The 50th anniversary of El Paso County Parks kicks off with the “50K for 50 Years” hiking series. Participants are invited to hike 50 kilometers of trails at seven different Parks throughout the County.
“We are excited to extend this invitation to the citizens of El Paso County and anyone who wants stretch their legs and get out in the great outdoors,” said Ross Williams, El Paso County Parks Planner. “In the past, these hikes have proven to be very popular, and often times, there’s a waiting list to join.”
Pledge to hike or run 50k this year to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of El Paso County Parks! Register to join us on the dates below, or complete the hike independently and share your photographs on social media using the hash tag: #EPCParks50Years.
50K for 50 Years Hiking Series locations and dates:
Palmer Divide Trail | May 22 | Length: 6k
Black Forest Regional Park | June 5 | Length: 3k
Pineries Open Space: September 17: 14k
Kane Ranch Open Space | November 20 | Length: 5k
“This hike series is a great chance to get outside in our parks and open spaces, learn a little about the park, hear about upcoming projects and improvements, and best of all, get some much-needed exercise in 2021,” said Williams.
Individuals are encouraged to register for the series and pledge to complete the series by December 1, 2021. Registered series finishers will receive a commemorative neck gator.
When hiking, please follow physical distancing recommendations and wear a mask if you are not able to stay six (6) feet away from others. Please consider visiting parks during off hours and if you reach an area that has a full parking lot, try to find somewhere else to recreate.
Notes for doing the hikes on your own: Maps will be added to this post after the scheduled hike. Participants doing the hikes on their own are still asked to register. It is highly encouraged to hike the parks that are listed, but as long as all 50k are El Paso County Parks, you can still complete the challenge and receive a commemorative neck gator.