The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department will open a new interim trail on Friday, Sept. 18, that provides bicyclists, equestrians and pedestrians access to the Joder Ranch open space area north of Boulder. The interim trailhead – which has limited parking for cars, buses and horse trailers –is located west of U.S. Highway 36 opposite the north Neva access road.
The 1.9-mile trail takes visitors along rolling grasslands into forested foothill communities that stretch across the 335-acre Joder Ranch, which will be incorporated into OSMP’s North Trail Study Area (TSA) Plan. This plan will identify long-term visitor access and experience improvements for OSMP-managed lands in the North Trail Study Area that stretches north of Boulder.
“Connecting our community with the incredible landscapes we manage and maintain is a top priority for OSMP, and we’ve worked to develop and build an interim trail and trailhead on Joder Ranch,” said Tracy Winfree, OSMP’s director. “Ultimately, the final vision for the interim trail and trailhead will be determined in the North Trail Study Area Plan with input from our community, the Open Space Board of Trustees and the Boulder City Council.”
As part of OSMP’s effort to encourage public participation in the North TSA Plan process, the department is providing guided hikes to help community members learn about the diverse recreational, natural, agricultural and cultural resources in the North TSA. More information about the hikes and this planning effort is available at NorthTSA.org.
The following regulations apply to the interim trail and trailhead:
- No parking is allowed on Olde Stage Road.
- Visitors must remain on trail because current city open space management prohibits off-trail access on the property.
- Dogs are allowed on the new interim trail. However, guardians must leash their dogs while traveling on Joder Ranch.
- Regulations for the area are posted throughout the trail and trailhead area.
For more information about the interim trail and trailhead, please visit https://bouldercolorado.gov/osmp/interim-joder-trailhead.