Open Space and Trails

All Open Space services will be available by pre-arranged meetings. Walk-in service will be available for simple requests like picking up coyote whistles and trail maps at the Community Assistance Center in the lobby of the George DiCiero City and County Building. Please refer to this contact list to help expedite your request. We look forward to assisting you!  

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Open Space and Trails Updates

Top 10 Active Outdoor Ideas
During the current period of physical distancing and focusing on community health, Broomfield wanted to share some ideas for fun outdoor activities on open space, parks, and trails. These activities focus on movement, safe distancing, fun and goodwill! Check it out

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Coyote Safety: Guard Your Pets

The wild animals throughout Broomfield, even in residential neighborhoods, think unattended pets are "fair game." Those coyotes, foxes, owls, hawks and eagles don't discern between a cute, cuddly pet and prey. To avoid conflicts between wildlife and pets, here are some pointers: 

  • Keep dogs on a short leash (6ft. or less)
  • Avoid known or potential den sites and areas of thick vegetation
  • Do not allow dogs to "play" with coyotes or foxes
  • Do not leave pet food and water bowls outside
  • Always supervise your pet outside. Do not leave your pet unattended in your yard
  • Keep cats indoors

For additional information, see the Coyote FAQ or email us at openspace@broomfield.org.

Coyote in Winter Coat at The Field



Wildlife Masters are Here to Help!

Broomfield Wildlife Masters are here to help people coexist with wildlife through non-lethal techniques to keep you and your property safe from all manner of critters, such as squirrels, rabbits, woodpeckers, raccoons, and more! For all questions wildlife, give these expert volunteers a call on their helpline at 303.464.5554 and a Wildlife Master will return your call with FREE advice within 24 hours. 

Northern Flicker by Gary Bowen 2017

Cradleboard Trail Detour Beginning October 15, 2020 continuing into 2021.

Detour in place to protect territorial bald eagles during breeding season.

Boulder County, Colo. - Beginning Thursday, Oct. 15, a detour will be in place along a section of the Cradleboard Trail to protect territorial bald eagles during breeding season at the Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm.

The detour will remain in place until the nesting status of the bald eagle pair is clearly confirmed for the 2020/2021 breeding season. Boulder County adheres to all state and federal protection guidelines for raptors, and may impose stricter protections as necessary. Click here for map. 

January 20

Francesca-Cotrufo_portrait_small-1 (2)“The Why, What, When, Which, Where and How of Soil Carbon Sequestration” with Dr. Francesca Cotrufo

M. Francesca Cotrufo PhD, is a Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, and a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab, at Colorado State University. One of her many applied research topics involves soil management practices that regenerate healthy soils. Carbon storage or sequestration can mitigate climate change impacts for a better sustainable path for humanity. Her presentation will address: 

  • Why do we need to regenerate soils and increase their carbon storage?
  • What is the biophysics of soil carbon sequestration?
  • How can we accrue or sequester carbon in soils?
  • When is the carbon sequestered going to return back to the atmosphere?
  • Which management practices are most effective at sequestering carbon?
  • Where should we focus our efforts?

Learn some basic tips for how you too can increase carbon sequestration in your yard and garden. *This presentation is sponsored by the Broomfield Open Space Foundation, Open Space and Trails Department, and Broomfield's Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability.

Closure Alert

The Anthem Community Park east of Community Ditch, north of Sheridan and south of the Northwest Parkway is currently under construction. HEI, the contractor, is using heavy equipment to grade on the south side of the Northwest Parkway Underpass (Underpass) and Farmers Reservoir Irrigation Bridge (FRICO Bridge). The Underpass and FRICO Bridge will need to be closed temporarily from approximately January 11 to January 31 for public safety reasons. Fencing and signage have been placed in key locations to prevent public access. The map shows the location of the Underpass and FRICO bridge closures in the vicinity of the construction. The contractor is completing this work as quickly as possible but weather may also cause delays to the proposed schedule. Thank you for your cooperation.  


What’s in a Name?

There are many parks, fields, and open space areas in Broomfield that bear the name of people who live, or have lived in Broomfield. Check out this list to see who these people are.

Suggestions for Open Space and Trails


The Open Space and Trails staff and Advisory Committee would like your comments on open space needs and strategies as well as any trail connects that are needed in the city. Please email your comments to Open Space and Trails.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Open Space and Trails Department is to acquire open space and create a comprehensive trail system that allows for the enjoyment of the outdoors and promotes a healthy environment for people, nature, and community.