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Share the Trail

Throughout the summer, Jefferson County Open Space, sponsors Share the Trails Events to bring all trails users together with a festive atmosphere. Come out and meet the rangers and other trail users!

Rules of the Trail

Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.

Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.

Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you're coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.

Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.

Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

New trail conditions signs at Green Mountain, January 2012

The City of Lakewood has established a muddy trail education program at Green Mountain. It includes signs at each trailhead ranking the trails as "red - very muddy", "yellow - muddy, not recommended", and "green - normal conditions". We change the arrows on the signs as conditions change. We have a twitter feed for this program, and other Green Mountain information, and we are trying to get the...Read more

Help Get Kids Outdoors and on Bikes

Too many children grow up in the Denver and the Boulder area without having the opportunity to explore the fantastic Colorado Rocky Mountains. Get kids outdoors and on bikes by helping out our friends at Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder. Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder's core mountain biking program for underserved youth is looking for both volunteer and paid rider leaders. Find out more at http://www...Read more

Jefferson County Open Space Seeking Mountain Bike Volunteers

It is rare that we get an opportunity such as this to be able to put ourselves into a position of volunteering for JCOS. However, this is exactly the opportunity that we, as a mountain bike community have. Jefferson County Open Space wants to put more volunteer mountain bike patrollers out on the trails and are requesting that interested parties apply. What an tremendous opportunity to become involved with this organization and do a little diplomatic outreach at the same time!Read more

Update from the President - Dec. 2009

August 2009 After a very wet spring, it looks like summer heat is upon us. I hope you are enjoying the trails and taking advantage (while you can) of late evening light! Below is a quick update on recent COMBA matters, as we have been working hard on your behalf: Advocacy Just last week COMBA made our formal presentation to the Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC), regarding our...Read more

COMBA Attends 2009 National Bike Summit

COMBA’s Policy Director returned from Washington, D.C. after attending the Ninth Annual 2009 National Bike Summit sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. Founded in 1880, the League represents the nation's 57 million cyclists, and has a membership of 300,000, including 40,000 individuals and 600 affiliated organizations. The purpose of the National Bike Summit is noble -- to bring together advocates, industry leaders and retailers to share ideas and best practices and craft a persuasive national case for bicycling -- but that's not all.Read more
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