Lower Cougar and Bluebird Trails closed due to muddy conditions
Trail Closures for Muddy Conditions
Use of muddy trails has become a concern of many land management agencies. Extended use on muddy surfaces can lead to erosion, and trail users can create additional trail widening by going around muddy sections. Community leaders have directed the Ranger Staff to develop a trail closure policy for times when trails are muddy enough to cause damage to the trail tread.
The Ranger staff will evaluate and close trails when they are determined to be too muddy for sustainable use. The trail closure status will be updated to the public through the Ken-Caryl Ranch website and Facebook Page. The Ranger staff will monitor sections of trail throughout the shoulder and winter seasons. For more information, see the Muddy Trails article.
Enjoy breathtaking views and wildlife in more than 4,800 acres of foothills open space. Over 45 miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails are ready for the exploration of our residents! Trails in the foothills and hogbacks are unpaved while those found nearer residential areas are generally paved and more accessible to all users. Trails are patrolled regularly.Trail Map: Updated Dec 2017 Street Map
For comments or concerns about the Ken-Caryl trail system, email email@example.com.
Open Space Use ID Bracelets
The majority of the trails are on Ken-Caryl Ranch Private Open Space and are accessible only to residents and their guests. In order not to be stopped by a Ranger or Volunteer Patroller, we suggest that all trail users wear an identification bracelet. You can also carry an ID while using the trails to show the Rangers or Volunteer Patrollers if stopped. Please complete the Open Space Resident Identification Form and bring it to the Ranch House Recreation Desk or Community Center to obtain a Resident Identification Bracelet. See the Trail ID page for more information.
The Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space and Parks Use Rules prohibit the use of motorized vehicles, including but not limited to e-bikes, motorcycles and motorized scooters. One exception to this rule is accommodations (as mandated by Americans with Disabilities Act) for individuals with mobility disabilities that need motorized vehicles, or Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMD) to access and enjoy open space.
The Rangers occasionally observe individuals with power chairs using the trails, and now the Master Association Board has approved the use of class 1 e-bikes (pedal assist, lacking throttle) as an OPDMD on PRIVATE open space trails. Qualified individuals will need to acquire a permit through the Master Association.Registration Form
You must make an appointment with Ranger staff to complete the registration process, including proof of Association membership and documentation of need from the state or a medical professional. Public open space (i.e. South Hogback Open Space) is governed by different polices and registration is not mandatory. The Master Association’s new policy also requires that a staff-issued placard must be displayed on the e-bike when using PRIVATE open space trails.
To register for this program, contact the Rangers at 303-979-1876, ext. 170, and leave a message. A Ranger will call you back to schedule a time to meet you and help complete your registration for an e-bike permit.
Open Space Group Events
Any group event by Ken-Caryl Ranch (KCR) residents and/or non-residents impacting or having the potential to impact open space property and/or interfere with other open space users must complete and submit a Group Event Application Form to the MA Staff and may be required to possess a valid permit. See the Group Event Policy for more information.
Public Trail Descriptions
Cathy Johnson and Columbine Trails and South Hogback Open Space – Open to the General Public
Length: 2.1 miles from South Valley Road to Deer Creek Canyon Road
Effort: Easy to Moderate
Features: Cathy Johnson Trail, which also serves as a service road for the Rangers, is situated in a narrow strike valley between the Dakota and Lyons Hogbacks. The Columbine Trail creates a loop off of the Cathy Johnson Trail, climbing onto the east flank of the Lyons Hogback and connects with Jefferson County’s South Valley Park.
Contact the Rangers for more information at 303-979-1876, ext. 170 or email Sean Warren.