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Open Space and Mountain Parks

Open Space and Mountain Parks

Boulder's Open Space & Mountain Parks 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.

OSMP Alerts

- Muddy trail closures as of May 6: Trails in the Marshall Mesa, Greenbelt Plateau, Flatirons Vista, Doudy Draw and Springbrook areas, and the Lefthand Trail from Boulder Valley Ranch to Neva Rd are closed because of muddy conditions. View more information about the muddy trail closures.

- North Trail Study Area (TSA) Plan Community Workshops: OSMP and the Open Space Board of Trustees invite the public to attend community workshops in early May to kick off the development of the North TSA Plan.

- Grassland ground-nesting bird closures begin May 1: OSMP closes certain areas from May 1 to July 31 to protect grassland ground-nesting birds.

- Royal Arch Trail work and closures April 17 - May 13: Royal Arch Trail will be closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays from April 17 - May 13 and work will occur on the trail from Tuesday to Friday each week, learn more about the Royal Arch trail work.

- Several trails are closed for longer-term projects: Please see the temporary closures page for details on the following closures:

  • Sanitas Valley Trail closed
  • Boulder Falls Trail closed
  • Gregory Canyon Access Road closed
  • Anemone Hill closed - a portion of the trail is temporarily open for out and back use only

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Featured Projects & Pages

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North Trail Study Area Plan

OSMP has begun work on the North Trail Study Area (TSA) Plan. Learn more about the plan and how you can participate in the process.

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2015 Voice and Sight Tags

To let your dogs walk off-leash on Boulder open space trails in 2015, you must first take a Voice and Sight education class.

Firewood Program

Information and instructions to obtain wood that is available to the public and a calendar showing wood availability.

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NIST Protected Area Trails

OSMP is working with NIST to designate a trail system for visitor access and use in the NIST Protected Area.

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