By receiving this highest standard of recognition, Gold Standard Sites are exemplary models, encouraging other public lands to ensure that Leave No Trace education is part of everyone’s experience when spending time outdoors. Learn more about what it means to be a Gold Standard Site here.


2023 Season Updates
  • Please visit for the latest information on gateway entrance to the Pikes Peak - America's Mountain and North Slop Recreation Area. Here you'll find more information on how to buy passes online.
  • North Catamount and South Catamount Reservoir: Due to parking limitations, a free parking pass required.  There are 120 parking spots available. A portion is available for reservation via the online store. The remaining will be on a space-available basis each day at the Gateway. Once the parking lots are full, the Catamount gate will be closed and it will be opened as visitors leave and parking becomes available.
  • Crystal Reservoir: Visit for updated information on the Colorado Springs Utilities maintenance and repair project.