Kane Ranch Open Space

We are excited to share construction update of the Kane Ranch Open Space, which will be the newest open space property in El Paso County, is nearing completion. The 440 acres of land for this open space was acquired by El Paso County back in 2003. Plans for this future property support the vision and objectives set forth in the 2013 El Paso County Parks Master Plan and it will be a beautiful addition to the South District open space and trail offerings. TOSC has been involved in the process from the early concepts and we congratulate our partners with El Paso County Parks for bringing this vision to life.

Access to the Kane Ranch Open Space is off of Squirrel Creek Road and it is approximately 4 miles east of the City of Fountain. When opened, the Lariat Loop Trail will be the primary natural surface trail of approximately 3.5 miles in length, suitable for hiking, running, bicycling, and especially equestrian use as the width will accommodate two people on horseback riding side by side. Additional trails are planned for the property and will be constructed at a later date.

The region of El Paso County that the Kane Ranch Open Space resides in has generations-worth of rich ranching history, and affords expansive views of the native grasslands, pockets of cottonwood trees along the predominantly dry creek beds, and a unique southern perspective of Pikes Peak and Cheyenne Mountain. This property and the trail system being created will also provide future connectivity to future regional trails including the Black Squirrel Creek Trail and Kane Ranch Trail.

For more information about the project and some fascinating tidbits about the local area history of the area, once a part of the 5,000 acre ranch established in the 1940’s by a woman named Wanden Matthews La Farge, you can visit the Kane Ranch Open Space Master Plan.

Kane Ranch Open Space was scheduled to open in August. But during construction, it became clear to El Paso County park staff that the ranch’s remote location could lead to damage to the resource unless the property was secured. Now the plan is to install a security gate similar to the gate at the Pineries open space in Black Forest. Sadly, this has delayed the opening until 2022. But reports of vandalism in city and county parks make this a prudent investment.
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