Open Space and Mountain Parks
Boulder's Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP) are a very special place. The open space lands teem with native plants and wildlife and are home to threatened and endangered species. They serve as a buffer between Boulder and nearby development. They sustain agriculture uses and add untold benefits to the natural environment - clean air, water, and earth.
The lands shape the urban mosaic of the Boulder Valley and provide citizens with passive recreation opportunities. Trails are used by walkers, hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders, dog walkers and other passive recreational uses.
Current Trail/Trailhead Closures
- NCAR Bear Canyon, Mesa trail repairs and closures: NCAR Bear Canyon Trail and portions of the Mesa Trail are closed. Find closure details at bearcanyon.org.
- East Boulder/White Rocks Trail bridge closed
- Boulder Falls Trail closed
- Anemone Hill closed - a portion of the trail is temporarily open for out and back use only
Cottontail Trail advisory: Work on a new pedestrian bridge on the IBM Connector Trail may cause minor delays for Cottontail Trail users, more information.
Chautauqua Park improvements: Efforts to improve safety and accessibility at Chautauqua Park will begin on Monday, Dec. 26. Learn more.
Featured Projects & Pages
A 2014 ballot funded project to improve pedestrian safety and visitor mobility and accessibility to Chautauqua.
OSMP is working on the Agricultural Resources Management Plan. Learn more about the plan.
The City of Boulder has formed a working group that will review prairie dog management practices, and make recommendations to the city manager.
Information on how to register for the Voice and Sight Tag Program or renew your dogs' Voice and Sight Tags for 2017.
A video series documenting the City of Boulder’s successful volunteer raptor monitoring program. Shot and edited by Megan King.
OSMP is working with NIST to designate a trail system for visitor access and use in the NIST Protected Area.