Open Space Trails

All trails are soft-surface, non-motorized multiple-use for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.  Dogs are allowed, with the exception of Columbine and Sharptail Ridge, but must be on leash except for the off-leash dog areas at Glendale Farm and Greenland.  Users must stay on the trail.  Hours of use are 1 hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.  For more information please visit Rules and Regulations.

Open Space trails located in Douglas County. 

Bayou Gulch Open Space Trail – 4 miles of trail, parking at Bayou Gulch Regional Park, connection to Cherry Creek Regional Trail.

Columbine Open Space Trail – Two 1.5-mile loops follow the upper grasslands and shrublands just south of Castle Rock. Sorry, no dogs allowed.

Dawson Butte Open Space Trail –  The trail follows gently rolling terrain and optional 4 miles of bridle paths that include 62 horse jumps.

Dupont Open Space Trail – 3 miles of informal trails – enter from Dupont Park.

Glendale Open Space Trail – The 1.6-mile trail winds through Gambel Oak shrub land and onto a grassland plain with views of Pikes Peak and the Colorado Front Range. A 13-acre off-leash dog area is west of the main trail head.

Greenland Open Space Trail – The 11-mile trail system passes through native grasslands, ponds, rolling Gambel Oak hills, and skirts Ponderosa Pine forests.

Hidden Mesa Trail – Between Castle Rock and Franktown exists a 7-mile round trip Hidden Mesa Trail through a 1,224-acre property.

Lincoln Mountain Open Space Trail – The Lincoln Mountain Trail is 4.2 miles round trip with incredible views.  The Palmer Divide Ranch Trail is 4.5 miles round trip with wide open prairie and slower-paced technical rock sections.  The two trails may be combined for an 8.3-mile outing.

Sharptail Ridge Trail – The 4.6-mile Sharptail Ridge Trail crosses high rolling grasslands, is home to a variety of wildlife, including elk herds on Douglas County Open Space.  Sorry, no dogs allowed.

  • Ringtail Trail – The 7.2-mile Ringtail Trail connects the Sharptail Trail and Swallowtail Loops to the Indian Creek Trail on National Forest land.
  • Swallowtail Trail –  Two  trail loops totaling 2.6 miles, winding among rocks and ledges, through shrublands speckled with pines and firs, and over intermittent creeks and upland meadows.

Spruce Meadows Trail – The 8.5-mile Spruce Meadows Trail winds through grassy meadows between Greenland Open Space and Spruce Mountain.

Spruce Mountain Trail – The 8.5-mile Spruce Mountain Trail gently switchbacks to breathtaking views of Greenland Open Space and surrounding buttes.