Decode Douglas County Outdoors


Open Space Enjoyment and Social Distancing

As you anticipate an enjoyable day on Douglas County Open Space properties, please be aware that some trails, due to the location and terrain, have limited space for remaining socially distant from those other than in your immediate party. Please be aware when you encounter these circumstances, adjust accordingly, and help keep our community safe by adhering to
COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

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? It’s time to discover Decode Douglas County Outdoors and let the adventure begin.

To begin, pick up or print your 2020 Decoder Booklet. For your convenience, your free Decoder Booklets are available at several Douglas County facility locations or online as a printable version.  Read the rules and learn how to play.

You’ll find that you will need to visit eight Douglas County Open Space or Park locations and look for the posts (see above photo) within each location. To solve the code, find a number that is part of the code, located in the center of a plaque atop a square post along the trail or in the park. Each post has a plaque affixed to it with a unique image. Place your decoder booklet over the plaque and make a rubbing of the image to “stamp” your passport

The first location of your required eight is provided in the Decoder Booklet and a clue is provided at each location that will lead you to the next location until all eight numbers are collected.

When you collect your required rubbings, you are then eligible for a prize.  After eight numbers are collected in the code, use them to open two four-digit locks on our treasure chest. Solve the code and you’ll win a prize and be entered in our grand prize drawing.

So, pack your Decoder Booklet, remember your crayons, and all of your outdoor adventure needs….and begin your journey to the great Douglas County Outdoors.  You might unlock the code for access to a treasure chest of prizes.

Decode Douglas County is sponsored by:

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Congratulations to the 2019 Grand Prize winners!

  • Brandon Reyes – GoPro Hero 7
  • Josh Myers – Hiking Backpack
  • Sihai Jiang – Patagonia Vest
  • Hazel Myers – Patagonia Vest
  • Carol Kiel – Solar-powered water bottle
  • Tim Barry – Insulated tote bag
  • Bob Hughes – Waterproof blanket
  • Mike Mann – Free Bike tune-up
  • Alex Uhrich – Free Bike tune-up
  • Braden O’Connell – Free Bike tune-up
  • John McVey – Free Bike tune-up