Boulder County actively works to conserve natural, cultural and agricultural resources and provide public uses that reflect sound resource management and community values.
Acres of Open Space
|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
Is Open Space Really Open?
Of the 65,897 acres of publicly owned and leased land:
- 60% (39,554 acres) is open to the public
- Some of that land has on-trail-only restrictions for agricultural operations (5,170 acres) and closures for sensitive wildlife or vegetation habitat (11,622 acres).
- 30.3% (19,951 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 19,761 acres and the 5,170 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.
- 9.7% (6,392 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.