Parks & Open Space

Parks & Open Space


Conservation Award Winners

The Boulder County Commissioners and Parks & Open Space staff are thrilled to announce the 2022 Conservation Award winners. Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on Oct. 6.

Heil Valley Ranch Main Trailhead Open Sunrise to Sunset

The Main Trailhead parking lot at Heil Valley Ranch is open sunrise to sunset. The noon closure of the parking lot is no longer in effect.

Elk Management at Ron Stewart Preserve

Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain will be closed Monday through Wednesday from Sept. 19 through Jan. 25 (except for certain holidays) for elk management through limited hunting. The park will be open Thursday through Sunday, or earlier in the week if hunting activities end early or are not scheduled.

Prescribed Burns at Ron Stewart Preserve and Hall Ranch

Burn-window dates have been set for prescribed burn operations this fall. Prescribed burns are planned for Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain and Hall Ranch. Parks will be closed during ignition days and will reopen when deemed safe.

Fall Issue of Images

The fall issue of Images magazine is now available. Articles include Healthy Soil is the Foundation, Partnering to Protect Open Spaces, What Do Visitors Think of Our Parks, Bats: A New Home on the Prairie, Nature Detectives Corn, and What’s With All the Weeds.

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Parks & Open Space Mission

To conserve natural, cultural, and agricultural resources and provide public uses that reflect sound resource management and community values.

Parks & Open Space Goals

  1. To preserve rural lands and buffers.
  2. To preserve and restore natural resources for the benefit of the environment and the public.
  3. To provide public outreach, partnerships, and volunteer opportunities to increase awareness and appreciation of Boulder County’s open space.
  4. To protect, restore, and interpret cultural resources for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations.
  5. To provide quality recreational experiences while protecting open space resources.
  6. To promote and provide for sustainable agriculture in Boulder County for the natural, cultural, and economic values it provides.
  7. To develop human resources potential, employ sustainable and sound business practices, and pursue technological advancements.

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Parks & Open Space

Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Office Location
5201 St. Vrain Rd.
Longmont, CO 80503
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Office Hours: Mon-Thu 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday by phone, email, or appointment only.
Parks are open sunrise to sunset

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