Greenland Open Space, just north of the El Paso County/ Douglas County line, actually has three trails. The facility, which is owned by Douglas County, is just west of I-25. Take Greenland exit and go west, under I-25 west about ¼ mile and turn south paralleling the railroad track. The first trail, Greenland Trail, will be straight ahead. There is a gravel parking area with pull-through horse trailer parking, a covered picnic area and portapotties. This trail is about 8.25 miles long and has about a 500 foot elevation gain, climbing up the north side of the Palmer Divide. At the southwest corner of the trail, it connects to the Santa Fe Trail in Palmer Lake. There are picnic tables at the south end of the loop trail. For equestrians, there is a corral and a developed trail course near the parking lot. On summer weekends, this area is busy and often has planned events such as bicycle races taking place there.
If you continue west across the railroad tracks, there is a second parking lot which has lots of room and a portapotty. Two trails leave from this area. The first, Spruce Meadows Trail goes north and loops around crossing a couple of dirt roads. It is about 8.5 miles long and is fairly level prairie. One interesting feature of this trail is the resident buffalo herd (safely contained behind a fence).
Going mostly west from the trailhead is the Spruce Mountain trail which is approximately 5.5 miles long. This trail actually begins at Spruce Mountain Road and traverses the side of the mountain. It is rockier than the other trails and has some steep, twisty areas. On the south end of the trail is a small parking area for cars only. Further north, also accessed from Spruce Mountain Road, is a parking area which allows horse trailer parking. This is a very pretty trail but can have snow and ice in the winter months.
The trails are open to hiking, bicycling and equestrians. Dogs on leashes are allowed.