Queens Canyon Trail

Colorado Springs, Colorado 80922

Queens Canyon Trail

Queens Canyon Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike truly is fit for a queen. Complete with a castle at the trailhead, this trail begins adjacent to the impeccably groomed grounds of Glen Eyrie, a Christian-based stewardship and conference center. Originally the private estate of General William Jackson Palmer in the late 1800s, the serene valley features an elegant castle available for meetings and lodging, several other outlying buildings, a carriage house, and a group camp area. All of this is tucked here and there among high canyon walls and a dreamy landscape of tidy, deep green shrubbery, stand-at-attention lawns, and vibrant flowers decorating the whole works like Christmas ornaments come to life. Best of all, Glen Eyrie is surrounded by superb hiking trails, and top on the list is Queens Canyon.

This is a fantabulous trail that lazily climbs into this gorgeous canyon, following Camp Creek and high, craggy, walls. Much of the canyon is flushed with red in the stone, and it glows against the clear blue of the sky. The trail twists and bends merrily around clumps of low shrubs and small cottonwood trees, and hops over the creek again and again over steppingstone rocks or a downed log."

Queens Canyon Trail Reviews

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We went up to the falls and then turned back because we had our two-year old with us. It took us about 2 hours to go up and then back down. We had a great time, walking up the frozen river most of the time. The canyon is just beautiful, make sure to look up so that you do not miss the high walls. It was so worth it. Very different from Garden of the Gods. We will be going back in the Summer!
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You need to register on line at Navigators.org before you can hike. Hiking spaces are limited. I had to book my hike 6 weeks in advance. No public hiking Fri-Sun.

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Trail Information

Colorado Springs
Nearby City
1,499 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2.5 to 3 hours
Late May through October
6,511 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,644 feet
Top Elevation
Pike National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Cascade
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018