Basic Trail Information
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks has 155 miles of hiking trails
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Winter conditions exist across open space!
- Trails may be icy & slick.
- Wear appropriate gear, such as traction devices for your shoes/boots.
- Do not walk on ice-covered lakes and ponds.
People enjoy open space for physical, emotional and mental health. Remember to always be courteous. Don't forget:
- Only recreate with household members.
- Wear a face covering when passing others.
- Stay on trail/walk through mud. Avoid stepping on vegetation.
- Visit OSMPTrails.org to see current trail closures, historical data that shows areas of high and low open space use and trails that are wider than 6 feet. See when trails are busiest through our Visitation Data Explorer.
- Protect first responders. Know your limits and don’t take unnecessary risks.
Planning Your Visit
- View OSMP's Interactive Trail Map - includes trail closures. Or download the Boulder Area Trails App.
- View the Visitor Use and Trail Characteristics Matrix .
- Be aware of all Trail & Area closures.
- View the Trailhead Matrix for facilities available at each trailhead.
- Read the OSMP Rules and Regulations.
- Study the 'Leave No Trace on Open Space' principles to keep the land looking as nice after you visit as before.
- Dog guardians, please be careful when bringing your dog to OSMP.
- View a list of trails that offer dog-free opportunities.
- Learn about trails where you can bike. All Open Space and Mountain Parks trailheads have bike racks.
- Information about Parking Permits and Fees.
- Check out Virtual Trail Maps for a few of OSMP's trails.
|Trailhead||Restroom||Park Fee||Location||Bikes||Dogs||Nearby Trails|
|Bobolink||No||No||West of intersection of Baseline and Cherryvale Roads||S. Boulder Creek Trail (except between Baseline & EBCC) & greenways||Voice & Sight north of S. Boulder Road, dogs prohibited south of S. Boulder Road||South Boulder Creek, Centennial|
|Boulder Falls||No||No||11 miles west of Boulder, on the north side of Boulder Canyon Drive (SR 119) between Boulder and Nederland||No||Dogs on leash only||Boulder Creek Path|
|Boulder Valley Ranch||Yes||No||One mile east of Hwy. 36 on Longhorn Road||Eagle & Sage only||Voice & sight on all trails except for Left Hand||Eagle, Sage, Cobalt, Hidden Valley, Mesa Reservoir, Left Hand|
|Buckingham Park Picnic Area||Yes||No||Intersection of Left Hand Canyon Road and Old Stage Road||No||Dogs on leash only|
|Centennial Park||Yes||No||South side of Sunshine Canyon, just west of Mount Sanitas Trailhead||No||Voice & Sight||Mt. Sanitas, Sanitas Valley, Dakota Ridge, Red Rocks, Anemone Hill|
|Chapman Drive||No||No||4 miles up Boulder Canyon, 38471 Boulder Canyon Dr.||Yes on Chapman Dr. only||Leash required, Voice & Sight||Tenderfoot, Rangerview, Boy Scout, Ute, Flagstaff|
|Chautauqua Meadow||Yes||No||Chautauqua Park (Grant and Baseline streets, Boulder)||No||Voice & Sight||Chautauqua, Mesa, Baseline, Bluebell-Baird, Royal Arch, Woods Quarry, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Flatiron Climbing Access Trails|
