- Bob Falcone
Located east of the Springs, near Peyton, Colorado, Homestead Ranch Regional Park is a 450-acre gem of the El Paso County Parks system that flies mostly under the radar. The park is open to a wide range of activities and has a number of hiking trails. Follow the slide show below for my favorite loop hike in the park.
The park is open to hikers, equestrians, cyclists and more, featuring a fishing pond for licensed anglers, a playground for kids and picnic pavilions available with reservations. It's also home to a number of culturally modified trees (CMTs).
To get there: Take US 24 east from Colorado Springs to Elbert Road and turn left (north). Take Elbert Road 5 miles to Sweet Road and turn right (east). Take Sweet Road approximately 2.5-miles to Golihar Road and turn left (north). At about .75 miles turn left again onto the park access road.
Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, college instructor, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for more than 25 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (Hiking Bob), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: firstname.lastname@example.org.