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World-class outdoor recreation. It's why we live here!

Southern Colorado is home to world-class outdoor recreation. It's the reason many of us live here! More than two-thirds of Colorado Springs residents enjoy outdoor recreation at least once a week. Clearly, it is a way of life. Open spaces like Ute Valley Park, Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Stratton Open Space, and Bear Creek Regional Park, all protected by Palmer Land Trust, provide unmatched recreational opportunities for residents and tourists alike. Palmer's work to preserve public open spaces ensures a fun, healthy, and high quality life that we all value. Our efforts also support tourism, one of the region’s leading economic sectors.

The following public open spaces and parks are permanently protected by Palmer Land Trust forever.

City of Colorado Springs

  • Bluestem Prairie Open Space
  • Red Rock Canyon Open Space & Section 16
  • Stratton Open Space
  • Sinton Pond
  • Tudor Trail and Greenway
  • University Park (deed-restricted)
  • Ute Valley Gateway Open Space

El Paso County

  • Bear Creek Park
  • Elephant Rock Open Space
  • Jones Park Open Space
  • M. Christian Open Space
  • Paint Mines Interpretive Park
  • Pineries Open Space
  • Schreder Open Space

Manitou Springs

  • Black Canyon Road Open Space
  • Iron Mountain Open Space
  • Red Mountain Open Space

Teller County

  • Catamount Ranch Open Space


  • Strawberry Hill

20 Public Parks and Open Spaces

Protected for You by Palmer Land Trust, Forever