|Cherryvale||No||No||66 S. Cherryvale Road, southwest of S. Boulder Road.||Cherryvale, S. Boulder Creek Trails (except between Baseline & EBCC)||Voice & sight on Cherryvale, north of S. Boulder Road. Dogs prohibited south of S. Boulder Road. on S. Boulder Creek||South Boulder Creek, Cherryvale|
|Cottonwood||No||No||0.2 miles east of Diagonal Hwy. on Independence Road.||Cottonwood||Voice & sight, dogs prohibited off trail in HCAs||Cottonwood|
|Crown Rock||No||Yes||approximately 2.1 miles up Flagstaff Road.||No||Voice & Sight||Crown Rock|
|Doudy Draw||Yes||Yes||1.8 miles west of Hwy 93 on Eldorado Springs Dr.||Community Ditch, Doudy Draw, Flatirons Vista, Prairie Vista, Spring Brook Loop||Voice & Sight, upper Doudy Draw dogs must be leashed seasonally. Spring Brook North & Fowler leashed, Spring Brook South & Goshawk Ridge dogs prohibited.||Community Ditch, Doudy Draw, Flatirons Vista, Prairie Vista, Spring Brook Loop, Goshawk Ridge, Fowler|
|Dry Creek||Yes||No||Baseline Road, east of Baseline Reservoir and west of 75th Street||Dry Creek||Voice & Sight||Dry Creek|
|Eagle||No||No||2.2 miles north of Jay Road, on 51st Street||Eagle and Sage only||Voice & Sight on all trails except for Left Hand, leashed||Eagle, Sage, Cobalt, Hidden Valley, Mesa Reservoir, Left Hand|
|Enchanted Mesa/McClintock||No||No||Just south of Chautauqua Auditorium, at end of 12th street (south of Baseline Road)||No bikes||Voice & Sight. Dogs are not allowed on McClintock Trail||Enchanted Mesa, McClintock, Mesa|
|Flagstaff Summit||Yes||Yes||3.4 miles up Flagstaff Road, 0.5 miles on Flagstaff Summit Road. Vehicular access May through October only.||No bikes||Voice & Sight. Dogs are not allowed on Boy Scout. Chapman Dr. leash required||Flagstaff, Boy Scout, Plains Overlook, Ute, Range View, Tenderfoot, Chapman Dr.|
|Flatirons Vista||Yes||Yes||0.3 mile south of Hwy 128 on Hwy. 93||Flatirons Vista, Prairie Vista, Doudy Draw, Community Ditch, plus trails east of Hwy 93||Voice & Sight, upper Doudy Draw dogs must be leashed seasonally. Spring Brook North & Fowler leashed, Spring Brook South & Goshawk Ridge dogs prohibited.||Flatirons Vista, Prairie Vista, Community Ditch, Doudy Draw, Spring Brook Loop, Goshawk Ridge; cross Hwy 93 at stoplight for Greenbelt Plateau, High Plains and Marshall Mesa|
|Foothills||No||No||0.4 mile north of Hwy 36 & Broadway on N. Foothills Hwy access road||Foothills only||Dogs prohibited north and west of Foothills Trail, voice & sight otherwise||Foothills, Hogback Ridge, Eagle|
|Four-Mile Creek||No||No||0.3 mile west of Broadway on Lee Hill Road||Foothills only||Dogs must be on a hand-held leash||Foothills, Old Kiln, Wonderland Lake|
|Greenbelt Plateau||No||Yes||0.1 mile east of Hwy 93 on Hwy 128||Community Ditch, Greenbelt Plateau, Marshall Mesa, High Plains||Voice & Sight with seasonal leash on Greenbelt Plateau, High Plains leash required||Greenbelt Plateau, High Plains, Community Ditch, Marshall Mesa|
|Gregory Canyon||Yes||Yes||West end of Baseline Road; south on Gregory Canyon Trailhead access road||No bikes||Voice & Sight, seasonal leash on upper Gregory Canyon, Saddle Rock & Amphitheater. Dogs prohibited upper EM Greenman & Long Canyon||Gregory Canyon, Saddle Rock, Bluebell-Baird, Amphitheater, Flagstaff, Crown Rock, Green Mountain, Ranger, EM Greenman|
|Interim Joder||No||No||West of US 36, opposite north Neva access rd||Interim Joder||Mainly on leash, one part Voice & Sight||Buckingham Park|
