Properties & Trails

Sky Mountain Park, Moore Open Space, Gold Butte
A number of paved and unpaved trails managed by Pitkin County Open Space and Trails are subject to seasonal closures and other restrictions. Dogs must be leashed unless a trail is specifically exempted. There are areas throughout the county that pet owners may find suitable for walking a dog off leash. The use of power-driven devices is not allowed except by individuals with mobility disabilities. Regulations define what devices may be used, and where. 

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails properties are governed by Title 12 of the Pitkin County Code, which establishes general rules that apply to all of the open spaces and trails within the program. 

In general, it is the set of regulations that prohibits motorized vehicles on open spaces and trails with some limited exceptions, prohibits fires, camping and hunting, and requires dogs to be leashed on our properties. Picking up and disposing of dog waste is also required. Title 12 also addresses commercial use of Pitkin County open spaces and trails.

In addition to Title 12, use of some open space properties is governed by an adopted management plan that is specific to a particular property. The plans outline resource protection and allowed uses. The following are properties that have management plans in place to provide guidance on what is and isn't allowed on certain open spaces.

The parking pass for senior citizens who wish to use the Hunter Creek parking lot is available from Pitkin County Senior Services, 0275 Castle Creek Road. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Seniors must be at least 65 years old and present a driver's license to obtain a pass.

Find out more  about Open Space and Trails' efforts to control thistles and other weeds, and how you can help.

Other Helpful Links and Documents

The following links offer user information and additional planning documents.