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Columbine Open Space and Trail


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.


Columbine 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.

Hours: One hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset.

Trail Information:

  • Easy, with a short climb on the south loop.
  • Crushed concrete and small crusher fines loop near barn area
  • Two trail loops, approximately 1.5 miles each that are part of and connect to the Colorado Front Range Trail (south to Larkspur, Greenland, Palmer Lake and Colorado Springs).
  • Multi-use: horses, mountain bikes and hiking
  • Dogs are not allowed.


  • Wildlife habitat for deer, elk, and a variety of birds, reptiles, small mammals, amphibians and fish.
  • The East Plum Creek area of Columbine Open Space is also habitat for the federally threatened Preble’s meadow jumping mouse.


  • Picnic shelter
  • Composting toilets
  • Interpretive signs
  • Unpaved parking lot for cars and 5 horse trailers
  • No hitch rails