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Open Space Properties

 Please remember the following while visiting parks, trails and open space during this time:
DC Parks and Trails require proper permitting prior to any organized use County Field, Parks and Trails. 

Douglas County parks, trails and open spaces are open to the public to engage in walking, hiking, biking, running and similar activities. Please practice social distancing at all times.   For further guidelines please Safer at Home Guidance Safer at Home Guidelines or Douglas County Variances.

View all County Open Space Properties with public and limited access on the Douglas County Open Space, Parks and Trails Interactive Map.

Allis Ranch – The Allis property is 148 acres surrounded by the Greenland Ranch on the north, east and south and is adjacent to the Christensen Ranch.  The Allis property lies in the secondary viewshed along the South I-25 Conservation Corridor in southern Douglas County and provides wildlife habitat for inhabitants of grasslands, Gambel oak, and ponderosa pine. The Greenland Trail passes through this property.

Bayou Gulch at Two Bridges Trail is a wandering meadow trail that takes visitors along a wheat field. The views of Pikes Peaks and wide-open spaces help to create a peaceful experience.  From this trail system, the colorful Colorado sunrises and sunsets can be breathtaking.  This trail system connects with the Cherry Creek Trail.

Colorado Front Range Trail is ideal for both short, medium, and endurance training. The trail connects Columbine, Greenland, Spruce Meadows, and Spruce Mountain Open Spaces.

Columbine Open Space and Trail is a family-friendly trail system. The wider trail allows people to hike side-by-side, and the extended sight distance helps to keep the kiddos in view.

Dawson Butte Ranch Open Space and Trail  is peaceful and inspiring. The open, flowy, curvey trail follows the natural contours of the land and takes people on adventures through forested areas and meadows.  This trail is popular year-round because it has a mix of shade and sun.

Ditmars Ranch – Although the property remains in private ownership, the conservation easement will accommodate public access via four guided public events per year.  The property will continue to be managed as a working cattle ranch.

DuPont Open Space is a hidden gem. In the spring, when the grasses tickle your legs, and the birds are singing, it is easy to forget you are near the city.  Beware of mosquitoes!

Glendale Farm Open Space, Dog Park and Trail is the home of our busiest dog park and the wonderful Glendale Farm Trail. The trail is a fun loop that winds around the property, and the views make the sky look it never ends.  Don’t forget to leash your dog on the Glendale Farm Trail.

Greenland Open Space, Dog Park, and Trail is a training wonderland. The long trail system has gentle ups and downs with fun sweeping turns.  The Colorado Front Range Trail is a part of this trail system that connects the Town of Larkspur and Palmer Lake.  During the summer, visitors share the trails with cattle!

Hidden Mesa Open Space and Trail is a vast property. An adventurous trail system connects the meadow and the mesa.  The trail names say it all “Rocky Pass” is literally a trail within a vein of ever-changing cobblestone.  Whereas, “Pleasant Pass” is a challenging yet pleasant alternative.  The Upper Rim Loop takes people through a meadow and along a rocky outcrop.

Lincoln Mountain Open Space and Trail has a breathtaking view of Pikes Peak, the Rampart Range, and the eastern plains of Douglas County. The trail system takes people through the fields to a forested and rocky pass up to the flat top.  The variety of terrain and views are hard to beat.

Nelson Ranch Open Space and Trail excellent opportunities for dispersed, passive public recreation, such as hiking, horseback riding  and mountain biking (for this use, access from the Pike National Forest.)

Pfeifer Open Space and Trail  accommodates a portion of the Cherry Creek Regional, connecting under Highway 86 near Franktown. This small property protects riparian habitat along Cherry Creek.

Pike Hill Open Space and Trail – This forested property rises from the western side of Nelson Ranch and serves as a connection between open space and the Pike National Forest.

Prairie Canyon Ranch Open Space is a working cattle ranch, managed by the County.  Access to the property is for organized groups including educational tours for school groups and horse rides. Public access is by appointment.

Sandstone Ranch – Guided public access only.  The Ranch borders the Pike National Forest and features an extraordinarily diverse landscape including red rock formations and sloping meadows; vast wildlife habitat and corridors, expansive and diverse vegetation and other natural resources; as well as cultural and historic assets, including a historic ranch operation and a number of historic buildings dating back to its original owners in the 1870s.

Sharptail is a challenging trail system that is well worth the effort. The reward of steep elevation changes and miles of trail is access to the  County’s Swallowtail and Ringtail Open Spaces and Pike National Forest trail systems in the beautiful front range foothills.  You can make this a half-day or full-day hike.

Spruce Meadows Trail is a long-distance recreator’s dream. The terrain is relatively flat, and the trails are long.  This trail system connects Spruce Mountain and Greenland Open Spaces.  The BIG parking lot is ideal for horse trailers. During the summertime, the curious cows are watching people explore the property on foot, bike, and horse.

Spruce Mountain Open Space and Trail is as popular as it is stunning. The trail system provides immediate access to fun terrain and views.  The climb to the upper loop is hard and so worth the effort.  This trail system tickles the senses – the fresh air, chirping birds, bear scat, grass tickling your legs, the wind blowing your hair, and the sun warming your bone – what more is there?