• Picnic Area

Trailhead Description

Realization Point provides access to several trails; including: Chapman Drive, Tenderfoot, Ute, Range View, Gregory Canyon and Ranger, with many more trails accessible from those.


No facilities available at Realization Point.

Picnic Facilities

Two picnic tables are available.


3.4 miles up Flagstaff Road at the junction with Flagstaff Summit Road. Please note: the vehicle length limit for Flagstaff Road is 30 feet.


Parking lot on both sides of the road with parking fee. Information on parking permits & fees. Bicycle rack available for bicycle parking. There are 16 standard parking spaces.

Parking - Know the Facts

It is unsafe and illegal to park in a way that:

  • Blocks emergency access gate or fire lane;
  • Blocks pedestrian gate or driveway;
  • Prevents horse trailer parking; or
  • Along any highway or a roadway where prohibited by sign.

All vehicles parked in a manner described above are subject to being ticketed/towed.

Never park in the roadway. The roadway is defined as the space between the white (fog) line and the yellow (center) line. If ANY part of your vehicle (tire, mirror) is between the white and yellow lines, your vehicle is a hazard and can be ticketed/towed immediately.

Because parking is very limited and our trailheads are quite popular, please show up early to get a parking spot.

Area Info

Bike Regulations

Bicycles are allowed on Chapman Drive Trail, but not on other trails in this area. Bicycles may be ridden only on those trails that are posted with the international bicycle symbol. Other bike trails on OSMP.


Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes are allowed on the Chapman Drive Trail. Learn more in the Guide to Electric Bikes on Open Space.

Dog Regulations

Realization Point Area Dog Regulations Map

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.

Horse Regulations

Allowed on most trails. Off-trail riding is discouraged to protect rare plants and wildlife habitat. Learn more about riding your horse on OSMP.


Mountain lions inhabit this area. Coyotes, foxes, mule deer and raptors are commonly sighted.