Colorado Springs has preserved a bit of wild within its busy borders with the Bear Creek Regional Park complex. Several trails radiate from the outstanding center. One leisurely trail, the Coyote Gulch Loop, is passable even after a rain, thanks to gravel pathways. It begins on Creek Bottom Trail, climbs briefly to link up with Coyote Gulch Trail, and returns down Mountain Scrub Trail. A handy map is posted at the starting point. After traveling west in the cool shade along Bear Creek, the loop rises to a sloping mesa top amongst scrub oak. It then follows a gentle ravine back toward the creek and visitor center. Along Coyote Loop, typically in May, the lovely pasqueflower blooms. In early June, blue, lavender-pink, and magenta penstemons fill the sunny parts of the leisurely trail. Between 50 and 60 wildflower species can be spotted at peak bloom. A good way to learn about the area is to visit the Bear Creek Nature Center (open Tuesday through Saturday). Inside, the first rate staff can provide visitors with trail maps and a helpful list of local wildflowers. The center’s landscaped patio is the starting point for a network of loops. These foot-trails are accessible every day of the week. Wildflower alert: Many shades of early pasqueflower and brilliant fuchsia orchid penstemon.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Colorado Springs|
|Season||Bloom is mid-May to August|
|Top Elevation||6,440 ft|
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