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March 18, 2020

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Boulder County trails see increase in visitation.

Tips for safe visits to open space

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County Parks & Open Space staff appreciates the desire of community members to visit open space trails amid increasing concerns of COVID-19. Getting outside for fresh air and exercise is recommended by Boulder County Public Health at this time, but precautions are necessary. It's important to follow careful guidelines as increasing numbers of residents visit open space trails:

  • DON’T visit if you’re sick! Stay home and help protect others.
  • Plan your visit carefully. Know your limits and the county Rules & Regulations while on the trail. Don't put first responders and medical personnel at risk.
  • If a parking area is full, move on to another park or trailhead.
  • Visit areas that are less crowded. Here are a few ideas for less popular places to explore:
    • Ride our Regional Trails! You can ride and walk from Erie to Boulder and Longmont to Boulder on the LoBo Trail, Coal Creek Trail, and Rock Creek Trail.
    • If the Coalton Trailhead parking is full, park at Superior’s new Oerman-Roche trailhead just north of Key Bank on McCaslin to hike and ride the county’s Mayhoffer Singletree Trail.
    • Lagerman Agricultural Preserve just east of Longmont provides long, flat trails and great views of the mountains.
  • Don’t organize large group gatherings.
  • Announce your presence to others to help maintain the recommended six feet of social distance. Be sure to signal your presence with your voice or a bell when passing others.
  • Practice strong hygienic measures. Frequently clean and disinfect any shared hiking, climbing or sporting equipment.

Please stay informed. Check before your visit for up-to-date information for possible visitor restrictions or closures in response to trail and park conditions and the COVID-19 virus. For the latest county updates and guidelines on how to manage COVID-19, please visit

Dad and daughter holding hands hiking on trail

Heil Valley Ranch