TOPS has contributed to projects in every quadrant of the city. Open space purchases, like Red Rock Canyon Open Space, are hallmarks of the program. Before Red Rock Canyon was purchased by the City in 2003, it was slated to become a resort community with a convention center, high-rise towers, commercial centers and private golf course. Learn more about how TOPS has benefited Colorado Springs.
It’s the 25th anniversary of the Trails, Open Space and Parks program (TOPS) in Colorado Springs, and we are gearing up for a year-long anniversary celebration!
We want to hear from you! Whether you are a hiker, cyclist, photographer, veteran, dog parent, grandparent, here's how you can get invloved!
We'll feature some of your stories on our social media too!
TOPS is a voter-approved City sales tax program that works to protect and preserve trails, open spaces and parks citywide. Since 1997, it has preserved nearly 7,200 acres of open space. In 2003, voters extended the 0.10% tax (1 penny on a $10 purchase) through 2025.
Learn which properties have been impacted by the TOPS program.
Since the dawn of time, humans have tilted their heads back and gazed at the wonders of the night sky. Family Star Party connects kids and families to the wonders of the cosmos in ways ranging from Galileo and his first telescope to the future of space exploration with the Webb Space Telescope and more. Join the Space Foundation for an outdoor Star Party in the trails and open spaces, as we look to the stars and discover the wonders of the universe. This event looks to create a fun, learning environment for the whole family and inspire the next generation of astronomy enthusiasts!
The City of Colorado Springs Regional Parks, Trails and Open Space Department is pleased to present 2-hour Field Trips. TOPS will cover fees for the 1st bus of every trip!
These are popular school programs available during the spring and fall for grades 3 - 6.
Our season starts in September and runs through May.
Our programs meet 2020 Colorado Academic Standards for Science, Social Science, and Reading/Writing standards for grades 3rd - 6th.
The Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department is hosting a BioBlitz on Saturday, August 6th in Blodgett Open Space. Free and open to the public, the event focuses on finding as many species as possible to create a biological census of the area. There will also be guided hikes and family-friendly activity booths from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Join scientists from Colorado Springs on Saturday at the North Blodgett Open Space parking lot, to learn more about the local scientific community, plus wildlife and plants in the Pikes Peak region.
“It’s projected that by 2050, Colorado Springs will be the largest city in Colorado with another 150,000 people projected to move here. It is critical that every department in the City is planning ahead for this projected growth. TOPS is critical when it comes to protecting our waterways, the natural beauty of our mountains, parks, and wildlife, and our quality of life.” John Suthers, Mayor of Colorado Springs
Follow the Leave No Trace Seven Principles
The City of Colorado Springs Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) Program is dedicated to promoting and teaching Leave No Trace outdoor ethics to all park visitors.