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Legacy Loop

The Legacy Loop is the realization of General Palmer’s vision for a greenspace encircling the Downtown area. Points of interest span the first days of Colorado Springs to Olympic City USA.

Starting Place – Legacy Plaza, 1800 Recreation Way

Trail: Pikes Peak Greenway to Legacy Plaza (take the trail on the west side of the creek)
Car (parking): Plenty of free parking at the Plaza
Mountain Metro Transit: Route 14, stop at Chestnut/Fontanero, then ride east on Fontanero to Recreation Way, and then south to the Plaza. For further information, use the Trip Planner at
Bike Share: to find the nearest e-bike station.

Maps and Links
Download a Legacy Loop Route PDF map and turn by turn directions
Visit RidewithGPS for a map, turn by turn directions, stop info, .gpx file and lots more!

Bicycles are the perfect tool to explore a city:

They are fast enough that you can cover some ground, slow enough that you can really see things, nimble enough that you can stop at a moment’s notice, and open not just to sights, but to scents, sounds, tastes, and tactile and kinetic elements too. So there’s no better way to experience the history of the city in its landscape than a tour by bike!

June is bike month in Colorado Springs and because of the shifting restrictions due to the pandemic, Bike month and bike to work day activities have looked different  for the past two years. Last year the City of COS and Bike COS worked together on a Bike To Business activation that could be done without the need for large group activities. For 2021, even while the guidelines are changing frequently we made a similar decision to still celebrate Bike Month in the traditional June time frame while keeping the activities less group focused.

Throughout the June we will be highlighting different routes, Click the links to learn more about each our and keep watching our social media for more information on these routes.

Come Pedal Our Past

Celebrate Colorado Springs’ 150th anniversary cruising along on wheels! Explore one of 5 historic loops (or all of them) to learn about our city’s history from the seat of your bike.

Explore historic tours of five neighborhoods

It’s a great way to see for yourself how the city has grown and changed over time, and over the land!

For Bike Month during the entire month of June, temporary signage will write the city’s history on the landscape of the routes. These routes will also live digitally(link is external) so locals and visitors can keep learning about the history of Colorado Springs well into the future.

Legacy Loop – The Legacy Loop is the realization of General Palmer’s vision for a greenspace encircling the Downtown area. Points of interest span the first days of Colorado Springs to Olympic City USA. 
Hillside – This loop around the neighborhoods east of Downtown runs the gamut from sick people wanting to be well to athletes wanting to be the best. And Nikola Tesla! 
– Learn how the airport, the military and strong local institutions and people have made Southeast Colorado Springs (the newest neighborhood in Pedal our Past) the family-focused the strong, resilient, family-focused neighborhood it is today

Cragmor – You will experience a little bit of everything on this tour, from tuberculosis sanatoria to Hollywood, and from industrial history to education, plus the flood of 1935.  
Old Colorado City – If Colorado Springs was genteel and delightful, Colorado City was a much more Wild West boomtown. Learn about the first territorial capital and how Colorado City has developed since then.

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