Open Space and Mountain Parks
Boulder's Open Space and 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 residents with passive recreation opportunities. Trails are used by walkers, hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders, dog walkers and other passive recreational uses.
Thank you to the Boulder community for helping us to recover from the 2013 floods!
Flooding is a powerful force. But the generosity of a community can be even more powerful. Find out how the Boulder community supported us in restoring open space after the 2013 September floods. View our interactive story map!
Trail closures related to Xcel transmission line work: The Bear Canyon Trail west of the Mesa Trail is closed while Xcel Energy continues work to replace electric transmission line infrastructure on city-owned open space and utility lands. This long-term trail closure will be in effect 24 hours a day and is expected to continue through November, weather permitting. There are several other trail closures south and east of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Details can be found at osmpprojects.org.
- Red Rocks Trail portion: A portion of the trail will be closed beginning Sept. 18
- 1st/2nd Flatiron Trail work: The trail will be closed Monday through Thursday every week, beginning June 4.
- East Boulder/White Rocks Trail bridge closed
OSMP administrative offices have moved: The offices relocated to 2520 55th St. in Boulder.
Eldorado Canyon to Walker Ranch Connection Feasibility Study: The City of Boulder is partnering with Boulder County on a feasibility study for a multiuse trail between Eldorado Canyon State Park and Walker Ranch. Learn more
Boulder County fire restriction: Boulder County has enacted Level 1 Fire Restrictions, effective June 12, for western Boulder County. OSMP grills and fireplaces are closed because of the ban. More information from Boulder County on what's included in the ban.
OSMP Master Plan: See a video about recent community engagement and learn how the draft focus areas emerged from your input. Learn more about how additional community input helped refine draft focus areas and related topics, and sign up for email updates.
Purchase OSMP annual parking permits online: Visitors whose vehicles are registered outside of Boulder County can now purchase OSMP annual parking permits online. Learn more about parking permits.
Featured Projects & Pages
OSMP administrative offices have relocated to 2520 55th St. in Boulder. View more information and see regular office closures.
Open Space and Mountain Parks provides free environmental education programs for schools and community groups. Learn more and request a program.
Learn about the OSMP Master Plan, what we've heard from the community so far, what's ahead and how you can get involved.
In September 2013, floods damaged Boulder's Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP) trail system. Learn more about our efforts to recover from the floods.
Information on how to register for the Voice and Sight Tag Program or renew your dogs' Voice and Sight Tags for 2018.
OSMP is committed to working with other city departments, Boulder County and other partner agencies to advance regional trail connections.
Interactive Trail Map