Manitou Springs Trailhead


Road Difficulty

Paved Road 0   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD paved to the TH.

Driving Directions

Take U.S. 24 to Manitou Springs and use one of several exits to get to Manitou Avenue. Drive toward the center of town and at a roundabout, turn west onto Ruxton Avenue. Drive 0.8 mile on Ruxton to reach Hydro Street. Turn right onto Hydro and drive up a hill to reach the parking lot and trailhead. Parking is an issue in this area and the lot fills up very early in the morning due to Barr trail hikers, Incline users and Cog Railway customers, when it's open. All parking is pay-only from here all the way down Ruxton Ave. and there are self-serve fee stations.

Winter Access

Open year-round.
Status Updates 
Posted By: sisyphus
Info: May 4, 2005: The Barr Trailhead is open, but then again, it’s nearly always accessible. Be careful parking here, though. The lot fills up quickly, and the people who run the Cog RR are really anal about parking, even when the Cog isn’t running. They will tow you. If the main lot is full, your best bet will be to park way down the hill on Hydro street near some houses. If that area is full, you might have to park way down in Manitou.

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