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Greenbelt Plateau Trailhead

Greenbelt Plateau Trailhead

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

0.1 mile east of the intersection of Highway 128 and Highway 93 on the north side.

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

Parking lot on north side of Highway 128 with a parking fee. Information on parking permits & fees.

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 Greenbelt Plateau Trail Map pdf

Greenbelt Plateau Trail (1.5 mile) heads north from the trailhead through grassland and ponderosa pine savannah. It affords beautiful views of the Boulder Valley as it meanders toward the Community Ditch Trail.
Community Ditch Trail (1.7 mile west of Hwy 93 and 1.9 mile east of Hwy 93) can be taken to the east through the Marshall Mesa area or to the west toward Doudy Draw. This trail is very popular with bicyclists and equestrians.

BUS CONNECTIONS

An RTD bus passes very close to this trailhead. Learn about Taking the Bus to OSMP.

ACCESSIBILITY

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

RESTROOMS

No facilities available.

PICNIC FACILITIES

No picnic facilities.

BIKE REGULATIONS

Bicycles are allowed on most trails in the area. Bicycles may be ridden only on those trails that are posted with the international bicycle symbol. Other bike trails on OSMP.

DOG REGULATIONS

Greenbelt Plateau Area Dog Regulations Map

Learn about bringing your dog to OSMP. All dogs must be leashed in the Trailhead Leash Area. Dogs are prohibited east of the Greenbelt Plateau Trail. Dogs must be on a hand-held leash on the High Plains Trail. Dog control requirements vary from trail to trail, so carefully watch for dog regulation signs at trailheads and trail intersections. On most other OSMP trails in this area, dogs must be on a hand-held leash at all times unless they meet the voice and sight control standard and display a City of Boulder Voice and Sight tag. Dog excrement removal is required by law.

HORSE REGULATIONS

Allowed on most trails. Off-trail riding is discouraged to protect rare plants and wildlife habitat. Learn more about riding your horse on OSMP.

WILDLIFE

There is an abundance of raptors, mule deer and coyotes. The surrounding land is designated as a grassland management area to protect grassland plant and animal communities. Many birds, such as killdeers, meadowlarks and vesper sparrows, nest on the ground here during spring and summer.

HISTORIC INFO

  • Coal mining area in the 1860s. Mines after 1900.