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Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek Wilderness
Agencies: BLM
Agency Status: WSA
Counties: El Paso and Fremont and Teller
Nearest City of Town: Colorado Springs and Canon City
Location: Off SH 115 between Colorado Springs and Canon City
This area holds great variety in scenic beauty and wildlife habitat, ranging from desert-like regions to dense alpine forests and meadows. Beaver Creek originates high on Pikes Peak, carving deep canyons as it makes its way down the south side of the massif.
With a sizable year-round flow, the creek is a popular coldwater fishery. Hikers, climbers and hunters also find excellent opportunities in the area. The steep, narrow trail at the mouth of the canyon is forbidding to most mountain bikers, though the higher elevations may offer good riding
The accessibility of Beaver Creek to the population centers of the Front Range increase its recreational value, but also call for stringent protection of its ecosystems. In addition to providing habitat for bighorn sheep, mountain lion, black bear, and beaver, the area is home to a breeding population of Mexican Spotted Owls, a threatened species. CPP endorses Wilderness designation of this area.