Chapman Drive closed over the summer for trail repairs

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Starting as early as Monday, May 9, the entire length of Chapman Drive from Boulder Canyon to Flagstaff Drive will be closed to allow the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department to repair the trail. OSMP also will close the Tenderfoot Trail, which connects to Chapman Drive, to help protect visitors during the rebuilding of the historic path. OSMP anticipates re-opening Chapman Drive and the Tenderfoot Trail in the fall.

Chapman Drive was originally constructed in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), an important public works program for the unemployed during the Great Depression. Today, the trail provides hikers, bikers, equestrians and visitors with dogs access to foothill landscapes along a winding path from Boulder Canyon to Realization Point on Flagstaff Mountain.

OSMP’s repairs along Chapman Drive will fix major trail erosion that was sustained during the September 2013 floods. The trail’s rebuilding will improve visitor experiences on OSMP public land and also provide emergency vehicles access to and from Flagstaff Mountain.

The rebuilding of Chapman Drive is one of more than a dozen flood-related trail rebuilding projects OSMP will begin in 2016. OSMP anticipates completing all of its large flood-recovery projects – including the rebuilding of Bear Canyon and Mesa roads, along with the reconstruction of the Lower Big Bluestem and South Boulder Creek West trails – by the end of 2017.

Images from Chapman Drive Trail in Boulder, CO

For more information about the City of Boulder’s open space trails, please visit or call OSMP at 303-441-3440.

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