Blodgett Open Space

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    The Blodgett Open Space is 388 acres of open space, trails, and wildlife habitat neighboring the Pikes National Forest. The original Blodgett Open Space land was purchased through the City of Colorado Springs Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) program and funding in March 2001. A second acquisition to the southeast was incorporated in 2018, bringing in a second parking lot and trail access location. Most recently in 2021, additional land was acquired to extend the land further south, with boundaries along the Pikeview Quarry and Allegheny Road.

    Located in the foothills of the Front Range, the property has outstanding views of Colorado Springs to the east and Blodgett Peak to the northwest. The property is bordered on three sides by the Pike National Forest, which provides an excellent natural buffer and habitat continuity for wildlife.

    Once part of Blodgett Ranch, Blodgett Open Space hosts a diversity of vegetation communities and animal species including foothills shrubland, ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, scrub oak, black bear, mule deer, big horn sheep, and the once endangered peregrine falcon. Geological features hosted here include Manitou Limestone, Fountain Formation and Pierre Shale with the Rampart Range fault separating the sedimentary bedrock from the granite.

    Blodgett Open Space is an access point to the Pike National Forest, via the Hummingbird Trail, from the north parking lot trailhead. There are no designated trails beyond the end of Hummingbird Trail, to include Blodgett Peak which is part of the Pike National Forest. Route finding to the summit of Blodgett Peak can be difficult and treacherous. Serious injuries and fatalities have occurred. The exercise of extreme caution is recommended when considering and/or hiking Blodgett Peak. To learn more, check the USFS & Blodgett Peak Information tab on this site.

    Directions to Blodgett Open Space

    Take I-25 north to the Garden of the Gods exit. Head west, turning right on Centennial Boulevard. Head north on Centennial, passing Vindicator Road, wind uphill where Centennial Boulevard will transition into Woodmen Road.

    For the south parking lot, turn right onto Blodgett Ranch Trail and take an immediate left to follow the earthen drive to the lot. 

    For the north trailhead parking lot, continue on Woodmen Road for another half mile where the lot will be on the left-hand side of the road.

    Preservation and development

    The preservation trail development of the Blodgett Open Space was made possible through partnership and widespread community support:

    • The people of Colorado Springs
    • City of Colorado Springs TOPS Program
    • Great Outdoors Colorado
    • Private Donations
    • Trails & Open Space Coalition

    Hours & Rules

    Park users are responsible for knowing all park rules and regulations.

    Seasonal Park Hours

    • November 1 to April 30: 5 am - 9 pm.
    • May 1 to October 31: 5 am - 10 pm

    Park Rules

    • Dogs must remain on a 6ft leash at all times. 
    • Pet waste must be properly removed and disposed of by the pet owner. 
    • Visitors and their pets are required to stay on designated trails. 
    • Motorized vehicles are prohibited. 
    • Parking allowed in designated areas only. Overnight camping and parking are prohibited.
    • Littering, dumping, tree cutting, campfires, and creation of undesignated trails is prohibited. 
    • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in City Parks by Ordinance No. 9-9--410
    • It is unlawful for any person to injure, deface, destroy, sever or remove any park property.
    • The smoking of any cigarette, pipe, cigar or electronic smoking device is prohibited on park property unless a designated area is provided. No. 6-6-202
    • It is unlawful for any unauthorized person to attach any rope, wire or other contrivance to any tree or plant in any park. 

    Leave No Trace

    Follow the Leave No Trace Seven Principles 

    The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services department is proudly partnered with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in order to promote environmental stewardship and safeguard the natural, cultural, and historical resources that make Colorado Springs such a fantastic place to live and visit. Follow the Leave No Trace Seven Principles to help keep our parks, trails, and open spaces healthy and sustainable.  For more information visit lnt.org

