This nearly 500-acre parcel includes land from the formerly designated University Park Open Space, Pulpit Rock Park and Austin Bluffs Park. From winding paved greenways to difficult single-track trails, Austin Bluffs Open Space offers spectacular trails and views mixed with wildlife in the heart of Colorado Springs. Once part of the Houck Estate, this was one of the earliest open spaces preserved through the City's TOPS Program. Pulpit Rock towers over I-25 providing a spectacular rock formation on one the city's open spaces.
Austin Bluffs Open Space offers a buffer for the surrounding communities, habitat for wildlife, as well as trails, vistas and incredible rock formations.
Enter the University Park development on University Park Blvd off N Academy. Head south on Rockhurst at the roundabout to the trailhead at the end of the road (near the radio towers). Cross the street to the trail.
To access the Pulpit Rock area, take Nevada north just about as far as you can go (before it merges into I-25). Park at the trailhead adjacent to the Utilities Substation.
The Austin Bluffs Conservation Association is committed to maintaining trails in the southern part of the open space. But no group has "adopted" Pulpit Rock or northern portions of the property. Some interest has been expressed by UCCS students to begin a "Friends Group." If you'd like to help with that effort, contact TOSC. If a Friends Group is formed, contact information and work dates will be listed here.