Acres of Open Space

Acres of Open Space

Boulder County actively works to conserve natural, cultural and agricultural resources and provide public uses that reflect sound resource management and community values.

Land Type Acres
County Open Space
Land that is publicly owned, leased, or allows access
Protected Private Land
Land that is privately owned but protected under conservation easements
Total 104,484

Acreage Full Report

Is Open Space Really Open?

Of the 65,294 acres of publicly owned and leased land:

  • 61.1% (39,866 acres) is open to the public
    • Some of that land has on-trail-only restrictions for agricultural operations (5,169 acres) and closures for sensitive wildlife or vegetation habitat
  • 30.8% (20,091 acres) is agricultural land that is closed to the public
    • These lands are leased to local farmers and ranchers and are used to promote sustainable agriculture. When you add the 20,091 acres and the 5,169 acres that have on-trail-only restrictions, there are approximately 25,000 acres of open space dedicated to agriculture. Learn more about Agriculture on Open Space.
  • 8.2% (5,337 acres) is closed for other reasons
    • These areas are closed for public safety, wildlife/vegetation concerns, contract requirements, or because it is still under evaluation for potential public use.

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