Trail

Aiken Canyon Preserve

Colorado Springs, CO
Length: 4.75 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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Aiken Canyon Preserve is a high-quality foothills ecosystem along the southern Front Range. It is south of Colorado Springs located off of 115. You will find many wildflowers, wonderful views, and wildlife.  This trail is not wheelchair or stroller friendly.  There are seasonal restrooms available at the trailhead.

The trail is well-maintained and marked very well. There is a four-mile-loop hiking with an additional 3/4 mile trail branches off from the loop and makes its way through the canyon. Interpretive signs highlight important features along the trail.  Along the loop there is a a side dead end trail that will take you into the canyon ending at a cabin ruins. Little bit further up the main loop, another side trail goes up to an overlook on top of the hill.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, and Summer
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 429 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

Trail highlights

Viewpoint and Wildlife Viewing

Aiken Canyon is one of the last high-quality examples of the southern Front Range foothills ecosystem. The preserve is composed of a mosaic of habitat types, including shrublands, tallgrass prairie meadows, pinyon juniper woodlands and mixed coniferous woodlands.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Free parking, with a well marked gravel parking lot

Trail Contributor

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I have lived in Colorado Springs since 2010, and really enjoy hiking! I became active with Hike it Baby in April 2016 and fell in love with carrier hikes. I became a branch ambassador for the Colorado Springs branch in February 2018.  I currently host and enjoy toddler led and stroller hikes.