• Climbing



  • Climbing within Jeffco Open SpaceClimbers of all levels and interests can choose from more than 1,000 routes and countless boulder problems spread across Jeffco Open Space lands. Clear Creek Canyon Park and Cathedral Spires Park are legendary climbing destinations, and climbers have long enjoyed scaling the Golden Cliffs at North Table Mountain Park, accessed by the Golden Cliffs Trail on the southern part of the mesa. 

    Use established climbing access trails on Denver Water properties to access climbing routes at Cathedral Spires Park. The north cliffs of North Table Mountain Park are within a sensitive area and climbing is not permitted in this area.

    Bouldering is very popular at at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park in Evergreen, where fixed protection is not allowed. Climbing is prohibited on the red rock outcrops at South Valley Park, and all use is restricted in the White Ranch Park/Ralston Buttes Sensitive Area. 

    Notice Icon 24x24 Connect JCOS does not install, maintain or inspect hardware related to rock climbing. Climbing is inherently dangerous and completely at the climber's own risk.                                                                                         CCC_rock_climb2                                   

    Climbing Management Guidelines 

    As of January 1, 2016 Jeffco Open Space adopted new climbing management guidelines. The 2016 Climbing Management Guidelines View map in PDF format. help minimize impacts to the land that have increased as a result of the growing popularity of the sport, along with the Front Range population expansion. These guidelines apply to all climbing, slack-lining and fixed hardware activities on all JCOS-managed properties. 

    Climbers seeking to install fixed hardware on new routes or to replace existing hardware are required to obtain a permit by submitting a Fixed Hardware Application View map in PDF format., which will be reviewed by the Fixed Hardware Review Committee (FHRC). Please download the fixed hardware application, complete all fields and email to climbing@jeffco.us.

    New in 2016, the FHRC is comprised of seven experienced rock climbers from the local climbing community who will help Jeffco Open Space in ensuring that new climbing routes are installed using best management practices. In addition, this committee will give general guidance to Jeffco Open Space in all matters relating to rock climbing and fixed hardware. To contact the committee directly, email jeffcofhrc@gmail.com. Interested in joining the FHRC? Download and submit the FHRC Membership Application. View map in PDF format.

    Seasonal Wildlife Closures 

    Seasonal wildlife closures are in effect from February 1 through July 31, 2017. Each year Jeffco Open Space (JCOS) uses seasonal wildlife closures at the parks to protect species at sensitive times in their life cycles. This year's seasonal wildlife closures will be implemented at five JCOS Parks. View all park and map closures for more information

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