Waterproof Maps Guide Visitors to Recreation Throughout County
They are waterproof, tear-resistant and perfect for planning and navigating outdoor adventures. Eight full-color regional maps, covering the majority of Jefferson County and reflecting its many outdoor recreation opportunities, are now available.
Boxed sets of the Jeffco Outdoors Regional Map Series, funded by a grant from the Jeffco Outdoors Foundation and completed by Jeffco Open Space, are available for a $10 donation to the Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, at http://jeffcooutdoors.org/maps/. The Foundation supports projects and activities that enhance the outdoor experience for visitors, including repairing trails and shelters, and providing transportation for school children to visit parks.
After an online order, boxed map sets may be picked up at the Jeffco Open Space office, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 100, Golden. Boxed sets are also available for purchase at Lookout Mountain Nature Center, 910 Colorow Road, Golden.
Individual maps are available for free at the Jeffco Open Space office, the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building, Jefferson County Public Health and Lookout Mountain Nature Center. Jeffco Open Space Park Rangers and volunteers will also be handing out individual maps to park visitors.
The maps provide a regional perspective for outdoor opportunities in Jeffco Open Space, park and recreation districts, city parks, state parks, golf courses, dog parks, recreation centers and more. Visitors will benefit from seeing alternatives when parking lots are full, such as lesser-known lots and nearby parks.
“Know Before You Go” information includes access points to parks, parking options, trail mileage, trail difficulty ratings and approved activities. The reverse side of the maps includes region highlights, wildlife safety tips, trail etiquette, Leave No Trace principles, and showcases local sponsors.
The release of the map series fulfills a goal Jeffco Open Space made in its 2014-2019 Master Plan. “We believe the map series will make it easier for people to connect with the natural environment and become healthier physically and mentally in the process,” said Tom Hoby, Director of Open Space & Parks. “The series is made possible because of our partnership with the Jeffco Outdoors Foundation, our relationships with other organizations, and the support of Colorado businesses, recreation groups and the Colorado Lottery.”
The maps are already proving to be a hit with visitors.
“I just moved out to Denver, so I’m still exploring,” said Steve Metcalf of Denver. “Now I’ll be able to plan a lot of routes.”
Roger Johnson of Lakewood said he has been traveling trails in Jefferson County for 20 years. “I know a lot of the trails,” he said, “but I will probably learn more.”
Jeffco Open Space was founded as a land conservation organization in 1972. Our work is to preserve land, protect park and natural resources and provide healthy, nature-based experiences. Funded with a one-half of one percent sales tax, the agency contributes to city and recreation district projects and manages 45,000 acres, 28 regional parks and 230 miles of trails in Jefferson County, Colorado.
The Jeffco Outdoors Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, supports conservation and stewardship of public lands and connects people to the great outdoors in Jefferson County with amenities, programs, events and information. The Foundation’s programs include Nature Connection Grants, the Jeffco Outdoors Regional Map Series, and Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Gifts. For more information or to donate visit jeffcooutdoors.org.