Breck Open Space and Trails

One of the many reasons we love Breckenridge is the extensive network of singletrack and hikes above and around town. From just the Carter Park Trailhead alone, one can link up with an endless assortment of different trails. The town of Breckenridge plays an integral part in keeping this network open to both locals and visitors alike.

Program Goals:
The purpose of the Breckenridge Open Space program is to preserve lands that define and enhance the unique mountain character of the Town of Breckenridge, with the goal of maintaining our community’s quality of life for present and future generations. Through property acquisition and management, the program protects public open space lands that contain trails, sensitive natural resources, historical sites, view corridors or other open space and community conservation values.

Program History:
In 1997, Breck citizens voted to add a .5 percent sales tax to be used exclusively for open space acquisition and management. Since that time, 4,425 acres of land have been acquired and protected as public open space. More than 47 miles of trails have been built and maintained to provide public recreational access. Preserving and providing access to backcountry trails from most neighborhoods in town has been a priority of the program. The program is overseen by the Breckenridge Open Space Advisory Commission (BOSAC) and the Breckenridge Town Council.

Recent Accomplishments:
In the past two years, the Breckenridge Open Space program has acquired 13 open space properties, totaling 270 acres, constructed 5.6 miles of new trail connections and maintained 47.3 miles of trails in the town’s extensive trail network. In addition to its acquisition and trail development accomplishments, the department has undertaken several long-range planning efforts, including the completion of the Golden Horseshoe and the Cucumber Gulch Wildlife Preserve management plans and the continuation of annual ecological research in Cucumber Gulch. Open Space staff were also instrumental in the planning and execution bicycling improvements that resulted the town being recognized as a Gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community through the League of American Bicyclists. Ongoing work includes planning land management approaches to several important open space parcels, scheduling summer trail projects, and implementing forest health treatments on open space properties.

A slew of community members pitch in to maintain the town's network of singletrack trails. Friends of Breckenridge Trails is one such group. The Friends of Breck Trails is a program designed to provide an opportunity for locals and visitors to participate in the upkeep of the fragile habitats, open spaces and trail systems unique to the Town of Breckenridge. Through volunteer efforts, town open spaces, trails, historic sites and ecologically sensitive areas are maintained and restored, thereby creating fun opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.

Click here for a list of 2015 volunteer opportunities. Click here for a Breckenridge-area trail map.

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