunities, many centered on 22-acre Quail Lake, include motorized boating, fishing, bicycling, running, picnicking, hiking, and sledding. The park features a basketball court, two sand volleyball courts, the Quail Lake Loop, a lake-perimeter trail, playground equipment, restrooms, a picnic pavilion, and picnic tables. The lake, nestled between hills and surrounded by trees, offers great views of the mountain front, including Cheyenne Mountain. Quail Lake Park, located at 915 Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard, has two large parking lots at the lake’s northeast and northwest corners. A boat ramp and two handicap-accessible fishing piers are at the northeast parking area.
- It’s fun to take a walk or jog on the Quail Lake Loop, a 1.1-mile loop that encircles the lake. The easy trail is mostly level, making it perfect for kids and families. Lots of social paths used by fishermen leave the main trail to access the lake’s shoreline. The trail has great views of the mountains and is especially pretty in October when trees along the lake edge are changing color. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed.
- Quail Lake is a warm water fishery that’s regularly stocked by the state wildlife division. While rainbow trout are common in spring and early summer when the water temperature is cool, most fisherman catch fish like channel catfish, green sunfish, bluegill, wiper, and striped bass. These species all have statewide limits that are applied. Fish that you can take unlimited numbers are black bullhead catfish, common carp, hybrid grass carp, European rudd, and northern pike. Bow hunting for carp is strictly prohibited.
- Quail Lake is perfect for standup paddling with plenty of water surface and generally flat water. Bring your own paddle board along with a life jacket, water-friendly shoes, and sunscreen for a wet summer adventure.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green