Open Space

Notice to Trail Users

The KCRMA Rangers have enlisted the help of contractor, Single Track Trails, to perform maintenance work on our two-track service/trail roads on April 20. They will be starting on the west side of the North Hogback Trail and then will move to South Colorow Trail. Single Track Trails will be cleaning out drainage dips and grading the road to help with rutting and water run-off. The ranger staff will post signs to alert trail users of the maintenance work. Questions? Please contact the KCRMA Rangers at 303-979-1876, ext. 170. 

Protected Areas

Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space

Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space was set aside to protect the delicate wildflowers, breathtaking views and dramatic splendor of this historic Colorado homestead. The community has been planned and developed with a keen foresight and respect for nature so that residents can enjoy a recreational lifestyle in a naturally scenic environment. We are committed to managing Open Space resources in a manner that ensures its preservation and enjoyment.

If you need to contact the Ken-Caryl Ranch Park Rangers, please call 303-979-1876 ext. 170.

Volunteer Info


The 2022 Volunteer Patroller positions have been filled. The application process for new Volunteer Patrollers opens each year in February and applications are due in March.

The program started in 2012 with three volunteers. It has since grown to 28 volunteers in 2021 with over 600 hours volunteered on the trails!

The Volunteer Patrollers serve as an extension of the Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association’s Park Ranger Staff. Volunteer Patrollers provide visitor education on Open Space and Parks Rules, trail use guidelines, and basic first aid knowledge/care. Volunteer Patrollers strive to achieve and maintain a positive relationship with different user groups and present a professional image. Patrollers are expected to complete and submit an electronic patrol log on a timely basis and to report hours to the Ken-Caryl Trail Club. Patrollers are also expected to assist the KCRMA Rangers at educational events and on special patrols.

To be accepted into the program, you must be a Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association member in good standing and complete the online application at the button below. A short phone interview and a two to three-hour training in the month of April will complete the process. The date and time of the training will be determined based on the number of applications received.

Basic requirements are to perform at least 12 patrols per year either hiking or biking mainly from May through October, but one can also patrol outside of these months, too. Must be 25 years of age or older, be a resident in good standing in the community, supply their own cell phone, attend trainings, and be willing to make routine contacts checking residency and providing basic rules education. All patrollers that patrol on a mountain bike must have/own a mountain bike, a helmet and posses basic mountain biking skills.

Patrollers will receive all related training and will be supplied with an open space patrol vest, volunteer ID, first aid kit, and a packet with brochures, patrol log, and quick reference sheet. Training will include an introduction to ranger services, conflict management, emergency response, outdoor safety and resource protection. A mentored patrol with an experienced Volunteer Patroller is encouraged with all new volunteers and all patrollers, regardless of experience, are encouraged to participate in yearly trainings.

Following training completion, all patrollers must be capable of working independently with little or no supervision. Volunteers must possess the physical ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions in a variety of areas in Ken-Caryl’s open space. Patrollers are expected to make routine contacts to verify Ken-Caryl residency and to provide basic rules and education to trail/open space users.

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Oven at matto@kcranch.org or 720-512-35214. A background check will be completed on all applicants.

The Ken-Caryl Ranch Trail Club is a group of volunteers operating under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Master Association and a Joint Use Agreement with Willow Springs Open Space. Members of the Trail Club contribute 10+ hours of volunteer service annually and in exchange receive permission and an ID bracelet for hiking in private Open Space owned by Willow Springs. The Trail Club promotes stewardship, volunteerism and partnership with Willow Springs on Open Space issues. Trail Club volunteer projects, provided by the Ken-Caryl Ranch Rangers, primarily focus on improving and maintaining Ken-Caryl Ranch trails. Please see additional information about the Trail Club.

Trail Club Leadership
  • President – John Hamilton – johnh@me.com
  • Vice President – Lisa Schuth
  • Corresponding Secretary – Anna Gardner – annaloveg@gmail.com
  • Membership Coordinator – Mike Garner – mike@garner.xyz
  • Social/Special Projects Chair – Gary Salter
  • Treasurer – Rusty Spinney
  • OSC Liaison – Tracy Soukup – soukup@comcast.net
  • New Member Recruitment – Curtis Crites

Each week of the summer the Volunteer Trail Coordinators provide an update on trail projects in Ken-Caryl Ranch. Please click on the button below to see the weekly update.