Regulations

Responsible use of Jeffco Open Space Parks protects them for all visitors. Jeffco Open Space Regulations are part of Jefferson County Policies: Part 6, Chapter 4, Section 1, C, amended by the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners on August 22, 2017.

Report violations of Jeffco Park Regulations when you see it happening: contact the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office non-emergency number 303.277.0211

Report wildlife sightings or interactions to Jefferson County Open Space Rangers at 303.271.5995

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C.1. Fishing: It shall be unlawful for any person fishing on Open Space Lands, or occupying Open Space Lands with the intent to fish, to fail to comply with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Rules and Regulations regarding fishing, as they may be amended from time to time. These CPW Rules and Regulations are hereby adopted in their entirety, except for the fine amount identified herein. Fine: $100.00

C.2. Hunting/Trapping: It shall be unlawful to hunt or trap any wild animal, or to place or set traps, on Open Space Lands without a valid Jefferson County Open Space Hunting Access Permit. Fine: $300.00

C.3. Feeding Wildlife:C.3.a. It shall be unlawful to feed, or attempt to feed, any wildlife on Open Space Lands. Fine: $50.00 C.3.b. When food storage boxes or poles are furnished at a campsite, it shall be unlawful to store food outside these structures. Fine: $50.00

C.4. Releasing Wildlife: It shall be unlawful to release any wildlife or domesticated animal on Open Space Lands. Fine: $75.00

C.5. Natural Resources Protection Closure: It shall be unlawful to enter, use or occupy Open Space Lands during the time such Lands are designated as Sensitive Areas, seasonal closures, study area closures, wildlife protection closures, refuges or other protected areas. Fine: $150.00 

C.6. Destruction of Natural/Cultural Resources: C.6.a. It shall be unlawful to deface, damage or in any other way vandalize any vegetation, rock or any object of archaeological, biological, geological or historical interest on Open Space Lands. Fine: $200.00 C.6.b. It shall be unlawful to attach any object including but not limited to, slack-lines, clothes lines, tents, hammocks or shade structures, to trees or structures. Fine: $50.00

C.7. Collection of Natural Resources: It shall be unlawful to take, collect, gather or possess any animal, any part of an animal, vegetation, rock, wood or any other object on Open Space Lands. Fine: $100.00

C.8. Destruction of Wildlife Habitat: It shall be unlawful for any person, or any pet under their custody, control or ownership, to alter, damage, destroy, remove or in any other way vandalize wildlife habitat features on Open Space Lands, including, but not limited to, animal dens, burrows, dwellings or nests. Fine: $200.00

C.9. Wildlife Protection: It shall be unlawful for any person, or any pet under their custody, control or ownership, to harass, chase, harm, capture, kill, maim or possess any wildlife including, but not limited to, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish on Open Space Lands. Fine: $300.00

C.10. Livestock: C.10.a. It shall be unlawful for any person, or any pet under their custody, control or ownership to kill, harass, harm or chase any livestock on Open Space Lands. Fine: $100.00 C.10.b. It shall be unlawful to turn livestock loose and/or to negligently or intentionally allow livestock to graze on Open Space Lands without written permission from the Open Space Division. Fine: $100.00

C.11. Pets: C.11.a. It shall be unlawful for any person on Open Space Lands to fail to keep any pet under their custody, control or ownership on a leash and under physical control. "Leash" means a strap, cord or chain ten (10) feet or less in length. Fine: $75.00 C.11.b. It shall be unlawful for any person not physically present on Open Space Lands to have any pet under their custody, control or ownership run freely on Open Space Lands. Fine: $100.00 C.11.c. It shall be unlawful for any person on Open Space Lands to fail to immediately pick up, carry out and deposit in a waste receptacle, pet excrement deposited by any pet under their custody, control or ownership. Fine: $75.00

