Photo of Fox Run Regional Park Lake and Gazebo with words across the top: "Explore.Engage.Celebrate." and the 50th parks logo to the left of the photo and the hashtag "EPCPARKS50YEARS" overlayed on the photo in the bottom right corner


El Paso County Parks began as an answer to a community need to provide increased access to outdoor recreation opportunities and open spaces for citizens of all ages and backgrounds throughout the County. Over the past fifty years, the County Park system has grown to 8,000 acres of parks and open space, 130 miles of trails, two award winning nature centers, and a wide variety of education and recreation programs and facilities.

“As we bring in the new year, we are very excited to celebrate the history and stewardship of County Parks. We recognize the value each park brings to our citizens and how they connect our community together,” said Tim Wolken, El Paso County Community Services Executive Director. “The park system has become an integral part of our County and we are very pleased that our citizens consider our parks, trails, open space, facilities and programs as a sense of pride for our County.”

El Paso County has planned many events and initiatives throughout 2021 to celebrate the history and future of the County Park system.

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50K for 50 Years Hiking Series locations and dates:

Paint Mines Interpretive Park | February 6 | Length: 3k | Paint Mines 3k Hiking Route Map

Homestead Ranch Regional Park | April 10 | Length: 5k

Palmer Divide Trail | May 22 | Length: 6k

Black Forest Regional Park | June 5 | Length: 3k

Jones Park | July 23 | Length: 14k

Pineries Open Space | September 17| 14k

Kane Ranch Open Space | November 20 | Length: 5k

For more information on 50K for 50 years check here:


For more information contact MaryJo Lewis,

The El Paso County Commissioners approved the El Paso County Parks 50th Anniversary Proclamation on May 4, 2021.

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We are turning 50! Here are 50 great things to do in our parks this year. Can you do all 50? Take a picture and don’t forget to tag us.
@epcparks #EPCParks50Years

50 Things to Do in El Paso County Parks

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50 years with El Paso County Parks