Palmer Land Trust has preserved nearly 1,200 acres of the Upper Bear Creek Watershed, also known as Jones Park Open Space, in partnership with El Paso County.

Bear Creek runs through the property and is home to the greenback cutthroat trout, Colorado’s state fish. This is the only known naturally reproducing population of the trout, which is a federally-listed threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

The parcel contains the Jones Park Trail and other popular hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as Loud’s Cabin and other historic sites. A trail on this property is the route used by Katharine Lee Bates to ascend Pikes Peak where she wrote the famous “America the Beautiful.”

 “This open space is one of the most unique in our region. It has a backcountry feel, and yet is only a few miles from town. Not only does the area offer world-class recreation, but it provides crucial habitat for Colorado’s state fish. This is a win-win for the community and conservation," said Rebecca Jewett, Palmer Land Trust Executive Director.

Palmer provides ongoing stewardship to all of its protected landscapes, working closely with public and private 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.

Contact: Erica Oakley-Courage, [email protected]