After conducting a one-year pilot program at White Ranch Park, Jeffco Open Space is officially designating a 0.9 mile section of Longhorn Trail as one way and mountain bike only as of June 19, 2019. The trail has been renamed Middle Longhorn Trail.
The 2018 Jeffco Resident Survey reflected that 75% of respondents were in favor of designating trails for a single type of use. In addition, the 2014-2019 JCOS Master Plan identifies the objective to evaluate different management types on existing trails. Based on these factors, JCOS decided to implement a pilot program to evaluate designated use trails.
The pilot program evaluated the challenges and benefits associated with designated use trails. During this time, Jeffco Open Space collected data, conducted surveys with all visitor types, and solicited feedback about visitors’ overall experience on the trail.
During the one-year pilot program, compliance with the mountain bike only designation was approximately 98% and more than 80% of people surveyed were satisfied or in favor of the designation. Jeffco Open Space also collaborated with the regional mountain bike community, who provided valuable insight and feedback. Based on this data and positive comments collected from visitors, Jeffco Open Space made the decision to make the designation permanent.
Middle Longhorn Trail will be closed for light maintenance and water feature mitigation on June 17 and June 18. It will reopen on Wednesday, June 19, as an official mountain bike only trail.
To learn more about designated use trails in Jeffco Open Space parks, visit www.jeffco.us/3817/Designated-Use.
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Jeffco Open Space was founded as a land conservation organization in 1972. Our mission is to preserve open space and parkland, protect park and natural resources, and provide healthy, nature-based experiences. Funded with a one-half of one percent sales tax, our organization contributes to city and park district projects, has preserved more than 56,000 acres, and manages 28 open space parks and more than 244 miles of trails in Jefferson County, Colorado.