Here's some good news for hikers looking for new terrain to explore: Catamount Ranch Resource Protection Area, a Teller County open space, opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at the trailhead. The open space features about 13 miles of trails on 1,320 acres of forest and meadow west of Woodland Park. It will be open year-round for hiking and mountain biking.
To reach the trailhead, take U.S. Highway 24 west past Woodland Park; turn left on Edlowe Road and follow to trailhead parking near road's end.
In unfortunately bad timing, the North Slope Recreation Area closed for the season Sunday. Why does this matter to visitors at the new open space? Because part of its appeal is its connection to trails that connect with the recreation area, including a great section of the Ring the Peak Trail.
Still, hikers at Catamount can get their fill of views of the Crags and Pikes Peak on the open space property.