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Level 1 Fire Restrictions in effect for western Boulder County (more). See flyer and map for details.

Parks & Open Space

Parks & Open Space


Ron Stewart Preserve Closed Monday – Wednesday

Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain will be closed to the public Monday through Wednesday from Sept. 17 through Jan. 31 for elk management through limited hunting.

Walker Ranch Autumn Heritage Day

Join us on Sept. 30 at the Walker Ranch Homestead to see how autumn was spent on a working ranch in the late 1800s. Help costumed volunteers with chores such as stocking a root cellar, making sausage and doing laundry with a washboard and wringer. A highlight of the event is the vintage baseball game which will start at noon.

Grills Closed

Charcoal grills are closed at Betasso Preserve, Hall Ranch, Heil Valley Ranch, Mud Lake, Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain, and Walker Ranch. Only propane/gas grills and stoves are permitted in picnic areas during the fire ban.

Oil & Gas Development on Open Space

Boulder County is committed to protecting our open space from oil and gas development to the greatest extent possible.


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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