Prairie Canyon Ranch Open Space


Open Space Enjoyment and Social Distancing

As you anticipate an enjoyable day on Douglas County Open Space properties, please be aware that some trails, due to the location and terrain, have limited space for remaining socially distant from those other than in your immediate party. Please be aware when you encounter these circumstances, adjust accordingly, and help keep our community safe by adhering to
COVID-19 social distancing requirements.


This property is open to the public by Special Event Permit only. 

The historic Prairie Canyon Ranch is bisected by Cherry Creek and lies just south of Castlewood Canyon State Park in the Cherry Creek Corridor priority area.  Douglas County manages the property as a working cattle ranch.   Prairie Canyon Ranch is managed as a working cattle ranch to preserve historic values and protect wildlife habitat, while it also provides unique educational opportunities for students of any age.

Address:  4620 S. State Highway 83, Franktown, CO 80116

Size:  978 acres

Hours:  Access to the property is for organized groups including educational tours for school groups and horse rides. Public access is by appointment.

Wildlife Information: 

  • Hawks, pronghorn, coyotes, deer, elk. leopard hogs and great blue herons are known inhabitants.