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February 4, 2021 – El Paso County Parks invites the public to review the draft Santa Fe Open Space Master Plan. The Master Plan provides guidance for the next seven to ten years for capital improvements, construction of open space amenities, implementation of educational programs, and operations and maintenance.

Situated on the sunny southern slopes of Ben Lomand Mountain near Palmer Lake, Colorado, Santa Fe Open Space is El Paso County Parks’ newest addition to its parks, trails, and open space system. The 60 acres of pristine upland ranchland is covered in thick stands of scrub oak, mature ponderosa pine trees, and rolling grass meadows. Located immediately adjacent the popular New Santa Fe Regional Trail, Santa Fe Open Space affords visitors an opportunity to experience a more natural foothills environment with outstanding views in close vicinity to urbanized areas and major trailheads.

A conservation easement governs the use of the site and limits activities to passive recreation opportunities like hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

The draft Master Plan is available to review at the following online locations:

Please send your comments to Ross Williams, El Paso County Community Services Park Planner via email at by Wednesday, February 17th.