Happy Trails – Doudy Draw

By Suzanne Webel They did it! They finally did it! Thanks, Open Space and Mountain Parks! Lest anyone think that the only news I ever report is bad news, here’s some great news: the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks has just expanded, and reopened, both trailheads at Doudy Draw and Flatirons Vista […]

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Happy Trails – Lory State Park / Horsetooth Soderberg

By Suzanne Webel Ready for another foray to the North Country? Any time is a good time to explore this part of Larimer County, but “off-season” offers solitude and a sheltered foothills environment. Best of all, it’s an amazingly horsey environment. I rode this lovely park recently and there were more equestrians on that random […]

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Happy Trails – Red Mountain Open Space

By Suzanne Webel Wow! Wonderful! Wyoming! I had been waiting for years for the much-rumored Red Mountain Open Space to open to the public. Our equestrian colleagues to the north, the Larimer County Horseman’s Association, had been invited by their County on a private guided ride there (gasp!) to get equestrians’ input on trail matters, […]

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Happy Trails – Soapstone Prairie

By Suzanne Webel “Meet the past, enjoy the present, preserve the future… Naturally yours.” The life of a trail advocate outside the People’s Republic must be a very pleasant one indeed. More than 50 miles of trails allow people to explore Soapstone Prairie, a vast spread of 18,764 acres – more than 29 square miles […]

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Happy Trails – North Table Mountain

by Suzanne Webel North Table Mountain has been hiding in plain sight forever. Those with insatiable curiosity and an incurable need for exploration, like me, have known that the park has been open for several years, with no designated trails and only a very snall, obscure trailhead (P-2); in fact, I wrote this area up […]

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Happy Trails – West Magnolia – Phoenix

by Suzanne Webel Although Boulder County already has quite a few trails, it’s a big place and there’s always demand for a few more. Because of environmental, or inertia, or development, or budget, conflicts, it’s a struggle to get even one more inch of trail on a map, let alone get a new mile of […]

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Happy Trails – Centennial Cone

By Suzanne Webel I absolutely loved about 95% of this spectacular new trail system in Jefferson County. Curiously, the best part of this park for me was the “WOW!” experience upon arriving at the trailhead. Drive up Golden Gate Canyon Road about 8 miles to Robinson Hill Rd, turn left and continue to Camino Perdido, […]

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Happy Trails – Realization Point

by Suzanne Webel When it comes to the West Trail Study Area (and the ongoing task force of stakeholders who have spent years now studying the huge swath of City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks real estate west of Broadway for its trail potential), I alternate between despair and elation. Despair, because OSMP […]

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Happy Trails – Hildebrand Ranch Park

by Suzanne Webel Where?? Well, it’s South of the Border, about 25 miles or so. It’s Jefferson County Open Space’s newest park, about 1,500 acres tucked in between Chatfield State Park, the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, and the first hogback of Denver Mountain Park. It may eventually connect to Deer Creek Canyon Park trails […]

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