Bear Creek Regional Park consists of 545 acres within the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado. This park is one of the most popular regional parks within the El Paso County Parks system. The master plan for Bear Creek Regional Park was approved by the Board of County Commissioners on December 16, 2014, along with the conservation easement discussed below. The master plan contains recommended improvements to existing trails and park facilities, and new improvements recommended in the master plan. It also includes resource management plans for preservation of natural areas. The Bear Creek Regional Park Master Plan does not include the Bear Creek Dog Park, as the Dog Park Master Plan is a separate document, and is available for review by selecting the link in the section below.
2014 Bear Creek Regional Park Master Plan - Chapters 1 through 6 (3 MB)
2014 Bear Creek Regional Park Master Plan - Chapters 7 and 8 (3 MB)
2014 Bear Creek Regional Park Master Plan - Concept Plans and Appendices (3 MB)
The Bear Creek Dog Park is a nationally recognized dog park located within Bear Creek Regional Park in Colorado Springs. The park is operated and maintained by El Paso County Parks, and contains 25 acres. The Bear Creek Dog Park was established in 1997 in response to citizen requests. It sits in a riparian setting, with the creek providing a natural source of water for dogs. The park includes separate large and small dog fenced areas. Amenities include dog waste dispensers and disposal containers, benches and resting places, a three-quarter mile loop trail, four access points, double-gated entry vestibules, an information kiosk, picnic tables and a donated ball dispenser.
El Paso County Commissioners approved the Bear Creek Regional Park Conservation Easement on December 16, 2014, along with the master plan discussed above. These actions represent the culmination of two years worth of work by a committee of interested citizens alongside County Commissioner Sallie Clark and El Paso County Parks staffto develop the conservation easement proposal. With the approval of the Conservation Easement, citizens are assured that the Bearl Creek Regional Park will be preserved as a park and recreation asset in perpetuity. The easement represents an agreement with the Palmer Land Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Colorado's open spaces for future generations. The conservation easement establishes three zones within the park, that will govern the level of activities allowed in areas of the park. Zone 1 preserves the undeveloped areas in their natural state; Zone 2 allows certain limited improvements; and Zone 3 provides for the continuation of existing active recreation areas with improvements and expansion as needed to meet future community needs. Proposed improvements within the respective zone must align with the master plan for Bear Creek Regional Park. Examples of the activities allowed within each of the zones are shown below:
Zone 1: Trails, benches, interpretive signage, and wildlife viewing
Zone 2: Improvements are limited to 10% of total acreage and may include picnic facilities, pavilions, playgrounds, parking, kiosks, interpretive signage, and access roads.
Zone 3: Roads, parking lots, trailheads, trails, nature centers, dog parks, gardens, permitted athletic facilities, pavilions, park support facilities.
Please also see the zone map via the link below.
The benefits of the conservation easement include the following:
El Paso County Parks would like to thank all who contributed their time and / or provided funding to assist the conservation easement effort to succeed!