Whenever Colorado Springs gets a few inches of snow and the schools close for the day, everyone begins scrambling to find the best sledding hills in the city. You might think living in the foothills of our epic mountains makes it easy to find a good sledding hill in Colorado Springs. Anyone who regularly rides a bike knows the whole city seems to be made up of inclines perfect for snow-related antics. However, the perfect sledding hill is far harder to find than you might think.
For one thing, there is the matter of obstacles. It’s all well and good to find a great slope, but we can’t think of anyone who is excited about kissing a tree at high speeds — and the Pikes Peak region has a lot of trees. Then there’s the matter of roads — crossing them on a sled or sledding down them are both terrible ideas — not to mention challenges such as houses and giant rock formations (we see you Garden of the Gods). For another, what about variety? A hill that works for a toddler learning the ins and outs of sledding is hardly entertaining for a grown man trying to recapture his glory days and show his teens he’s still kinda cool (they won’t think so, but let him have this). Fortunately, we’ve compiled our family favorites, plus a few beloved hills recommended by other sledding enthusiasts to help you and your family have an excellent day sledding in Colorado Springs.
Howbert Elementary School — Westside
Easy to Intermediate Sledding Hill
Schools provide premium grounds for excellent sledding for a variety of reasons. First, they are empty if it’s a snow day, which means you won’t be interfering with anyone’s education. Second, there are lots of places to safely park and gather all your gear. Last, schools provide lots of safe, open space that keeps kiddos from having to worry about sledding into roads. Howbert Elementary School is a premium example of this with a nice, gentle sledding hill that isn’t too hard on the legs to ascend and isn’t terrifyingly steep. Watch the littles near 30th Street. Even on a snow day, there will still be traffic and motorists will be dealing with snow and ice. As a bonus, Howbert is a brief drive away from Garden of the Gods Trading Post which has amazing hot cocoa and coffee.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center — Downtown Colorado Springs
Intermediate Sledding Hill
Behind the Fine Arts Center, you’ll find a lovely rolling hill with a nice flat finish that is perfect for steady sledding. The museum maintains the grass beautifully in spring and summer, so there is a nice built-in cushion beneath the snow for sled wrecks — intentional and otherwise. One caution is that the area is home to some pretty beefy trees. Fortunately, the slope does not have a grade that makes the obstacles particularly dangerous. There is lots of street parking, so use that instead of the Fine Arts Center lot to be respectful to their paying patrons. Or you can pay the center a visit, too. Maybe before you get all sopping wet and snowy, though.
Village Green Park — East
Easy Sledding Hills
This little park on the east side of Colorado Springs offers lots of small, gentle hills that are perfect for parents with littles. Here and there, you might find a slightly more adventurous slope, but overall, it’s a sledding locale for folks that want to take it easy. You can easily park in the main lot. There is also a very nice playground geared toward younger kids, too.
Bear Creek Regional Park — Westside
Easy to Advanced Sledding Hills
Local parks also offer great sledding hills in Colorado Springs, particularly around the picnic areas, ball fields and playgrounds, where trees are limited to make room for recreation. Bear Creek Park is 545 acres and the terrain varies from dense forest (bad for sledding) to broad open spaces (great for sledding). Like schools, parks also offer space to park, which is really important on busy sledding days. It’s hard enough to get everyone dressed and gather up all your gear without adding a long hike to the find the hills. The park entrance off of Argus Boulevard provides access to lots of gentle, rolling hills and delving deeper into other areas will yield some more challenging slopes. If you head off the more common areas, be wary of obstacles and remember that speed will make you travel pretty far after the hill ends. You don’t want to hit a rock or tree that seemed much further away before acceleration. Additionally, respect signage that asks you to stay on the trail and watch out for runners, walkers and the occasional cyclist.
Jenkins Middle School — Northeast
Intermediate to Advanced Sledding Hills
The hills are alive with the sound of sledding around Jenkins Middle School which has multiple hills in a variety of inclines and lengths. It’s also situated next to Homestead Trail which also offers numerous areas that are great for sledding. If you decide to check out the potential of the latter, be sure to pay attention to signage about reclamation areas and be mindful of private property.
Quail Lake Park — South
Intermediate to Advanced Sledding Hill
Located safely away from the lake near the playground, you’ll find a great incline for an exhilarating jaunt that will help you gain real speed. The climb offers good exercise and pays off in the kind of rush you loved as a kid. Plus, it’s got a little more distance than some of the smaller hills around so the ride lasts a bit longer. It spills out on a nice, flat straightaway with room to slow down naturally or safely eject yourself from the sled into a pike of snow. Take a break with a nice stroll around the lake or give the kids some time on the snow-covered playground before heading home pleasantly exhausted.
Woodmoor Commons Toboggan Hill — Monument
Easy to Advanced Sledding Hills
Woodmoor is a community in Monument with a large common-use area that is accessible to non-residents. The toboggan area offers multiple different hills for everyone to enjoy. The parking, however, is not so great. The community’s website advises carpooling to the residents, so it’s safe to assume visitors should do the same. Additionally, you need to ensure you do not end up parking on someone’s property or blocking driveways should the lot be full. It’s no fun to spend a day sledding and discover your car has been towed. The variety of slopes is really what sets this little area apart and everyone should try it at least once.
We’ve provided many excellent hills so far, but there are always new places waiting for someone to discover them. Maybe you’ve driven by a park or piece of land in Colorado Springs and thought to yourself how perfect that hill would be for sledding. Next time, make note of it! Look at the area online and find out if it’s public property and allows sledding. Who knows, you might find your newly discovered hill on a list just like this someday and you’ll know that you were the sledding pioneer that made its designation possible.
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