Open Space Trails

All trails are soft-surface, non-motorized multiple-use for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.  Dogs are allowed, with the exception of Columbine and Sharptail Ridge, but must be on leash except for the off-leash dog areas at Glendale Farm and Greenland.  Users must stay on the trail.  Hours of use are 1 hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.  For more information please visit Rules and Regulations.

Here are the Open Space trails located in Douglas County. Select a trail below to obtain specific information on each trail and to download a map of the trail.

Bayou Gulch Open Space Trail
4 miles of trail, parking at Bayou Gulch Regional Park, connection to Cherry Creek Regional Trail.

Two 1.5-mile loops follow the upper grasslands and shrublands just south of Castle Rock. Sorry, no dogs allowed.

Dawson Butte Open Space Trail  
Head south of Castle Rock for a 5-mile loop trail through forested areas with open meadows and views of the Front Range mountains. The trail follows gently rolling terrain and optional bridle paths that include more than 60 horse jumps.

Glendale Open Space Trail
The trail winds through Gambel Oak shrub land and onto a grassland plain with views of Pikes Peak and the Colorado Front Range. A 17-acre off-leash dog area is west of the main trail head.

Greenland Open Space Trail 
The 11-mile trail system passes through native grasslands, ponds, rolling Gambel Oak hills, and skirts Ponderosa Pine forests. Enjoy views of Greenland open space, buttes and Pikes Peak.

Hidden Mesa Trail
Between Castle Rock and Franktown exists a 7-mile round trip Hidden Mesa Trail through a 1,200-acre property.

Lincoln Mountain Open Space Trail 
The Lincoln Mountain Trail is 4.2 miles round trip with incredible views.  The Palmer Divide Ranch Trail is 4.5 miles round trip with wide open prairie and slower-paced technical rock sections.  The two trails may be combined for an 8.3-mile outing.

Sharptail Ridge Trail
The 4.6-mile Sharptail Ridge Trail crosses high rolling grasslands, is home to a variety of wildlife, including elk herds on Douglas County Open Space, as well as through the southeast portion of Roxborough State Park shrublands. This trail connects to Indian Creek Trail, Waterton Canyon and the 460-mile Colorado Trail. Sorry, no dogs allowed.

  • Ringtail Trail
    The 7.2-mile Ringtail Trail connects the Sharptail Trail and Swallowtail Loops to the Indian Creek Trail on National Forest land.
  • Swallowtail Trail 
    Hidden behind the rocky hogback are two spectacular trail loops totaling 2.6 miles.  The loops wind among rocks and ledges, through shrublands speckled with pines and firs, and over intermittent creeks and upland meadows.

Spruce Meadows Trail
The 8.5-mile Spruce Meadows Trail winds through grassy meadows between Greenland Open Space and Spruce Mountain. The trail cuts through undulating fields of grasses and wildflowers. Enjoy views of surrounding buttes, Pikes Peak, Spruce Mountain and the Rampart Range, as well as Carpenter Creek and thousands of acres of protected open space.

Spruce Mountain Trail
The 8-mile Spruce Mountain Trail gently switchbacks to breathtaking views of Greenland Open Space, surrounding buttes, Pikes Peak, the Palmer Divide, Carpenter Creek and thousands of acres of protected open space.