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Plains Conservation Center

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 1800's. It encompasses over 1,100 acres of short grass prairie with breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, 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.

Summer Trail Hours (March 1-October 31)
Monday through Thursday
6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Summer Visitor Center Hours 
Wednesday through Friday noon- 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday- Closed
(hours subject to change)

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

Join us for wagon rides on the prairie to see resident wildlife, tours of the 1890's 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:

  • January 20- 10am-3pm, Thursday
  • February 17- 10am-3pm, Thursday
  • March 19- 10am-3pm, Saturday
  • June 16- 9am-2pm, Thursday
  • July 23- 9am-2pm, Saturday
  • August 18- 9am-2pm, Thursday
  • November 19- 10am-3pm, Saturday
  • December 15- 10am-3pm, Thursday


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