• Hunting


  • Open Space activities huntingThe only Jeffco Open Space park to allow hunting is Centennial Cone Park. The late season hunting access occurs December 1 through January 31 of each year. The Park is closed to all other use during this season.

    Permit applicants must hold a valid late season antlerless elk, female or either sex deer license issued by Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites. for the Jefferson County portion of Game Management Unit 38. Private Land Only licenses are not valid at Centennial Cone Park.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife provides a list of eligible hunters for this area to Jeffco Open Space. Jeffco Open Space will then notify these eligible hunters about applying for a Centennial Cone Park hunting access permit.  Permits are not available to hunters that have not qualified through the appropriate licensing process.

    State License Application View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites.

    Once a hunter has been notified of their eligibility, access applications are generally due to Jeffco Open Space in September. Access permits are limited to 55 elk and 35 deer license holders. Hunters are allowed to enter the property during the time frame specified on the access permit.

    Before gaining access to Centennial Cone Park, permit holders are required to complete Jeffco Open Space hunting orientation, which is held in early November. Hunter orientations are mandatory for first-time, permitted hunters that have not completed the orientation in previous years.

    Questions? Contact Mark Oline, Park Ranger Lead, moline@jeffco.us or 303-271-5909.

    Why Allow Hunting?

    Elk populations are not being held in check by natural predators, which include black bears and mountain lions. Unchecked, populations could double in four to five years. Over-browsing by elk decreases plant density and diversity that provide food and cover for other wildlife (small mammals and birds). Other management tools (trapping, fertility inhibitors) are not feasible, not acceptable by the public or have limited effect.