Following a brief closure in April 2020, the trail at Clear Spring Ranch is open for use from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. However, bathroom facilities, like all El Paso County Parks indoor facilities, remain closed in support of COVID-19 response efforts. Trail users should maintain appropriate physical distance from others.
If wildlife viewing and hiking are your things, then we invite you to Clear Spring Ranch. This recreational area, which we co-manage with El Paso County Parks, is located south of Colorado Springs and offers four miles of trails.
Part of Clear Spring Ranch includes an interpretive trail that follows Fountain Creek. Along this trail, you have the opportunity to see many wildlife species that depend on riparian habitat (area along river and stream banks) for water, food and shelter.
You can view many of the following species in their natural habitat.
- Black-tailed Prairie Dog
- Mule Deer
- Red Fox
- White-tailed Deer
- Wild Turkey
Clear Spring Ranch is even home to a few rare species.
- Blue Grosbeak
- Warbling Vireo
- White-throated Sparrow
- Yellow-breasted Chat
The Ranch is part of the Great Pikes Peak Birding Trail, a program supported by the Audubon Society and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Birdwatchers are likely to see a variety of songbirds and raptors.
- Black-capped Chickadee
- Great Horned Owl
- House Wren
- Red-tailed Hawk
Clear Spring Ranch and its trails are perfect for families, classes and small groups. You can even reserve the pavilion for special events or outings. Call El Paso County Parks at 520-6375 for details.
To reach the Ranch from Colorado Springs, take I-25 south to Exit 123. Go east to Clear Spring Ranch Trail.