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DC Outdoors

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

You don’t have to look far to know why Douglas County is consistently named the healthiest County in Colorado and one of 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.

There are hundreds of miles of trails 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 activities, 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 and private property, and recreation areas.  Please visit the 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.