Plans & Studies

Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space Plans & Studies

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Open Space Management Plan 2017 Draft
The Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space Comprehensive Management Plan was originally drafted in 1997, and now a draft revised plan is available for public comment. The purpose of the Management Plan is to establish a framework for setting broad land management and recreational priorities and to provide guidelines to the Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space staff on managing the natural and recreational resources within the Open Space boundaries. The Open Space Management Plan Task Force is finalizing the draft, and it will be presented to the Master Association and Metropolitan District Boards in December.
Annual Trails Report
As part of the annual budget preparation process, staff with involvement of the Open Space Committee, will review the trail system and develop an Annual Trails Report with recommendations for specific projects for the upcoming year. See the Trail Map for project locations.
Beehive Agreement
Map of Beehive Location
Ken-Caryl resident Ed Galisewski installed beehives in the North Hogback Open Space in spring 2017. Ed, who is interested in beekeeping as a hobby and in bolstering the declining honeybee population, supplied the hives, the honeybees and fencing for the project. The project will be supported on a trial, one-year basis with an option to continue in future years if both parties agree. If you have any questions, contact Open Space Manager Sean Warren at seanw@kcranch.org or 303-979-1876, ext. 163.
Biological Surveys:
Willow Springs Connector Raptor Survey
Willow Springs Connector Rare Plant Survey
Upper Bradford/ East Tin Cup/
Upper Massey
West Cougar/
Lower Question Mark Peak
East Cougar Trail
Biological surveys are done prior to trail construction to evaluate any potential impact trail construction would have on natural resources in open space.
1997 Comprehensive Management Plan
Detailed policies and procedures for managing the Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space resources. Completed in 1997.
Cougar Trail Information:
Trail Summary & Alignment
Plant Assessment
Recommendations Going Forward
Memo from Open Space Manager
The Upper Cougar Trail is located in the southwest corner of Ken-Caryl Ranch Private Open Space (see map). The new trail when combined with Lower Cougar Trail added nearly five miles of new trail to our existing trail system.
The proposed Docmann Loop Trail will connect with Cougar and Question Mark Peak Loop Trails and traverse the upper reaches of Docmann Gulch at the southern end of the Foothills Open Space. Biological and cultural surveys completed by ERO Resources Corporation helped determine the final proposed alignment. At its Oct. 10 meeting, the Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association Board approved the alignment of the Docmann Trail.
Drainageway Hazard Assessment:
Appendix A
Appendix B-F
Attachment Maps
Report Addendum
The Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space Drainageway Hazard Assessment, written by Muller Engineering Company, is the guiding document used by staff to address problems in the stream channels and tributaries of Massey Draw and Dutch Creek located in the Valley Open Space of Ken-Caryl Ranch. The Report Addendum documents impacts from a series of storm events occurring in 2009 and updates recommendations provided in the report.
East Plum Thicket/Manzanita Trail Plan
There are a number of existing social trails between Mountain Laurel, Manzanita and Woodruff Streets. In the Trails Master Plan (TMP), these are identified for upgrading and incorporation into the recognized and sanctioned trail system. This report and study has been assembled to facilitate accomplishing that TMP goal. The Public Open House is scheduled for June 8 at Dakota Lodge, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Forest Stewardship Plan
A 10-year plan that calls for thinning of overgrown forests and shrublands to improve overall forest health and to remove excessive wildfire fuels. Updated in 2015.
Massey Draw Trail Maintenance Plan
Massey Draw Canyon was identified as a high-priority maintenance issue in the 2016 Trails Maintenance Plan.
Parcel A Biological Survey
Parcel A Cultural Survey
These reports summarize findings from field surveys to identify and document biological and cultural resources on Parcel A. This property is located north of Dutch Creek and east of the Willowbrook subdivision and is known for its prominent hogback ridge. The property is owned by Jefferson County Open Space and managed by the Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space Department. These reports will help staff and community leaders develop a management plan to protect important and sensitive open space resources contained on the site. The surveys and reports were provided and paid for by Jefferson County Open Space.
Prairie Dog Conservation Policy
The primary purpose of the Prairie Dog Task Force is to develop a conservation policy for Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space and Parks staff use that recognizes the ecological significance of the black-tailed prairie dog within the prairie ecosystem, while addressing the concerns of private landowners and residents, considering other wildlife species and preserving the conservation values for which open space was established.
Prairie Dog Relocation Agreement
The Prairie Dog Relocation Agreement was set up for the relocation of the Manor House prairie dog colony.
Prairie Dog Rehabilitation Plan
Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space Prairie Dog Rehabilitation: Resource Inventory, Site Characterization & Rehabilitation Plan
Trails Maintenance Plan
The Master Association Board adopted this Trails Maintenance Plan February 2016. Map of Trail System to accompany maintenance plan.
Trails Master Plan
Provides a strategic guide for the implementation and maintenance of a community wide trail system. Adopted in 2009.
Trails Implementation
Provides a multi‐year implementation strategy for the Ken‐Caryl Ranch Trail System consistent with the approved Trails Master Plan.
Volunteer Trail Coordinator Program
The Master Association Board adopted this Volunteer Trail Coordinator Program in February 2016.
Wildfire Mitigation Plan
Provides strategies to reduce wildfire risk to structure through specific fuels management projects. Completed in 2015.


For more information about these plans, please contact Sean Warren at 303-979-1876, ext. 163.

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