The City of Boulder reminds open space visitors to help prevent wildfires by recreating responsibly when visiting shared public lands. When visiting City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks trails, the city reminds visitors to:

  • Know city fire regulations. All ignition sources – including fireworks, smoking, campfires – are prohibited on City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks lands.
  • Know the current fire risk. Check and follow all fire restrictions and fire bans instituted by local authorities.
  • Create a plan. Look at the weather forecast. Download a trail map and carry a print map. Create a plan for adverse weather or emergencies, such as fires and floods. Know where you are going and consider alternative routes you can take to leave the area. Visit OSMPTrails.org to see city open space trails.
  • Charge your phone. Make sure your phone is charged in case you need assistance or there is an emergency. But remember: Cell service may be extremely limited in mountain locations.
  • Pack for changing conditions. Bring enough food and water. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes.
  • Don’t take unnecessary risks. Consider not visiting public lands during adverse weather conditions.
  • Stay alert when on the trail. Be aware of your surroundings. Always stay focused on what’s in front and around you as the outdoors are changing environments and natural hazards may be present. Call 911 if there is an emergency, such as a fire starting or if you see smoke. Try to text 911 if you don’t have enough cell service to get a phone call through.