Open Space and Mountain Parks
Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) are a very special place. The open space lands teem with native plants and wildlife and are home to threatened and endangered species. They serve as a buffer between Boulder and nearby development. They sustain agriculture uses and add untold benefits to the natural environment - clean air, water, and earth.
The lands shape the urban mosaic of the Boulder Valley and provide residents with passive recreation opportunities. Trails are used by walkers, hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders, dog walkers and other passive recreational uses.
Share your ideas on ecosystem health and resilience
Share your ideas to help maintain ecosystem health and resilience on Boulder's open space through our online questionnaire! Your input will help identify strategies for the Open Space and Mountain (OSMP) Parks Plan, which will guide the management of Boulder's open space over the next decade and beyond. Don’t forget to share your ideas by midnight, Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Trail closures related to Xcel transmission line work: The Bear Canyon Trail west of the Mesa Trail is closed while Xcel Energy continues work to replace electric transmission line infrastructure on city-owned open space and utility lands. This long-term trail closure will be in effect 24 hours a day and is expected to continue through November, weather permitting. There are several other trail closures south and east of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Details can be found at osmpprojects.org.
- Muddy trail closures as of Oct. 15: Trails in the Marshall Mesa, Greenbelt Plateau, Flatirons Vista, Doudy Draw and Springbrook areas, and the Left Hand Trail from Boulder Valley Ranch to Neva Rd are closed because of muddy conditions. View more information about the muddy trail closures.
- NCAR-Bear Canyon Trail: Closed M-F from Stony Hill access to NCAR-Bear Connector beginning Sept. 27
- 1st/2nd Flatiron Trail work: The trail will be closed Monday through Thursday every week, beginning June 4.
- East Boulder/White Rocks Trail bridge closed
OSMP administrative offices have moved: The offices relocated to 2520 55th St. in Boulder.
Eldorado Canyon to Walker Ranch Connection Feasibility Study: The City of Boulder is partnering with Boulder County on a feasibility study for a multiuse trail between Eldorado Canyon State Park and Walker Ranch. Learn more.
Purchase OSMP annual parking permits online: Visitors whose vehicles are registered outside of Boulder County can now purchase OSMP annual parking permits online. Learn more about parking permits.
Featured Projects & Pages
OSMP administrative offices have relocated to 2520 55th St. in Boulder. View more information and see regular office closures.
Open Space and Mountain Parks provides free environmental education programs for schools and community groups. Learn more and request a program.
Information on how to register for the Voice and Sight Tag Program or renew your dogs' Voice and Sight Tags for 2018.
Learn about the OSMP Master Plan, what we've heard from the community so far, what's ahead and how you can get involved.
OSMP is committed to working with other city departments, Boulder County and other partner agencies to advance regional trail connections.
In September 2013, floods damaged Boulder's Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP) trail system. Learn more about our efforts to recover from the floods.
Interactive Trail Map