The large parking lot at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is used as a trailhead for accessing many trails in the area.
Located in NCAR building, only available during their open hours.
No picnic facilities.
West end of Table Mesa Drive, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
This area is identified as being mobility-friendly. See the Visitors Experiencing Disabilities Page for trail details.
Bicycles are not allowed on trails in the area.
Learn about bringing your dog to OSMP. 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. A dog station is available to aid in the collection of dog excrement.
All dogs must be on hand-held leashes on NCAR (federal) property. This includes the Walter Orr Roberts Interpretive Trail and sections of Lower Skunk, Bear Canyon, and Kohler Mesa trails. Beyond NCAR property, dog control requirements vary from trail to trail, so carefully watch for dog regulation signs at trailheads and trail intersections.
Horses are not allowed at the NCAR parking lot and trailhead, or on NCAR (federal) property. This includes the Walter Orr Roberts Interpretive Trail on Table Mesa. Horses are allowed on most OSMP trails. Off-trail riding is discouraged to protect rare plants and wildlife habitat. Learn more about riding your horse on OSMP.
Black bears and mountain lions inhabit this area. Coyote, fox, mule deer, and a variety of raptors may also be observed in this area.