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DC Outdoors

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

June 4 – Please remember the following while visiting parks, trails and open space during this time:

  • Douglas County parks and trails are open to the public to engage in walking, hiking, biking, running and similar activities. Please practice social distancing at all times.
  • The Governor is now allowing for groups up to 25 for organized sports in outdoor areas with the ability to adequately social distance, and masks are encouraged.
  • DC Parks and Trails require proper permitting prior to any organized use County Field, Parks and Trails.
  • Sports teams may now practice and participate in individual drills. Games and scrimmages are not allowed. We have resumed renting the fields to those teams and organizations that had previously rented the fields.
  • 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.