The Ute Valley Park Loop Trail is a fun 3.5-mile hike that makes an open loop around the 538-acre park from the main trailhead on Vindicator Drive. The hike is pieced together by several different trails so it can be sometimes confusing as to which way to go, but you won’t get lost since the park is surrounded by Colorado Springs suburbs. The wide trail threads through a foothills ecosystem, with ponderosa pine woodlands, scrub oak thickets, and open meadows. Ute Valley Park is defined by Popes Bluffs, a long sandstone hogback on the west side of the park. The park is popular with hikers and mountain bikers, so share the trail responsibly.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
–Stewart M. Green