C.12. Fires: C.12.a. It shall be unlawful to build, start, light or maintain any fire of any nature on Open Space Lands except in designated picnic grills, developed campground fire pits or camp stoves within designated areas. Fine: $125.00 C.12.b. It shall be unlawful while on Open Space Lands to burn any material in a careless manner, leave any fire unattended, or fail to completely extinguish any fire, or violate the conditions of any imposed fire restrictions or fire ban. Fine: $200.00 C.12.c. It shall be unlawful while on Open Space Lands to collect firewood, or burn wood or other materials in any outdoor fireplace or grill designated for charcoal fires only. Fine: $50.00

C.13. Damage to Property/Vandalism: It shall be unlawful to remove, destroy, deface, damage or in any other way vandalize any amenity, facility, building, structure, poster, sign or marker on Open Space Lands. Fine: $200.00

C.14. Litter: It shall be unlawful to deposit or leave any refuse, trash or litter in or on Open Space Lands except by depositing such refuse, trash or litter in designated waste receptacles. Fine: $100.00

C.15. Firearms/Projectiles: C.15.a. Except as otherwise authorized by law or under this Policy, it shall be unlawful to openly carry, possess, discharge or use a firearm or archery device on Open Space Lands. Fine: $150.00 for openly carrying or possessing, $300.00 for discharging C.15.b. Except as otherwise authorized under this Policy, it shall be unlawful to possess, discharge or use other devices that discharge a projectile including, but not limited to, B-B guns, pellet guns, air guns, paintball guns, Airsoft-type guns and slingshots on Open Space Lands. Fine: $75.00

C.16. Fireworks and Explosives: It shall be unlawful to possess, ignite or discharge fireworks or explosive devices on Open Space Lands. Fine: $200.00

C.17. Hazardous Activity: C.17.a. It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in any careless behavior or activity on Open Space Lands that constitutes a hazard to their safety or to the safety of other visitors. Fine: $125.00 C.17.b. It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in any reckless behavior or activity on Open Space Lands that constitutes a hazard to their safety or to the safety of other visitors. Fine: $250.00

C.18. Use of Motorized Vehicles: It shall be unlawful to operate any motorized vehicle on Open Space Lands except on designated public roadways. Fine: $100.00

C.19. Swimming/Boating: It shall be unlawful to swim, boat, wade or float upon any flotation device on any waters on Open Space Lands where so posted. Fine: $50.00

C.20. Closed Areas: It shall be unlawful to enter, use or occupy Open Space Lands, or any portion thereof, during the time such Open Space Lands, or any portions thereof, are closed to entry, use or occupancy. Fine: $75.00

C.21. Park Hours: C.21.a. It shall be unlawful to enter, use or occupy Open Space Lands from one (1) hour after sunset to one (1) hour before sunrise, unless posted otherwise. Fine: $100.00 C.21.b. It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle and/or trailer on Open Space Lands outside park hours without a valid camping permit clearly posted on said vehicle. Fine: $50.00

C.22. Camping: It shall be unlawful to camp overnight, park any vehicle, trailer or camper for overnight camping purposes on Open Space Lands except by advance permit in areas designated for camping, or camp or park a trailer or camper in such a designated area outside the posted or permitted time limits. Fine: $100.00

C.23. Parking: C.23.a. It shall be unlawful to park bicycles, vehicles or trailers on Open Space Lands where prohibited or in such a manner as to create a hazard or to obstruct vehicular, pedestrian, equestrian or bicycle traffic or damage natural resources. Fine: $50.00 C.23.b. It shall be unlawful for a vehicle and/or trailer to be parked in a disability parking space on Open Space Lands unless said vehicle and/or trailer displays a valid state-issued disability license plate, tag or placard. Fine: $300.00 C.23.c. It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle and/or trailer on any Open Space Lands in such a manner that obstructs access to emergency vehicles and/or equipment. Fine: $75.00

