HPA Summer Tours 2018!

From Starsmore to the Mining Museum and from historic commercial districts of Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City to Chico Basin Ranch (on a Saturday!), the HPA is thrilled to present a diverse line up of fascinating historic places throughout the Pikes Peak region this summer.  Comfortable walking shoes, layers, rain gear and cameras are always recommended.  (A small flashlight is even recommended for later evening tours.)


July 12 at 6:30 PM – History of North Cheyenne Canon/ Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center

Address/ Parking:   Tour begins inside the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center, 2120 South Cheyenne Cañon Road.  Handicap parking in front of the building; guest parking across the road to southeast.

North Cheyenne Cañon Park is full of natural and historical gems.  The cañon’s trails, picnic sites and Helen Hunt Falls are commonly known; however, its history is also rich and fascinating.  This program will unlock the area’s colorful past and leave you wanting to explore the 1,000+ acre park looking for more clues of the past.  The indoor portion of this program will examine Ute history in the park, its origins, trail building, CCC and WPA projects, the Starsmore House, natural disasters, and more. The second half of the program will take place outdoors along the Lower Columbine Trail.  On this easy 45- minute walk (approximately a half mile), we will discuss the history of the stone bridges and stone walls along the trail.  In the shadow of nearby Mount Cutler and surrounded by the songs of countless birds along the creek, we will talk about the history of Gold Camp Road and the amphitheater where Fort Carson soldiers put on climbing demonstrations.  The evening promises to give you new meaning to your future drives and hikes through the cañon.

Tour Guide:  Aaron Rogers, Park Guide and Public Outreach; a Colorado Springs native with five years’ experience in the cañon. He is a certified interpretive guide and a historian with programs ranging from the gold rush and Ute heritage to bird hikes and water.  He manages the Helen Hunt Visitors Center.

HPA Coordinator:  John Haney                                                   Restrooms: Yes, H/C Accessible

Disabled Access:   There will be walking on loose gravel, sometimes narrow trails