Open Space and Natural Resources


Douglas County Division of Open Space and Natural Resources seeks to enhance the quality of life for residents by protecting wildlife habitat and natural resources in our public and private access properties, trails (don’t forget trail etiquette), historic sites and scenic views.   All while preserving Douglas County’s rural heritage while providing a wide range of compatible outdoor recreation and educational opportunities.  We also offer special event / special use permits for our open space properties.

The Douglas County Open Space Program was created in 1994 with a passage of a sixth-of-a-cent sales and use tax, and protects over 63,037 acres of open space land in the County.   The Open Space Advisory Committee make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on the disbursement of funds for land acquisitions from the Open Space, Trails, and Parks Fund.  Great Outdoors Colorado also provides grants to Douglas County for land purchases.