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Homestead Ranch Open Space

* If this is your first hike/event with our group for 2013, please bring the $5 annual dues with you. It will be collected before the event starts.*


This seems to be a little used park (per my book). It's on the eastern part of El Paso County, and is reported to be windy. Canine Swimming permitted in: a spring-fed pond and small creek

The Walk: Two connected loops, each a little over a mile, have been carved from the prairie. The rolling trail travels on hark packed gravel in the shadow of tree-lined bluffs. This is a great park (again, my books says) for a high energy dog because it is rarely used and has wide open spaces. A natural spring-fed pond and creek in the central valley of the park attract deer, coyotes, foxes, waterfowl, and occasional pronghorns. Rattlesnake Butte, a prominent landmark in eastern El Paso County from which visitors can see the Front Range and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the distance, is located within the park. Trails are easy to follow.

Trail time: 1-2 hours

Difficulty: easy

Directions: East on HWY 24 to Elbert Road (about 20 miles out of Colorado Springs). North 5 miles on Elbert to Sweet Road. East 2.5 miles on Sweet to Golihar. North 1/2 mile on Golihar to the park entrance on the the left.

Where to meet: we will meet in the parking lot for the park.

call/text me if you are late/lost or need to cancel last minute: Sandy[masked]

http://adm.elpasoco.com/Parks/Documents/hrrp_brochure.pdf

Map of park: http://www.blackforesttrails.org/trail-maps/homestead-ranch-regional-park/

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry we missed ya, we waited until 9:15 and we were the only ones there so we took off and did a short hike. Nice area, will have to do more of that trail next time.

    February 23, 2013

    • Sandy T

      I did see your truck Erik. We thought we might catch you. Seems we took a different trek than you did. We did both loops, in just shy of 2 hours. It's a nice park, and my experience, not used much. A good walk for the summer...after work one night perhaps.

      February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, too much snow for my little chihuahua, so we didn't make it.

    February 23, 2013

  • Sandy T

    We had some car trouble. Running a little late now.

    February 23, 2013

  • Sandy T

    Be sure to bring hiking boots, or something waterproof. I didn't have a chance to get to the park yesterday to see how snowy it might be.
    If you are concerned about the snow, Penny has another hike planned today at Palmer Park.

    February 23, 2013

  • Bonnie

    I am not going to make the one, there just seems to be to much snow left on the ground for a enjoyable hike. Have fun.

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jack has a sore foot so not going to make it.

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My little guy hates the snow...still haven't figured out how to get him to stop pooping on the sidewalk at home when it's snow on the lawn :).

    February 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Perhaps a little later in the day would be warmer. Hope you guys have an awesome meet up!

      February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry but I'm thinking there will be lots of snow so I will not be able to make this......

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry too cold and snowy.

    February 22, 2013

  • Dori

    I wont' be able to make it to this one. Have fun, stay warm!!

    February 21, 2013

  • scott

    N

    February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My husband and I, and our chihuahua Hitchhiker, will attend if the weather permits.

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, on a cruise! :)

    February 4, 2013

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