Hiking

All trails on the Academy are open only between the hours of 5 a.m. and sundown everyday. A map of the trails is available at the Visitor Center. Be prepared for a variety of weather conditions along these trails. Storms have been known to move in very quickly from the mountains.

From the Stanley Canyon Reservoir, the Farish Hiking Trail takes you further into the mountains and the Pike National Forest. This is a 5.5-mile trail, much of it on dirt roads and abandoned jeep trails. This trail provides relatively easy walking to the Farish Memorial and Academy recreational facility. The USAFA Services Squadron controls this facility. Be prepared for a variety of conditions along the trail. Storms move in very quickly and temperatures during the summer can fall below freezing.

Falcon Trail

This hiking trail is open year round to hikers. The trail is approximately 12 miles long and gives you a good look at the natural and man-made beauty of the Academy. The trail crosses the road at several spots so you have the option of making your hike shorter. There are trail signs that explain the different plants, geology, and natural phenomena in the immediate area. A patch is available, through a local Scout troop, for completing the entire trail hike.

Santa Fe Trail

This trail follows the length of the Academy along highway I-25 from Monument to Colorado Springs.

Stanley Canyon and Farish Hiking Trails

The Stanley Canyon trail is about 2 miles long and takes you from a parking lot area near the Academy Hospital through Stanley Canyon to the Stanley Canyon Reservoir. This trail offers a panoramic view of Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. Portions of the trail are very steep with loose footing so please be very cautious. Hiking staffs, or similar walking aids, are strongly recommended.