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Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Headquarters, Mail Code 1200
1401 Recreation Way
Colorado Springs, CO 80905-1975
Phone: (719) 385-5940
Fax: (719) 385-6599
Email: spark@SpringsGov.c. . .
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City of Colorado Springs / Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services / Parks, Trails & Open Space / Open Space / Bluestem Prairie Open Space

Bluestem Prairie Open Space

Bluestem Prairie Open Space offers 650 acres of prairie grassland and bird watching paradise.
Bluestem Prairie Open Space

The preservation of the Bluestem Prairie Open Space was made possible through partnership and widespread community support including:

  • Big Johnson Advocacy Group
  • Citizens of Colorado Springs
  • City of Colorado Springs TOPS Program
  • Great Outdoors Colorado
  • Palmer Foundation
  • Trust for Public Land
  • Private Donations
  • Trails & Open Space Coalition

Bluestem Prairie Open Space offers 650 acres of prairie grassland and bird watching paradise. NOTE: No dogs are allowed, due to native wildlife.

Home to over 200 bird species and several mammal species, Blustem Prairie Open Space has become a refuge to many native wildlife and vegetation.

Located just south of the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, this land once belonged to the Banning-Lewis Ranch. Here ranchers relied primarily on rich soils and thriving grasslands to survive.

This land remains home to varied mammals such as the Pronghorn, the Black-tailed prairie dog and birds like the Red-tailed hawk, Burrowing owls and Migratory Shorebirds.

Where is the Bluestem Prairie Open Space located?
From Colorado Springs, take I-25 south to Exit 138. Turn east onto Lake Avenue, which will turn into South Circle Drive. Turn south onto Hancock Road, which will turn into Hancock Expressway. Turn east on Drennan Road. From Drennan Road turn south onto Powers Boulevard. The Bluestem Prairie Open Space will be readily visible after 1.5 miles.

I want to volunteer at Bluestem Prairie Open Space - visit www.openspacevolunteers.org

Master Plan & Map
Big Johnson Master Plan