Permits & Reservations

Any activity in a Jeffco Open Space park that conflicts with the Park Regulations requires a permit. Such activities include hosting an event, organized activity, or commercial activity. See below to determine the category into which the activity will fall. View the Jeffco Open Space System Map to ensure accurate park location for the activity. Due to a high volume of applications and staffing capabilities, please allow up to 10 business days for processing and response. 

Commercial Activity

A Park Permit may be obtained from Jeffco Open Space to authorize companies or individuals to conduct business within Jeffco Open Space managed lands. A Park Permit provides a group with a non-exclusive license to offer services to park visitors.

An organization is considered a business if it provides goods, services, or activities to the public using Jeffco Open Space managed lands. If an individual receives any form of compensation for what they are providing they are considered to be conducting a business or commercial activity.

Permitted activities must be appropriate to the mission of Jeffco Open Space; complement resource protection, visitor protection and interpretation goals; and not pose any potential for derogation of values or purposes for which Jeffco Open Space was established.

Currently, the following commercial activities may be permitted by Jeffco Open Space:

  • Guided Rock/Ice Climbing
  • Guided River trips including; Rafting, Kayaking, SUP, etc.
  • Guided Mountain Biking
  • Commercial Tours
  • Guided Hiking
  • Product Demos
  • Commercial Dog Walking Services
  • Commercial Filming and Photography

Commercial Guiding Permit Application

Portrait Photography Permit Application

Product Demo Permit Application

Other Commercial Activity

Mountain Bike Group
Rafting in Clear Creek Canyon Park

School Groups

All school groups regardless of group size or activity must have a valid Park Permit, including all athletic teams, clubs, field trips, or other organized activities. School groups of more than 60 total people will not be permitted and issuance of a permit is based on time, location, and capacity limits of each park. 

A valid certificate of insurance which lists Jefferson County Open Space as a certificate holder is required for all school groups.  

New for 2019; Due to the rapid increase in park visitation and requests for group activities, applicants requesting annual permits are now required to submit a schedule of events, which should indicate requested parks, dates, times, and maximum number of participants.

School Group Permit Application

Children on Bikes in a Park

Research and Collections

A Park Permit is required to conduct research activities or to collect any biological resource elements from Jeffco Open Space managed land.

Criteria for a Research and Collections Permit:

  • Collection of plants, wildlife, invertebrates, soil, water, or other biological resource elements
  • Entering a closed area
  • Conducting research, in the form of ecological studies, visitor surveys, or similar activities
  • Research that conflicts with any Park Regulation

Research and Collections Permit Application

Resource Collection

General Use

Criteria for a General Use Permit:

  • Any activity or gathering which provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization, rather than the public at large
  • Groups of 15-60 pedestrians (hikers), when activities are outside of designated picnic or gathering areas
  • Groups with 9 or more bikes when activities are outside of designated picnic or gathering areas
  • Groups conducting the same event more than once in a 3-month period if the activity has the potential to impact resources or other visitors’ experience, as determined by Jeffco Open Space
  • Groups requesting the use of a site not designed for concentrated group use
  • Any activity which may conflict with Park Regulations or the mission of Jeffco Open Space

Note: Groups requesting more than 60 total participants will not be permitted under General Use and require a Special Activity permit (see below)

New for 2019; Due to the rapid increase in park visitation and requests for group activities, applicants requesting annual permits are now required to submit a schedule of events, which should indicate requested parks, dates, times, and maximum number of participants. 

General Use Permit Application

Sweeping green landscape of White Ranch Park

Shelter Reservations

Shelter Reservations are available at Pine Valley Ranch Park and Hiwan Heritage Park. Reserving a shelter guarantees exclusive use for an event. 

Rentals are offered five-hour blocks between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. April through September, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. October through March.

Fees are payable in full at the time of rental confirmation. All fees are non-refundable. Damage deposits are refundable in whole or part contingent upon the condition of the shelter after the event. Loading and unloading of vehicles must be done from designated areas. Driving beyond the parking areas is strictly prohibited. 

Reserve a Shelter at Pine Valley Ranch Park

Reserve a Shelter at Hiwan Heritage Grove

Picnic Shelter at Pine Valley Ranch Park

Special Activity

Applications for Special Activities are accepted and reviewed once per year; the application deadline for special activities in 2019 has passed. The application for 2020 events will open in late summer of 2019 and close on October 8th, 2019. Applications will be reviewed and applicants notified no later than December 1st, 2019.  

Events such as tours, races, rides, walks, festivals, etc. require a special activity permit and will fall into one of two categories:

Category 1 - Events that exceed 200 people and/or require exclusive use of JCOS managed trails or park. A maximum of five total Category 1 special events may be permitted per calendar year and are limited to a maximum of one event per visitor group: hiking/running, equestrian, mountain biking, the arts, etc. Category 1 events must be administered by a public or non-profit organization to benefit a charitable cause and the organization must be the applicant for the permit. 

Category 2
- Events that are less than 200 people and do not require exclusive use of a park, trail or other area.

All events will be considered on a case-by-case basis and those that align with or support the mission of JCOS will be given preference. Further, in recent years JCOS parks have seen a significant increase in visitation with estimated annual visits being approximately 6.9 million. This volume of visitation places a challenge on trails, facilities, and parking areas. Applications that take this into consideration and demonstrate measures to minimize impacts on trails, park facilities, parking areas, and park visitors will be given preference. Events that take place during peak times, primarily weekends and evenings, should plan to stage all non-trail related activities off-site and explain this plan in their application.


All approved applications are subject to a cost recovery fee, typically $5.00 per participant. Exceptions and reductions may be made on a case-by-case basis for governmental and non-profit organizations that directly benefit the people of Jefferson County. Justification for an exception or reduction should be reflected in your application. Additionally, all events require a damage deposit which is due no later than thirty days prior to the event. Damage deposits are typically $200.00 and refundable, but may be higher depending on scope of event. 

Permit Documentation may include, but is not limited to:

  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Post Use or Predicted Use Report
  • Release of Liability
  • Site Plan
  • Parking Management Plan
  • Course Map
  • Emergency Management Plan

Centennial Cone Hunt Access Permit Application

A permit is required from Jefferson County Open Space for eligible hunters only. Only hunters with a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Game Unit 38, late season rifle cow elk, doe/either sex deer tag in “Jefferson County Portion Only” tags may apply.
Applicable tags numbers are:

  • EF038L1R
  • DE038L1R
  • DF038L1R

Only permitted hunters with both the applicable CPW tag and JCOS permit may participate in the Centennial Cone late season hunt. Access permits are limited to 55 elk and 35 deer license holders. 

In addition to your application, you will also be required to submit a copy of your CPW hunting tag. Failure to upload a copy of your tag, will be considered an incomplete application and not eligible for the draw.

The 2019/2020 Centennial Cone Hunting Access Permit Form will be available in August, 2019.

Centennial Cone Park Hunting Application Process



Please contact or 303.271.5925.