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Visitor Master Plan

Visitor Master Plan

The Visitor Master Plan (VMP)

The Visitor Master Plan (VMP) pdf was approved in 2005 by City Council. The plan's overall purpose was to provide a framework for decisions that will ensure a continued high quality visitor experience, while at the same time ensuring that the lands are protected and preserved for future generations. 

Time for an update?

The VMP was meant to guide the department for a decade. Open Space and Mountain Parks is now reviewing the VMP as part of the master planning process. Learn more about the OSMP Master Plan

Results of the VMP

Many OSMP programs and trails are the result of the VMP:

What are Trail Study Areas (TSAs)?

TSA plans were identified in the VMP as area-specific plans to establish implementation strategies that improve the visitor experience and provide a sustainable trail system while protecting natural and cultural resources. The number and extent of TSAs was modified from what was envisioned in the VMP after completion of the Eldorado Mountain/Doudy Draw TSA. 

Trail planning within TSAs focuses on existing designated trail systems, undesignated trails, and activities on the trails, and asks how existing trails can be modified to improve:

  • quality of the visitor experience;
  • protection and restoration of natural and cultural resources;
  • visitor access opportunities; and
  • physical sustainability of the trails system.

Completed TSA Plans

Map showing proposed trail study areas