Northgate is a rapidly growing area of Colorado Springs that takes its name from the northern entrance to the Air Force Academy. Residents of Northgate are attracted by its fantastic schools and proximity to both Denver and Colorado Springs, but as the area expands it has become home to a number of remarkable parks and small businesses, so here are a few of our favorite spots.
Outside — The Colorado Springs portion of the Santa Fe Trail runs along the former Santa Fe-Topeka railway line for about 16 miles. The trail’s gradual elevation gain makes it perfect for a leisurely weekend stroll. The county is responsible for maintaining the 6-foot-wide trail, which attracts all levels of cyclists as well as hikers. Many bikers even use the trail to commute from Monument to Colorado Springs. The trail is dog-friendly, but park officials recommend keeping your furry friends leashed.
Though the trail runs parallel to I-25, it is far enough removed from the interstate that you won’t notice traffic noise, and the views will take your breath away. Running from Woodmen Rd., near the heart of Colorado Springs, to Palmer Lake in Monument, you’ll see mountains and forests, bluffs and plains. With three main trailheads and multiple access points, you can be sure to find something new to enjoy on every trip.
Food — Walter’s303 Pizzeria and Publik House began with two locations in Denver before opening their Northgate restaurant. Walter’s is family-friendly and features a large, outdoor patio. They love getting involved in their community through hosting fundraisers for first responders and non-profit organizations.
Walter’s303 serves pizza with a variety of housemade sauces on a hand-tossed crust. Build your own pizza or choose from one of their signature pies. If you’re not feeling pizza, Walter’s also serves award-winning wings, hearty, flavorful lasagna, and customizable calzones. They also keep a variety of local and imported beers on tap, so be sure to ask for their current beer list.
Pets — Bentley’s Pets, located off of Voyager Pkwy., is the perfect place to get high-quality and specialty pet products at reasonable prices. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and after a few visits, will greet you like a regular. They are also passionate about promoting pet adoption, and host regular meet and greets with rescues and shelters.
Bentley’s is the perfect place to shop if you are wanting to switch your pet to raw food, or if you have a pet with specific dietary restrictions. They also carry a variety of durable toys and fun seasonal products for your dog or cat. Be sure to check out their online store to more conveniently support your local pet store.
Drinks — The Brass Tap keeps 150 domestic and imported craft beers on tap, and their knowledgeable bartenders are always available to answer questions or help you pick the perfect draft. Gather with a group of friends to watch the football game or just grab a beer and catch up. If you’re hungry, check out their selection of burger, flatbreads, and appetizers. The Brass Tap also offers live entertainment and daily specials, so you’re sure to find something new to enjoy on each visit.
Families — Mary Kyer Park is a beautiful 11-acre neighborhood park along Voyager in the heart of Northgate. In the center of Mary Kyer Park lies a beautiful water feature, complete with a duck pond and landscaped waterfalls. If you time your visit right, you might even see lotuses blooming.
The park has a 0.6 mile paved loop, making it stroller and wheelchair-friendly. The loop also connects to the La Foret trailhead, in case you are feeling like a longer stroll. Younger children will enjoy Mary Kyer’s playground, while older children may be more interested in the tennis and basketball courts. The park’s picnic shelter and multi-purpose playfields make it perfect for a neighborhood gathering or just a day out with the family.