The Jefferson County Open Space Environment in Photos

South Valley Park, Jefferson County Open Space - photo by Rachel Powell.

South Valley Park. More photos: South Valley Park

Reynolds Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Indian Paintbrush - photo by Rachel Powell.

Reynolds Park - Indian Paintbrush on Oxen Draw Trail. More photos: Reynolds Park

Deer Creek Canyon Park, Jefferson County Open Space. View from Meadowlark Trail - photo by Rachel Powell.

Deer Creek Canyon Park - view from Meadowlark Trail. More photos: Deer Creek Canyon Park

The Nature Center at Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Poitra Visual.

Lookout Mountain Nature Center. More photos: Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve

Village Walk Trail at Matthews-Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo by Rachel Powell.

Matthews-Winters Park - view along Village Walk Trail. More photos: Matthews/Winters Park

View from Eagle's Eye Shelter at Mount Falcon Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo by Rachel Powell.

View from Eagle's Eye Shelter at Mount Falcon Park. More photos: Mount Falcon Park.

Village Walk Trail at Matthews-Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo by Rachel Powell.

Matthews-Winters Park - view along Village Walk Trail. More photos: Matthews/Winters Park

Reynolds Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Indian Paintbrush - photo by Rachel Powell.

Reynolds Park - Oxen Draw Trail. More photos: Reynolds Park

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Wildlife at Apex Park. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto. More about: Apex Park

Mount Galbraith Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo by Rachel Powell.

Mount Galbraith Park - Cedar Gulch Trail. More photos: Mount Galbraith Park

North Table Mountain Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo by Rachel Powell.

North Table Mountain Park, Jefferson County Open Space. More about: North Table Mountain Park

Windy Saddle Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo by Rachel Powell.

Windy Saddle Open Space Park. More photos: Windy Saddle Open Space Park

Mount Galbraith Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo by Rachel Powell.

Mount Galbraith Park - Hyles Euphorbiae (Spurge Hawk-Moth) seen on Cedar Gulch Trail. More photos: Mount Galbraith Park

The Nature Center at Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Poitra Visual.

Forest Loop Trail at the Lookout Mountain Preserve. More photos: Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve

North Table Mountain Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo by Rachel Powell.

North Table Mountain Park, Jefferson County Open Space. More about: North Table Mountain Park

Deer Creek Canyon Park, Jefferson County Open Space. View from Meadowlark Trail - photo by Rachel Powell.

Deer Creek Canyon Park - view from Meadowlark Trail. More photos: Deer Creek Canyon Park

Elk Meadow, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Elk Meadow, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

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Bear Creek, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Bear Creek, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Elk Meadow Park - Bergen Peak Trail, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Elk Meadow Park - Bergen Peak Trail, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Indian Creek, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Indian Creek, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Elk Meadow, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Elk Meadow, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Elk Meadow, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Elk Meadow, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Alderfer Three Sisters Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo by John Litz.

Alderfer Three Sisters Park. Photo by John Litz. More photos: Alderfer Three Sisters Park

North Table Mountain, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

North Table Mountain, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Chief Mountain, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Chief Mountain, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

North Table Mountain, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

North Table Mountain. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto. More photos: North Table Mountain Park

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News: From the Board - Follow the PLAN Jeffco Board of Directors as they provide news, comments, and insight into how to keep the Jefferson County Open Space program viable and relevant for the next 40 years.

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Videos:

Crown Hill Park by RangeTrackerTV

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Party for Parks Video

View the Party for Parks Video on the benefits of outdoor recreation, open space and parks.

The Jeffco Outdoors' event "Party for Parks" was held April 5, 2013 at Red Rocks in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Denver Mountain Parks, the 40th Anniversary of the Jefferson County Open Space Program, and the 20th Anniversary of Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).

View the Party for Parks Video on the benefits of outdoor recreation, open space and parks »

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Peaks to Plains Trail Video

View the Peaks to Plains Trail Video.

Recreation advocates testify to the overflowing support for a new 6-mile trail along Clear Creek. The trail will be completed by 2016, with 4 miles in Jefferson County ...

