The Bear Creek Nature Center in Colorado Springs is right in the midst of Bear Creek Regional Park and has a variety of different sights and activities, primarily geared towards children. What is now Bear Creek Regional Park originally dates back to the 1800s, where it was originally a farm all the way up until the 1980s, where it was converted into a park for the nearby area. Now, you have a chance to combine enjoying the outdoors along with a wide selection of different activities for young ones to explore and learn about nature indoors.
Year-round, the Bear Creek Nature Center is home to a variety of interactive programs, events, media presentations, as well as tours (self-guided and guided) of the nearby area. Note that the center itself is only open from Tuesday to Saturday, so if you want to catch a presentation or just take a look at some of the nature center’s exhibits, be sure to plan accordingly. Be sure to look at the Nature Center’s website to see what type of attractions are going on around when you are planning your Colorado Springs visit.
Outside of the Nature Center, there are also two miles of self-guided nature trails that provide a chance to see both the nearby prairie, woodlands, right in the foothills of the mountains. Note that the Nature Center’s trails are specifically for foot traffic only, and pets are prohibited. However, if you’re looking to see some wildlife, many different local species can be seen on the nature center’s trails, from fish in the creek to elk, coyotes, and mule deer in the woods.
If you’re looking to expand your options, the Bear Creek Nature Center is also near the larger Bear Creek Regional Park, one of the most popular parks in the Colorado Springs Area. This park has longer regional trails for more intensive nature hikes, as well as horseback riding, cycling, and running. People who are looking just to get a little bit of extra time in the outdoors can also enjoy themselves on the park’s tennis courts, soccer fields, volleyball courts, and basketball courts. Horseshoe pits and picnic areas mean that people of all ages can enjoy themselves in this section of the park. A specific part of the area is dedicated as a dog park. In total, Bear Creek Regional Park covers 575 acres of land.
Visit the Pioneer’s Museum.