    Plan ahead and prepare. Blodgett Open Space has North and South facing slopes which affect seasonal hiking conditions. Check conditions, be prepared for quick weather changes, and snap a picture of the map before you go!
    Travel on durable surfaces. Following designated trails allows staff to monitor the burn scar’s recovery, encourages plant growth to prevent erosion, helps maintain current drainages, and reestablishes a healthy habitat for wildlife. 
    Dispose of waste properly. Trashcans are available at the trailheads for your convenience. The health of this recovering habitat and watershed depend on being litter free. Please pick up after your pet, and yourself, to keep Blodgett  pristine! 
    Leave what you find. Picking flowers removes important nutrient sources for pollinators like bees, butterflies, and bats. Take a “pic,” don’t pick! This preserves energy rich nectar and next year’s seeds for these vital ecosystem members!
    Be careful with fire. Blodgett Open Space was decimated by the Waldo Canyon Fire in June, 2012. 345 homes, 18,247 acres including Blodgett were scorched. Forest fires are necessary and healthy; wildfires are devastating. 
    Respect wildlife. Wildlife is returning and reestablishing their homes in the area. Remember the “Rule of Thumb” around wild animals and keep dogs on a leash. Together we can promote a healthy and safe ecosystem! 
    Be considerate of others. Trail yielding etiquette is essential for safety while recreating; all yield to horses, cyclists yield to all. Everyone you see here desires to enjoy the outdoors. Let’s encourage a respectful community of users! 

    © 1999 by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org.

      Master PlanA plan for the development of a portion of the city that contains proposed land uses, a generalized transportation system, and the relationship of the area included in the plan to surrounding property.(s)
      Blodgett Open Space Master Plan
      Blodgett Open Space Forest Health & Management Plan
      1955 Aerial View of Blodgett
      1997 Blodgett View

      Master Plans

      Origional Master Plan

      The original Blodgett Open Space land was purchased through the City of Colorado Springs Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) program and funding in March 2001. This acquisition is a 167 acre property bordered on three sides by the Pike National Forest, and Woodmen Road on the east.

      2018 Acquisition Interim Use Plan

      The City of Colorado Springs Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) program acquired 64 acres of property in 2018 for Open Space as an expansion to Blodgett Open Space. The new property is immediately adjacent and south of the existing Blodgett Open Space and located west of the intersection of W. Woodmen Rd and Blodgett Ranch Trail. The Blodgett Open Space Interim Use Plan was unanimously approved on April 11th, 2019 by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Advisory Board. 

      2021 Phase I & Phase II Acquisition

      Blodgett Open Space Forest Health & Management Plan

      USFS & Blodgett Peak Info 

      The United States Forest Service is asking the public to not recreate on Blodgett Peak due to an active wildland fire.

      In effect until March 22, 2022

      USFS PCICC Order #PSICC-2021-08 prohibits the following within the Waldo Canyon Burn Area:

      1. Being upon the Restricted Trail also known as the Waldo Trail or NFST 640. 36 C.F.R. § 261.55(a) 
      2. Camping in any portion of the Restricted Area. 36 C.F.R. § 261.58(e) 
      3. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire in any portion of the Restricted Area. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(a) 
      4. Using any type of motorized vehicle on National Forest System Roads (NFSR) 300.M, 955, 305, 300.N, 956, 300.S, 957, 300.P, 300.Q, 987, and 988. 36 C.F.R. § 261.54(a) 

      Exemptions:

      Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order: 

      1. Any federal, state or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force, in the performance of an official duty; 
      2. Persons with a Forest Service permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission. 

      Blodgett Open Space is an access point to the Pike National Forest via Hummingbird Trail. Begin at the North Blodgett Loop Trailhead, follow it west 0.75 miles, turning left onto Hummingbird Trail and staying right to continue on. There are no designated trails beyond the terminus of Hummingbird Trail, to include Blodgett Peak which is part of the Pike National Forest. Route finding to the summit of Blodgett Peak can be difficult and treacherous. Serious injuries and fatalities have occurred. The exercise of extreme caution is recommended when considering and/or hiking Blodgett Peak.

      For more information on recreation in the Pike National Forest, please visit the Pike-San Isabel National Forest website or contact the Pikes Peak Ranger District office:

      ​Pikes Peak Ranger District
      601 South Weber
      Colorado Springs, CO 80903
      Ph: 719-636-1602
      Fax: 719-477-4233