Lincoln Mountain Open Space: Terrain for Hikers, Bikers, Equestrians
As you enter Douglas County, you can’t help but feel the exhilaration, as the splendor of this incredible mountain country unfolds before your eyes, much as it did when the first adventurers came across this land.
Newly acquired by Douglas County, the 876 acre, Lincoln Mountain Open Space is a perfect place for a horseback adventure that can take you to highest bluff of the area. It is also presents an opportunity for the many hikers, bikers and equestrians to climb the top of this towering bluff for an unparalleled view of the southern part of Douglas and the northern portion of El Paso County.
Often compared to the Hidden Mesa Open Space north of Franktown, Lincoln Mountain is unique unto itself. It boasts examples of open prairie landscapes as well as a variety of rock formation spaced among the Ponderosa Pines and native oak forests of the area.
The park is home to a variety of wildlife and offers the creatures ample habitat for survival. You will find a wide assortment of recreational opportunities. The park is also the site of the famous Praying Hands Ranch, an organization that provides valuable equine therapy for those afflicted with various emotional or physical shortcomings. The therapy program for our nation’s wounded wariors has received national recognition.
The familiar sight of Pike’s Pike looms in the distance, as does Long’s Peak. The views even more striking due to the absence of trees to block your view. The Park is certainly worth a visit.
Plan on visiting Lincoln Mountain Open Space during park hours, which are set at one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.