Open Space and Trails

All Open Space services will be available by pre-arranged meetings. Walk-in service will be available for simple requests like picking up coyote whistles and trail maps at the Community Assistance Center in the lobby of the George DiCiero City and County Building. Please refer to this contact list to help expedite your request. We look forward to assisting you!  

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Open Space and Trails Updates

Calling All Volunteers!

We are very excited about the upcoming Broomfield Open Space volunteer event on May 15th at The Field Open Space. For those interested in volunteering, we are looking for 10 individuals to help with Native Shrub Plantings. 

Please come prepared with proper footwear (boots) and gloves. If you have any tools that you would be willing to bring, such as a sturdy shovel, please do so. 

What: Broomfield Open Space Native Shrub Planting Day

Where: The Field Open Space - 700 East 10th Ave, Broomfield, CO 80020 (See Map)

When: May 15th from 9 am to noon

Why: To establish and encourage the growth of native plants that will benefit the ecological health and aesthetic well-being of our public open space in Broomfield! 

How to sign up? CLICK HERE to Register 

New to volunteering? 

  • CLICK HERE and follow the steps outlined to create a VolunteerHub account
  • If you have any questions or troubleshooting issues, please feel free to contact either me or Volunteer Coordinator Angela Bomgaars ( We can help you through the sign-up process. 

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Top 10 Active Outdoor Ideas
During the current period of physical distancing and focusing on community health, Broomfield wanted to share some ideas for fun outdoor activities on open space, parks, and trails. These activities focus on movement, safe distancing, fun and goodwill! 

Check it out


Coyote Safety: Guard Your Pets

The wild animals throughout Broomfield, even in residential neighborhoods, think unattended pets are "fair game." Those coyotes, foxes, owls, hawks and eagles don't discern between a cute, cuddly pet and prey. To avoid conflicts between wildlife and pets, here are some pointers: 

  • Keep dogs on a short leash (6ft. or less)
  • Avoid known or potential den sites and areas of thick vegetation
  • Do not allow dogs to "play" with coyotes or foxes
  • Do not leave pet food and water bowls outside
  • Always supervise your pet outside. Do not leave your pet unattended in your yard
  • Keep cats indoors

For additional information, see the Coyote FAQ or email us at

Coyote in Winter Coat at The Field

Update on Field Trail Closures and Coyotes.

Please refer to our website for more information on coyotes and safe trail practices. 


Wildlife Masters are Here to Help!

Broomfield Wildlife Masters are here to help people coexist with wildlife through non-lethal techniques to keep you and your property safe from all manner of critters, such as squirrels, rabbits, woodpeckers, raccoons, and more! For all questions wildlife, give these expert volunteers a call on their helpline at 303.464.5554 and a Wildlife Master will return your call with FREE advice within 24 hours.

Northern Flicker by Gary Bowen 2017

Cradleboard Trail Detour Beginning October 15, 2020 continuing into 2021.

Detour in place to protect territorial bald eagles during breeding season.

Boulder County, Colo. - Beginning Thursday, Oct. 15, a detour will be in place along a section of the Cradleboard Trail to protect territorial bald eagles during breeding season at the Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm.

The detour will remain in place until the nesting status of the bald eagle pair is clearly confirmed for the 2020/2021 breeding season. Boulder County adheres to all state and federal protection guidelines for raptors, and may impose stricter protections as necessary. Click here for map.

Shep's Crossing

On February 9, 2021 the Broomfield City Council unanimously voted to rename the Midway Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge to Shep's Crossing. In honor of the late stray dog who adopted the toll booth operators for the Denver-Boulder Turnpike many years ago.  In addition to the renaming, 9NEWS featured the Shep's story and our bridge in a special news segment on February 10th, take a look! 

Listen to the 9NEWS Story

Shep's Crossing

30x30 Campaign to Protect 30% of Lands and Oceans/Waterways by 2030

On February 9, 2021 Mayor Quinn made a Proclamation in support of the 30x30 Campaign. Western Leaders Network (WLN) is sponsoring the 30x30 campaign by asking local and tribal governments to pledge to preserve 30% of the Earth’s lands and oceans/waterways by 2030 to fight the climate crisis and protect wildlife, our waters, and natural places. The campaign is a worldwide, science-based initiative. Currently, Broomfield has 34.9% of its planning area in public and private open space and parks. Broomfield’s Comprehensive Plan calls for preserving 40% of the community’s planning area in open lands. Acquisitions by the City and County of Broomfield, private sector land dedications through the development process, partnerships, and grants are just some of the tools to meet the remaining 5.1%.

Read the Proclamation

The Field Open Space

US 36 Bikeway

The US 36 Bikeway is now open!  

The Contractor has completed the concrete trail work. The west side of the project has been substantially completed. It includes a wider trail for safety around the corner and some new median cover to reduce maintenance and improve aesthetics. 

Click Here to learn more. 

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What’s in a Name?

There are many parks, fields, and open space areas in Broomfield that bear the name of people who live, or have lived in Broomfield. Check out this list to see who these people are.

Suggestions for Open Space and Trails

The Open Space and Trails staff and Advisory Committee would like your comments on open space needs and strategies as well as any trail connects that are needed in the city. Please email your comments to Open Space and Trails.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Open Space and Trails Department is to acquire open space and create a comprehensive trail system that allows for the enjoyment of the outdoors and promotes a healthy environment for people, nature, and community.