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100 Years of the Magnificent Dream: The Denver Mountain Parks

View the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation Video: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream: The Denver Mountain Parks

View the Denver Mountain Parks Video »

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Open Space Parks - Mountain Bikers message sign - Yield to other trail users, slow down, communicate, pass safely. Know the rules!

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PLAN Jeffco 2015 Annual Dinner

Celebrating Jeffco
Land Trusts

Honorees: Clear Creek Land Conservancy, Colorado Open Lands, & Mountain Area Land Trust

September 21, 2015

Monday, 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

5:30 pm - Cocktail Social Hour

Meet & chat with County Commissioners

The Vista at Applewood Golf Course
Golden, CO

Admission: $45 per person

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News: Front Page

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News: Features & Opinions

JCOS Staff Recommends Expansion of Coal Creek Canyon Open Space Park JCOS Staff Recommends Expansion of Coal Creek Canyon Open Space Park

July 2015

JCOS Staff recommends the purchase of the Indigena LLC property and the Laramie Ridge, LLC property for a total purchase price of $6,750,000. The acquisition of these properties will expand the Coal Creek Canyon Open Space Park by roughly 1,076 acres. ... read more »

SB-206 Signed Into Law: Greater Incentives for Conservation in Colorado

SB-206 Signed Into Law - Greater Incentives for Conservation in Colorado

June 5, 2015

This morning, Governor Hickenlooper signed Colorado Senate Bill 15-206 into law, providing greater financial return to landowners who wish to protect their land and water with a conservation easement.

Effective January 1, 2015, the bill increases the amount of the individual conservation easement tax credit in Colorado to 75% of the first $100,000 of the fair market value of the easement, and 50% of the fair market value above ... learn more »

Westerners Care About Conservation
The Results Are In!

by Michelle Poolet

Westerners Care About Conservation — The Results Are In! by Michelle Poolet

Feb. 28, 2015

The most recent Conservation in the West poll, conducted by the Western Resource Advocates, shows that westerners really care about clean air, clean water, and access to their open spaces. Arizona Loves Its Water: Arizona may be a desert state, but the polls show the Arizonans care deeply about water. 89% of people in Arizona say that the low levels of water in rivers is a serious problem ... read more »

Leaving Only Footsteps? Think Again!

by Michelle Poolet

Leaving Only Footsteps? Think Again! by Michelle Poolet

Feb. 24, 2015

So you think you’re only leaving footsteps when you’re out in the wild? Think again after reading this opinion article in the February 13, 2015 New York Times by Christopher Solomon. Solomon discusses and quotes much of the data that Dr. Sarah Reed presented at PLAN Jeffco’s November 2013 conference. The title of Drs. Reed and Sarah Thomas' presentation at our conference was "Balancing Recreational Access and Conservation Objectives in Open Space Programs." The focus of ... read more »

Stampeding Black Elephants

by Michelle Poolet

Stampeding Black Elephants by Michelle Poolet

Dec. 29, 2014

Did you realize that PLAN Jeffco and Jefferson County Open Space are an integral part of a world wide effort to deal with massive environmental problems such as global warming, climate change, deforestation, mass extinction and water pollution? Well, we didn’t either until we read Tom Friedman’s op-ed piece in the New York Times Sunday Review Section on November 23, 2014 entitled "Stampeding Black Elephants." ... read more »

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Peaks to Plains Trail - Construction Update

June 1, 2015

In January 2014, construction began on the Clear Creek segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail, which runs alongside US 6 through Clear Creek and Jefferson counties. To date, the project is approximately 52 percent complete. A map of the construction zone is on the reverse side. Once completed, the project will provide new and expanded recreational opportunities for the cycling, hiking, angling, kayaking, climbing and prospecting communities, as well as other outdoor enthusiasts. With the most recent revisions to the trail design, the project will include ... read more »

Clear Creek Canyon Park - Peaks to Plains Trail

Apex Park Fully Reopens

All trails open to the public following
flood recovery efforts

Tim Sandsmark, Lookout Region Supervisor

Apex Park fully reopened on Monday, Nov. 24 for the first time since the devastating floods of September 2013. Jeffco Open Space staff installed several bridges and abutments last week on lower Apex Trail, which was the only remaining area closed. To maximize efficiency ... read more »

