Municipal watersheds

Municipal watersheds

Over the decades, we have collaborated with many agencies to open over 15,000 acres of municipal watershed lands and reservoirs to recreational uses.

In 1967, the citizens of Colorado Springs passed a charter amendment allowing the City to open the North Slope and Northfield system of reservoirs for recreational use when all municipalities receiving water from the reservoirs had water treatment capabilities. In 1991-1992, the City Council appointed a North Slope Advisory Committee to develop a plan for recreational use. The area opened for its first season on July 8, 1992.

In 1999, along with partner agencies, citizen groups and interested public, we completed a regional vision for accommodating recreational activity on municipal watersheds and U.S. Forest Service lands while protecting natural and cultural resources for future generations.

In 2010, after two years of public process, City Council approved a plan authorizing recreational uses on Pikes Peak South Slope and Ute Pass Trail on Longs Ranch.