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Palmer Park -- Templeton Trail

Challenging Inner City Wilderness Loop
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  Palmer Park is one of the largest park/open spaces in the city of Colorado Springs. It contains excellent facilities: dog park, horse ... more »

Tips:  Directions: Austin Bluffs Pkwy to N Academy Blvd. Go south on Academy to Maizeland Rd. Turn right (east) on Maizeland, go about a... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

The trailhead and Yucca Flats trailhead is a popular one because many trails run all over the top of Palmer Park mesa from this point. Templeton Trail begins in the lower left hand corner of the parking lot and ends at the upper right corner. Look for little 4X4 posts in the ground. They have trail direction signs on them. If you get confused at... More

2. Mtn View

The entire west side of the mesa gives you spectacular views of Cheyenne Mtn. and Pike’s Peak. After meandering in and out of the small canyons that fall off the side of the mesa, you’ll come around a corner and WHAM!, there they’ll be, with the whole city laid out between you and them.

3. Cliffs

If you like rock formations, you’ll love this hike. About a half mile of the western side of the mesa presents a bewildering array of cliffs with caves and pockmarks that have been worn into their sides over the millennia. You’ll encounter what look like frozen hail remnants; something landed in the molten rock, left an imprint, and then vanished,... More

4. Rock Rims

Once you turn the corner onto the northern side of the mesa, you’ll think you’ve left the rocks behind. While you walk through the trees two hundred feet above Austin Bluffs Pkwy, be sure to notice the changes in the terrain. On this northern face there is another minor trail split that is not marked. It doesn’t really matter which one you take,... More