|Left Hand||No||No||1.0 mile east of Hwy 36 on Neva Road||Left Hand Trail||Dogs must be on leash on trail, prohibited off trail.||Eagle, Sage, Cobalt, Hidden Valley, Mesa Reservoir|
|Marshall Mesa||Yes||Yes||East of the junction of Highway 93 and Marshall Road.||Marshall Valley, Community Ditch, Coal Seam, Greenbelt Plateau, Cowdrey Draw||Voice & Sight. Seasonal leash on Greenbelt Plateau, leash required on Cowdrey Draw.||Community Ditch, Marshall Mesa, Marshall Valley, Greenbelt Plateau, Coal Seam, Cowdrey Draw|
|Mount Sanitas||Yes||No||0.5 mile west of Fourth St. on Mapleton Ave.||No bikes||Voice & Sight||Sanitas Valley, Mt. Sanitas, E. Ridge, Dakota Ridge|
|NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research)||Yes||No||West end of Table Mesa Drive, at NCAR||No bikes. No horses on NCAR property||Dogs must be on a hand-held leash on NCAR property. Voice & Sight, leash required on Bear Canyon, Bear Peak West Ridge & Green Bear||NCAR, Mesa, Skunk Canyon, Mallory Cave, Bear Canyon, Bear Peak West Ridge, Green Bear, Fern Canyon|
|Panorama Point||Yes||Yes||This pulloff is located approximately 0.5 miles up Flagstaff Road.||No||Voice & Sight||Flagstaff Road, Flagstaff Trail, Viewpoint Trail|
|Realization Point||No||Yes||3.4 miles up Flagstaff Road at its junction with Flagstaff Summit Road.||No bikes||Voice & Sight, leash required on Chapman Dr.||Ute, Range View, Tenderfoot, Chapman Dr., Ranger, EM Greenman|
|Sawhill Ponds||Yes||No||East of the Boulder city limits on the west side of 75th Street, 0.6 mile north of Valmont Road.||No bikes||Dogs must be leashed at all times west of the main parking lot. Voice and sight control east of the parking lot||Sawhill Ponds|
|Settlers Park/Red Rocks||No||No||West end of Pearl St. at its junction with Canyon Blvd.||No bikes||Voice & Sight||Red Rocks Trail|
|South Boulder Creek- West||No||Yes||0.5 miles north of Eldorado Springs Drive on Hwy 93||No bikes||Voice & Sight. Lower Big Bluestem leash required, Upper Big Bluestem Voice & Sight Monday-Friday, leash required Saturday & Sunday. Greenbriar Connector dogs prohibited||Big Bluestem, S. Boulder Creek, Mesa, Greenbriar Connector|
|South Mesa||Yes||Yes||1.7 miles west of Hwy 93 on Eldorado Springs Drive||No Bikes||Voice & Sight. Towhee dogs prohibited. Upper Big Bluestem Voice & Sight Monday-Friday, leash required Saturday & Sunday, Lower Big Bluestem leash required year round||Mesa, Towhee, Homestead, Big Bluestem, S. Boulder Creek, Shadow Canyon, S. Boulder Peak and Bear Peak via Shadow Canyon|
|Teller Farms- North||No||No||2 miles east of 75th on Valmont Road||E. Boulder Trail only||Voice & Sight south of Valmont, dogs prohibited north of Valmont, dogs must be leashed within 100 yards of Teller Lake shoreline||East Boulder Trail|
|Teller Farms- South||Yes||No||1.0 mile east of 75th on Arapahoe Road||E. Boulder Trail only||Voice & Sight, dogs must be leashed within 100 yards of Teller Lake shoreline||East Boulder Trail|
|White Rocks||No||No||1.5 mile north of Valmont Rd on 95th||E. Boulder Trail only||Dogs prohibited||East Boulder Trail|
|Wonderland Lake||No||No||4201 North Broadway, across from Sumac||Wonderland Lake, Foothills only||Dogs must be on a hand-held leash||Wonderland Lake, Foothills, Old Kiln|