Nelson Ranch Open Space


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.


Behind the hogback, south of Roxborough State Park, this open space protects a variety of wildlife habitats.  Nelson Ranch is accessible from the Sharptail Open Space and Trail at Roxborough Park Road.

Size: 695 acres

Hours: One hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset

Property/Trail Information:

  • hiking and horseback riding
  • Mountain biking is accessible from the Pike National Forest
  • The trail will lead to two loops, totaling about 2.6 miles round trip.
  • Ringtail Trail branches off to the southwest from the Swallowtail trail