View of Pike’s Peak from the trail in Section 16 Park


In July of this year, the Colorado Department of Transportation surprised Black Forest residents with a public meeting to present a high speed rail (HSR) study being conducted by CDOT.  This HSR would run from Ft. Collins down to Pueblo, and possibly further in the future.   The first phase of the HSR would use… [Continue Reading]

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by Cheryl Pixley The spring Trail and Road Cleanup for Section 16 is scheduled for May 12, 2012.  Meet at the Section 16 parking lot (on the north side of Burgess Road just west of Vollmer) at 9:00am.  We will end at 11:30am, or earlier if we have a good turnout of workers. In the… [Continue Reading]


  Section 16 Toilet Update—by Judi Tobias Shortly before the first of the year, BFTA reached its goal of $5000 as its portion of the cost of the vault toilet to be built at Black Forest Section 16. Many thanks to all our generous donors who made this happen. On Jan. 31, the first meeting… [Continue Reading]


The BFTA held it’s annual picnic at the Black Forest Regional Park on July 11, 2012.  The rain held off long enough to have a great time.


Black Forest Regional Park Playground




City Council voted 6-3 in favor of purchasing the Anderson parcel! The item will go before Council again for a second hearing in about two weeks and then (if all goes well, which it should) a closing date will be set. This new parcel will one day allow a northeast access to Corral Bluffs that’s… [Continue Reading]


Promoting use of Black Forest Trails and Parks for hikers, bikers, educational purposes, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and equestrians Fun trails for avid horseriders


by Hank Hoover If you’ve visited our website recently ( you may have noticed that we are entering the world of social networking by having Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can post your photos, organize activities, tell us about problems with parks in our area, give us suggestions, etc. Hopefully these tools will allow us to… [Continue Reading]


Black Forest Regional Park Picnic Pavilion



The Black Forest Trails Association is an organization founded to create a safe, legitimate, non-motorized, multi-use recreational trail system that connects Black Forest neighborhoods to each other and the El Paso County Regional Trail System.


Erosion Control Project – Ute Trail

This Friday, members of TOSC staff and a few friends/partners will be working on an erosion control project  on the new Ute Trail for county parks. As you know, county parks does not have a well- established Friends group for volunteer projects … [Read More...]

Annual BFTA Member’s Meeting

The Annual BFTA Member's Meeting will be held this coming Thursday, October 9, 2014 at R&R Cafe.  The meeting officially starts at 6:30, but R&R will be cooking from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM for those of you who'd like to arrive early to have … [Read More...]

Fire Recovery


Black Forest Together Acquires A Wood Chipper

Black Forest Together just received a new wood chipper today from the American Red Cross.   This chipper will provide BFT a tremendous capability as it works with home owners in assisting them with their mitigation projects or helping them clear their fire damaged property.   … [Read More...]

Black Forest Regional Park Is Open!

All the trails in Black Forest Regional Park are now open. The county has completed the initial phase of hazardous tree removal and the marked trails are open. Please heed all signs and warnings. Check out the new equestrian parking lot at the intersection of Shoup & Milam. … [Read More...]

Rocky Mountain Field Institute – Fire Skills Workshop

June 8th, 2014 8:30 AM to Noon. The Pikes Peak Region has been heavily impacted by fires and flooding the past few years. Volunteers are an instrumental component of completing restoration in these areas; however, burned landscapes necessitate highly technical restoration and mitigation work and … [Read More...]

Black Forest Regional Park Needs Help

Greetings Members and Fans of BFTA, As you know from our last email, one of the priorities for the BFTA for 2014 is the recovery of Black Forest Regional Park which was heavily damaged by the fire last summer. To that end, we have three opportunities for members to volunteer in the efforts to … [Read More...]

Black Forest Section 16 Is Open!

Despite the beating it took in the June 2013 forest fire, El Paso County has cleaned up section 16 to deal with any safety issues arising from burned trees and other fire damage.  The trail and restroom are now open and we hope everyone has an opportunity to hike or ride section 16 as soon as … [Read More...]