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Taking the Bus to OSMP

Go Green to Open Space and Mountain Parks: Sustainable Transportation to OSMP Trails

Like your skies blue? So do we! Here at the City of Boulder, we're committed to reducing smog (and road rage and traffic congestion!) by reducing the number of cars on our roads. You can help by curbing your car when possible and biking or taking the bus to trailheads. 

Discover great options for getting around town or map your bike route to your favorite trailhead.

All OSMP trailheads and many access points have bike racks pdf so you can bike to your hike! 

Open Space and Mountain Parks Trailheads and RTD Service

Taking the bus is a smart, environmentally-conscious way to reach many OSMP trails. RTD (our Regional Transportation District) operates public transit services in the Boulder/Denver area. The table below lists RTD routes that serve OSMP hiking trails.

Ride for Free!

If you hold an EcoPass, Neighborhood EcoPass (NECO Pass), Buff Pass from the University of Colorado Boulder or other bus passes, you can ride the bus for free. Learn more about Boulder’s bus routes.

Bike and Bus

RTD buses have bike racks if you want to take the bus and then bike to a favorite trail. Some bike racks fill quickly, so please have alternate plans (such as waiting for the next bus or locking up your bike) if the bike racks on buses are full. All OSMP trailheads have bike racks.

Trailheads with Bus Service

Many trails are easily accessed by bus. Find trailheads and bus routes in the table below. Check RTD Route Schedules for up-to-date information.

Trailhead/Access

Route

Nearest Bus Stop/ Directions

Bobolink

 
225
Cherryvale and Baseline. Bus stop is across Baseline from the trailhead.

Chautauqua

Seasonal Park to Park Shuttle Operates during summer months only. Park to Park webpage

Cherryvale

DASH Cherryvale and South Boulder Road ¼ mile walk or bike ride to trailhead. Trail is directly across road from bus stop.

Cottonwood

205 205 - Bus stop at north end of Cottonwood Trail on Jay Road.

Dry Creek

 225 Bus stop on Baseline between Cherryvale and 75th Street. Bus stop right by the trailhead or across Baseline from trailhead.

Foothills Nature Center & Wonderland Lake

 SKIP Bus stop at Broadway and Sumac (4201 N. Broadway) at trailhead or across Broadway from trailhead.

Fourmile Creek

SKIP
204
SKIP and 204 both go to bus stop at Broadway and Lee Hill, walk or bike 0.3 mile west on Lee Hill to trailhead.

Interim Joder

Y Y - Bus stop at Interim Joder Trailhead on US 36 from Lyons.

Shanahan Ridge

SKIP Bus stop at Hardscrabble Lane and Lehigh across Lehigh from trail access.

Mount Sanitas

SKIP
208
Y
Bus stop at Broadway and Mapleton with a nine-block walk or bike ride west on Mapleton to trailhead. The SKIP, 208 and Y routes all stop at Broadway and Mapleton.

Settlers' Park

205
N
Bus stop on Canyon right before junction with Pearl, walk about one block west to trailhead.

Teller Farm, South

 JUMP Bus stops along Arapahoe Road at the entry to the short gravel access road that leads directly to the trailhead.

Viewpoint

205 Bus stop on Canyon right before junction with Pearl, cross Canyon to Ebin G Fine park and Viewpoint trail.