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Boulder OSMP Trail Challenge — Can You Hike ‘Em All?

6:30 PM  –  8:00 PM

  • Free
  • Full – 0 spots
  • Group size: 100
  • Instructor: OSMP’s Steve Mertz

Coyote Bob’s Trail Challenge-Hike all the Trails on OSMP!

The City of Boulder is surrounded by 72 square miles of protected land with over 150 miles of trails. Could you hike them all in a year? Too many miles? Not enough? Maybe you don’t have 5 straight months off and thousands of dollars to hike the Pacific Crest trail? Join Open Space and Mountain Parks staff for a colorful presentation to discover what challenge is best for you in 2017. – Find out about OSMP’s forgotten trails. – Learn the benefits of workouts in nature. – Get some hiking tips to make the most of each season. – Learn about some of our exciting, local hazards and how to cope with muddy and icy trails. If you want to spice up your challenge with some climbing, biking or some nature education, we can help with that as well.


Heil Valley Ranch Trail Work Day 

Saturday October 22, 2016

Have you ever wanted to “give back” to our public land management agencies for the enjoyment you receive from our beautiful trails?  Would you like to meet other like-minded trail users? Well, here’s your opportunity!

BCHA and BATCO will be joining forces on Saturday Oct 22 to construct and do finish work on a new multi-use trail at Heil Valley Ranch.  Temporarily known as the “Heil 2 Trail,” it will connect the new trailhead at the old ranch complex to the existing trail system farther up the Geer Canyon valley.
BATCO will provide lunch at the end of the work project (sandwiches and soft drinks or a beer!) afterwards.  Please RSVP to Chris Morrison at so we can know how much food to order.
We will start work near the existing Heil trailhead and will be relatively close to our vehicles and restrooms throughout the project. 
Schedule:  Meeting time:  8:30 am / Ending time: 1:00 pm
Location:  “The Party Barn” (across from the Heil Valley Ranch Trailhead parking lot) 1955-3299 Geer Canyon Drive, Boulder, CO 80302.  
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Directions from Foothills Highway US 36 (about halfway between Boulder and Lyons).  Turn west on Lefthand Canyon Drive at the Greenbriar Inn.  Turn north (right) on Geer Canyon Drive, and travel straight for 1.5 miles.  The Heil Valley Ranch Open Space parking lot will be on your right; instead, turn left here.
Weather:  The weather in Colorado is unpredictable no matter the time of year.  It is important that you bring warm and waterproof clothing that you can work in, as we will try to complete the work even in slightly inclement weather (cold temps, light rain/snow!).  We will let you know as soon as possible if we need to cancel/postpone due to more severe weather predictions.
What You Should Bring
Drinking water (2-3 liters)
Work gloves (if you have a special preference) otherwise we will provide them
Sturdy shoes/boots to work and hike to the worksite
Layers of clothes
Rain gear
Binoculars or camera (optional)
Boulder County will provide:
Work gloves
Extra Water
First aid kit
All necessary tools
Volunteers are a very important part of our shared public lands.  We guarantee that once you’ve worked on a trail you will always treasure it and take a stewardship interest in its success. 
We look forward to seeing you on October 22! Please feel free to contact either of us if you have any additional questions.  
Suzanne Webel
Chris Morrison

BATCO Meeting Oct 24

aspen-above-central-city-claire-2016Monday, October 24, 2016

Alfalfa’s Boulder, Community Room


It’s been an exciting summer for trail fans!

Join us for an informal discussion of what we’ve accomplished and what we plan to do this fall.

Topics include:

  • Magnolia Trails Approval
  • Lagerman Trail Progress
  • New BCPOS Director Appointed
  • Debriefing on the North TSA
  • BATCO at Trail Fest Sept 10
  • Trailbuilding at Heil 2 Oct 22

What would you like to talk about? Let us know ahead of time ( or just come to the meeting and join the conversation.


Monday, April 25, 2016
Boulder Alfalfa’s Conference Room* 
Broadway & Arapahoe  
7 to 9pm
Everyone welcome
Our guest this month will be Brian Anacker, the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks’ new Science Officer.

Brian’s background includes a PhD in Ecology, ten years of experience conducting applied and fundamental research in academic and applied settings, and peer-reviewed papers across a diversity of topics. His areas of expertise range from community ecology to climate change and statistical modeling.  He also holds an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at CU Boulder.

Please join us for an informal, open conversation about science and OSMP!

If time permits we may also discuss the following:

  • North Trail Study Area
  • Growing BATCO
  • Upcoming BATCO Meetings
  • More — what would YOU like to talk about?

Light refreshments will be served.

*Please note:  the Conference Room is through the store to the right; it is not the Community Room!



Monday, March 28, 2016

Boulder Alfalfa’s Community Room
Broadway & Arapahoe
7 to 9pm
Everyone welcome

Our guests this month will be  two new senior-level City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks managers:

John Potter, Resources & Stewardship Division Manager

Mark Davison, Community Connections & Partnerships Division Manager

John and Mark are new to OSMP — and they are eager to get our input as recreationists on how to make a great open space program even better. Please join us for an informal, open conversation!