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A BARK IN THE PARK - COLORADO SPRINGS
A Guide To Walking Around Colorado Springs
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ISBN: 9780974408330; paperback, 6x9, 64 pages
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Have you ever considered how far you walk with your dog? If you walk just 15 minutes a day you will have walked far enough in your dog's lifetime to cross the United States. With all that walking ahead of you, aren't you ready for a new place to take a hike with your dog?
The Colorado Springs region can be a great place to hike with your dog. Within a short driving distance you can hike on leafy trails, climb mountains that leave you and your dog panting, walk through some of the most historic forests in America, and even find a place to go for a swim. A BARK IN THE PARK-COLORADO SPRINGS explores the region's top trails with your best friend in mind...
...Where can your dog walk on the America the Beautiful Trail? (page 55)
...Where can you walk your dog and study the Fountain Formation and remains of a great ancient ocean? (page 27)
...Where can you walk your dog and see Colorado's state animal? (page 51)
Is there any more dispiriting day for a dog owner than driving to a new park and encountering the dreaded "NO DOGS" sign? A BARK IN THE PARK-COLORADO SPRINGS tells you the parks that don't welcome dogs. Also packed inside these 64 pages are...
...a listing of area dog parks
...tips on outfitting your dog for a hike
...tips on practicing low impact hiking with your dog
...and much more
What makes a great place to take your dog hiking? Well, how about a paw-friendly surface to trot on? Grass and sandy soil are a lot more appealing than asphalt and rocks. A variety of hikes is always good - long ones for athletic dogs and short ones for the less adventurous canine. Dogs always enjoy a refreshing place to swim as well. For dog-friendly parks our guides describe the trail options for your dog, evaluate park traffic from other users, tell you whether you will need a guide dog to find your way around and, of course, tell you how to get to the park.
While walking the dog around Colorado Springs, we bring along generous helpings of local history, botany, geology, architecture and more. So what are you waiting for? Your dog will want to visit the best smelling park in Colorado Springs (page 59), walk your dog and see Colorado's largest naturally-growing orchids (page 39), walk your dog with Abert's squirrels (page 25)...
10 Cool Things To See On Colorado Springs Trails
With Your Dog
"If your dog is fat," the old saying goes, "you aren't getting enough exercise." But walking the dog need not be just about a little exercise. Here are 10 cool things you can see around Colorado Springs while out walking the dog.
AERIAL MANEUVERS The New Santa Fe Trail runs more than five miles through the United States Air Force Academy and with your eyes skyward you can see parachutists and gliders practicing from the trail. From the Thunderbird Overlook you can observe cadets maneuvering all sorts of aircraft from sail planes to military jets.
ATTRACTIVE RODENTS Abert's squirrel is easily recognized by its tufted ears and dapper white paws. Abert's squirrels rely almost totally on the Ponderosa pine for its existence. They nibble the inner bark and gobble buds, seeds and flowers from the tree. Up in the branches they build nests of twigs. Active during the day, a good place to spot the Abert's squirrel is along the Black Forest trails where two of every three squirrels in the woods is an Abert's.
BALD EAGLES AND PEREGRINE FALCONS Scan the tops of dead trees as you make your way along the multi-use trail north from Fountain Creek Regional Park. Here, along the creek two bald eagles make their home, feasting on the rich variety of wildlife that are attracted to this rich diversity of this park.
BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS A dozen species of orchids grow naturally in Colorado and the largest, the yellow lady's slipper, is found in this area. Also known as the moccasin flower, the plant is recognized by pointed emerald green leaves and shoe-shaped yellow flowers. Look for it growing alone in aspen glades in moist conditions. Go find one on the Lovell Gulch Trail out of Woodland Park.
COLORADO'S STATE ANIMAL There are more Bighorn Sheep in Colorado than anywhere in America and it is the state animal. Grayish-brown in color with a white rump patch, the showy coiled horns can make up 10% of the sheep's 200-250 pounds of body weight. A herd on Pikes Peak numbers around 300 animals and look for them when hiking near the timberline feeding in meadows, woodlands and alpine tundra. Bighorns are not fussy eaters - any of 100 different species of plant will make a fine meal.
COOL WATERFALLS Catamount Falls on the Catamount Trail is a delight in every season and is near the start of the trail making it accessible for any level of canine hiker. In winter the frozen surface hides the racing water under a thick coat of ice. True aficionados of plunging water will want to visit Helen Hunt Falls and make the hike to St. Marys Falls in North Cheyenne Canon Park. No survey of El Paso County waterfalls would be complete without an easy ramble to the Waterfall Spur on the Paul Intemann Trail in Bear Creek Regional Park.
GREAT ROCKS When hiking around Colorado Springs often you are hiking on the floor of an ancient ocean. Left behind when the waters receded are rock formations carved by water and wind that often defy description. The Garden of Gods are the trails everyone goes to for its famous red rocks; for white sandstone formations try hiking the Mount Herman Trail.
INGENIOUS PLANTS Many plants rely solely on the whims of feeding birds to spread their seeds and expand their range. Not so the popping mistletoe. A slight jostle to this parasitic plant while hiking the trail detonates a silent botanical explosion that propells a seed as far as 40 feet. The mistletoe is part of the rich understory of groundcover in Fox Run Regional Park.
SPORTS HALL OF FAME After working your way up Pikes Peak on the Barr Trail - the longest trail to a fourteener summit in Colorado - you can study the names of the members of the United States Olympic Hall of Fame, engraved on a plaque overlooking America. After many decades of international sporting success the United States began lagging behind other countries in the 1970s. To that point athletes trained on their own with no government support. Colorado Springs was selected as the site for the new Olympic Training Center in 1977 in part for the opportunity to have athletes train at high altitude in the foothills.
UNUSUAL BUILDINGS The Starsmore Discovery Center in North Cheyenne Canon Park is a 1920s stone house originally on Nevada and Cheyenne roads. The 250-ton rock building was moved to the mouth of Cheyenne Canyon to serve as an education center. Your dog can't visit but you can see the historic Rock Ledge Ranch when hiking in the Garden of the Gods.
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