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Buckingham Picnic Area

Buckingham Picnic Area

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People enjoy open space for physical, emotional and mental health. Remember to always be courteous. Don't forget to: 

  • Plan visits ahead of time and don’t park illegally at full trailhead areas.
  • Remember to “keep the space in open space.” Maintain 6 feet of distance from people not in your household.
  • Leave No Trace. Stay on trail and walk through mud. If you step off trail to let others pass, immediately step back on trail. 
  • Protect first responders. Know your limits and don’t take unnecessary risks.
  • Visit 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.


Buckingham Park is located at the intersection of Left Hand Canyon Drive and Old Stage Road, north of Boulder and west of Hwy. 36.

From Boulder, go west on Lee Hill Road, to Old Stage and the junction of Lefthand Canyon Drive.  

Please check for Trail & Area Closures.

Or view the interactive trail map (includes trail closures) and the interactive wildlife closures map

You are responsible for knowing and complying with all closures and OSMP rules & regulations.


A small parking lot exists adjacent to the main picnic area. The individual picnic areas along Lefthand Canyon Drive have vehicle pullouts.


Please keep your car doors locked and your car windows rolled up at all times while leaving your vehicle parked at OSMP trailheads. Also consider leaving important valuables at home or take them with you while visiting open space. To report suspicious activity please call City of Boulder Dispatch 303-441-3333 or Boulder County Dispatch 303-441-4444. For crimes in progress, call 911 immediately.


View Buckingham Park Trail Map pdf

Buckingham Park picnic area has short trails that lead to picnic tables and access to Lefthand Creek.


This area is identified as being popular with people using wheelchairs. See the Accessible Trails Page for details.


Buckingham Park offers several creek-side picnic tables with grills. Four more secluded picnic areas are located west along Lefthand Canyon Drive.


Buckingham Park Dog Regulations Map

Learn about bringing your dog to OSMP. Dogs on leash only. Dog excrement removal is required by law.


Vault-style latrines at the main picnic area.


Buckingham Park was donated by deed to the City of Boulder by local banker C.G. Buckingham in 1929, to be used specifically for public recreation.  It is a series of old mining claims running along Lefthand Creek.