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Open Space

Trail Etiquette and Ratings

All Open Space trails are family-friendly and open to hiking, biking and horseback riding and are rated with all three in mind. Remember to stay on the marked trails at all times.

Douglas County also supports geocaching but requests that caches be left no further than 10 feet off existing trails.  This will reduce the amount of off-trail activity which could impact natural resources, including vegetation and wildlife, and result in undesirable off-trail use.

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Trail Etiquette

We know how much you love to keep the trails user-friendly for everyone.  Trail etiquette is important for the enjoyment, as well as the safety, of all trail users – hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers.

General guidelines for how to share trail space with others are: Hikers yield to equestrians. Cyclists yield to pedestrians and equestrians.  This etiquette is posted on signage throughout the trails within the Douglas County trail system.

Trail Ratings

All Open Space trails are family-friendly and open to hiking, biking and horseback riding and are rated with all three in mind. Remember to stay on the marked trails at all times.

Trails are rated by scoring a variety of characteristics such as maximum elevation and elevation gain or loss, average grade, obstacles, width, slope and stability to determine the difficulty and assign the ratingTrails may be rated as easy, moderate, or challenging – look for a Trail Ratings sign at the Open Space trailhead and then watch for markers at the start of each trail.

Please be aware that trail conditions may change due to weather or other factors and beware of emerging obstacles.