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

  • If you are sick stay home.
  • Douglas County parks and trails will remain open to the public to engage in walking, hiking, biking, running and similar activities. Please practice social distancing at all times.
  • Public gathering areas are closed. Do not congregate in groups while engaging in outdoor activity – solo activities only. Please adhere to the public health order prohibiting outdoor gatherings of any number of people. This includes but is not limited to; basketball, baseball, frisbee, soccer, picnics.
  • Practice Social distancing. The intent of the order is to minimize contact and exposure between residents to the greatest extent possible. The CDC recommends keeping a minimum of 6 feet distance between people at all times, wash hands with soap and water as frequently as possible, use hand sanitizer and cover coughs and sneezes.
  • 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.

Douglas County has parks for everyone, whether it be local and regional, or for your four-legged friend, and a mountain bike skills park for all skill levels to improve their craft and have a little fun doing it.  We have them all and even on an interactive map for convenience.  Want to reserve a picnic shelter or a field?  View our Field and Park Use policy for fees and reservation information.

The Towns of Castle Rock, Larkspur and Parker each maintain their own municipal parks. Other parks are maintained by the Highlands Ranch and the City and County of Denver which maintains Daniels Park.

There’s Castlewood Canyon, Chatfield and Roxborough State Parks, and the million-acre Pike National Forest.

Local parks tend to be between five and 20 acres in size and serve neighborhood and community needs. Generally, these parks include picnic areas, multi-purpose playfields, playground areas and more specialized amenities, such as sand volleyball or hard-surfaced courts.

Regional parks consist of areas of 50 acres or more that support both active and passive recreational activities. The primary goal of regional park facilities is to provide athletic fields for baseball, softball, soccer, and football. In addition to athletic fields are playgrounds, group picnic areas, trail systems, restrooms, parking and multi-use hard-surface courts.