The Ute Pass Regional Trail is a planned 11-mile Regional Trail that will link Manitou Springs to the western El Paso / Teller County Line. Currently six miles of the trail have been constructed and approximately five miles of the trail remain in the Cascade-Chipita Park area. A map showing the corridor is available here: Ute Pass Regional Trail Corridor
The El Paso County Park Advisory Board (PAB) considered the Ute Pass Regional Trail Master Plan at their regularly scheduled September 9th meeting. After a lengthy presentation and public comment period, the PAB tabled action on the master plan pending further stakeholder outreach and additional research on several key issues. The project team completed their research and made presentations to the Park Advisory Board and Board of County Commissioners in October, 2015.
The El Paso County Park Advisory Board conducted a special meeting to continue their review and consider action on the Ute Pass Regional Trail Master Plan on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. After a lengthy hearing, the Board endorsed the master plan (5-0). The El Paso County Board of County Commissioners considered the Ute Pass Regional Trail Master Plan on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. The Board endorsed the master plan (4-1).
UTE PASS REGIONAL TRAIL MASTER PLAN AVAILABLE!
The Project Team is pleased to announce that the final plan is now available. This competes the planning process and there are no further project meetings scheduled. The Project Team would like to thank all stakeholders for participating.
Ute Pass Regional Trail Master Plan Links
- Ute Pass Regional Trail Master Plan (10/20/2015) - 24mb
- Ute Pass Regional Trail Master Plan Appendix - 6mb
- Ute Pass Regional Trail Master Plan Resolution
The third public meeting was held on August 31, 2015. The project team hosted an open house to present a summary of the planning process, alignment alternatives, and several boards concentrating on the preferred alignment. No formal presentation was provided, and attendees were encouraged to provide input to the project team members in attendance.
The second public workshop was held on May 20, 2015. The team provided a summary of stakeholder interviews, site analysis, field visits and presented 4 trail alignment alternatives. Meeting materials can be found below. As a reminder comments will be accepted until June 3. The release of the draft plan has been postponed until July 24. An updated schedule is below under Public Workshop 2 Meeting Materials.
The Project Team has completed stakeholder interviews and continues to gather information from adjacent municipalities, organizations, and entities. This information, along with several days of on-site analysis by the project team, is being incorporated into the Existing Conditions Report. The final Report will be available as a part of the completed Master Plan. Meeting minutes collected from all of the meetings with stakeholders will be posted to the project website.
The first Public Workshop held on February 24, 2015 and gathered valuable input from the community. As a part of this effort, the community was encouraged to submit any additional comments to the project team via the provided Comment Form. THK and EPC received a total of 34 additional comments following the Public Workshop. All comments and input gathered from the meeting were compiled into the “Ute Pass Regional Trail Master Plan – Public Input Map”. These comments and input will be used as the project moves forward to inform trail alignment alternatives.
Public Workshop 2 Meeting Materials
Thanks to everyone who attended Public Workshop 2. Links to presentation, alignment alternatives and updated project schedule appear below.
Stakeholder Interview Notes
As part of the master plan process, THK is conducting interviews with stakeholders. Interview notes will appear below.
Public Workshop 1 Meeting Materials
Thanks to everyone who participated in Public Workshop 1. We had a great turnout (approx 50) with thoughtful and constructive discussions regarding possible trail alignments, desired connections, issues and opportunities. Links to meeting announcements, notes and concept plans appear below.
Ute Pass Regional Trail Master Plan Documents
For more information please contact Julie Gamec with THK Associates Inc. at (303) 770-7201, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jason Meyer, Project Manager II at (719) 520-6985, or via email at email@example.com.
El Paso County completed construction of the Ute Indian Trail, a segment of the Ute Pass Regional Trail in 2014. The 3 mile trail starts at the base of the Manitou Incline and generally follows the historical alignment of the route used by Ute Indians through the pass touching on Ute culture, Ute Pass history, watershed management, local habitat and geological formations.
Construction of the trail and interpretive materials was made possible through a partnership with Colorado Springs Utilities, Northern Ute Tribe, Southern Ute Tribe, Ute Pass Historical Society, Pikes Peak Historical Society, Manitou Springs Heritage Center, Colorado Springs Indian Center, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the City of Colorado Springs.
Funding for the trail and interpretive materials was provided by a Colorado Parks and Wildlife State Trails Grant and matching funds from El Paso County, Manitou Springs, Ute Pass Trails Committee, Ute Pass Historical Society and the Trust for Community Parks. The trail features 9 interpretive panels, two kiosks, wayfinding signage, and loop trail including a rock cairn and medicine wheel. A grand opening ceremony was held on September 6th 2014. Links to the interpretive materials, trail maps and grand opening photos appear below.
The Ute Pass trial is a planned 40-mile trail that will eventually connect Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek in Teller County. The trail is part of the coast-to-coast American Discovery Trial and the America the Beautiful Trail. The trail will help to preserve the rich Ute Pass history that includes the Ute indians using the historic trail for travel, pilgrimages, and later, explorers, gold seekers and settlers seeking the easier passage to points west through the mountains.
The first section of the El Paso County's 11-mile Ute Pass Regional Trail was constructed in 2003, connecting the Ute Pass Elementary School with the Town of Green Mountain Falls to allow safe passage for students. In 2006, a second section was completed connecting the Town of Green Mountain Falls to the Teller County Line. Green Mountain Falls later provided an on-road trail through the community that links the two sections.
El Paso County received a Colorado Parks and Wildlife State Trails grant for construction of a 3-mile portion of the trail between Manitou Springs and Longs Ranch Road, with a turn-around interpretive loop to return hikers to the Manitou Springs area. Construction of this section was completed in 2014. The last segment of the trail will connect the interpretive loop trail to the Ute Pass Elementary School. Planning for this segment will be completed in 2015.
Ute Pass Regional Trail Maps, Documents and Presentations appear below
El Paso County