Big Johnson Reservoir/Blue Stem Open Space
Aliases: Blue Stem Open Space
Big Johnson is the best reservoir in the area, and during migration and winter is teeming with ducks of many species, gulls, and sometimes loons and grebes. During migration all these and some shorebirds are present. Also keep an eye out for terns, prairie-dogs and Burrowing Owl around the reservoir, and Scaled Quail by the parking area. Sparrows and Lapland Longspurs can be found during the winter by walking around the lake.
County: El Paso
Habitat: Reservoir, Grassland/Prairie
Directions: From I-25 take the Academy exit (exit 135) and head east/north to Bradley Road. Take Bradley Road for approximately 4.4 miles to the parking lot at Blue Stem Open Space. Note: Bradley Road changes to Goldfield Drive along the way.
Delorme: 63 B5
Roads of Colorado: 105 F2
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Restrictions: Please respect private property; obey ALL no trespassing signs
Lodging: Hotel in Fountain or Colorado Springs
Handicapped Access: Easy walking trail