If the weather is fair, consider a visit to the Plains Conservation Center in Aurora. It offers six miles of hiking trails where diverse wildlife can be observed including: raptors, pronghorn antelope, insects, snakes and prairie dogs. You can explore the place for FREE during 2023 free days: January 19, February 23, March 11, June 15, July 15, August 17, November 18 and December 7.
Special programming includes wagon rides to the prairie and sod homestead (weather permitting). Explore the nature center, authentic Cheyenne camp with tipis, sod houses, blacksmith shop and one-room school house.
Visitors can hike along rolling trails and may see rattle snakes, prairie dogs, pronghorn, coyotes and red-tailed hawks. Those who are especially lucky may catch a glimpse of the resident bald eagle family.
Tour the homestead. Fuel up on treats in the picnic shelter. The Center helps visitors grow their knowledge and appreciation of the prairie ecosystem.
The Center opens at 6:30 a.m. on Monday through Friday and at 8 a.m. on Saturday & Sunday, closing at 4:30 p.m. every day.
The Visitor Center opens at noon on Wednesday to Friday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday & Sunday.
The site is now managed by the Denver Botanic Gardens. 21901 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora.