Several streets, parks and trails to be impacted by weekend events

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Upcoming special events including the 3rd annual Pikes Peak APEX (Sept. 22-25) and the Sam Guadagnoli Festival of Life (Sept. 24) will impact multiple locations around Colorado Springs.  

Thursday, Sept. 22 – Sunday, Sept. 25 – The Pikes Peak APEX

The Pikes Peak APEX, presented by RockShox, a four-day mountain bike challenge that will take place Sept. 22-25 at various locations in Colorado Springs, El Paso and Fremont Counties, will impact several streets, parks and trails. Approximately 200 cyclists are expected to take part in the event.

Course maps and more information on the Pikes Peak APEX, a project of the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance (PPORA) that aims to strengthen the outdoor recreation industry for the Pikes Peak region, is available at This event is made possible in part by $50,000 from the City’s Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax (LART). The sales tax, 2% for lodging and 1% for automobile rentals, is used to attract visitors and enhance the region’s economy.

Members of the public can expect the following impacts during the race and are encouraged to utilize the alternate trails suggested below that have been prepared by the Trails and Open Space Coalition, Hiking Bob, and the PPORA.

Thursday, Sept. 22

Paseo Road and access to parking within Palmer Park will be closed from 5 a.m.-5 p.m.; however, the park will remain open to the public. The event, which begins at 1 p.m., will extensively utilize the park’s road and trail system, including the off-leash dog area in Yucca Flats. The city highly encourages dog owners to leash their dogs if they do utilize the park. The dog park near Maizeland will remain open all day but will only be accessible by walking into the park.

Trail alternatives: Ute Valley Park, Pulpit Rock, High Chaparral Open Space, and Sondermann Park

Sunday, Sept. 25

The race begins at 8 a.m. in America the Beautiful Park and will head southwest along the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail and Bear Creek Trail. As racers approach 21st Street along the Bear Creek Trail, there will be rolling closures on 21st Street from 8-8:30 a.m. to allow riders to cross the road. From the park, riders will cross Bear Creek Road and Gold Camp Road to High Drive and will also use the Daniel’s Pass Trails in Sweetwater Canyon, crossing Cheyenne Canyon Road before climbing back up to Gold Camp Road, Mt. Buckhorn then descending Captain Jack’s Trail. Uphill traffic on Captain Jacks Trail is not allowed between 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Pikes Peak Apex partnered with Aravaipa Running to incorporate a run option at the event this year. Runners can choose between three distances that all begin and end at America the Beautiful Park. The community is invited to watch the start of the race and stay in the park afterward to enjoy the APEX Outdoor Festival and Expo.

Non-participants should use caution, and if not spectating, strongly consider avoiding this area during the race. All racing will conclude by 5 p.m.

Trail alternatives: Stratton Open Space, Chamberlain Trail, and Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Saturday, Sept. 24 - Sam Guadagnoli Festival of Life

The Sam Guadagnoli Festival of Life will take place on Saturday closing Tejon Street between East Kiowa Street and Pikes Peak Avenue from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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