Aiken Canyon Trail is located in the Aiken Canyon Nature Preserve south of Colorado Springs. This 1600 acre preserve boasts large number of animals including more than 100 species of birds. Pets are prohibited on the trail. The trail starts at the field station and continues along a dry creek bed. After 0.7 miles the trail splits into a loop. If you continue right you will hike through some open grass land and later under some tree cover. There is a a side dead end trail that will take you into the canyon ending at a cabin ruins. Little bit further up the main loop, another side trail goes up to an overlook on top of the hill. The main trail descends down completing the loop and then returning back to the trail head.
Aiken Canyon is open to public on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from dawn to dusk.
Length: Main loop 3.4 miles / Canyon Trail 1 mile one way / Overlook 0.2 miles
Directions: Going south on I-25 take exit 140. Drive south on Nevada / CO-115 for 15 miles. Turn right on Turkey Canyon Ranch road. The parking lot will be on your right.