There are no dedicated sledding hills in Colorado Springs, but when snow accumulates, plenty of hills in town will do the trick – just be ready to hoof it back up for more.

Sledding is allowed at all of the city’s parks and open spaces, and several are suited to the purpose.

Among them are Cottonwood Creek Park, at Dublin Boulevard and Rangewood Drive, and Bear Creek Regional Park, at 21st Street and Rio Grande, which boast wide, gentle hills, though both tend to be busy. Monument Valley Park is also a good pick, either where Fontanero Street ends or just west of the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St.

Wagner Park, at East Pikes Peak Avenue and Stanford Street, is one of several smaller neighborhood parks with a devoted following, especially with parents of younger children.

Schools are well-represented. At Howbert, 1023 N. 31st St., a wide, rolling hill empties out on an activity field free of obstacles. Sledders at Trailblazer Elementary School, 2015 Wickes Road, in past years have had a blast roaring over built-up jumps. Other candidates are Jenkins Middle School on Austin Bluffs Parkway and Timberview Middle School off Scarborough and Squirreltail drives.

South of town, Mesa Ridge High School, 6070 Mesa Ridge Parkway, is a reliable draw when snow accumulates.

When inspecting potential parks, be careful to avoid areas with obstacles such as soccer goals and chain-link fences, which tend to attract children.

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