Palmer Partners to Preserve Public Open Space

Palmer Land Trust has partnered with the City of Manitou Springs to protect a 33-acre parcel of public land. Black Canyon Road Open Space will become a key component in completing the envisioned trail system around and through Manitou Springs. The trails will also eventually link to regional trails, including connections directly to Garden of the Gods on the east and to the Cliff Dwellings and Cave of the Winds on the west. 

“Manitou Springs takes open space preservation very seriously and we honor the relationship we have with the Palmer Land Trust. The Black Canyon Open Space is an asset to the entire Pikes Peak region, rich in history and beauty. We thank Great Outdoors Colorado and the Palmer Land Trust for their support on this project and look forward to continuing our partnership as stewards of the land," said Manitou Springs Mayor Nicole Nicoletta.

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) contributed $293,000 to the acquisition of the property and the City of Manitou Springs provided the remainder. The City then donated a conservation easement to Palmer to ensure its preservation as public open space forever.

Palmer provides ongoing stewardship to all of its protected landscapes, working closely with landowners to ensure each property’s conservation values are upheld in perpetuity. It is one of the largest local land trusts in the nation based on the number of acres conserved.

GOCO invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state's parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. GOCO's independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created when voters approved a Constitutional Amendment in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 4,800 projects in urban and rural areas in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. More than one million acres have been preserved to date. For more information, visit