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Trail Maps

  • Within 253-acre Bluffs Regional Park, with views of Colorado Front Range mountains, Denver Metro Area, and grassland vegetation and wildlife. There are connections to Highlands Ranch trails and future connections with the East-West Trail.

  • Canyon cut into grassland plains by Cherry Creek. Castle Rock conglomerate formations are available for rock climbing. Ponderosa pines, Douglas firs and Gambel oak predominate. Willows and other riparian plants grow along creek.

  • Thirty miles of paved and soft surface trails are through cottonwood forest, along ponds, Chatfield Reservoir, swimming beaches, boat ramps and rentals, open grasslands, dog training and exercise area, picnic areas and campground. Trails are generally designated multiuse. Horse rental available. Horses are prohibited at picnic sites, campsites and the swim beach. Programs offered. Park entry fee is required on the 3768 acres.

  • Parallels Cherry Creek and will eventually connect Cherry Creek State Park to the north and Castlewood Canyon State Park to the south. Connects parks and open space properties, as well as Parker, Centennial and Franktown. This concrete trail is a part of the Colorado Front Range Trail. Trail goes through cottonwoods, willows and grasslands along neighborhoods, nearby commercial areas, and through parks and open space by Cherry Creek.

  • C-470 trail, Bluffs Regional Park and connections to Highlands Ranch; other trails and connections to be planned with development process. East-West Trail is planned to go through the southern area of Lone Tree. Wildcat Trail is located in Highlands Ranch but is very close to Lone Tree’s western border from Altair Park ½ mile south of C-470 to McArthur Ranch area.

  • Columbine Open Space is protected for its important wetlands along Plum Creek, pine forest and Gambel oak habitat. The trails are comprised of two1.5 mile loops that follow through the upper grasslands and shrublands. Old red barn and rock springhouse are on this property. Sorry, no dogs are allowed.

  • The five-mile loop trail on Dawson Butte Open Space travels through mostly forested areas with open meadows and views of the Front Range Mountains. The trail follows gently rolling terrain and optional bridle paths that include over 60 horse jumps. There is no access to the top of the butte.

  • Spectacular view of eastern plains and foothills, Pikes Peak, Sangre De Cristo Range and Mount Evans and Rocky Mountain National Park; great rock formations; trail through conifers and aspen forest; Devil’s Head Fire Lookout at the end of the trail on spectacular red rocks at 9,748 feet

  • This is the first leg of the East-West Regional Trail that will connect Chatfield State Park with the Town of Parker. The trail winds through grasslands and oak bluffs including a thousand of acres of the Open Space Conservation Area.

  • Adjacent to I-25, the 145-acre property has native chokecherry and wild plum shrubs along an intermittent stream. The trail winds up into Gambel oak shrubland and onto a grassland plain with views of Pikes Peak and the Colorado Front Range. Trail skirts rocky caprock on the northern spur. A 17-acre off-leash dog area is west of the main trail head.

  • Part of the Colorado Front Range Trail, the lower trail joins into the Old Territorial Road, connecting the old Greenland Townsite to Palmer Lake. The 11-mile trail system is within over 3,000 acres of Greenland Open Space. Trail passes through native grasslands, by ponds, through rolling Gambel oak hills and skirts ponderosa pine forests. Views of Greenland open space, buttes and Pikes Peak.

  • The Town of Castle Rock and Douglas County Open Space preserved 716 acres of land known as Hidden Mesa in a joint effort. Their swift actions eliminated the chance for more than a thousand houses to be perched above the rocky outcrops between Castle Rock and Franktown. Added to the existing Grange Property, the 7-mile round trip Hidden Mesa Trail takes you through the combined 1,200-acre property.

  • Douglas County manages the western eight miles of the trail; there is a disconnect in the trail before it continues along on the east side of Plum Creek, adjacent to railroad tracks, crosses Santa Fe and then winds through the NW corner of Highlands Ranch. In all, 60 miles are accessible by trail.

  • More than 17 parks with varying amenities; more than 2,000 acres of open space.

  • A network of backcountry trails has connections to the Colorado Trail and Waterton Canyon. Area is heavily forested with some meadows. Several loop routes are possible.

  • Pike National Forest is accessible by Colorado 67 west of Sedalia in the Rampart Range. Camping, fishing, backpacking, and limited hunting are available. The Rampart Range area provides miles of trails for motorized recreational use. The Indian Creek Trailhead is a gateway to numerous horseback and hiking trails. Permits are required for certain activities. For information call (303) 275-5610.

  • This 4-mile trail leads users through rolling terrain and connects them to the Cherry Creek Regional Trail.

  • More than 115 miles of motorcycle trails designated by signs with a white arrow and three-digit identifier. Travel only on designated trails or roads. Trail vehicles must be registered as off highway vehicles or licensed, have a spark arrester, and be 40 inches or less in width. Area is forested with ponderosa pines and Douglas firs and has scenic vistas and rocks. Day use fee required.

  • The 7.2-mile Ringtail Trail on Douglas County Open Space and the Pike National Forest connects the Sharptail Trail and Swallowtail Loops to the Indian Creek Trail on National Forest Land.

  • Outstanding rock formations and native foothills vegetation on over 1600 acres. Bikes and horses are prohibited on trails. No dogs allowed. Park entry fee is required. Accessible ride by appointment. Programs and hikes offered.

  • The 4.6-mile Sharptail Ridge Trail crosses high rolling grasslands, home to a variety of wildlife including elk herds on Douglas County Open Space, as well as through the SE portion of Roxborough State Park shrublands. See map for connections to trails in Roxborough State Park, Pike National Forest Trail 800, and Douglas County’s Swallowtail Loops and the Ringtail Trail. Expect seasonal closures in the Sharptail Ridge Open Space trail segment in the fall to allow for hunting as regulated by Colorado Division of Wildlife.

  • The 8.5-mile Spruce Meadows Trail winds through grassy meadows between Greenland Open Space and Spruce Mountain. The trail has been cut through undulating fields of grasses and wildflowers. Enjoy views of surrounding buttes, Pikes Peak, Spruce Mountain and the Rampart Range, as well as Carpenter Creek and thousands of acres of protected open space. The trail crosses over (or under) Spruce Mountain Road twice at marked crossings, and crosses over Noe Road twice before looping back to the parking area.

  • The Spruce Mountain Trail gently switchbacks up Spruce Mountain through a ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forest up to fabulous rocky overlooks and a loop around the fairly-flat, forested mountaintop. The first lookout offers breathtaking views of Greenland Open Space, surrounding buttes, Pikes Peak, the Palmer Divide, Carpenter Creek and thousands of acres of protected open space. There are plenty of opportunities to gaze off rocky lookouts, ridges and meadows from over 8 miles of trails. Bring your camera. For variety, descend on the service road, hike the loop to the west, and hike back along the Eagle Pass trail.

  • Find these two spectacular trial loops totaling 2.6 miles, hidden behind the rocky hogback. Take the Sharptail Trail for 4.6 miles to access them, or hike in from Roxborough State Park. Multi-use; horses and hikers (if accessing from Sharptail Trail); hikers, horses, mountain bikes, and dogs on leash if accessing from Indian Creek Trail.

  • Trails along Plum Creek and Seller’s Gulch, Fairgrounds Regional Park, Rock Park, Open Space, schools and within some subdivisions. There are great views from Rock Park trail.

  • Southeast Denver Metro Area; I-25 south to Lincoln Ave., east to Parker Road.