University Park Open Space
The University Park (Austin Bluffs) Open Space consists of two parcels, an 11.34-acre parcel and a 63.23-acre parcel located in the north central area of Colorado Springs north of Austin Bluffs Parkway, east of Nevada Avenue, and west of Union Boulevard. This property borders the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs and is a popular escape for students. The two parcels are surrounded by open space, but residential development is located just beyond the hillsides to the north, east, and south. University Park Open Space represents a relatively uncommon community type of bluffs, mesas, and valleys, which support native vegetation communities and wildlife species. Most of the property is dominated by mixed shrub communities and tallgrass meadows. This area provides opportunities to experience native vegetation and wildlife viewing in the heart of the city. Pulpit Rock is a prominent rock formation that can be seen from across the region.