Blodgett Peak Open Space

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    The Blodgett Peak Open Space has 167 acres of open space, trails, and wildlife habitat. Once part of the Blodgett Ranch, the Blodgett Peak Open Space area is home to many animal species and vegetation species. Dominating this area are the ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and scrub oak. This land is also home to peregrine falcons. Once placed on the endangered species list, these birds fly freely throughout the Blodgett Open Space. Also unique to this area are the geological rock features. Throughout the open space there is a variety of rock sedimentation, including Manitou Limestone, Fountain Formation and Pierre Shale. The Rampart Range fault separates the sedimentary bedrock from the granite.

    Where is Blodgett Peak Open Space located?
    From Colorado Springs, take I-25 north to the Garden of the Gods Exit. Exit west. Heading west, turn right at Centennial Boulevard. Head north on Centennial. After passing Vindicator Road, Centennial Boulevard will turn into Woodmen Road. Continue on Woodmen Road, Blodgett Peak Open Space will be on the left-hand side of the road.

    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 Peak 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 Peak 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 Peak 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.

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

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

    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 Peak Open Space Master Plan
    Blodgett Peak Open Space Forest Health & Management Plan
    1955 Aerial View of Blodgett Peak
    1997 Blodgett Peak View

    Interim Use Plan

    Plan Approved (April 11, 2019)

    The Blodgett Open Space Interim Use Plan was unanimously approved on April 11th, 2019 by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Advisory Board. A copy of the presentation can be found here. Implementation of the gravel trailhead, new trail connections, fencing and signage will occur in May and June.

    About the Plan

    The City of Colorado Springs Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) program recently acquired 64 acres of property 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 Dr. 

    As a means to make the property available for public use, the Parks Department seeks to develop an Interim Use Plan to establish the short term use on the property until a more robust master planning process can begin for all of Blodgett Open Space. The Interim Use Plan includes providing:

    • public access to and through the new open space,
    • the creation of a small gravel trailhead parking lot near Woodmen Rd,
    • Park Ranger and maintenance use of the old horse barn,
    • the construction of approximately 1,500 linear feet of single track trail and improving the land,
    • fence repair on the eastern and southern property,
    • Management on the property through the TOPS Stewardship program. 

    On January 31st, 2019 the Parks Department held a neighborhood meeting to present, discuss and collect public feedback of the Interim Use Plan for the management and public access of the newly acquired open space. 

    A copy of the presentation can be found here: Blodgett Interim Use Plan-Neighborhood

    A copy of the verbatim comments from the meeting can be found here: Blodgett – public comments Jan 31

    Based on the feedback the gravel trailhead was well supported with significant concerns about unwanted activities happening after hours when the open space is closed. There were numerous mentions for the parking lot to bet gated and locked after hours. 

    The Blodgett Open Space Interim Use Plan was presented to the TOPS Working Committee and the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Advisory Board in early February. Feedback was provided by the boards and several citizens in attendance. There was support for plan to create a trailhead with suggestions to staff to research opportunities to increase police patrols of the area at night to reduce potential issues. Additionally, staff will be able to monitor the parking area and see if they warrant the need for locked gates after hours.

    Current Recommendation

    Recommended Interim Use Plan here: Recommended Blodgett IUP Feb 2019

    The Parks Department will present the recommended plan to the TOPS Working Committee on Wednesday March 6th, 2019 at 7:30 am and to the Parks Advisory Board on April 11, 2019 at 7:30 am for consideration by the two boards. Both meetings will be held at the Parks Administration Building at 1401 Recreation Way, Colorado Springs CO, 80905. The public will be able to comment on the recommended plan prior to the Parks Board’s vote.

    Tentative Schedule

    Pending the outcome of the Parks Board vote, the construction of the trailhead, trails and fencing would begin in March and be completed by early summer. Land management of the property would be ongoing.

    For questions or comments please feel free to contract David Deitemeyer at david.deitemeyer@ColoradoSprings.gov or 719-385-6515.