Palmer Park

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By receiving this highest standard of recognition, Gold Standard Sites are exemplary models, encouraging other public lands to ensure that Leave No Trace education is part of everyone’s experience when spending time outdoors. Learn more about what it means to be a Gold Standard Site here.



  • Two baseball/softball fields
  • Community playground
  • Football/soccer field
  • Horse stables
  • Restrooms
  • Scenic overlook and drive
  • Picnicking (including some large groups with reservation shelters-Lazyland, Meadows, Youth Camp and Council Grounds)
  • Botanical reserve
  • Seven Castles geological point of interest
  • Over 25 miles of trails (hiking, jogging, equestrian)
  • Three volleyball courts
  • Dog park


  • 5am – 9pm – Year Round.


Palmer, 3650 Maizeland Rd., (Maizeland Rd. and N. Academy Blvd.).Palmer Park Map

Follow the Leave No Trace Seven Principles

The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services department is proudly partnered with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in order to promote environmental stewardship and safeguard the natural, cultural, and historical resources that make Colorado Springs such a fantastic place to live and visit. Follow the Leave No Trace Seven Principles to help keep our parks, trails, and open spaces healthy and sustainable. Learn more at

Plan ahead and prepare. Be prepared! Remember food and water, and clothes to protect you from cold, heat and rain. Use a park map to plan your route. Check it along the way so you’ll stay on course and won’t get lost. Bring a leash for your pet and plastic bags to pick up your pet’s waste.
Travel on durable surfaces. Walk and ride on designated trails to protect trailside plants. Avoid stepping on flowers or small trees. Once damaged, they may not grow back! Avoid unsafe or sensitive areas in the park by staying on designated trails.
Dispose of waste properly. Pack it in, pack it out. Put litter–even crumbs, peels and cores–in garbage bags and dispose of at the trailhead. Use bathrooms or portalets prior to your hike or ride. Use a plastic bag to pack out your pet’s poop to a garbage can.
Leave what you find. Leave plants, rocks, and historical or archeological items as you find them so others can enjoy them. Treat living plants with respect. Carving, hacking or peeling plants may kill them. Take pictures to share your adventure!
Be careful with fire. Wildfires don’t have an off season. Fires, charcoal grilling, and smoking are prohibited at Palmer Park. Do your part and help us protect this area from wildfires.
Respect wildlife. Observe wildlife from a distance and never approach, feed, or follow them. Human food is unhealthy for all wildlife and feeding them starts bad habits. Have a “zoom meeting” with wildlife by using the zoom on your camera!
Be considerate of others. Be considerate when passing others on the trail. Keep your pet under control to protect it, other visitors and wildlife. Avoid making loud noises or yelling. Be sure the fun you have at the park doesn’t bother anyone else. Remember, other visitors are here to enjoy the outdoors too.