Are you ready to experience what the Native Americans did as long as 10,000 years ago?! Grab your camera, pack some snacks and get ready for an adventure! After meeting us off of Ruxton Avenue and receiving a free parking pass for the day, we'll head up the road towards the trailhead. The Ute Indian Trail follows one of the nations oldest migratory paths. The Utes may not have seen any of the hikers gearing up for the treacherous Manitou Incline but the beautiful views of Manitou's green hillsides at the base of the Front Range were all the same. You only gain just over 600 feet of elevation throughout the trek which will offer you ample opportunities to stop, breathe and enjoy the view. The first mile is filled with 360 degree views as you go up some switchbacks that'll bring you to the top of Manitou Springs offering breathtaking views of Camerons Cone, Pikes Peak (Americas Mountain), Red Mountain and Mount Manitou. After that you'll have the chance to take it easy on your legs and walk along top of some beautiful cliffs and hopefully catch a few glimpses of wildlife. The last two miles are more deep in the Pike National Forest as you descend back to the starting elevation and are surrounded by Blue Spruce and Rocky Mountain Juniper trees. You'll hear the flow of Ruxton Creek and the sounds of the hundreds of animals that call this little town home on the way back to the car.
I'm Dante and I am an outdoor enthusiast, alpinist, conservationist, personal trainer, professional cage fighter and zip line & tour guide. I've been climbing Colorado's highest peaks, backcountry snowboarding, rock climbing, hiking and practically living outdoors for the last eight years of my life! From everything to participating in some of the states longest search and rescue efforts to cruising down groomers at ski resorts, I love every moment I spend in the wilderness and I'm beyond excited to share that passion with you! I moved here from Alaska and am no stranger to the weather Colorado provides. I've spent weeks at a time in the wilderness and national forests and am more than prepared to lead you safely on this trek!
We will offer hiking poles year round and micro spikes if the weather requires them.
You'll be along the Ute Indian Trail the entire time which is one of the nations oldest migratory paths and leads to the top of Manitou Springs hillsides and weaves through two breathtaking canyons just north west of the little mountain town.
Ensure to have good shoes and to be prepared to be outdoors, under the sun for at least two hours. This is a mild hike but can be strenuous to any hiker coming from a lower elevation.
Follow an old Ute Indian Migratory Path