C.24. Passing On Trails: C.24.a. It shall be unlawful to fail to yield on Open Space trails. Yielding Order: When passing from any direction on Open Space trails, all visitors must give the right-of-way to equestrians; bicyclists and other wheeled visitors (except wheelchair visitors) must also give the right-of-way to pedestrians. Fine: $50.00 C.24.b. It shall be unlawful to fail to pass safely on Open Space trails. At no less than fifteen (15) feet of approach from any direction, slow to a walking speed, communicate and gain the attention of other visitors. Pass safely, in single file and when oncoming traffic is clear. Stop when necessary to allow safe passage. Fine: $50.00

C.25. Unreasonable Noise: C.25.a. It shall be unlawful to use sound amplification devices on Open Space Lands or to permit unreasonably loud noises that would disturb others. Fine: $100.00 C.25.b. It shall be unlawful to cause a public inconvenience or alarm by making unreasonably loud noises during camping quiet hours from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Fine: $50.00

C.26. Missiles and Craft: C.26.a. Except as authorized by law or under this Policy, it shall be unlawful to throw, discharge, launch, operate by remote control or land any type of unmanned aircraft system (drone), missile, rocket or craft from, on or above Open Space Lands including waters. Fine: $50.00 C.26.b. Except as authorized by law or under this Policy, it shall be unlawful to launch, land or operate any piloted aircraft including, but not limited to, helicopters, airplanes, ultralights, gliders, hang gliders, paragliders, BASE jumpers, sky divers, powered parachutes or hot air balloons from, on or above Open Space Lands including waters. Fine: $200.00

C.27. Unlawful Improvements: It shall be unlawful to construct, place or maintain any kind of road, trail, structure, fence, enclosure, fixed hardware, communication equipment or other improvements on Open Space Lands. Fine: $100.00

C.28. Abandoned Property: It shall be unlawful to leave any personal property unattended on Open Space Lands in excess of 24 hours unless authorized. Fine: $50.00

C.29. Dumping: It shall be unlawful to deposit or leave any residentially or commercially generated refuse, trash, landscaping debris, yard waste or any other materials on Open Space Lands. Fine: $100.00

C.30. Park Permits: C.30.a. It shall be unlawful to conduct on Open Space Lands (i) a commercial activity including, but not limited to, concessions or an activity that provides a service or product for which a fee is charged, or (ii) a group or special activity, as defined by the Open Space Division, without first obtaining a valid Park Permit. Fine: $100.00 C.30.b. It shall be unlawful to violate any term or condition of a Park Permit. Fine: $100.00

C.31. Team Sports: It shall be unlawful to organize or participate in any team sport or activity on Open Space Lands involving the placement or use of sporting equipment or apparatus including, but not limited to, goals, nets, pits, hoops or boundary delineation. Fine: $50.00

C.32. Posted Notices: It shall be unlawful to violate any posted sign or other notice, or to violate any Park Regulation-based guideline or rule established by the Open Space Division including, without limitation, as set forth in any brochure for any Open Space Lands. Fine: $100.00

C.33. Interference: It shall be unlawful while on Open Space Lands to knowingly obstruct, impair, or hinder the performance of the official duties of an Open Space Ranger by, without limitation, failure to comply with a lawful request to immediately leave Open Space Lands, eluding or evading an Open Space Ranger, harassment of an Open Space Ranger, or providing false or misleading information with the intent to mislead said person in the performance of their duties. Fine: $200.00

C.34. Trespass Notice: Repeated or severe violations of these Park Regulations may result in the issuance of a Trespass Notice by an Open Space Ranger and a ban from Open Space Lands for up to twelve (12) months. It shall be unlawful for any person to violate the terms of a Trespass Notice issued to that person. Fine: $300.00

C.35. Habitual Violations: Three (3) or more recorded violations of these Park Regulations within a 24-month period shall result in a fine. Fine: $300.00

Violation Constitutes a Class 2 Petty Offense, Maximum Penalty - $300 Fine Pursuant to the Resolutions and Order No. CC87-385, CC87-1094, CC88-352, CC10-033, CC14-045 and CC17-265 Jefferson County Policy 6.4.1.C of the Board of County Commissioners and as authorized by CRS 29-7-101(2) as amended.