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Plains Conservation Center

Plains Conservation Center

Summer Trail Hours
Monday through Thursday
6:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Friday 6:30am - 6pm
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.
(hours subject to change)

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

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our phone line. The issue is being addressed. In the meantime, please email us at with any questions. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Our staff has recently been made aware of robo calls made from companies unaffiliated with the city. These calls may be related to a website that is owned by a former non-profit organization that previously managed the Plains Conservation Center. The City of Aurora is not in any way affiliated with this former website.

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

Visit the nature 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.


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