Ute Valley Park consists of various trails and connector trails that weave through a scrub oak lined sandstone canyon and rise to a hogback ridge. Awesome views of Pike's Peak can be seen from the park, as well as views of Cheyenne Mountain, Garden of the Gods, Pulpit Rock, and more. That combined with an interesting landscape make this a terrific place to hike without even leaving town! The trailhead I chose began just south of Pinion Valley Park and can be found by taking Mule Deer Road east from Centennial Blvd. As always when hiking be sure to stay hydrated. You'll also want to watch out for rattle snakes, which are known to be in this area.