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Buckingham Picnic Area

Buckingham Picnic Area

COVID-19 Alerts

Always bring a face covering when you leave home and maintain 6 feet of distance

  • You will need a face covering to visit Boulder’s open space trails and parks. Always bring one with you when you leave home.
  • Place it over your nose and mouth when you can’t maintain 6 feet of distance from others.
  • Wear it around your neck or wrist when no one else is around.
  • Parents should help children older than 2 years old properly wear a face covering.
  • Help protect vulnerable community members and each other. 

Don’t forget: Keep the space in open space! Always stay at least 6 feet from others you don’t live with or haven’t agreed to have close contact with.

Please follow these other responsible recreation reminders:

  • 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. 
  • Plan ahead and consider recreating closer to home as parking is extremely limited - especially on Flagstaff Mountain.
  • Remember: Leave No Trace! Pick up trash and dog waste. Stay on trail and walk through mud. Step off if you need to maintain distance but quickly step back on trail.
  • For more responsible recreation reminders, please visit the Covid-19 Recovery page.

LOCATION

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.

PARKING

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

TRAILHEAD SAFETY

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.

TRAILS

View Buckingham Park Trail Map pdf

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

ACCESSIBILITY

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

PICNIC FACILITIES

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

DOGS

Buckingham Park Dog Regulations Map

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

RESTROOMS

Vault-style latrines at the main picnic area.

HISTORIC INFO

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.