Apex Park

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SAFER-AT-HOME

  • DO NOT visit parks and public areas if sick; stay home, seek medical care
  • FACE COVERING required  when 6' distance can't be maintained when using the restroom, at the trailhead, and/or when passing others on the trail
  • Practice social distancing of at least 6’ in parks, trailheads, trails, and climbing crags
  • DO NOT gather in groups larger than 10
  • Keep dogs on leash at ALL times
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer and/or hand washing supplies; many of our parks and restrooms lack running water. Sanitize/wash hands after touching public surfaces such as railings, benches, and handles.
  • High-risk visitors, use discretion for park visits and public restroom use

Jeffco Public Health Order - Face Covering
Colorado Executive Order - Face Covering
Colorado Safer-at-Home Order
More JCOS info regarding COVID-19


ADVISORY: Starting September 10, management changes at Apex Park. You must know the calendar date to safely use the park. Affected trails include: Enchanted Forest, Magic Mountain, Poco Calle, Rocker, Paydirt, and Smelter (see map below for more details).

•   Even Calendar Dates (2nd, 4th, etc.) = Bikes only, no hikers or equestrians

•   Odd Calendar Dates (1st, 3rd, etc.) = Hikers and equestrians only, no bikes

Apex Park Designated Use Infographic Map

Apex Park provides a popular, accessible foothills experience minutes from downtown Golden. A stream runs alongside a trail in part of the park, and a dense forest provides shady areas on the west end. This park is popular for mountain biking as it offers more technical trails and a steep challenge up Lookout Mountain.

Directional Use - September 10, 2020 to September 10, 2021
A one year management change will go into effect on September 10 to improve safety and reduce visitor conflict. Enchanted Forest, Magic Mountain, Poco Calle, Rocker, Paydirt, and Smelter Trails are directional-use trails. Bicyclists are required to ride in one direction only (downhill/east) on even calendar dates. These designated use trails are also split by visitor types on even and odd calendar dates.

•   Even Calendar Dates (2nd, 4th, etc.) = Bikes only, no hikers or equestrians

•   Odd Calendar Dates (1st, 3rd, etc.) = Hikers and equestrians only, no bikes



Apex Park interactive map

Apex Park Map

Apex Trailhead
121 County Highway 93
Golden, CO 80401

Managing Trails for Safety at Apex Park

Following more than two years of public and visitor engagement, intense in-park education efforts, and field observations, Jeffco Open Space (JCOS) has developed a plan to improve trail safety and reduce visitor conflict at Apex Park. This final plan was shaped by many visitor and staff perspectives and demonstrates a true spirit of compromise. The new management plan will take effect on September 10, 2020 and be a 1-year trial basis.

Apex Park Management Plan Fact Sheet August 2020 (PDF)
Apex Park Management Announcement June 2020 (PDF)
2020 Apex Park Designated Use Infographic Map (JPG)
2017 Apex Park Trail Management Assessment
Presentation from Community Meeting (PPT Download)
Results from Community Meeting Audience Survey (PDF)
Public Comment Period Results (PDF)

Apex Park Facts
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