Stage 1 fire restrictions, enacted for unincorporated areas of western Boulder County.

Parks & Open Space
Birds flying over a lake at sunset

Parks & Open Space


Stearns Lake Trailhead at Carolyn Holmberg Preserve Closed July 22 – Oct. 15

Parking lot will be closed for improvements. Trails will be open but access will be limited.

Left Hand Outdoor Challenge

The Left Hand Outdoor Challenge is accepting applications for youth participants and adult mentors. This free nine-month program offers teens ages 14 to 18 various challenging experiences to foster outdoor adventure, education, stewardship, career exploration, and leadership.

New Wapiti Trail Route Now Open

A new route for a section of the Wapiti Trail at Heil Valley Ranch opened on June 18. The new route was built to protect nesting eagles. The former detour on the access road remains open to pedestrians and equestrians.

Summer Issue of Images

The summer issue of Images magazine is now available. Articles include: Where to Go to Roll When You Stoll, Highlighting the Complex Relationships of Plants and Pollinators, The Enduring Power of Our Volunteer Naturalists, and Nature Detectives: How to Become Good Stewards or Guardians of Nature.

Weed Management on Open Space

On May 23, the Board of County Commissioners approved the Integrated Weed Management Plan with changes.


Parks & Open Space Vision

Leading the way to exceptional open space.

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.

Contact Us

Parks & Open Space

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Office Location

5201 St. Vrain Road
Longmont, CO 80503
Map and Directions
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday by phone, email, or appointment only.

Parks are open sunrise to sunset