Trails, Open Space and Parks Program

Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services

Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS)

Tell us why you love our parks and trails! #myTOPS

TOPS has contributed to projects in every quadrant of the city. Open space purchases, like Red Rock Canyon Open Space, are hallmarks of the program. Before Red Rock Canyon was purchased by the City in 2003, it was slated to become a resort community with a convention center, high-rise towers, commercial centers and private golf course. Learn more about how TOPS has benefited Colorado Springs.

It’s the 25th anniversary of the Trails, Open Space and Parks program (TOPS) in Colorado Springs, and we are gearing up for a year-long anniversary celebration!

We want to hear from you! Whether you are a hiker, cyclist, photographer, veteran, dog parent, grandparent, here's how you can get invloved!

  • Snap a selfie while enjoying our outdoor spaces
  • Share why you love our parks and trails.
  • Upload to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
  • Tag @CoSpringsParks and
  • Use #myTOPS.

We'll feature some of your stories on our social media too!

Map of TOPS properties

Traveling Trunks

These are popular school programs available during the fall and spring for grades 3rd – 6th.
This program season starts in November and runs through May.   
These programs meet 2020 Colorado Academic Standards for Science, Social Science, and Reading/Writing standards for grades 3rd - 6th. 

Learn more about Traveling Trunks


    “It’s projected that by 2050, Colorado Springs will be the largest city in Colorado with another 150,000 people projected to move here. It is critical that every department in the City is planning ahead for this projected growth. TOPS is critical when it comes to protecting our waterways, the natural beauty of our mountains, parks, and wildlife, and our quality of life.” John Suthers, Mayor of Colorado Springs

    Leave No Trace

    Follow the Leave No Trace Seven Principles

    The City of Colorado Springs Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) Program is dedicated to promoting and teaching Leave No Trace outdoor ethics to all park visitors.

    1. Plan ahead and prepare
    2. Travel on durable surfaces
    3. Dispose of waste properly
    4. Leave what you find
    5. Be careful with fire
    6. Respect wildlife
    7. Be considerate of other visitors