Apex Park Fully Reopens Nov. 24 - All trails open to the public following flood recovery efforts

"Living and Playing in Coyote Country"

Mary Ann Bonnel

Visitor Services Supervisor, Jefferson County Open Space
& Co-Principal Investigator, Denver Metro Area Coyote Study

Experience Open Space through Articles that Educate: Living and Playing in Coyote Country by Mary Ann Bonnell, Co-Principal Investigator, Denver Metro Area Coyote Study & Visitor Services Supervisor, Jefferson County Open Space

Join the conversationlearn how to send your coyote comments or questions!

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"Trails through Time: A Geologist’s Guide to Jefferson County Open Space Parks"

by Jack Reed

Experience Open Space through Articles that Educate: Trails through Time: A Geologist’s Guide to Jefferson County Open Space Parks by Jack Reed

Open Space Oversight

2014 Open Space Master Plan

Action Item Completed!

The Jeffco 2014 Open Space Master Plan is now available! The Jefferson County 2014 Open Space Master Plan, which was approved on January 9, was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on March 18, 2014. After an 18 month process, the 2014 Master Plan was released on the Jefferson County website on April 18th. PLAN Jeffco is quite pleased with the final draft and feels that it is a very strong document: ... read the April 22, 2014 Update »


"Open Space Local Grants"

On February 11, the Board of County Commissioners approved the 2014 Local Grants as recommended by the Open Space Advisory Committee. Funds for the grants come from the County share of Lottery proceeds and Open Space Sales Tax Funds. Non-profits, recreation districts, and cities are eligible to apply for grants. Grants from the lottery proceeds must be used on publicly owned lands. Approximately $1.2 million are available for these annual grants. ... read this & other News Articles »

PLAN Jeffco Conference Presentations:

Purchase your full copy of the
November Conference Proceedings
& Presentations

"The Next 40 Years: Jeffco Open Space Conservation Conference"

Conference held on Nov. 16, 2013
at Jeffco Fairgrounds.

The proceedings of the conference, including full write-ups and slides used by the presenters, are available as a 45 page printed Report or digitally on CD. The cost for the printed copy is $10 (postage paid) and the CD version is $5 (postage paid). The proceedings can be ordered online with a credit card or send a check by mail—purchase your copy today »


More information about the 2013 Jeffco Open Space Conservation Conference:

The Next 40 Years: Jeffco Open Space Conservation

by Michelle Poolet & Vicky Gits

To honor the conception of the open space program as well as 40+ years of service as a watchdog and supporter, PLAN Jeffco gathered together prominent experts to present their findings on a wide variety of conservation issues. About 180 people attended the half-day event, which took place November 16, 2013 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Nine speakers took the podium to address various subjects, from a five-year master plan to tracking mountain lions. Presenters also discussed climate change, state demographics, recreation trends, biodiversity, animal habitat, the economy and the impact of access to nature on public health. ... read what they had to say »

More Open Space News

Synergy: Partners for Parks by the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation

Synergy - Partners for Parks by the Denver Mountain Parks FoundationDid you know that Jeffco Open Space (JCOS) and Denver Mountain Parks (DMP) share more than their interest in land protection in central Jeffco?

This year, as the DMP system celebrates its centennial and JCOS parks its 40th anniversary, seems a great time to explore the common ground. Despite the differences in ... read more & view a slideshow of photos by John Fielder »

The History of Jeffco Open Space

Open Space Documents

1972 Open Space Resolution and Open Space Documents

Read the 1972 Open Space Resolution & other important Open Space Documents »

Read the original 1972 Open Space Resolution authored by PLAN Jeffco over 40 years ago that established a ½ cent open space tax and resulted in the formation of the Jefferson County Open Space Program.

For four decades, this tax has funded the award winning Jefferson County Open Space Program and has also provided open space funds to cities and recreational districts. The Resolution provided for funds to be used only for open space purposes. It also established the Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC) which oversees the Program and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC).

... read this & other Open Space Documents »