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Plains Conservation Center

PROS Facility Hours for Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 19 

- Nature Centers (Morrison, Plains Conservation Center, Senac): Closed


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Take a quick trip to Colorado’s high plains to experience life on the prairie then and now.  The Plains Conservation Center is a nature preserve and educational center with replicas of a homestead village and tipi camp that showcase pioneer and plains Native Americans life in the late 1800s. The center encompasses over 1,100 acres of short grass prairie with breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. It is located at 21901 E. Hampden Ave. Aurora, CO 80013

Come into the visitor center before you head out on the trails to pick up a map and learn about the history of the site.
Visitors can hike along rolling trails and are likely to see bald eagles, prairie dogs, pronghorn, coyotes and red-tailed hawks.

It's free to come in, hike the trails, explore the visitor center and check out the tipis and homestead village. There is a fee to attend any guided programs. 

Dogs, bikes and horses are NOT permitted on the property.


Join the naturalist and Denver Botanic Gardens staff for guided hikes, presentations, and events including full moon hikes, homeschool programs, cultural history programs, astronomy nights, birding safaris, agriculture festivals and more!

Click here to register for educational programs


Join us for wagon rides on the prairie to see resident wildlife, tours of the 1880's tipi camp and homestead village, and presentations by HawkQuest with live eagles, owls, falcons, and more during our SCFD free days. Free days this year are on the following dates:


  • February 22- 10am-3pm, Thursday, HawkQuest at 11 a.m.
  • March 16- 10am-3pm, Saturday, HawkQuest at 11 am and 12:15 pm
  • June 13- 9am-2pm, Thursday, HawkQuest at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
  • July 13- 9am-2pm, Saturday, HawkQuest at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
  • August 15- 9am-2pm, Thursday, HawkQuest at 10 a.m.
  • November 16- 10am-3pm, Saturday, HawkQuest at 11 a.m.
  • December 12- 10am-3pm, Thursday, HawkQuest at 11 a.m.


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