Parks, Trails, & Backcountry

We can thank the original planners of Highlands Ranch for designating open space land for recreation; this includes the Backcountry Wilderness Area and a large number of public parks and bike paths.

Parks and Trails

Backcountry Wilderness Area
The Backcountry Wilderness Area is 8,200 acres or about 13 square miles of open space which was conveyed from Shea Homes to the HRCA in 2006 and 2009. Since then, HRCA has built over 11 miles of natural surface, private trails, open to HRCA members and their accompanied guests. The Douglas County East/West Regional Trail also runs through the Backcountry and adds an additional 12 miles of natural surface trails through the Backcountry.

Highlands Ranch Metro District Parks & Open Space
The Highlands Ranch Metro District operates 26 parks, more than 70 miles of trails and 2,000 acres of natural open-space areas within the developed areas of Highlands Ranch. Park amenities include two skate parks, an outdoor inline hockey rink, four dog off-leash areas, eight lit public tennis courts, three lit ball fields, a historic park, and three community gardens.

More Backcountry, Parks, and Trails Information

Backcountry Wilderness Area: About the Backcountry | Backcountry Trails
Highlands Ranch Metro District: Website | Parks | Trails & Open Space

We are working diligently to provide a clean, safe environment for you, but with all things related to COVID-19 there is inherent risk. It is up to you to choose to use the HRCA amenities, knowing that you assume risk when gathering with other people and visiting other facilities.