Trails, Open Space and Parks Program

Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services

Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS)

Upcoming Events

Prairie Dog Day Hike - Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Will the groundhog - er... prairie dog see her shadow? Will winter persist or will spring come? Learn about prairie dogs, their societies, behaviors, and role as a keystone species. Meet a real life "prairie dog"!

Register for Prairie Dog Day Hike

Painting in the Parks - Friday, February 11, 2022
Whether you are a beginner or Bob Ross, your parks and open spaces provide fantastic backdrops and subject matter for art! All materials will be provided. No experience required.

Register for Painting in the Parks

Origami in the Open Space - Saturday, February 12, 2022
Join the TOPS Education Technicians at Red Rock Canyon Open Space to learn how to turn paper into works of art that emulate the nature found in our open spaces. All materials and instructions will be provided. No experience required.

Register for Origami in the Open Space


Nature Journaling - Friday, February 25, 2022
Do you love science? Do you love art? Join TOPS staff for a nature journaling hike. TOPS staff will provide notebooks and colored pencils. All skill levels welcome

Register for Nature Journaling 

Field Trips

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!

What you need to know

  • Who: Children in grades 3 through 5.
  • When: Fall (September through November) and Spring (March through April)
  • Time: Monday though Friday 10 a.m. to noon

Learn more about field trips

Traveling Trunks

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. 

Learn more about Traveling Trunks


    “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

    Leave No Trace

    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.

    1. Plan ahead and prepare
    2. Travel on durable surfaces
    3. Dispose of waste properly
    4. Leave what you find
    5. Be careful with fire
    6. Respect wildlife
    7. Be considerate of other visitors