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DC Outdoors

One of the reasons you love Douglas County in the first place.

Please remember the following while visiting parks, trails and open space during this time:

  • If you are sick stay home.
  • Douglas County parks and trails will remain open to the public to engage in walking, hiking, biking, running and similar activities. Please practice social distancing at all times.
  • Public gathering areas are closed. Do not congregate in groups while engaging in outdoor activity – solo activities only. Please adhere to the public health order prohibiting outdoor gatherings of any number of people. This includes but is not limited to; basketball, baseball, frisbee, soccer, picnics.
  • Practice Social distancing. The intent of the order is to minimize contact and exposure between residents to the greatest extent possible. The CDC recommends keeping a minimum of 6 feet distance between people at all times, wash hands with soap and water as frequently as possible, use hand sanitizer and cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Parking lots are filling quickly, please consider visiting at less busy times – early or late – and follow all parking restrictions in public lots or on public streets.


You don’t have to look far to know why Douglas County is consistently named the healthiest County in Colorado and, in 2019, the healthiest in the nation. All you have to do is look out the window. It’s time to get outdoors and play.

Looking for that get-away feeling, but want to stay close to home? Was outdoor fun with friends or family what you had in mind? Discover Decode Douglas County Outdoors and let the adventure begin or register for guided hikes at the Macanta Regional Park, Rueter-Hess Reservoir or Sandstone Ranch

There are hundreds of miles of trails (don’t forget trail etiquette) out there to hike, bike or explore on horseback. There’s Castlewood Canyon, Chatfield and Roxborough State Parks. Over 63,000 acres of protected Open Space. And our hefty share of the million-acre Pike National Forest.  We even provide an interactive map to help you choose.

We have maps to help you navigate almost all of it. Plus a list of events and parks, including the ones that invite your four-legged friends to romp in off-leash, an archery range for public use and an archaeological preserve to tour. We can help you reserve picnic shelters or athletic fields, and show you how to benefit from our investment in miles of Open Space, public property, and recreation areas.  Please visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife Office to purchase a parks pass.

Of course, there are rules and regulations, enforced by Rangers and Land management Specialists, for the safety of all, and we can tell you those, too. Geocaching is supported but must be 10 feet off existing trails.  You can also read how we’re protecting wildlife with habitat preservation, animal management, and migration corridors and underpasses. Because it wouldn’t be as much fun if you couldn’t share it all with our original residents.

Enjoy the views.