Access to areas other than the trails is available only through staff led programs & volunteer opportunities. All programs are open to the general public.
The Backcountry Wilderness Area* is 8,200 acres, or 13 square miles, of conserved open space; an island of conservation surrounded by development. It is one of the largest contiguous conservation areas along the Front Range. It is home to a wide variety of wildlife and native plants.
Our mission, as stated in our Management Implementation Plan is to “provide visitors with unprecedented opportunities to enjoy nature near where they live, while protecting and conserving natural, cultural, archeological, and historical resources for the enjoyment of future generations”.
The Backcountry provides diverse, experiential opportunities in the outdoors in order to connect people with nature including: simple nature hikes, shooting sports and hunting, horseback riding and hayrides, and recreation such as camping and mountain biking. Through our diverse offerings we hope to be a vehicle that encourages as many people as possible to enjoy the wonders of nature and the outdoors.