For wide trails and adventures in the Pikes Peak Region, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition has some suggestions for places to explore.
This week on Nature's Neighborhood, Davies shares a few parks to visit to help avoid overcrowding and maintain social distancing while enjoying the outdoors.
Black Forest Regional Park
Eight miles of fairly wide trails meander over 385 rolling acres, offering a dramatic glimpse into the life and death cycle of nature. A wildfire in 2014 created a stark landscape of charred fingers of trees pointing skyward, but resilience is also on display, as you witness the regeneration of forest understory.
There isn't much shade, so bring plenty of sunscreen and water, but Black Forest Regional Park is definitely worth the trip.
Cheyenne Meadows Park, Fishers Canyon Creek Path
In Cheyenne Meadows Park, you'll find a neighborhood park that has picnic tables, benches, a playground, basketball courts and a large grassy field. You can walk around the park on a quarter mile concrete path.
Another choice, Fishers Canyon Creek Path, is a small dirt path leading from the southern part of the park and goes east to East Meadow Road. If you have a pooch, you can head south of Cheyenne Meadows and let them loose in a little dog park next to Antero Elementary.