In Colorado Springs, we are blessed with some of the most gorgeous scenery in the country and more sunny days than anyone could decently ask for. One of the greatest ways for families with little ones to enjoy the beautiful views and weather is by taking a family picnic.  Here are some of our top spots!

How to use this guide: Simply click on the + near each Picnic Spot to read more about it and see the location!

1805 N 30th Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

The scenery alone is worth a trip to Garden of the Gods, but enjoying a family picnic in the midst of all that beauty is even better. There are picnic spots scattered throughout the park, many with grates and tables, and all located close to short trails great for an after meal walk. Scotsman picnic area is one of the easiest to find and provides a great place for kids to play and families to eat.

7040 Rangewood Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

There are many grassy spots to put your picnic blanket down at this park, and several picnic pavilions, which are often empty even when other parts of the park are bustling.  The large soccer field is great for kite flying (and sledding in the winter), and the paved path around it is perfect for kids to ride bikes or scooters, or for the family to take a walk or jog. The large playground at the top of the hill is great for little and big kids alike.

126 Cimino Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

This park offers a water fountain perfect for kids to cool off in on hot summer days, as well as a fantastic playground. The large grassy area close to the fountain is a wonderful place to plop down your picnic blanket and enjoy the lovely views of beautiful Pikes Peak.

This road goes all the way up to Helen Hunt Falls, but before it gets there, there are several great spots to pull off and enjoy a picnic in the forest. There is also plenty of wildlife here to keep the little ones entertained while they eat!

2110 Stella Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80921

This park, located on the north end of town, is a large park with trails going through the forest, a little pond and gazebo, a fun playground and many great spots for a picnic. On the grass around the pond are some of the best.

2615 N Logan Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Nancy Lewis Park is a lovely large patch of green in the middle of the city. There are several picnic tables, and many spots on the grass to enjoy a picnic as well. The fountain in the middle of the park is a favorite with kids, as is the playground on the east end of the park. The paved trails around and through the park are easy to maneuver with a stroller and the grassy areas are great for a game of family soccer with the kids.

Some of the very best spots to take a family picnic in Colorado Springs are listed above, but there are also fantastic parks located in neighborhoods around the city that are lovely, fun, and often deserted. Don’t forget to check out your local neighborhood parks!

Not sure what to pack for your picnic? Check out this fantastic local food blogger’s delicious picnic recipes here.

We would love to hear about your favorite place to picnic in the Colorado Springs area. Comment below!

This Guide to Picnics was originally published on June 12, 2016.