Location: El Paso County
Size: 1600 acres
Designated: September 1994
Landowner: State Land Board/ Leased by The Nature Conservancy
The Aiken Canyon Natural Area includes the largest intact foothills ecosystem known from the Front Range. The area contains one woodland and two foothills shrubland plant communities of special concern. Aiken Canyon also contains an unusual diversity and concentration of wildlife. Mountain lion, black bear, wild turkey, elk, golden eagles and an abundance of neotropical migratory birds are present in the area. The ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir along streams and on the rugged canyon walls have not been logged, unlike most of the Front Range.
Click here to visit The Nature Conservancy's site about Aiken Canyon.
Colorado State Parks & Natural Areas
by Frank Weston
Published September 1, 2008
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