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Open Space Parking Permits and Fees

Close up of trail map showing parking fee symbol

Covid-19 Alerts

Effective November 20, 2020: Daily parking fees at Open Space & Mountain Parks trailheads are suspended as Boulder County moves into  Red Level: Severe Risk on the Colorado COVID dial   Parking fees will remain suspended until at least January 1, 2021, at which point staff will reevaluate. This decision was made to protect the public and OSMP staff during the rise of new COVID-19 cases locally. Refunds and/or extensions of annual parking permits purchased prior to November 20, 2020 unfortunately cannot be granted. Annual parking permits remain valid for one year from date of purchase. Annual parking permits that expire between November 20 and December 31, 2020 will not be able to be renewed online until the fee suspension is cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Boulder Star area on Flagstaff Mountain is closed

The Boulder Star area on Flagstaff Mountain IS CLOSED to prevent gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic and because of ecological and safety concerns in the area. Visitors entering the Boulder Star closure area on Flagstaff Mountain can face up to a $1,000 fine or 90 days in jail. Learn more. Follow these other important recreation guidelines:

  • Stay home if you are sick or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Only recreate with members of your own household. 
  • Always bring a face covering. Wear it when you can’t maintain 6 feet of physical distance. 
  • Keep the space in open space! Always stay at least 6 feet from non-household visitors.
  • 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.

Parking Fee Areas

COVID-19 closures and cancellations: OSMP’s Hub at 2520 55th Street is closed. Annual parking permits can be obtained online below; daily permits can be obtained at self-service stations at the fee parking areas.

All park visitors whose motor vehicles are not registered in Boulder County must possess either a daily or annual permit to park on Flagstaff Mountain, in Gregory Canyon, or at Doudy Draw, Flatirons Vista, Greenbelt Plateau, Marshall Mesa, South Boulder Creek West and South Mesa Trailheads.

Annual Permits

Annual permits can be purchased online. Annual permits are good for one year after their purchase date. One permit is required for each vehicle and is issued to a specific license plate number. Permit is not transferrable between vehicles. The confirmation email you receive after purchasing a parking permit will show the date of purchase. Permits expire one calendar year after purchase, at which point you will receive an email reminding you to renew your expired permit. If you no longer have that email, please call our administration office at 303-441-3440. 

Annual permits, good for all fee locations on Flagstaff Mountain and six OSMP trailheads south of Boulder, are $25 and are non-refundable. There is a $1.50, non-City of Boulder service charge for online transactions.

Please note: You do not need to display a permit when parking in one of the OSMP lots because your license plate is registered in the permitting system. If your license plate number changes within one year of purchasing your permit, please call our administration office at 303-441-3440 to register your new plate number. 

Daily Permits

Daily Permits may be purchased for $5 each at the parking areas below.

  • Any one of six self-service stations located on Flagstaff Mountain:
    • Gregory Canyon - Base of Flagstaff Road
    • Panorama Point - 1.0 miles up Flagstaff Road
    • Crown Rock - 2.2 miles up Flagstaff Road
    • Realization Point - 3.4 miles up Flagstaff Road
    • Flagstaff Summit - 0.5 miles up Flagstaff Summit Road from Realization Point
    • Lost Gulch Overlook - 4.3 miles up Flagstaff Road
  • Any of the southern trailheads included in the parking fee system:
    • Doudy Draw Trailhead
    • Flatirons Vista Trailhead
    • Greenbelt Plateau Trailhead
    • Marshall Mesa Trailhead
    • South Boulder Creek West Trailhead
    • South Mesa Trailhead

For those with Flagstaff Facility Reservations:

Applicants of reservations for the Flagstaff Summit Shelters or the Halfway House may either have attendees purchase daily permits at self-service stations provided or may pre-purchase daily permits at the Open Space and Mountain Parks administrative office.

(Note: Annual and pre-purchased daily permits are non-refundable.)