Trail Courtesy

Jeffco Open Space, in partnership with City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), recently received a $100,000 Conservation Excellence Grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to study trail conflicts and the potential to reduce trail conflicts through effective, persuasive signage with unified messaging among the three agencies.

The two-year study will look at the effectiveness of trail courtesy signage and will ultimately inform a plan for promoting responsible trail usage. The study will be conducted at North Table Mountain Park, Marshall Mesa, and Eldorado Canyon State Park, three of the most popular recreation sites managed by JCOS, OSMP, and CPW.

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  • October 2018: GOCO Conservation Excellence Grant awarded
  • Summer 2019: Phase one will focus on studying trail conflicts at the three parks.
  • Winter 2019: Based on the findings from phase one, new signage will be implemented in all three study areas.
  • Summer 2020: Phase two will study the effectiveness of the new signage and if it helps reduce trail conflicts.
  • Winter/spring 2023: A total of 28 stakeholders from Jefferson County and the Boulder area who are interested in trails, participated in two trail courtesy workshops. This multi-agency project looked specifically at improving the effectiveness of trail courtesy signs posted on trails. Small and large group discussions around key trail courtesy objectives followed the presentation. Here, stakeholders helped identify priorities and strategies for increasing the desired behaviors of slowing down and communicating among all visitor types.

The information on this page will be updated periodically as the project progresses. If you would like to have the opportunity to discuss trail courtesy with your club, class, or other Jeffco group, please fill out this form and a JCOS staff member will get back to you. Based on the final results, we hope this will lead to other agencies in Colorado adopting similar language and signage.

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