Spruce Mountain Open Space and Trail

Spruce Mountain is a large, tree-covered mesa that is visible from Interstate I-25, Spruce Mountain Road, County Line Road, and Highway 105. The property contains scrub oak, ponderosa pine forest, wet meadows, and rocky cliffs.

It is part of an important wildlife corridor, allowing travel between the Pike National Forest and Greenland Open Space and Greenland Ranch. Douglas County is in the process of developing recreational trails on the property. Public access is by arranged hikes or rides through Douglas County.

Year acquired: 2003 – 231 acres fee simple
2008 – 662 acres fee simple
2008 – 458 acres conservation easement
Acres: 893 acres Fee simple; 458 acres in conservation easement
Land Category: Preserve/Wildlife habitat
Conservation Tool: Fee Title & Conservation Easement
Cost: $8,985,000 Douglas County, $250,000 Great Outdoors Colorado, $1,875,000 United States Department of Agriculture – grant pending
Partners: Great Outdoors Colorado, The Conservation Fund, Douglas County, private conservation buyers. United States Department of Agriculture and Colorado State Forest Service
Location: Six miles south of Larkspur, with access along Spruce Mountain Road. The property is located between Perry Park Road and Spruce Mountain Road, south of Noe Road in the South I-25 Conservation Corridor.

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