We started as “Manitou”  CATS

In 2014 a group of trail users, trail builders,  and nature lovers decided to take responsibility for developing and maintaining the trails, parks   and open spaces we all use.  The word “Manitou”  is the name of the town in which we worked,  but also it means “Great Spirit ” (Algonquin language).   For many of us nature is a manifestation of spirit.  Nature is a path available to all  to find balance, connection and joy.  Trails protect nature from human over use.  It is up to our community to protect and sustain the beauty around us for future generations.  Now we are Pikes Peak Trail CATS because we help out with Manitou Springs, Colorado Springs and El Paso County.

We are also focused on creating enjoyable, safe and worthwhile outdoor stewardship projects for volunteers.  We are mostly trained crew leaders or experienced trail builders who just enjoy working on trails.  But we need citizen volunteers to get projects done.

PPT CATS 2023 Project: Mustang Way

This year are collaborating with Manitou Springs School District 14 to build a much needed trail connecting the High School with the Intemann Trail and Pikes Peak trail network.  Working with adults and students, we are building the 1130 foot trail to be safe, sustainable and beautiful for hiking, biking, and nature-walking.     We are focused on bring sustainable balance for protecting the natural environment and creating opportunities for people to get outside, exercise and connect to nature.

PS:  When working with us, please bring with you : gloves, working shoes, lots of water, sun screen, clothing layers,  lunch, and whatever you need for a wonderful day outdoors in Colorado.

See dates and volunteer registration links to the right.

Multiracial Hands Surrounding the Earth Globe

Additional Trail Building Opportunities


Contact us at: manitoucats@gmail.com   or  719-321-5354


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