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Palmer Park Trail Map
Colorado Springs

This is a topographic map of the trail system in Palmer Park. All the trails are open to hikers, cyclists, and equestrians. Some trails are technically difficult and should be avoided by cyclists and equestrians, depending on skill level.

Have you ever wondered what the area looks like while you are looking at a map? This product has eighteen pictures for a visual guide to the trails and the environment.

We believe this is the most detailed and accurate map available of the trail system. We put a great deal of effort into making this map as accurate as possible.

Map Details
  • Scale: 1:5,274
  • Contours: 10 feet derived from USGS 10 meter NED
  • Map: about 14" x 22"
  • Overall 17" x 24" folded to 8.5" x 12" with 0.5" margins
  • Elevation profiles of eight trails
  • Eighteen Pictures
  • Trail Data: Mileage, elevation gain and loss, average slope, and the maximum slope over 0.12 and 0.25 miles for the significant trails
Map Cover Image
Front Cover of Map Product

What does the map look like?

A sample image of the map, reduced with loss of detail, is provided to give a general idea of the map at the following link:

Small Image of Palmer Park Trail Map

Of course, the sample is not meant to be useful but is intended to give you an better idea of what the map looks like. A closeup of a small area of the map is provided for additional information at the following link:

Closeup of Small Area

The Trails

Palmer Park was once out in the middle of ranches northeast of the town of Colorado Springs. Now it is an oasis in the middle of the city. It is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of civilization or drive to Grandview Point for a great view of the Colorado Springs area. There are areas for that weekend picnic, a play area for the little kids, baseball fields and sand volleyball courts for the bigger kids. There are a couple of areas for the dogs too or take them on any trail with a leash.

The park consists of mesas and canyons. It is not a really large park - less than a mile wide in one direction and about 1.5 miles in the other direction. The twists and turns of the canyons, mesa tops, roads, and trails can lead to confusion as to your location. So be careful as it is possible to get somewhat "lost."

There are many trails in Palmer Park. Some of the trails were once park roads; some were old trails (now social trails); some are well defined, constructed trails; and some are social trails. Trail signs may only give you a general idea of your location. Many trails do not have a trail sign.

The park is heavily used. The Yucca-Mesa area is used by lots of people out with their dogs. The smoother trails with some technical biking spots, get plenty of mountain bikers. All the trails get many people on foot. There are many horses at the Mark Reyner stables so don't be surprised to meet someone on horseback.

The Edna Mae Bennet Nature Trail once had 11 posts. They went in a clockwise direction. The stopping points were as follows:

1. Ponderosa Pine 2. Mountain Mahogany, Choke Cherry,
Snowberry Bush, Sumac, Currant
3. Comment
4. Lichen and Moss
5. Douglas Fir
6. One-seeded Juniper (yellowish-green, twisted)
    Rocky Mountain Juniper (bluish-green, more symetrical)
8. Yucca, Cactus
9. Cedar Crest Cave
10. Prickly Pear Cactus
11. Scrub Oak

Trail List

There are a number of approximate trail loops with official names. Some are fairly clear, some are not so clear. They are:
Cheyenne, Edna Mae Bennet, Grandview, Greencrest, Kinnickinnick, Mesa, Palmer Point, Templeton, and Yucca.
Trail signs in the park also list a "South Canyon Trail."

We have given some unofficial names to other trails so you will know which piece of trail data in the table or elevation profile goes with which trail segment. The unofficial names can also help you tell your friends where you have been or where to go.

Where Can I Find This Map?

A list of retailers that carry our maps is available at the following link:

Retailer List

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