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City of Boulder Reminds Visitors to Stay Healthy in City Parks and on Open Space Trails

The City of Boulder recognizes the desire of community members to visit area open space trails and parks amid increasing concerns of COVID-19.

The city would like to share important reminders as city parks and open space areas see increasing visitation:

  • DON’T visit if you’re sick! Stay home and help protect others.
  • The Boulder Star has been relit as a symbol of caring and unity. OSMP has closed the open space area around the Boulder Star. Visitors entering the Boulder Star closure area can face up to a $1,000 fine or 90 days in jail.
  • Plan your visit carefully, know your limits when visiting trails and follow all city rules and regulations. Don't put first responders and medical personnel at risk. Call 911 for emergencies.
  • If a parking area is full, move on to another park or trailhead. Before you go, consider visiting an online tool to view open space areas that receive the most AND least visits.
  • Maintain social distance from others. Follow CDC guidelines on social distancing and stay at least six feet away from others. 
  • Practice strong hygienic measures. Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer before, during and after you visit or use any public equipment. Parents should help their children do this as well. Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing. Don’t forget to frequently clean and disinfect any shared hiking, climbing or sporting equipment.
  • Pick up after your dogs. You must pick up after your dog on open space and in city parks. Bring plastic bags to pick up waste and if trash bins are at capacity, please take bags with you.
  • Be courteous. Please take your trash with you and “Leave No Trace” of your visit.
  • Stay on trail. If you need to maintain social distance while accessing trails, step off the trail and allow others to pass.
  • Announce your presence to others. Be sure to signal your presence with your voice or a bell when passing others to help maintain social distance.
  • Don’t organize large group gatherings. The City of Boulder is prohibiting any person from organizing, promoting or staging an event or gathering of groups of 10 or more on publicly owned areas, including OSMP-managed lands.
  • Be prepared. Be sure to visit the restroom and pack water and food before visiting.
  • Be aware. Visit OSMPTrails.org or the Boulder Area Trails App for up-to-date information for possible visitor restrictions or closures in response to trail and park conditions and the COVID-19 virus.

For more information – including current open space and parks closures and cancellations – please visit:

The city, in partnership with health officials, will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and provide updates to the community. Visit https://bouldercolorado.gov/coronavirus for the latest city information. For updates from the Boulder Office of Emergency Management, visit https://www.boulderoem.com/emergency-status/.

Published: March 18, 2020

Media Contacts:

Phillip Yates, Media Relations, 303-349-2438
Denise White, Media Relations, 303-413-7258
Patrick von Keyserling, Communication Director, 303-441-4959