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 

The information on this page will be updated periodically as the project progresses. The public will have the opportunity to provide input and feedback in the coming months. Based on the final results, we hope this will lead to other agencies in Colorado adopting similar language and signage.

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