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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
Ownership: Municipal
Admission: Free

Restrictions: Please respect private property; obey ALL no trespassing signs

Parking: Yes
Lodging: Hotel in Fountain or Colorado Springs

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Easy walking trail

Elevation: 5810

Latitude: 38.74527
Longitude: -104.69489


Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo