Improvements Coming to Boulder’s Most Popular Trails

From Mt. Sanitas to Chautauqua, the City of Boulder is planning to make improvements to some of its most popular trails.


Learn about these projects and talk with city staff who work to maintain, repair and build trails an upcoming open house with the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department.  The event will be held Thursday, Feb. 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the OSMP HUB Building, 2520 55th St.  

Expect to learn about these upcoming projects and more:  

  • Anemone Trail: Planned construction will extend the Anemone Trail into a 3-mile trail loop west of Boulder, providing stunning views of Boulder Canyon, Sunshine Canyon, Front Range peaks and the city of Boulder. 
  • Mt. Sanitas  Trail: One of OSMP’s most popular trail routes is the Mt. Sanitas Trail. It can be difficult to maintain due to erosion and widening that can occur, which can cause impacts to native plant communities next to the trail. Crews will return for the fifth year in a row to repair sections of trail with stone steps and retaining walls.    
  • 1st-2nd Flatiron Trail: The construction of stone steps and retaining walls will further stabilize the trail to prevent erosion, reduce switchback shortcutting, and minimize vegetation damage.  Staff’s planting of vegetation also will help with native plant restoration.  
  • Cyclic trail maintenance: OSMP crews work year round on regular maintenance to reduce trail erosion and clear trails of overgrown vegetation. This helps extend the life of trails and prevents the need for costly or major maintenance projects.  

Get the latest trail updates 

A new text messaging service will provide community members updates about OSMP trail closures – most notably, muddy trail closures that can occur regularly during the winter, spring and fall. Sign up for this service by texting the word “OSMP” to 888-777. You can also find updates through the OSMP interactive trail map.

Don’t forget to download the new Boulder Area Trails App, which provides information on OSMP trails, as well as trails and paths managed by 11 other Boulder-area agencies.  

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