Colorado Nature July 02, 2020
This Hike In Colorado Has Been Called The Stairway To Heaven… Wait Until You See Why
Nearly all of the hikes and trails in Colorado are considered to be heavenly, but did you know that one has actually been dubbed the “Stairway to Heaven”? No, I am not talking about the
Manitou Incline or Seven Falls (though we do highly recommend visiting both!), but rather the United States Air Force Academy Stairs:
Tucked away in north Colorado Springs is the United States Air Force Academy, which is home to a full-blown campus, plus the iconic Cadet Chapel and Falcon Stadium.
In addition to these learning and living spaces, the Air Force Academy is also home to various hikes and trails, all of which are located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
While every Air Force Academy hike is a must-do, there is one in particular that should be at the top of your list. It is the aptly-named Stairway to Heaven!
Situated between the Pine Valley housing area and the Community Center, the Stairway to Heaven boasts 300+ steps and an elevation gain of a whopping 211 feet, making this an intermediate hike that is not for the faint of heart.
Can you see why they call it the Stairway to Heaven?
Do you need to work your way up to this .4-mile trail? No problem, as the Air Force Academy houses a number of other hikes and trails that are suitable for nearly every fitness level.
To learn more about the United States Air Force Academy trails and other attractions, please visit their
Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, be sure also to check the status of the United States Air Force Academy before you set off for your hike.
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