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Scenery of trees, mountains, and water at Crystal Lake Reservoir

Gorgeous Day Trips to Take Around Colorado Springs


With longer days, more sunshine, and the changing of the season, there's so much to see and do close to Colorado Springs. From scenic drives to vigorous hikes, this handy guide on where to go for a quick day trip will have you ready to pack up the car and head out the door. What better way to socially distance yourself than getting outside and enjoying Colorado’s natural beauty?

Crystal Creek Reservoir

For picture-perfect views of Pikes Peak, America’s mountain, check out Crystal Creek Reservoir. It’s just 16 miles northeast of Colorado Springs. Love to fish? Get out on the water with your non-motorized boat and reel out the bait. Love to hike? Spend a sunny afternoon ascending the trails to Pikes Peak – just watch out for any leftover ice or snow.

Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Over 750 acres of the Paint Mines Interpretive Park display stunning, brightly colored bands of clay hillsides. Caused by oxidized iron compounds, these vibrant mines have evidence of human life as far back as 9,000 years ago. With over 4 miles of trails to explore, this day trip is one for the books – and it’s only a 50-minute drive from Colorado Springs.

Phantom Canyon Road

With a scenic drive along Phantom Canyon Road, there are plenty of stops from start to finish for mountain biking, hiking, sightseeing, and even an awesome rock tunnel to pass through. With winding twists and turns, this road might be a great option to explore later in the spring after the snow has fully cleared. If traveling during icy conditions, just take it slow and travel in a vehicle with four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Pikes Peak Highway

Not the hiking type? Try a day of adventure in your car. Drive up along the Pikes Peak Highway for stellar views of the mountain. One of the highest roads in the country, it’s also one of the most scenic.

Quail Lake Park

Not looking to make the drive out of town? Keep it close to home with a day outing at Quail Lake Park. Just 4 miles south of downtown, this is the perfect place to bring the whole family, with a varied array of amenities and outdoor activities to enjoy together. Bring a picnic basket, a basketball, and your fishing gear to spend a solid day away – yet still around the corner from the city.

With countless areas to explore nature – whether by car, bike, boat, or foot – in and around Colorado Springs, you’ll be sure to have a blast. Remember to check the parks and trails for operating hours and pet policies, bring water, and protect your skin from the sun. Visit the Security Self Storage blog today for more outdoor lifestyle tips.