Manitou Cats

 Manitou Springs Trail Cats and Fiends of Red Rock Canyon are repairing trails in RRC to get the park open sooner

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Because of all the damaged cause by the May rains Red Rock Canyon is closed.  The City is working hard to clear debris  and remediate  dangerous situations.  We volunteers can help RRC open sooner by fixing the smaller tails, which can not be easily reached by machines and city staff.  Join us and give back to this Open Space treasure we all have.

Who is (What is) Manitou Springs Trail Cats 

Starting in 2014 we Manitoids (residents and lovers of Manitou)  are  taking responsibility for developing and maintaining the trails and open spaces we all use. We need to give back to this wonderful land and nature.  It is up to our community to protect and sustain the beauty around us for future generations. So we have created MANITOU SPRINGS TRAIL CATS  (Coalition of Active Trail-builderS  OR  Manitou Cats for short) to develop a pool of  people who are willing to help.  Basically we are a friends group for Manitou (or close to Manitou) trails and public land.  We are focused on creating enjoyable, safe and worthwhile outdoor stewardship projects for volunteers.

How  You  Can Participate In Our Volunteer Trail Days


We are planning our workdays for 2015.  We will be supporting the Intemann/Iron Mountain Trails and other projects suggested by Manitou’s Open Space Advisory Committee [OSAC], Friends of Red Rock Canyon [FoRRC] , FOTP, Medicine Wheel, El Paso County  and the Manitou Springs Collaborative. Generally our workdays will be the second Sunday of the month, unless the is a big event in Manitou in a given month.  Workdays will start in April.  We will meet at 7:55 AM at the Manitou Free Parking Lot at  10 Old Man’s Trail.  We will car pool from there to the project site and work until about 1:00 PM.  Then it is off to a local tavern for a friendly beer or beverage of your choice. Presently the date for 2015  are April  12 ,  May  10 ,  June  13 (Saturday) ,  July  12  ,  August  9  ,  September  12 (Saturday)  ,  October  11  . We have plenty of tools and trained crew leaders to help you learn the craft of mountain trail building.  There are may jobs on a workday so you can always find work that is more or less strenuous.   We need you to register for the workdays so we know how many tools to bring.  However, you may also just show up on the day.

See dates and volunteer registration links to the right.

Master Plan For Trails, Open Space and Parks

Multiracial Hands Surrounding the Earth GlobeManitou Springs is embarking on a Master Plan for trails, parks and open space.  You can play a significant role in creating the vision and plan to make a regional trail network for runners, bikers, hikers an nature lovers.  Given all the public open space and foot hill we have, our region can become one of the premier communities in the country for healthy outdoor recreation.  We have the opportunity to not only design trails for various skill and ability levels, but also allow our trails take us to beautiful vistas and sanctuaries of nature.  We will be protecting our natural wild places for generations to come.

 The Iron Mountain Trail Is Open

Work dayNow that the Iron Mountain Trail is finished, there is concern and questions about where to access the trail and where to park.  For hikers, runners and mountain bikers without cars, you can just go up Pawnee Avenue [ past the Manitou Library and the Manitou Springs Elementary School, jog right at T] to the trail head on the left.  It is about 1/2 mile from downtown Manitou to the trail head on Pawnee Ave.  It is about one mile from the trail head to the top of the mountain. So it is a great 3 mile round trip.  Bring water and appropriate clothing. The Iron Mountain Trail was built over the spring and summer 2014 by Manitou Cats, regional trail building groups and Tony Boone mechanical trailing.  We are donated over 350 days of volunteer work saving Manitou Springs over $38,000.  (Thank you volunteers)  Tony worked with his machines over 14 days. We wish to thank the Manitou businesses , who supported the trail building.   Stagecoach Inn,  Swirl Wine Emporium, Townhouse Tavern and Savilli ‘s Pizza, the American Legion and the  Manitou Brewing Company have each hosted an after work party with a free beer/beverage for our thirsty volunteers.

They have started giving parking tickets

 If you park at the little paved pull out at the Intemann Trail Pawnee trailhead, you may get a ticket.  So park some place legal lower on Pawnee Ave. and walk the rest of the way to the trail.   For people using the Intemann Trail,  you  can park and start journeying from either Ruxton Avenue, Crystal Park Road or the Section 16 Trail Head on Gold Camp Road.

 Collaboration Of Volunteer And Mechanical ConstructionIMG_0951

Thanks to  generous donations of the Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates,  the Friends Of The Peak  and Manitou Springs City Council ,   Tony Boon, one of the premier trail builders in the USA,  got did 14 mechanical trail construction days on Iron Mountain. What we learned was that the higher eastern part of the Iron Mountain Trail is on a hillside that is too steep and rocky to have volunteers using picks and shovels to build it.   Read More>>

 Contact us at:   or  719-321-5354


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